Wacom users - still using mouse?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by qveda, May 30, 2009.

  1. qveda macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    I probably spend most of my computer time on email and web. But for Photoshop and Lightroom, I'm sure a pen-tablet would be great since it really hard to draw with a mouse.

    I hear that after they get used to the pen-tablet, some folks end up seldom if ever using a mouse at all.

    I'm strongly considering the Wacom Intuos4 (medium) since it has features that may allow it to fully replace using a mouse. But due to the price I'd like to see if there are users who:

    a) use the pen-tablet, and seldom use a mouse anymore, or

    b) used the pen-tablet, but only to draw, and still rely on a mouse for email, web, and non-drawing applications
  2. macjram macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2008
    I use a pen tablet for drawing and I use a mouse or the trackpack for everything else.

    Hope that helps.
  3. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    Using the pen to do my daily browsing and other apps i find it weird to do.

    i use my tablet only for photoshop and aperture. but sometimes i might do so with my web making apps. but thats about it. everything i use with a mouse.
  4. chaos86 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003
    I use my tablet as my primary input device. I still have a mouse plugged in, hidden behind the screen for if someone needs to use the machine and isn't used to a tablet.

    Hint: assign one of the pen buttons to scroll, so when you have it held down, you're basically using a hand tool, in any app.
  5. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    I only ever use my Wacom tablet in Photoshop and Illustrator. For all else I use my beloved Logitech mouse.
  6. itou macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    same. except i just use the standard issue mighty mouse.
    a tablet is indispensable. after you've used one, it's hard to ever go back to editing with a mouse.
  7. csau06 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2006
    Yep, I too use my Intuos 3 for photographic and creative work. If I'm just emailing & browsing the web it's generally back to the mouse, as the keyboard replaces the tablet on the desk.

    Sometimes I stick with the tablet and use the laptop keyboard though.
  8. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2004
    Sold my 3 and am now using a 4 Large. You will not be disappointed...while I still go into Photoshop's menus, most of the stuff is done off of the tablet using the buttons and scroll.

    The ability to zoom in and out on a picture at will and at the point you want to zoom in / out of from the tablet is very nice. All in all, you will be able to work more efficiently (read: faster with less hassle).

    Oh, and the mouse thing? It still gets used...just depends on how lazy I am being at the moment ;)
  9. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    I've had my tablet for 3 years now. Going back to a mouse in Photoshop or Lightroom is like going back to the stone ages. The tablet is seriously the way to go.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I use a mouse almost always unless I need to draw something that needs a lot of precision, then I take out the tablet; I don't have a lot of room on my desk, so I only plug in the tablet when I need it.
  11. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    I use the tablet for everything. I find it is quicker and seemingly puts less strain on my wrist. Because of the absolute positioning I find it quicker to navigate than I would with a mouse.
  12. Leafminer macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    Although I am loving my Wacom4 - I still find myself going back to my Logitech mouse for apps other than Photoshop. Simply because the mouse is larger than the Wacom one - so it fits my hand better. I find the Wacom mouse much too small.


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