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Nibs: Tires for your stylus

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Video: Nibs: Tires for your stylus

Each of us have a distinct sense of touch. Some people are described as heavy-handed. Others are described as having a light touch. When it comes to mark-making instruments, the interface between an artist's expressive gestures and the actual mark made is the instrument's point of contact with the mark-making surface. Wacom realizes this and provides various pen nibs in order to offer various point of contact experiences. In fact, you may have a set of these various nibs to try out and not even know it.

Nibs: Tires for your stylus

Each of us have a distinct sense of touch. Some people are described as heavy-handed. Others are described as having a light touch. When it comes to mark-making instruments, the interface between an artist's expressive gestures and the actual mark made is the instrument's point of contact with the mark-making surface. Wacom realizes this and provides various pen nibs in order to offer various point of contact experiences. In fact, you may have a set of these various nibs to try out and not even know it.

Let's find out where they are. If you are either a Cintiq or a Wacom owner, you received along with your stylus, this little holder that you use to kind of keep your pen at bay when you're not using it. Well, if we take this little holder and unscrew it, there are a set of nibs in here. So, they supply you with a full set of replacements as well as some optional nibs. There are a set of five of the standard nibs that are in the pen when you get it, and the thing about these is, even though they are made of a Teflon-like material, over time they are going to wear out and you want to make sure that once it gets kind of flat and it starts to be a little more difficult to use, that you inspect it and if it looks like it needs changing, just use one of these nibs.

Also there are some felt nibs, and the thing about the felt nibs is the surface of them is a little bit more abrasive, and when you use this in concert with the surface, it gives a little bit more of an abrasive feel like a pencil has. So for pencil users, you might be interested in these felt nibs. And here's also this little guy right here. This one has a bit of a spring in it, and the spring gives just a little bit, and for mediums like Pro Quill Pen, when you use those, there's a little bit of spring in them, and this provides that same kind of sensation.

So, depending on the kind of medium you use, you may find an alternate nib style to be useful for your work. Now, you may be asking, how do I get a nib out of here? And that's what the center area of this is for. It has this little circular device, which is essentially just a little tweezer, and so I can take my stylus and just insert the nib point in there, hold it together, and pull, and that pulls out the nib. And then to replace it, we just select another nib, and we go ahead and you just put it inside here, in the receptacle, and just press down till it's kind of, you'll sense the resistance, that's where it's installed, and then you've got your new nib.

And this is basically held in here by just a little bit of tension in the receptacle. So, once you have this, you are now able to try out a different type of nib. While pen nibs may seem like a small thing, and as we see they physically are, they are very much like auto tires. You need to change them when they wear out, and the different threads are available for varying feedback to the user. Nibs are the ultimate customization feature of a stylus, serving to provide the best interface between your emotions and expressive marks.

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
      48s
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
      44s
    2. Drawing freehand
      2m 37s
    3. Tracing an existing image
      3m 17s
    4. Vector illustration
      4m 11s
    5. Using the tablet as a photo-retouching tool
      4m 28s
    6. Expressing yourself through painting
      4m 1s
  3. 12m 52s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. A short history of the computing input devices
      2m 17s
    3. Understanding relative versus absolute positioning
      1m 47s
    4. Introducing the six axes of motion
      3m 15s
    5. An overview of the Wacom product line
      5m 8s
  4. 13m 52s
    1. Working with the Intuos: Symmetric and asymmetric placement
      2m 11s
    2. Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
      3m 41s
    3. Working with multiple displays
      3m 28s
    4. Going wireless
      4m 32s
  5. 36m 3s
    1. Intro
      27s
    2. Using the Wacom property pane
      2m 26s
    3. Setting up the tablet for handedness
      2m 20s
    4. Taking advantage of ExpressKeys
      5m 12s
    5. Utilizing the stylus side switch buttons
      5m 39s
    6. Using Precision mode
      3m 12s
    7. Improving application interaction with the radial menu
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Touch Ring
      5m 30s
    9. Saving multiple settings with the Wacom Tablet Utility
      5m 8s
  6. 17m 7s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. The standard Grip Pen
      3m 40s
    3. The Art Pen
      3m 49s
    4. The Airbrush
      3m 30s
    5. Utilizing the eraser tip
      2m 23s
    6. Nibs: Tires for your stylus
      3m 20s
  7. 13m 0s
    1. An intro to tablet calisthenics
      44s
    2. Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises
      3m 16s
    3. Tablet calisthenics: Intermediate exercises
      3m 58s
    4. Tablet calisthenics: Advanced exercises
      2m 38s
    5. Tablet calisthenics: Master exercises
      2m 24s
  8. 12m 35s
    1. Setting up the Cintiq
      2m 57s
    2. Positioning the Cintiq for your working style
      2m 7s
    3. Optically aligning the Cintiq
      2m 44s
    4. Color calibrating your Cintiq display
      3m 32s
    5. Utilizing the hardware keys
      1m 15s
  9. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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