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Video: Comparing mouse and tablet sketching

In this video we're going to discuss the advantages of using a tablet over a mouse. So first of all a mouse was never really intended for sketching. We've all done it, in the past we've had to use it, but it's really not that kind of medium. It works on a 2D plane, and it has no pressure sensitivity. So here's a good example. I'm going to go into my library. I'm going to pick a texture brush, for example this one here. Now this one, if I look at the characteristics, already has a whole bunch of options that I can change on here.
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  1. 1m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 3m 38s
    1. Advantages of digital sketching
      1m 48s
    2. Comparing mouse and tablet sketching
      1m 50s
  3. 13m 37s
    1. Interface overview
      4m 6s
    2. Exploring the File and Edit menus
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring the Image menu
      4m 43s
    4. Exploring the Window and Help menus
      1m 3s
  4. 14m 2s
    1. Working with the Color and Brush pucks
      4m 31s
    2. Understanding the Color Editor
      2m 41s
    3. Introducing Copic markers
      2m 53s
    4. Utilizing the Copic library
      3m 57s
  5. 14m 19s
    1. Brush palette fundamentals
      2m 16s
    2. Modifying brush properties
      6m 8s
    3. Workflow with synthetic brushes
      5m 55s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 54s
    2. New layer functions
      6m 9s
  7. 41m 46s
    1. Introducing Transform and Select
      6m 30s
    2. Manipulating with Transform, Distort, and Flood Fill
      7m 8s
    3. Working with Crop and adding text
      4m 7s
    4. The Ruler, Ellipse, and French Curves tools
      3m 39s
    5. Creating perspective
      5m 46s
    6. Working with symmetry
      2m 12s
    7. Utilizing the Steady Stroke and shape tools
      4m 42s
    8. Sketching the vehicle wheel
      7m 42s
  8. 3m 0s
    1. Understanding the Lagoon
      3m 0s
  9. 14m 34s
    1. Creating do-it-yourself brushes
      3m 10s
    2. Working with brush sets
      2m 42s
    3. Shading an F1 wheel
      7m 6s
    4. Creating custom icons
      1m 36s
  10. 15m 30s
    1. Shading a vehicle body
      8m 50s
    2. Shading using grayscale
      6m 40s
  11. 19m 12s
    1. Introducing blend modes
      1m 57s
    2. Darken options
      2m 54s
    3. Lighten options
      1m 40s
    4. Contrast blend modes
      1m 32s
    5. Color blend modes
      1m 46s
    6. Glow and Soft Glow
      6m 15s
    7. Correcting a dark image
      3m 8s
  12. 2m 3s
    1. Exporting a finished rendering
      2m 3s
  13. 37s
    1. Next steps
      37s

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2h 36m Beginner Aug 06, 2014

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Digital drawing is made easier with SketchBook Pro, whether you're an illustrator a CAD designer involved in manufacturing. In this course, Veejay Gahir shares reference images and techniques he's developed over years as a professional product and automotive designer. He'll walk you through SketchBook's basics—the interface, preferences, brushes, Lagoon tools, and export options—so you can get started sketching quickly. He'll also introduce alternative workflows to achieve the same results, which may better suit your style of working. Your final sketches can then be used downstream in other CAD programs or simply saved and shared. And don't miss the four drawing tutorials to see Veejay sketching in action!

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Lagoon
  • Working with color
  • Modifying brush properties
  • Cropping, translating, transforming, and distorting
  • Working with symmetry and perspective
  • Creating curves and straight lines
  • Using layers
  • Exporting images
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro
Author:
Veejay Gahir

Comparing mouse and tablet sketching

In this video we're going to discuss the advantages of using a tablet over a mouse. So first of all a mouse was never really intended for sketching. We've all done it, in the past we've had to use it, but it's really not that kind of medium. It works on a 2D plane, and it has no pressure sensitivity. So here's a good example. I'm going to go into my library. I'm going to pick a texture brush, for example this one here. Now this one, if I look at the characteristics, already has a whole bunch of options that I can change on here. If I start from the left to the right, just with light pressure and increasing the pressure as I move along, you'll notice that the texture increases.

That would be impossible to do with a mouse. Also as I move the stylus, you'll notice the texture is orienting itself to the direction of my stylus. Another advantage in using a tablet and a stylus is the tablet can be oriented. It can be angled, it can be rotated. Whereas a mouse essentially works, again, only on a 2D plane. Also, if I choose the felt pen, a stylus and a tablet allows for precision picking. It's very easy to create fine details with a tablet and stylus.

Another part that's very important is that a tablet can be a lot less fatiguing. If you are doing constant line movements like this, or detailed movements with a mouse. It can start to become very fatiguing. With a stylus and a tablet, it's more of a natural movement so, again, it's a big advantage in that respect. And we've already discussed the disadvantages of using a tablet. It can be expensive, styluses can be expensive to replace when they're dropped and they can get damaged. If you're interested in learning some more information about the Wacom tablet and how to configure it, and also really the history of how digital sketching has progressed, I would highly recommend the Wacom Essential Training course with John Derry

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