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This is not a big deal for organic drawing but it is problem for precision selection in Illustrator.
Personally I've found tablets unusable for precision UI work. The reason is simple geometry. Because of the rotation in the wrist, the cursor moves, and you miss the mark:
A mouse doesn't do that. I got a Wacom and wrestled with it for weeks, until I concluded it would never work, and ditched it.
I'm sure tablets are wonderful for drawing and painting freehand (which I don't do), you certainly can't do that with a mouse. So I suppose it's just a question of picking the right tool for the job.
I suppose it's just a question of picking the right tool for the job.
Yes you're probably right. I've started fooling around with illustration composed of basic geometric shapes (as is the current trend) and after struggling with the pen I realized I don't really need it for that type of work and went back to the mouse. However I'm still considering the Wacom. Have you used one and if so did you experience the problem I described?
Actually the illustration was a bit misleading and much too complicated. It doesn't matter where you look, the point is only that the cursor moves as the pen tip moves down:
I've never used a Cintiq, this was a plain Intuos Pen and Touch (as it was called). But there was never any issue with the device precision in itself, it was dead on and worked very well as such.
A possible workaround for the above "geometry shift" is to rest the pen on the surface and then apply additional pressure to click. That wasn't possible on the one I had, but I understand it's possible with the Intuos Pro, and probably the Cintiqs.
The "hype" in many circles is that you must use a tablet for everything if you want to be taken seriously, and that notion I do have problems with. For most normal work a good mouse is still more precise. The tablet is for drawing and painting.
All of this, naturally, is just my personal opinion and preference.
I fully agree, having used a Cintiq for write a few years, and now using an Intuos tablet. Just because I have the tablet, I don’t use it for everything, and the same was true with the Cintiq. I always use the mouse in Illustrator, and I always use the mouse in office apps like Excel and PowerPoint. I keep the pen in its stand and grab it most often in Photoshop or Lightroom, when I’m painting, masking, or drawing.
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I have the 22HD non-touch and do not any of the issues. It is a fluid pen to screen reaction. I also have a much older 24HD and while it is also fluid the sensitivity levels on the 22 are a game changer. Precision is spot on for me- I see where the pen point is and whether I hold the pen on or off the screen there is no jitter. Drawing is easy and if you are a sketch or precision artist I think you will find that it is great addition to your workflow.
Thank you both for your responses. Now I know that I don't have to use my tablet for everything
Thank you Kat for answering my question.
You are welcome. If you decide to purchase I do not think you will be disappointed.