Wacom Tablet Options?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by JustinG87, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. JustinG87 macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I just got a new Wacom Intuos4 wireless tablet in anticipation of Adobe CS5 (Photoshop's new brush engine, specifically), and I am loving it. This is the first tablet I've had, and I'm still getting used to it, going through that awkward phase I've heard people have to endure when they first get a tablet before it becomes muscle memory. I'm rapidly getting used to the interface, but there are so many possibilities for customization on all the buttons and menus, etc, it's almost overwhelming. I'd like to hear what other Wacom tablet users prefer for their setup, especially in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Right now I just have some radial menus set in Photoshop to adjust brush opacity and flow, while the pen side buttons adjust hardness. What are your favorite uses for the pen side buttons and radial menus in different programs?
  2. Sadnap macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    I only use my tablet for PS dodging/burning and healing so for me, the most important binding is changing the button on the stylus to space so that I can quickly navigate an image.
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    If you are new to a wacom you will go through the typical "growing pains". I hated my intuos 3 when I got it awhile back. I thought I wasted my money.

    3 tablets later I can't live without my wacoms and just recently got the wireless intuos 4 and I couldn't be happier! This is easily the best tablet hands down.

    As for my setup, I use Corel Painter a ton so my setup is:

    Bottom pen button - Right click
    Top pen button - Option + Space (rotate canvas).

    The side buttons stay the same but I always have the radial wheel set to scroll brush sizes. This is insanely useful and keeps me completely hands free from the keyboard. I have the art pen too for barrel roll. I rarely use the regular pen.
  4. dipm06 macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2009

    I had a Intuous4 Large, but "downgraded" to the bamboo fun pen and touch. I don't notice any difference in drawing, however, i do miss the added programmable buttons and the wheel.

    I'm going to save up for the BT Intuous as a hate the wire of the bamboo. its not detachable like the Intuous.

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