When someone asks me what my favorite photography-related purchase has been, my Wacom tablet is always one of my first responses. Here is how purchasing one could help you and how to get the most out of it if you do.
My Wacom tablet is the only tool I use for editing in Photoshop. It now feels foreign to try and use a mouse for any advanced editing. The ease of using a pen to draw as well as the customizable buttons on the tablet have improved my speed and quality. If your photography requires you to spend any substantial amount of time in a program like Photoshop, then purchasing a Wacom tablet is a must.
If you do purchase one, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first day or two of using it will feel impossible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a photographer say they purchased a tablet, didn’t like how it felt, and never tried to use it again. I promise you, once you get a feel for using a tablet you won’t go back. The second thing to know is that customizing its settings is essential for maximizing its benefit to you. That’s where this video comes in. Here, Aaron Nace from Phlearn teaches how to set up a Wacom tablet, what settings to use based on his years of experience, and offers a few hands-on examples to show the difference these tools can make.
If you are interested in purchasing a Wacom tablet, Nace recommends the medium Wacom Intuos Pro. To see all of his tips for using a tablet, check out his video above.