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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.
In its infancy, tablet technology was used to input hand-drawn engineering blueprints into the computer. Since then, tablets and styli have come a long way, as well as the software that utilizes them. You can create freehand drawings from scratch, trace over an existing image, create precise illustrations, retouch photographs, and create an expressive painting. Recently, multi-touch gestural technology has enabled direct interaction with the screen.
You can even completely eliminate the mouse and put it away in the drawer. In this chapter, we'll take a look at all these possibilities. Let's get started.
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