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    Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    Has anyone used Wacom's Intuos3 USB tablet for work with Photoshop?

    I've read a few things about it (press releases, etc.) but I am hoping to hear from someone who has first hand experiences.

    http://www.wacom.com/intuos/

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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    Hi Chris:

    I have one, but don't use it much. I am so used to the mouse, I only use the pen for critical selections when none of my other selection tricks work. You are welcome to come by and take it for a test spin to see if it suits...

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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    I find it useful when my carpal tunnel acts up.
    In some ways, it is harder to use since it is just enough different from a mouse that if you don't use it often it takes acclimatization each time it comes out of the box.
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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    It's one of those items I never thought I'd need and as it turns out, I was right. I watched someone work with one at the Photoshop Conference in Boston and decided to get one. I tried it when I first received it, but now it just sits there. It works beautifully, but it just isn't natural after so many years with a mouse. It might be better in the hands of someone who can draw.

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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    I have the Intuos3 6x8. It fits nicely in my laptop bag and is easy to take everywhere I go.

    There are just some things in PS that you need a tablet for and some things that take half the time using a tablet. No matter how good a mouse is, it won't give you pressure or angle control to shape a brush. I use the tablet mainly for masking work, as well as the usual healing and touch up on portraits.

    The other nice thing with the Intuos3 is how customizable all the controls are. I have one touchstrip set to zoom in and out and the other to control brush size. Other buttons are set up as Undo, Space Bar (for moving), Clone Tool, Healing Brush, Shift/Alt for selections, and Sample . So most of the time I never have to even touch the keyboard.

    Granted, for most of my PP work I only ever use C1 and prefer a mouse with a scroll wheel over a tablet. But, once you get accostomed to the control and finesse of a tablet, you won't want to go back.

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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    How long did it take you to set all the controls/configurations?

    I think in my case that TRSmith nailed it... in the hands of someone who can draw, it's a better tool. Still... maybe someday.

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    Re: Intuos3 Tablet for CS3 work

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisDauer View Post
    How long did it take you to set all the controls/configurations?

    I think in my case that TRSmith nailed it... in the hands of someone who can draw, it's a better tool. Still... maybe someday.
    Took about a half hour. There's a Wacom control panel and you set all your shortcuts there.

    Yes, I can draw better than most, but certainly not as well as some. Too many years of art classes and too many doodles in the margins of textbooks to count.

    But, I don't believe you have to be good at drawing to use a tablet for PS.

    David

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