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We've taken a look at the Intuos tablets, the 3 and 4. Those are the primary workhorse tablets that you see in the industry and in the arts all over the world today. They are great tablets, nothing wrong with them, but I'm going to show you the next level of tablet. What I have here is the Cintiq 12WX, and this tablet has a built-in integrated LCD display along with the fact that it's still a pressure sensitive tablet. So what does that mean? That means that this tablet is literally a virtual pad of paper or canvas.
So I can draw on this and at the same time, I'm seeing the actual drawing on the tablet. So let's take a look at this at a little bit closer up. So we've got the tablets setup here, and I'm just going to do a little bit of drawing, so you can see how this works and how it really is just like drawing with a digital form of paper. The really cool thing is about this is that it really makes it feel as if you're working on a traditional medium, more so than the separation in some cases.
The thing I really like about this is that, I can't tell you. It's one of those things you almost have to try out to find out just really how much this senses to yourself, like you're dealing literally with a traditional medium. The fact that it's all in one spot like this is very powerful. Now the thing that's a little funny for me is my background has so many years literally of working with tablets separated from the monitor where I'm dealing with the tablet in front of me, but the monitor is where the imagery is happening.
That when I first started dealing with Wacom tablets, it was a little unusual, because all this time I've gotten very used to with my hand not being in the way of the tablet, and the first thing I noticed when I first stared using Wacom, was, oh, my hands in the way, how can I get around that? I found that was just an impediment. Well, the thing is that's because of my background. I'm used to that and as a result, it's very easy for me to see that as something that's problematic.
However, a lot of people who come from backgrounds where they have spend many years working with medium in which they're marking the mark right at the same time and in the same place that the stylus is, are not going to find this unusual at all. So it really comes down to a matter of experience. My experience is a little different and as a result, I started wanting to figure out, well, I like this and it's pretty cool, but how can I make it a little bit more like something that I would like to use and take advantage of the tablet and yet at the same time, be able to still take advantage of the fact that I've got this really unique surface to work with? So what I have done is come up with a way that I can combine my favorite aspects of how this tablet works with the way I've worked for years and I'm going to give you a look at it here.
I think it's really a unique way to take advantage of this tablet, as well as the way we've just seen. So I've got things setup here and it's a little different than than I did before and I just want to give you a little indication of how I did this. Basically I have made the Cintiq a secondary display. So right now, my monitor is my primary display, this is where my menu bar is, and as a secondary display, I can take palettes from Painter and bring them over to this secondary display. That's how I have done, what I'm going to show you here.
So let's go ahead and get going. What you're going to see is I've taken the Mixer palette, which in Painter 11 is now resizeable. I've resized it so over almost two-thirds of the entire display is just mixing area. This means that I can start to mix on this display just like it were a traditional painter's palette. Along with the mixing area, I've also got my color set, which I've opened up, and this is the default one I've turned it on, so I can see all of these traditional names, like Manganese Blue, or Permanent Magenta, Carmine, Cobalt, Violet, these are all traditional colors.
So I've got a whole set of tube color paints sitting here that I can mix with. I've also got my color wheel, if I want to mix colors here. The other thing I've put in here that works well is Color Variability. So if I want to do something with my brush to introduce some color variability in the strokes, I can do that as well. So what this becomes now is my color control. I've isolated all of the color work and color control out of the main display. The main display is my painting area.
So I'm going to go and I'm going to start by mixing a few colors, and just kind of play around here, so you can see exactly how this is working for me. So I'm going in here and again here's that sensation, I mean this really feels of very much like I'm mixing colors right on this surface, much as if were a traditional artist's palette. It feels a lot like the only that's missing is the smell of the oil paint. So I suppose you could open some kind of a solvent and have it sitting next to here so it enhances the sensation, but it's closer enough now, I don't even I need that in order to get the feeling that I want.
So here we go, I've got this setup. I'm now going to start to select some colors. The first thing I want to show you is once I've selected a color, there's one of the buttons that's programmed on here currently, so that I can just toggle to this display. Now I'm in here and I'm painting on my canvas. So just like the traditional tools, I'm up painting on a canvas, I press the button, I'm down here, I grab a color, press the button, and it's just all, you know, other than the fact that I'm pressing a button to get back and forth between these two monitors, it really, really comes close to feeling like a traditional painting where I've got a painting area that I'm working on.
I've also got a mixing area, where all of this paint is happening. I'm just kind of horsing around here to show you how this works without trying to get too specific, but I can go in for example, I'm selecting some white in here and I'm using the Color palette and basically to do and select a couple of colors here. So this really, really, really-- I can't emphasize enough how authentic this feels. Not to mention, I happen to have a brush here that is an Impasto brush and so there is actually a sense of three- dimensionality about the brush strokes that I'm currently drawing.
So all of this comes together to show you, for me, this is kind of the next step. We're now starting to get close to where not only is Painter emulating natural media, but we have hardware technology around which we can even take this further and start to do some things that just-- these are the things I dreamed about years ago being able to do, and now here we are. We're actually doing it. That is kind of intoxicating to see this, finally getting to the point where a few years ago this was science fiction.
Well, science fiction has become reality and here it is sitting in front of us. So that in a nutshell is the Cintiq tablet and considering what it does, it really is the state-of- the-art in tablets today.
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