Wacom tablets for graphics include a pressure sensitive stylus pen. The tablet recognizes how much pressure you’re applying to the surface as you move the pen across it. The greater the pressure the more dramatic the results are. This pressure sensitivity allow you to create everything from bold dark strokes to faint feathering wisps. Try doing that with a mouse!
The pressure sensitivity of the Wacom stylus pen combines well with the tools in Photoshop that operate on a sliding scale. For example, the dodge and burn tools allow you to set pressure sensitivity by percentage. This sensitivity is further enhanced by the degree of pressure you apply with your pen as you work the area you wish to alter.
The intuitive nature of working with a pen rather than a mouse has obvious advantages. We’re all accustomed to holding a pen and the degree of precision and control with a pen far exceeds that which can be attained with a mouse. It takes far less concentration and time to alter an image using your tablet and pen than it would with a mouse so you save time and fatigue, thus improving productivity.
And the touch feature of the Intuos Wacom 5 tablets allows you to use your fingers right on the screen. It doesn’t get much more intuitive than that.
Holding a pen for multiple hours of retouching or image enhancement is easier on your hand and arm than moving and clicking a mouse. Save your clicks for your camera. Tablets for graphics rest conveniently in your lap for a more comfortable working posture than needing to rest your arm and elbow on an elevated desk surface.
Chiropractors and physical therapists are very interested in how posture and the lay out of your work area affect muscle strain and pain. Using a tablet and pen will allow you to work from a posture that causes less strain on your shoulders, neck and arms. If you suffer from headaches, neck problems or tendonitis in your arms you may find that in addition to increasing productivity you may also reduce physical strain and pain when you use a tablet and pen rather than a mouse.
Tablets for graphics are designed to enhance both productivity and creativity. The pressure sensitive stylus pen coupled with the touch features of the Intuos Wacom 5 tablets for graphics make them an essential tool to both photographers and graphic artists.