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Understanding the axes of motion

From: Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

Video: Understanding the axes of motion

Throughout this title, I am going to be taking advantage of the Wacom tablet and stylus, and I'm working with the Wacom Intuos4. One of the benefits of this tablet is that it has a control surface on it with some programmable buttons, and I am going to be going through how to take advantage of these programmable buttons, so that you can enhance your workflow. The other thing I'm working with is the Wacom Art Pen. The Art Pen senses all six degrees of motion, and we'll talk about that in a moment.

Understanding the axes of motion

Throughout this title, I am going to be taking advantage of the Wacom tablet and stylus, and I'm working with the Wacom Intuos4. One of the benefits of this tablet is that it has a control surface on it with some programmable buttons, and I am going to be going through how to take advantage of these programmable buttons, so that you can enhance your workflow. The other thing I'm working with is the Wacom Art Pen. The Art Pen senses all six degrees of motion, and we'll talk about that in a moment.

But the other thing that you want to notice is there is a pair of buttons on the barrel of this pen, and just like the control surface, we can program these for specific functions. I will be showing you how to do that, as well. All of an artist's gestural expressiveness is communicated by six axes of motion. Combined with an advanced input device like a Wacom tablet, Photoshop's Mixer brush and Bristle Tips take advantage of this information to faithfully simulate traditional mark-making media.

Let's take a look at these axes. Consider a flat drawing surface; we will use this as our point of reference. The X/Y axis - this refers to left, right, away, and towards motion of the stylus. A mouse works in this axis. Pressure, sometimes referred to as the z axis. This is up-down motion of the stylus. It is, first and foremost, responsible for opacity and stroke width control. The Tilt axis - this is angular motion of the stylus relative to the drawing surface.

Some mark-making tooltip surfaces, like brushes and chalk, change shape and reaction to tilt. The Bearing axis - this is directional motion of a tilted stylus. Strokes made by tools with a shaped tip vary depending on the direction of a tilted stylus. The Rotation axis - this is the rotation of the barrel of the stylus. Again, strokes made by tools with a shaped tip vary depending on the rotation of the stylus. The Wacom models, Bamboo and Graphire, do not support tilt, bearing, or rotation.

The Intuos4 and Cintiq support tilt and bearing with the standard Grip Pen. The same tablets, the Intuos4, supports tilt, bearing, and rotation with the optional Art Pen. The older Intuos3 and Cintiq support tilt, bearing, and rotation with the optional 6D Art Pen. The more axes of motion you have, the more faithfully Photoshop's Mixer brush and Bristle Tips can simulate their traditional counterparts. If you don't have the Art Pen, you can use the Initial Direction option found in the Brush panel's Control dropdown menu to provide some consistent bristle behavior.

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Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

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  1. 2m 29s
    1. Introduction
      1m 26s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 3s
  2. 9m 10s
    1. Understanding the axes of motion
      2m 51s
    2. Assigning TouchRing functions
      6m 19s
  3. 22m 18s
    1. Monitoring brush orientation with the 3D Brush preview
      4m 55s
    2. Choosing the right brush shape
      3m 32s
    3. Using bristle tips
      2m 7s
    4. Adjusting bristle length
      2m 18s
    5. Changing the thickness of the bristles
      2m 1s
    6. Adjusting brush stiffness
      2m 35s
    7. Understanding options for angle adjustment
      2m 15s
    8. Changing bristle spacing
      2m 35s
  4. 26m 1s
    1. Using the Preset Brush Behavior menu
      2m 32s
    2. Color wells: Reservoir and pickup
      2m 11s
    3. Using the Wet, Load, Mix, and Flow controls to adjust color behavior
      5m 39s
    4. Loading and cleaning the Mixer Brush: Manual or automatic
      4m 54s
    5. Sampling color from all layers
      4m 31s
    6. Using the Transfer panel to adjust paint dynamics
      6m 14s
  5. 17m 8s
    1. Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library
      2m 1s
    2. Simulating canvas texture
      4m 15s
    3. Setting texture scale
      2m 33s
    4. Locking textures
      2m 44s
    5. Adding 3D appearance to strokes
      5m 35s
  6. 14m 13s
    1. Understanding tool presets and brush presets
      3m 15s
    2. Saving tool presets
      6m 55s
    3. Organizing the Tool Presets panel
      4m 3s
  7. 22m 23s
    1. Quickly loading and cleaning the Mixer Brush with keyboard shortcuts
      7m 3s
    2. Loading the brush with multiple colors from an image
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Color Picker Heads-Up Display
      5m 55s
    4. Using additional color selection options
      4m 32s
  8. 11m 45s
    1. Creating an underpaint layer to remove photographic detail
      5m 8s
    2. Restoring detail
      6m 37s
  9. 21m 8s
    1. Creating a color mixing layer
      7m 39s
    2. Loading brushes to enhance visual interest
      5m 17s
    3. Adding detail to a painting
      8m 12s
  10. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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