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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.
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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