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Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for painting, drawing, and navigating your computer in a more natural position. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get up and running with a variety of Wacom tablets (Intuos, Cintiq, and more), covering everything from setup to stylus selection. He then shows how to speed up your workflow and enhance your command of the drawing surface with ExpressKeys, the Touch Ring, and other controls. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.
All Wacom Pen Tablets offer a wireless option. This eliminates the need for a wired USB connection, enabling greater freedom of movement. Because each of us has our own working style, the wireless option may or may not be necessary for your environment, which is why Wacom offers this as an option. Let's take a look at setting up a Tablet for wireless capability. You'll need the wireless connection kit, which is sold by Wacom and available through various distributors.
And basically what it comes with are three components. We have the battery, we have a small transmitting unit, and we have a tiny little receiver. So the first thing you want to do in installing this is disconnect it from the computer. So I'm going to go ahead and get rid of my connection, and we'll flip this over. And basically what we want to do here first is remove these two covers. And these are quite a bit like what you'll see on a TV remote, you just need to slide them out to remove them.
And once we have those out of the way, there are a couple of things we want to do here. First we want to install the battery, and you'll see one end of the battery actually has a set of contacts on it. You want to make sure, you line that up with the contacts showing here. So I'll just slip those in. And don't drop it straight in and try to press it down, you want to slight it in up against the contacts and it will naturally fit in there. Next, we want to install the transmitter, and that goes in this spot here and there's a little dummy element in here that we remove, and we take this and you can see where there is a receptacle here, so we want to make sure that we line these up.
So I'm going to flip this over into this orientation and just slide it on in. And while we have this open, I do want to show you this. The receiver unit, you can see how small it is, and as a result it's very easily misplaced. Wacom has conveniently placed a little receptacle for it in here, and even when this cover will be open, you can pop this open and you can store the receiver unit in their.
So it's just a great way to not lose this because, I can tell you from having used one at home, I've misplaced one of these before and it gets a little nerve-racking when you can't find it. So let's go ahead and replace these two drawer covers. All right, we'll flip it back over. Now we need to install the receiving unit, and the receiver, a good place to put this if you have this capability with your keyboard, usually keyboards will have a USB connection on either end, that's a great place to put it.
However, this is a wireless keyboard, it doesn't have it. So I need to put it into a receptacle on my laptop here. So I'm going to flip this around, and we'll just insert this, so we have it the right way, 50 percent of the time it will the wrong way, so I'll just flip it over, and now we have our transmitter in there. So let's turn this back around, make sure our screen's going here. And you may or may not have it work instantly, it's not working at the moment.
So what you want to do is right here on the end, there is little on/off button. The other thing that's here is there's a little light on here, and it's not showing right now because it's not a 100 percent charged. When it is 100 percent charged, you'll get a little blue light on here. But in the meantime just press on this on/off button, and there we go, we now have our wireless connection. So now you're free to pick this up. Now once you've got this all set up, you've got about a 33 foot range that you can operate within, and you've got an eight hour time period that you can use your setup without any recharging.
Wacom's wireless option untethers your drawing activity from the computer. This offers a potentially enhanced seating and drawing arrangement. It can also be useful in classroom situations, when you need to move around and still be able to access your computer.
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