Chapter 19

Ten Reasons to Love Your Wacom Tablet

Drawing tablets from Wacom enable you to use a special stylus, which you hold like a pen or pencil or brush, to move the cursor (rather than using a mouse, track pad, or trackball). Some of Wacom’s models enable you to control the cursor with Multi-Touch, much like an iPhone or iPad, and they include support for Windows 10. There are several reasons why using a stylus is a huge improvement over a mouse, and I give you five to start off the chapter. Another five reasons you’ll love your Wacom tablet involve maximizing your efficiency; those reasons conclude the chapter.

More Natural Movement

Whether you use a pen only to sign your name or you’re a traditionally trained artist, the movement of a stylus is far more natural than pushing a mouse around a desk.

Health and Safety

Use of a drawing tablet instead of a mouse can help avoid repetitive stress injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, and can be vastly more comfortable for those who suffer from arthritis and tendonitis.

Artistic Control

With up to thousands of levels of sensitivity (wow — I wish my hands had that level of sensitivity!), a “click” or a “drag” using a drawing tablet is far more versatile than working with a mouse, especially when you’re working with Photoshop’s erodible, airbrush, and watercolor brush tips and the Mixer Brush tool (which are discussed in Chapter 14). Open the Photoshop Brush Settings palette and take a look at some of the six different options that ...

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