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Setting up your tablet for detail work

From: Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Video: Setting up your tablet for detail work

Using a Wacom Tablet and stylus will give you greater control with detail work. My mouse, I do utilize a right-click.

Setting up your tablet for detail work

Using a Wacom Tablet and stylus will give you greater control with detail work. Photoshop has many settings built in to work with the tablet. This section will show you how to setup your tablet and stylus for optimum use in Photoshop. First, I'm going to go to my System Preferences. And I'm going to open up the Wacom Tablet System Preferences. This gives me controls for the mouse, the stylus and key functions. So, starting with the grip pen, you can go through and you can customize the tip feel. How fast the pressure will take, the pressure sensitivity and other aspects of the tip of the pen that you can set to either soft or firm.

And I actually like to go soft on this a little bit, it gives me a little greater control when I'm using detail work. Tilt sensitivity, you have normal, medium, and high. You can increase or decrease depending on your range of motion. Normal seems to work best for me. Now, if I want to test the pressure of the pen, I can go through and actually as I click, I can see a current pressure readout. And I have to push very hard when I'm on soft to get it to maximum, which is exactly what I need. My mouse, I do utilize a right-click.

If you're on a Macintosh and you don't like utilizing the right-click, you can change this to just make it a single-click and use the control key, in combination with that to access right-click features. And then inside of Functions, I like to go through my express keys and what I setup for Photoshop is specifically Keystroke Modifiers. So, what I'll do is I'll go in and I'll select Keystroke and I can type in any keystroke I want to use, for instance, J, to take me to my Healing tools. When I hit OK, it actually shows me a readout on my Wacom Tablet that says Healing tools.

So what I've setup here is a keystroke for the Healing tools. I've also setup a keystroke using the Shift+J to switch the Healing tools between each other. S, for the Clone Stamp tool, and then, a little known feature inside of Photoshop which is called creating a New Layer via Snapshot. What this key command will do is allow you to create a brand new layer, that will take a snapshot of your current layer visibility. The key command for this is Shift+Option+Cmd+E on the Mac or Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows and that will create a new layer via Snapshot.

And that's a really nice thing to have as a key command inside of your Wacom Tablet so you don't always have to do what I call smash and grab. Where you hit one side of the key, hit another key and hope that it works. Now it's setup as just a key command in my Modifiers.

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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

46 video lessons · 3954 viewers

Kevin Stohlmeyer

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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 39s
    1. Enhancing the product
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps

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