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Understanding the role of the graphics tablet

From: Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

Video: Understanding the role of the graphics tablet

As you saw in the previous movie one of the most powerful ways to use Selective Edits is the Brush Based tools in Photoshop. But an even more powerful way to optimize those is by using them with a tablet, like the one you see here. I've got a Wacom Intuos5, which is very deeply integrated with Photoshop, which is to say that it's pressure sensitive and designed to work with our Brush Engine. So let's take a look at some of the things that we have reviewed earlier using the tablet. It's going to give me a little more precision, a little more familiar feel, in that it's pen-based, and I can do some things that I couldn't do with the track pad.

Understanding the role of the graphics tablet

As you saw in the previous movie one of the most powerful ways to use Selective Edits is the Brush Based tools in Photoshop. But an even more powerful way to optimize those is by using them with a tablet, like the one you see here. I've got a Wacom Intuos5, which is very deeply integrated with Photoshop, which is to say that it's pressure sensitive and designed to work with our Brush Engine. So let's take a look at some of the things that we have reviewed earlier using the tablet. It's going to give me a little more precision, a little more familiar feel, in that it's pen-based, and I can do some things that I couldn't do with the track pad.

So here's our same image of the car and we're just going to double-click to zoom in and let's just focus on the wheel here. So we talked about sharpening earlier, and this a great example of where I can set sharpening relatively low, and because this is pressure sensitive, I can gradually build up any different area of this in a very familiar way. When it comes to Exposure, I can come in here and set this much lower and then build things up gradually, so I'm just coming in here with a really light touch and lightening up the wheel here.

If I push little harder, I'm going to get a higher pressure brush, the same thing with Saturation. If I want to come in here and Desaturate this reflector, I'm just going to switch that to Desaturate, turn off Vibrance, we will be able to turn down the Flow, you can use the same shortcut for my brush, Ctrl+Opt or Ctrl+Alt to get the size I want. And then just come through here and Desaturate that at the point where I like it. I have a lot more power here, and it's just really to use.

So you certainly don't need a tablet, but you can see that it allows you to slowly build up your edits, and have a little bit more precision than you'd have otherwise.

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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

31 video lessons · 13267 viewers

Bryan O'Neil Hughes
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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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