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A photoshop pen Answered

Hi
Lately while working in PS I noticed that I needed a way to freehand with a pen but couldn't afford
a professional one.
I was wondering if there was a way to make one on the cheap.

This is what I'm talking about.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Digital-Picture-Frame/?ALLSTEPS

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LinuxH4x0r

10 years ago

Wacom makes ones starting at around $50. Other brands are even cheaper.

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guyfrom7up

10 years ago

I just got a great idea all of a sudden (and I hate it when people say allofasudden, lol) Take a laser mouse (just a normal, none ball mouse), some fiber optics, and a red LED. attach a string of fiber optic to the photosensor at the bottom of your mouse (it should cost less than 5 bucks), attach it to a pen form. Attach a small 3mm led with resistor and battery and whatever. so basically the red led shines on the desk and the fiber optics pick up the red light. You might have to fiddle with the idea, but that's the basic plan.

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guyfrom7upguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

oh, and you need fiber optics instead of taking the photosensitive transistor out of the mouse is because they are usually integrated in an IC.

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Commando Bunnyguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

hmm interesting idea problem is that buttons will be an issue and i have no idea on how

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guyfrom7upCommando Bunny

Reply 10 years ago

buttons should be easy to. Open up the mouse, desolder the buttons, attach wires to the button pads and attach buttons to the wires and attach that to your pen.

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Commando Bunnyguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

so you meant to make the optic cable go through a pen nice idea

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Commando Bunnyguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

maybe if i can find some optic cables i need to test this idea it sounds practical enough and thanx

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WeissensteinburgCommando Bunny

Reply 10 years ago

If you have one of those old light up toys, the kind that consist of an LED and loose fiber optic cables, you could use it.

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killerjackalopeguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

I'm working on a little project for something similar, I had an idea for a gaming thing and another that has a joystick like object suspended in a hemisphere built in to a desk, the theory being that it'd be easy on wrists and ambidextrous, plus you'd be able to get a fairly accurate control of it...

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killerjackalopeCommando Bunny

Reply 10 years ago

I haven't got to a stage where it'd be explainable yet, still working out the design. One's a free standing joystick, that you move around the desk like a mouse, with lots of buttons for different functions, you could put one together with minimal effort using the fiber optic method guyfrom7up mentions.