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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.
In this video we're going to take a look at the Wacom Touch Ring functions that I've customized, and I'm going to go ahead and click on my Touch Ring here, so you can see this. I've set it up so I've got four different commands available. And the first one here we'll look at is Auto Scroll and Zoom. So, this lets me Zoom in and out of my images. So, that's a nice quick way to be able to adjust the magnification of your imagery as you're working on it. The next one is Rotate, and I use this one all the time, particularly when you're having to draw certain angles, for example, a horizontal, is not necessarily an easy angle to draw on when you're working, especially the way I have my tablet.
It's right in front of me and it gets a little difficult to do this. So, being able to rotate is just one way that you can really get the maximum angle on a particular stroke that you want to make. I will tell you, too, one thing, sometimes it's a little dicey to get back to zero on this, or to, you know, the unrotated version of your image. When you're in this, if you even have it at some cockeyed angle, if you just hit the Escape key, that will quickly put it back in its normal orientation. The next one we'll take a look at is Brush Size, and you can see here how I'm quickly addressing Brush Size.
So, once again, this is just another shortcut that eliminates your hand having to go up to the keyboard in order to quickly make an adjustment to your Brush Size. And then finally, we have Undo and Redo History, and I find this to be very useful, too, because one of the things I like to provide myself is a safety net, and knowing that I can quickly go back and visualize what did that look like before I made those changes, this gives me a good way to be able to do it. And depending on how you set your number of Undos in the Preferences, you can either just go back a few or very far.
So, it's up to you how you set the number of Undos in Preferences. So, that covers the Touch Ring. In the next video, we'll take a look at the buttons on the barrel of the Wacom stylus.
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