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My Wacom Volito Tablet and pen doesnt work as well as my mouse!!!

I do a lot of photo image retouching in Photoshop and bought a wacom tablet as I thought it would speed up my workflow. I find that it takes three times or more actions/strokes, which uses up the history states quicker, to get the same level of effect achieved with my mouse. I would have thought that the levels set in Photoshops editing tools would be the same with the pen or the mouse! I find this very frustrating, all the reviews I read said that once you got used to the pen/tablet it woud prove hugely beneficial. Can anybody tell me if my Volito is faulty or I'm doing something wrong? Thanks in advance Alan Lockie

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  • lockbonce May 23, 2009

    Hi, thanks for your quick response, I am very aware that the pen is pressure sensitive, but still maintain that the pen does not perform the function levels set in Photoshop, in fact it seems to ignore them. For instance, I want to add a highlight to a picture of a bottle, so I select the Dodge tool an set my brush size/softness and exposure... using the mouse I can quickly add the highlight just where I want it, within 2 or 3 passes, giving a soft bright highlight. I then try to do exactly the same thing using the pen without changing any of my settings, and I have to make 10 to 15 passes and the nice soft brush I set becomes a harder much narrower and finer highlight that I dont want and I have to apply a lot of pen pressure to achieve,( if I dont apply any pressure, but just touch the surface, almost nothing appears) Its rubbish, the pressure element does not add anything it detracts! I really do wonder if my tablet or pen is any good!

    I even tried altering the Photoshop settings to get the pen to replicate what I easily achieved with the mouse, but I only got the same narrow highlight in the middle of a much bigger brush, so it effectively ignored my new brush setting. How people manage to draw anything is beyond me! Getting used to the pen/tablet I dont see as a problem, the biggest problem is getting the pen to act and react to the Photoshop settings as accurately as the mouse does. What do I do to find out if my problem is fixable? Alan Lockie

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Tablets are definatly more difficult to get used to! It will take some time before it's more beneficial to you. It doesn't appear that the tablet is at fault here though.
Be aware that the tablet's pen is pressure sensitive. Push lighter or harder in order to get more desired effects.

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