Join Veejay Gahir for an in-depth discussion in this video Comparing mouse and tablet sketching, part of SketchBook Pro 7 Essential Training.
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In this video we're going to discuss the advantages of using a tablet over a mouse. So first of all a mouse was never really intended for sketching. We've all done it, in the past we've had to use it, but it's really not that kind of medium. It works on a 2D plane, and it has no pressure sensitivity. So here's a good example. I'm going to go into my library. I'm going to pick a texture brush, for example this one here. Now this one, if I look at the characteristics, already has a whole bunch of options that I can change on here. If I start from the left to the right, just with light pressure and increasing the pressure as I move along, you'll notice that the texture increases.
That would be impossible to do with a mouse. Also as I move the stylus, you'll notice the texture is orienting itself to the direction of my stylus. Another advantage in using a tablet and a stylus is the tablet can be oriented. It can be angled, it can be rotated. Whereas a mouse essentially works, again, only on a 2D plane. Also, if I choose the felt pen, a stylus and a tablet allows for precision picking. It's very easy to create fine details with a tablet and stylus.
Another part that's very important is that a tablet can be a lot less fatiguing. If you are doing constant line movements like this, or detailed movements with a mouse. It can start to become very fatiguing. With a stylus and a tablet, it's more of a natural movement so, again, it's a big advantage in that respect. And we've already discussed the disadvantages of using a tablet. It can be expensive, styluses can be expensive to replace when they're dropped and they can get damaged. If you're interested in learning some more information about the Wacom tablet and how to configure it, and also really the history of how digital sketching has progressed, I would highly recommend the Wacom Essential Training course with John Derry
- Understanding the Lagoon
- Working with color
- Modifying brush properties
- Cropping, translating, transforming, and distorting
- Working with symmetry and perspective
- Creating curves and straight lines
- Using layers
- Exporting images