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Maximizing your tablet's pressure response

From: Painter 11 Essential Training

Video: Maximizing your tablet's pressure response

After you choose your tablet and get all the settings the way you like them in the Wacom preferences, there is one more preference you're definitely going to want to adjust in Painter to maximize the way your Wacom tablet works and to get to this, we're going to go to the Preferences menu, which in Mac is under Corel Painter 11 menu. In Windows, it's under the Edit menu. Go to Preferences and we're going to go to Brush Tracking. So, let's open this dialog and what this basically wants you to do is to draw a stroke that is similar to your typical pressure and speed and I'm going to purposely draw incorrectly, because I want to show you how this works.

Maximizing your tablet's pressure response

After you choose your tablet and get all the settings the way you like them in the Wacom preferences, there is one more preference you're definitely going to want to adjust in Painter to maximize the way your Wacom tablet works and to get to this, we're going to go to the Preferences menu, which in Mac is under Corel Painter 11 menu. In Windows, it's under the Edit menu. Go to Preferences and we're going to go to Brush Tracking. So, let's open this dialog and what this basically wants you to do is to draw a stroke that is similar to your typical pressure and speed and I'm going to purposely draw incorrectly, because I want to show you how this works.

I'm going to draw so light and basically, I'm just going to be letting my pin touch the tablet surface and I'm not giving it any weight. So I have drawn a stroke. I'm going to say okay, I have got Square Chalk here, which is a texture aware brush, and at my lightest stroke l should be able to just skip along the tops of that paper grain and already, I mean I'll try as best I can. It's so hard for me to actually get to the light end of the pressure because that ultralight stroke I did set up the tracking, so that even the lightest touch makes it pretty full.

Now, let's go back and notice when we're in here that Shift+Command or Shift+Ctrl+K gets you here. I'm going to be using that for the rest of time. Now, I'm going to draw with a very heavy-handed stroke. Just almost as heavy as I can. Okay, now I'm drawing a very heavy stroke. And now I'm going to say OK. Now, I'm going to try to get that light pressure. I'm pressing and feeling nothing. Pressing, pressing, pressing. Now, I'm finally getting to it and an extreme amount of pressure finally gets to the maximum pressure. So, it definitely senses what your hand is doing and the best thing to do is not press real light, not press real strong. Just draw a stoke that is typical of the kind of painting activity that you are going to be doing.

And let's see this. Yeah, see now I have perfect control over my pressure and this is in particular important with the new Intuos4 because it has a much higher sensitivity to light pressure. And you want to be able to get the maximum out of it. I can tell you a quick story to tell you how important this is. In some of my workshops, it will be actually a day or two before I get to a student, to work specifically with them, and sometimes I'll see what they are doing and there is just something about it.

And they'll say, "I can't do it the way that you are doing it." And I say "let me see your pen" and I'll go to draw with it and it will be set up like one of these extremes that I have told you about and they didn't realize there was any control over it. And so,when I took them in there, and I'll just do a quick stroke and then I try it and it's like, "Oh here, try this." The second they try it, they are just like, "Oh my gosh! I can't believe this." "There is so much more pressure capability in this than I thought." So it's really important to visit the Brush Tracking palette fairly regularly and I used to be more on this side of just set it once and forget it, but I found for different brushes in Painter, if it just feels kind of funny to me, I'll open this up and do a stroke and go back and sure enough that corrected it.

So, there isn't one size fits all for brush tracking anymore. It's now somewhat depended on the various media that you're working with. So take advantage of brush tracking. It's going to get you the maximum feel for the Wacom tablet that's possible. Well, we have our Wacoms configured, we've got them gassed up and ready to roll, go forth and paint!

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Painter 11 Essential Training

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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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