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How to use and choose its graphic tablet
1. Mouse or tablet? Many retouchers argue that using one or the other is the same! Not true! A tablet is a must for all those who do illustration, retouching or any other form of digital creation. It allows us a better flow and greater accuracy, but be careful, using it for tasks such as moving files, selecting from the menu or creating a vector is not appropriate for a tablet. The slightest misplacement of the pen could seriously damage the order of your files. For this reason, it is best to combine the tablet with a mouse.
2. To optimize your use, work with the mouse in the opposite hand to the one holding the stylus, this way you won’t need to stop every time you want to look through the menu bar or transfer images. It takes a little while to adapt, but people who have adopted this technique all say they see a notable improvement in their time management.
3. When choosing your tablet, of course it is obvious that the price is important, but it is better to make your choice according to your needs and the equipment you already have so that you maximize your purchase and especially your work efficiency! The important thing when choosing a tablet is that it has a surface area that is bigger than half your screen. (A tablet that is too small will be compatible, but you will need to do more small movements to make your maneuvers, which is less convenient and certainly less precise). Equally important is the pressure level, which translates into the ability of the tablet to reproduce the pressure of your line (fine to thick) in order to find the same feel as a pen and paper. For the pros it is strongly advised to look for a tablet that has 1024 levels of pressure, you will appreciate the accuracy!
4. A large proportion of people, I would say 35% to 40%, are not comfortable when they first use it. If you are experiencing the same thing, don’t be disappointed as it is normal. This occurs because we are used to writing while looking at the same spot. It takes a while to adapt, usually one week to familiarize yourself to this movement done outside your field of vision.
TIP: To make the transition easier, I recommend you start by putting the tablet on you, this way, there is a straight line between what you see and your working hand.
5. A mistake many beginners make is to position their tablet at an angle. Remember that your tablet is a mirror of your screen, it must be positioned parallel to your monitor or your maneuvers won’t be carried out correctly. Although, now it is possible to change the position of your canevas.