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The Touch Ring is my favorite part of the tablet. Press the middle button to switch between the different modes and use the ring to zoom in/out, cycle through your layers, increase/decrease brush size, and rotate. These settings change depending on the application you’re using and it already comes with a default profile for Photoshop. For things such as rotating your canvas in Photoshop, the Touch Ring worked much better than the touch gestures. On the Touch Ring, it rotated smoothly - felt exactly like using the old iPods.
All of these buttons, Touch Ring, and touchpad settings can be customized.
Conclusion – Should you ditch your mouse for a tablet?
Whether you’re an artist or a photographer, you’ll enjoy using the Wacom Intuos5. It’s the best tablet that you can get. The tablets looks professional and is well built. The precision of the Intuos5 is amazing with 2048 pressure levels and 60 degrees of tilt sensitivity.
A pen tablet has huge benefits over a mouse. The most obvious is the ease of drawing with a pen; you can create strokes and curves much easier than a mouse. The next benefit is the varying stroke thickness and opacity that you can apply with pen pressure. This also lets you use special media brushes in Photoshop CS6 such as the Airbrush which does not work well without a pen tablet. The Intuos5 also gives you access to extra buttons on the tablet and pen that you can customize. The TouchRing is extremely useful and it's become a habit whether I use a pen or mouse.
Many people say that once you use a tablet, you can’t go back to a mouse. For me, I still prefer my mouse more for general work but there are times (such as retouching) that I would switch to a tablet. With the Intuos5, I can use the pen to retouch skin with varying opacity while keeping a finger on the Touch Ring to adjust the brush size. Some people live by the tablet, some use it occasionally, and some leave it sitting on their desk to collect dust. One thing we can all agree on is that you really have to try it to know if you like it.
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