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Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4

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We've been talking about the six axes of motion and basically, they are just the ways that we can measure the motion of the artist's hand, wrist and arm and all of those combined together is how an artist expresses themselves through the medium of a stylus-based instrument. Well, how do I get this information from out here into in there? There's actually a very good technology that helps that happen and that's pen tablets and in the world of pen tablets, Wacom is known as the gold standard of this technology.

Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4

We've been talking about the six axes of motion and basically, they are just the ways that we can measure the motion of the artist's hand, wrist and arm and all of those combined together is how an artist expresses themselves through the medium of a stylus-based instrument. Well, how do I get this information from out here into in there? There's actually a very good technology that helps that happen and that's pen tablets and in the world of pen tablets, Wacom is known as the gold standard of this technology.

They've mastered the ability to get all of these axes of motion into the computer and ultimately to Painter, which takes advantage of it. The first tablet we're going to take advantage of and take a look at is Wacom Intuos3. The Intuos3 is been out now all about four years and this tablet introduce some new features that have proven to be very popular and in fact this tablet right now in its various sizes is probably the most widely in-use pressure sensitive tablet around today because it's been around for few years.

Now, I want to talk a little bit about the control surfaces that we have to deal with here. What you get within Intuos3 tablet, by default, is the Intuos Grip Pen and this comes with it, so there's no extra expense involved with this. But if you want to explore the six axes, which you remember is barrel rotation, this pen does not communicate that information. To get that, you've got to go to the 6D pen and the 6D pen is an optional purchase by the user, but this pen does understand barrel rotation.

So if I go in here and start to use it, I think you'll see how this pen actually, depending on my hand motion, does take advantage of barrel rotation. In fact I found that using this pen is actually very good to kind of hold it farther back in the hand, like you would a traditional brush. In doing so, you actually get a better leverage on the pen to show off and control all the different axes of motion and really it becomes a subconscious thing. You really are not thinking consciously about doing it.

It just becomes part of the use of the tablet. Now, I mention the control surfaces and these are built into the sides of the tablet on both the left and right side. These control surfaces enable me to map various commands in my applications, in this case, Painter, to be able to have a shortcut without having to go to a menu or a pop-up or context-sensitive menu. I can do several things from here, and over time, I figured out several commands that work for me.

It's never going to be the same for two people. You're always going to have someone who wants to do one thing and someone wants to do another, but the idea here is that you actually can build into your workflow through the surface of the tablet, the types of things you want to have access to. Now there's two types of controls on here. You have the ExpressKeys, which are literally buttons you can use to assign a shortcut, which would normally be, say, a keyboard shortcut could be assigned to this. You can even, if you want to, keep this one as the Command or Ctrl key, one as the Option or Alt key, one as the Shift key.

So you can actually use combinations if you want. I prefer to just have them used for one combination or one press causes one thing to happen and the thing about it is, you have to remember well, what does this button do over here, what does this button do, and what I've actually done is created little labels for myself so that I could remember that, oh yes! This is my Rotate Page button or this one is for adjusting the Brush Size button. So, even though I use them all the time, every once a while you'll kind of forget which one does what and I have these here, just as a mnemonic way to remember what it is I'm supposed to do.

The other piece of technology on here are the Express Strips and you could see, this one is set up to zoom in and out, so that just using my finger here, I can actually use this to adjust whether I'm zoomed in or out on the tablet. So, the Wacom 3 Intuous tablet really has some very interesting features in it. One of the things I do want to bring up, as we're going to look at the next generation tablet here in a moment. This tablet has 1024 levels of pressure, which sounds great and it is.

There is no reason to think that this is a limited tablet, but the next tablet we're going to talk about is the Intuos4. This tablet goes a little further and it actually has 2048. So it's doubled the amount of pressure that it has and so I'm going to show you a little bit about it. It gets into being a little bit of unique way that they've done away with control surfaces on both sides. It's now only on one side and you think, well, how is that going to work for left and right-handed people? What they've actually done is you can flip these around and actually there's a pair of USB ports in here, so you can decide most people want the cord leaving from the top of the tablet.

So either left or right- handed, people can do it. Another great innovation in here is that unlike my previous tablet where I had to deal with the little mnemonic devices that I put on here to remember what the pen controls do is this actually has LED displays built into it and when I use the Wacom driver, I can go in and map exactly as I want various controls into this tablet. So that I have the same functionality I had before. It's just now it's all on one side of the tablet.

This leaves in my case, this leaves my left hand available for drawing and concentrating on the activity of your expressing through the pen itself, but the right hand is now available so that I can use it for things like redoing or undoing what I'm doing. I actually got this setup to undo my strokes. You can see here it's going backwards in time in undoing the stokes and I can go forward, back through my undo. So, it gives me a great way to have a bit of a safety net built in here.

I know I can try something out, like well, I guess I don't want that. So what I would do is just undo that and it's a really nice feature to have this new, what they call the Touch Ring involved. So the control surfaces have been updated with this pen and the sensitivity of it has been updated. Part of this sensitivity involves the technology of the pen. This is a new technology pen that actually is sensitive to less than one gram of force and because of that, that's why the 2048 levels of pressure come in handy when you're dealing with media like pencils or chalk and charcoal.

Those kinds of mediums are very sensitive to a light touch and the expanded range of pressure allows there to be much more overhead in that lighter touch. It just makes for a much more sensual almost feel when you use it. The first time I used it, I was really impressed with how different it felt by having those additional degrees of pressure available to me. So, the one thing about this tablet, unlike the earlier Intuos3, which does have the 6D pen, this is so new and the pen technology is so new, they don't currently have the 6D pen available.

It will be available later this year and I'm looking forward to it to have all of this cool, new technology, new sensitivity and the barrel rotation as well. But for the time being, I'm totally happy. So we've looked at the Intuos level of tablets. Next, we're going to take a look at the next level up and I think you're going to be thoroughly impressed when you see what you can do with the top of the line tablet.

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome/demo
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What Painter can do
      1m 15s
    2. Let's paint!
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 16s
    1. Starting Painter for the first time
      6m 39s
    2. Creating, opening, and saving files
      4m 52s
    3. Sizing image resolution for output
      6m 16s
    4. Extending the canvas
      2m 36s
    5. Creating and using templates
      2m 53s
  4. 37m 46s
    1. Navigating Painter
      8m 46s
    2. Rotating the canvas
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Tool palette and Property bar
      6m 41s
    4. Understanding Tool palette selectors
      8m 58s
    5. The Brush Selector bar: an art store in a palette
      4m 2s
    6. Configuring palettes
      6m 16s
  5. 28m 37s
    1. Accessing and controlling color with the Color palette
      8m 27s
    2. Mixing color in the Mixer palette
      10m 41s
    3. Color sets: choose 'n' use color
      9m 29s
  6. 37m 13s
    1. Understanding the six axes of motion
      3m 19s
    2. Introducing tablets: Intuos3 and Intuos4
      8m 6s
    3. Introducing tablets: Cintiq
      7m 49s
    4. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 1
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing your Wacom tablet: part 2
      9m 25s
    6. Maximizing your tablet's pressure response
      3m 37s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Understanding the selection tools
      2m 16s
    2. Making selections using the Lasso tool
      3m 20s
    3. Making polygonal selections
      2m 51s
    4. Making selections using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 29s
  8. 42m 34s
    1. Understanding layers
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Preserve Transparency control
      2m 50s
    3. Using the Pick Up Underlying Color control
      4m 36s
    4. Resizing and rotating layers using the Transform tool
      5m 45s
    5. Making selections using channels
      4m 23s
    6. Working with layer masks
      9m 52s
    7. Adding text
      7m 7s
  9. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding the Brush Creator workspace
      6m 11s
    2. Exploring brush properties using the Randomizer
      8m 15s
    3. Exploring brush properties using the Transposer
      4m 45s
    4. Using the Stroke Designer to create custom brushes
      9m 39s
    5. Managing brush variants
      8m 50s
  10. 38m 24s
    1. Adjusting brush size: three techniques
      3m 3s
    2. Fine-tuning your stroke in the Brush Controls palette
      5m 12s
    3. Working with texture-aware media
      8m 59s
    4. Painting with Artists' Oils brushes
      10m 45s
    5. Painting with RealBristle brushes
      3m 39s
    6. Working with hard media
      4m 57s
    7. Painting with markers
      1m 49s
  11. 20m 21s
    1. Understanding the Image Hose
      3m 26s
    2. Controlling the Image Hose
      8m 32s
    3. Creating a nozzle file
      8m 23s
  12. 22m 11s
    1. Warmup exercises
      7m 54s
    2. Draftsmanship: drawing media
      10m 56s
    3. Doodling
      43s
    4. Creating outline sketches utilizing the conceptual squint
      2m 38s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding cloning
      3m 1s
    2. Tracing a clone's source using Tracing Paper
      3m 27s
    3. Painting a cloned image
      5m 55s
    4. Creating a Quick Clone
      2m 46s
    5. In-document cloning
      2m 19s
  14. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding the vocabularies of paint photography
      8m 51s
    2. You must destroy detail
      6m 20s
    3. Focusing on the subject
      4m 1s
    4. Adapting color in a photograph for photo painting
      6m 39s
  15. 28m 16s
    1. Under-painting
      6m 26s
    2. Auto-painting
      5m 25s
    3. Using manual controls for auto-painting
      11m 53s
    4. Restoring detail using the Restoration palette
      4m 32s
  16. 18m 44s
    1. The photo as wet oil paint
      6m 47s
    2. Cloning the canvas and building detail with multiple layers
      11m 57s
  17. 25m 57s
    1. Applying surface texture
      6m 53s
    2. Matching the color palette between two images
      4m 10s
    3. Marbling
      9m 27s
    4. Exploring the Growth effect
      5m 27s
  18. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding frame-by-frame animation
      2m 9s
    2. Creating an animation with onion-skinning
      11m 51s
    3. Using a movie clone source
      11m 10s
  19. 17m 47s
    1. Using each application for its strengths
      4m 24s
    2. Working with Photoshop's PSD file format in Painter and Photoshop
      4m 52s
    3. Configuring color management
      8m 31s
  20. 33m 25s
    1. Setting preferences
      7m 37s
    2. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      5m 5s
    3. Saving and restoring palette layouts
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom palettes
      3m 36s
    5. Accessing favorite brushes using the Tracker palette
      5m 55s
    6. Organizing custom workspaces
      7m 9s
  21. 8m 17s
    1. Undo, undo, undo
      3m 33s
    2. Painting on layers
      1m 57s
    3. Save often, save early
      2m 47s
  22. 10m 7s
    1. Resetting brushes: Painter's panic button
      2m 0s
    2. Resetting workspaces with the Shift key restart
      6m 12s
    3. Troubleshooting brushes with the brush checklist
      1m 55s
  23. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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