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Setting Wacom stylus preferences

From: Digital Painting: Architecture

Video: 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.

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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Digital Painting: Architecture

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  1. 26m 4s
    1. Introduction
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Installing custom content
      2m 46s
    4. Setting up Wacom express keys
      13m 32s
    5. Setting Wacom touch ring preferences
      2m 14s
    6. Setting Wacom stylus preferences
      3m 24s
    7. Division of labor: Image prep and painting
      2m 33s
  2. 19m 9s
    1. Visual vocabularies
      3m 49s
    2. The vocabulary of photography
      7m 38s
    3. The vocabulary of painting
      4m 59s
    4. Looking at reality through a mental painting filter
      2m 43s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Removing lens distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      6m 47s
    2. Removing distractions
      8m 7s
    3. Don't be a slave to the original photograph
      10m 51s
    4. Correcting image adjustments
      2m 58s
    5. Telling a story with added image elements
      10m 14s
  4. 25m 2s
    1. The eye has a better sensor than a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Adding natural shadows with Field Blur
      8m 47s
    3. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment filter
      7m 48s
    4. Using the HDR Toning filter
      5m 25s
  5. 39m 56s
    1. Resolution is in the brushstrokes
      3m 26s
    2. Using the Surface Blur filter
      6m 17s
    3. Using the Displacement filter to add imperfections
      6m 22s
    4. Using the Oil Paint filter
      11m 51s
    5. Making tonal and color corrections
      12m 0s
  6. 22m 40s
    1. Nondestructive layer painting (NDLP): Your creative safety net
      5m 54s
    2. Setting up the Mixer Brush cloning action
      7m 29s
    3. Using cloning layers
      2m 58s
    4. Working with adjustment layers
      6m 19s
  7. 20m 7s
    1. Using tool presets and not brushes
      3m 41s
    2. Categorizing and organizing brushes
      6m 14s
    3. Adding canvas texture
      4m 51s
    4. Using Sample All Layers
      5m 21s
  8. 14m 48s
    1. You must destroy detail
      2m 9s
    2. Establishing compositional structure
      3m 46s
    3. Determining a style and sticking to it
      7m 30s
    4. Painting in progress: Finishing the underpainting layer
      1m 23s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Understanding simplified indication
      9m 9s
    2. Understanding color: Warm advances, cool retreats
      4m 9s
    3. Painting in progress: Introducing texture to the intermediate layer
      13m 22s
  10. 40m 19s
    1. The play's the thing
      5m 18s
    2. Focusing on the subject through detail
      4m 40s
    3. Using a traditional paint color swatch set
      4m 37s
    4. Painting in progress: Completing the detail layer
      16m 25s
    5. Adding surface texture effects
      9m 19s
  11. 12m 47s
    1. It pays to wait a day
      1m 55s
    2. Adjusting your importance hierarchy
      4m 49s
    3. You'll never paint the same thing twice
      2m 7s
    4. Helpful resources and inspiration
      3m 56s

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