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Old Jul 17, 2005, 10:04 AM   #1
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I've been using mice for eons, (now have a cordless optical one) and at an Elements Technique Seminar yesterday I suddenly realized this may not be the best way to edit my photographs. So, I've been looking at a Wacom 4 X 5 graphis tablet (I have a very small work area) and I have a few questions before I make this purchase.

Is switching from a mouse to a graphics tablet easily accomplished in Elements 3.0? Will there be any significant learning curve to the process?

Is the use of a graphics tablet fully supported by 3.0?

Will using a tablet enable me to make more precise selections? I find that making precise selections is often tedious work. Additionally, I learned a technique of using layers to essentially paint a mask, which in essence, is a selection. This seemed like a really neat way to select in 3.0, but the instructor was using a tablet. Would painting in this way be easier using a tablet than a mouse?

Suppose I want to contiue using my current mouse, along with the tablet, and not the one supplied with the tablet. How simple is it to use the two peripherals, and will they work together? Can you switch from a mouse to a tablet, on the fly, or must you use one and stay with it?

Any help on this subject will be appreciated.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 8:14 PM   #2
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I do not have Elements, but the Wacom 4x5" Ruby (cheaper version) works just fine with PS6. Just plug it in, load the software, and the mouse carries on with no problem at all - at least the PS (not USB) mouse does.
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BestBuy has the Wacom graphire3 4*5 for under 100$, comes with the 4*5 tablet (512 pressure levels), cordless pen and mouse.

The pen and mouse can be used at the same time, the Wacom Intuso3 works fine with PScs (I'm guessing so does the Graphire3).
Never tried it with Elements, but since Elements is included with the tablets I'll make a guess that they will work fine together.

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