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Jean Renard Photography
Posts: 2,018
Los Angeles, California, US


I rarely use Photoshop but increasingly as I move into digital I have to use it more often, I am not so good but am using cs6.

Here is my issue, the greater the detail work I get into, the more keeping the mouse doing what I want is a problem.  I do not shake, have a smooth surface etc.

I have a pretty high end Kensington 2400 dpi mouse with the various sensitivity settings, I am using it on the highest setting, but clearly this is not doing it.  Other than the pen input devices, is there a better mouse to use for control or is there a setting I am not using?

Thanks
Nov 18 12 02:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Motordrive Photography
Posts: 2,347
Lodi, California, US


perhaps the sensitivity is too high. I have a mid/low end Logitech on my
Mac works fine and have never felt the need to upgrade, on my PC, it is
the stock HP and that might have to go.
Nov 18 12 02:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jhono Bashian
Posts: 2,428
Cleveland, Ohio, US


Ditch the mouse and get a Wacom and pen tool.  It will make your life so much more accurate.
Nov 18 12 03:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sourcelight Photography
Posts: 245
BOISE, Idaho, US


Hmm... other than tracking and scrolling speeds, I wasn't aware that there were any other "settings" available for my mouse.  I have found that I'm a lot more accurate in PS when I set the tracking speed to a midpoint setting that's considerably lower than I'd probably use for general screen navigation.

I own a high-end Wacom and pen, btw, but was never able to get proficient with it, so finally gave up and went back to the mouse.  My wife, a traditional artist who's just begun to confront the digital-art paradigm, has inherited the Wacom and was almost immediately more comfortable using it than I ever was.  I can certainly see the value IF you're able to use it, but frankly, imo, if you're not proficient with a brush on traditional media, you may also find that the pen is tough to adapt to.  Before you spend a few hundred dollars on one, I'd advise trying one out if possible.

I'm also going to continue lurking here to see if anybody has a better mouse to recommend.  My current Logitech wireless is getting sticky and appears to be joining the Dark Side, so I'm also interested in a quality replacement.
Nov 18 12 03:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jean Renard Photography
Posts: 2,018
Los Angeles, California, US


I will try the mid point on the Kensington to see if that helps.  I thought higher dpi setting would make it "better" but apparently not.
I also tried the pen and could not adapt to it either.

EDIT: Just tried the lower settings.  Makes navigation really painful on multiple screens but going into the pixel level is easier, it is easier to follow lines and work with eyelashes for example.

Still there has to be a better tool than what I am using.  For now I will click on the settings as I move around.
Nov 18 12 03:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Jean Renard Photography wrote:
I also tried the pen and could not adapt to it either.

Settings are critically important with a pen/tablet. Did you experiment with different settings (especially the active tablet area)?

Nov 18 12 03:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leonard Gee Photography
Posts: 16,080
Sacramento, California, US


Jean Renard Photography wrote:
Still there has to be a better tool than what I am using.  For now I will click on the settings as I move around.

It's called a medium/large tablet, but it has a learning curve and also requires proper adjustments. If you use a PC, the slower mouse speed with the acceleration off and the precision box check helps. But as you discovered, you need more desk space. You could also set the scroll wheel to pan the desktop.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121118/15/50a9740cddb0b.jpg

Nov 18 12 03:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sourcelight Photography
Posts: 245
BOISE, Idaho, US


Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
.... If you use a PC, the slower mouse speed with the acceleration off and the precision box check helps. But as you discovered, you need more desk space. You could also set the scroll wheel to pan the desktop.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121118/15/50a9740cddb0b.jpg

Ahh... I haven't been on a PC for so long I'd forgotten about the additional mouse settings in the setup dialog, particularly the "precision" setting.  Not apparently available on the Mac (as are a few other things I'd gotten accustomed to in the Windows environment and really miss in Mac OS; Vista finally drove me away, but Windows 7 might have brought me back if I hadn't already spent a thousand or so switching all my software over--ack!). 

Sorry for the threadjack, OP.  It looks like we're both still waiting for that better mouse recommendation.

Nov 18 12 04:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jean Renard Photography
Posts: 2,018
Los Angeles, California, US


Leonard Gee Photography wrote:

It's called a medium/large tablet, but it has a learning curve and also requires proper adjustments. If you use a PC, the slower mouse speed with the acceleration off and the precision box check helps. But as you discovered, you need more desk space. You could also set the scroll wheel to pan the desktop.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121118/15/50a9740cddb0b.jpg

I do have a pc so huge thanks there.
Forgot about those settings as well.
All were as you suggest, lowered the speed all the way, not happy there, mid point was better.
It is more workable but still lacking, or I am simply not used to it.
Thank you for this Mr Gee..

Nov 18 12 04:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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