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A few months ago Wacom revamped its lineup of pressure sensitive tablets. The Bamboo was changed to the Intuos and the Intuos lineup was updated to the new Intuous Pro 5 models.

Many people wonder how I do some of the Photoshop work I’ve completed. They come up to me and ask “Hey, Alex how did you do such great Photoshop work? I would also like to do such great Photoshop work.” and I tell them that apart from using Photoshop for over five years now and becoming a Certified Expert, I use a Wacom tablet to do my editing and not a mouse. There’s no exaggeration on my part. Photoshop is built to fully utilize pressure sensitive tablets and using one has made a world of difference in the quality of work I produce. If I tried to do the same editing and retouching I’ve been doing over the past two years with a mouse I would probably tear my hair out.

What urks me the most though is that I tell people my response that really a tablet is a priceless tool when it comes to editing and they go “oh wow” and that’s about it. Very few people are willing to invest the money in buying this piece of equipment which, if you ask me, is probably the best thing I’ve bought in the last two years. Now there’s really no excuse to have a tablet as I was checking Amazon last night and found that the new Intuos Pen & Touch tablets now start at $75. I was thinking of picking one up just so that I don’t have to haul mine back and forth to school with me.

For the time being I can’t readily attest to the quality and durability of the Pen & Touch tablets but specs wise it’s worth every penny. If they’re anything like the Intuos 4 series like what I currently own then I would highly recommend it. It doesn’t look like it has as many buttons or a wheel to boot but I never use those features anyway.

Really, if you’re looking to do some solid editing, for $75 you can do a whole lot more than you would with a mouse.

-Alex

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Since I joined Pinterest I’ve been exposed to such a wide variety of art that I did not know existed. Thousands upon thousands of artists go unnoticed and unappreciated on the internet but one great illustrator has recently bubbled to the surface of it all. Pascal Campion is the artist behind the Sketch of the Day project which has become quite popular and very unique.

The video (see above) details a bit of Pascal’s artistic process in which he develops sketches based on the emotions behind everyday scenes. He then continues to develop his sketch in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet to paint colors into the sketch and use adjustment layers to bring his concept to a fine glistening polish.

Unlike photographers, illustrators have a very distinct style to their work similar to the way one person’s handwriting differs from another. I find it interesting to watch as Pascal starts with a rough sketch on paper and evolves his work into something completely refined through digital manipulation and colorization in Photoshop. His work is an extraordinary representation of what can be accomplished through the use of multiple mediums. Pascal takes complete control of his art and only leaves the sky as the limit, a true artist, unrestricted and growing every day.

You can find Pascal on his website: http://www.pascalcampion.com

-Alex