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Drawing a Line

Drawing a Line
by Gary Woods

If you're serious about using your computer to draw with programs like Photoshop or Illustrator then you need to look at the products from Wacom ( Wacom produces pointing devices that replace your mouse with a drawing stylus that acts like a pencil or paintbrush. If you've ever tried to draw anything with a mouse you know how ridiculously difficult it can be so Wacom has made the task a lot easier.

The most recent offering from Wacom that caught my attention is the Intuos4M. Retailing for $349 the Intuos4M is a 9 3/8 by 5 ¾ inch tablet that has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The programmable hot keys feature illuminated OLED (organic light-emitting diode) mini-displays that electronically label each key with either text or an icon to indicate the function you've assigned to it.

The cool-white ExpressKey displays which float beneath the tablet's glossy black trim instantly update to reflect different application-specific hot keys as you toggle from application to application.

The Intuos4 has been around for a while but this incarnation has been completely redesigned to enable ergonomic, consistent strokes, even over long periods of time. The Intuos4 is available in four different wide-format sizes, S. M, L, XL, you can pick the perfect size to fit your specific working style and workflow needs.

The Intuos4M is one of the most ergonomic and easy-to-use pro-caliber tablets manufactured so if you've been looking for a way to express your inner artist on the computer the Wacom Intuos4M deserves a look.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc