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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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