Setting Wacom stylus preferences
Video: Setting Wacom stylus preferencesIn this segment, we're going to take a look at the two buttons on the Wacom Stylus, and I'll show you how I've got these set up to give you a couple functions that are close at hand. And, the first one is the Forward button. When I press on it, I've got it set so that I can select multiple colors in the mixer brush. So, if I click on it, as you're seeing there, that calls up the Mixer Brush Multi-Color target, and when I click on that, I now have selected multiple colors from there.
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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
- Setting up a Wacom tablet
- Removing lens distortions
- Correcting distracting image elements
- Making shadow and highlight adjustments
- Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
- Modifying color
- Cloning layers
- Using a traditional paint color swatch set
- Using custom actions
- Working with canvas texture
- Creating physical surface texture effects
- Painting with custom brushes
Setting Wacom stylus preferences
In this segment, we're going to take a look at the two buttons on the Wacom Stylus, and I'll show you how I've got these set up to give you a couple functions that are close at hand. And, the first one is the Forward button. When I press on it, I've got it set so that I can select multiple colors in the mixer brush. So, if I click on it, as you're seeing there, that calls up the Mixer Brush Multi-Color target, and when I click on that, I now have selected multiple colors from there.
So, the reason I did this, it seems like that button being so close to the tip of the Stylus, it just made perfect sense to me that this would be the place where I would want to quickly address switching the color out on the tip of that Stylus. So that's just one way to be able to quickly do that. So that's the Forward button. Now, another control we have, and it actually has to do with the Wet command here. When I click the Back button on the pen once, and if you watch up here, see how it just switched to 100%? That temporarily switches the brush behavior into being a smeary brush.
So now, it wants to still add color, but it also wants to pick up and mix color that it finds underneath of it. Now, if I want to get out of that behavior, I have to click the button twice in a row quickly. So, I'll go one, two. See how it went back to zero? And now I'm back to my normal behavior. And so, what this does it just gives you a way to toggle between an opaque brush, which is zero wetness, and then clicking that rear button once, alters it to a 100% smeary brush.
And then, clicking it twice in succession puts it back to being an opaque brush. So, these are just a couple of behaviors that you have right at your fingertips, literally, for adjusting the behavior of your brush. These last three movies have given you an insight into how to take advantage of all of the different customizations you can do to a Wacom Tablet. If for some reason you are unable to take advantage of these custom settings, you can also refer to this PDF that I'm supplying you, and we'll take a look at this.
This gives you all of the same information that I've just gone over in the last three movies. But, this shows you what the commands are, where I've added them, and just basically explains to you in a visual sense exactly what we've done. So, you've also got this Intuos mapping document. Even though it's for the Intuous4 and CS5, all of the commands still apply. So, if you are working in CS6, as most of you should be since this is a CS6 title, or if you are working with an Intuos5 tablet, then this is still useful document for you to access.
So, the upshot of these three videos is that I really encourage you to take advantage of the customization feature of the Wacom's control surface and barrel buttons to get the most out of your workflow so that you're not constantly having to jump out of it and go somewhere into the interface to make changes that can easily be right at your fingertips.
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- Q: I'm unable to install the custom Wacom settings included with the exercise files. Any advice on how to load them?
- A: After the course was recorded, we discovered that the Wacom preference files are not cross-platform and are specific to the machine that created them, which limits their use. However, in the exercise files you'll find a PDF labeled Intuos4 Mapping_PS_CS5.pdf; using this document, you can manually enter the settings in the Wacom control panel. Also, please note that the settings are not necessary to complete the course.
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