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Optically aligning the Cintiq

From: Wacom Essential Training

Video: Optically aligning the Cintiq

When you first get your Cintiq, there's a couple of things you have to do. One of those is optical alignment, and that's what we're going to do here. I want to show you what I mean by this. When you first get the tablet, it's likely that you're going to see a situation like this. I have my cursor on screen and I have my pen down here, but you can see they're not matching up, and so when I draw, there's this offset, and that can get quite disconcerting. I could certainly use this, but it isn't very accurate, and where it really makes a difference is, if I'd go up here and try to click on this, you see what I'm doing, instead of actually addressing that interface element I'm just making a point sample down here that has nothing to do with selecting, so I've got to offset to get to that UI element.

Optically aligning the Cintiq

When you first get your Cintiq, there's a couple of things you have to do. One of those is optical alignment, and that's what we're going to do here. I want to show you what I mean by this. When you first get the tablet, it's likely that you're going to see a situation like this. I have my cursor on screen and I have my pen down here, but you can see they're not matching up, and so when I draw, there's this offset, and that can get quite disconcerting. I could certainly use this, but it isn't very accurate, and where it really makes a difference is, if I'd go up here and try to click on this, you see what I'm doing, instead of actually addressing that interface element I'm just making a point sample down here that has nothing to do with selecting, so I've got to offset to get to that UI element.

So what we need to do then is to properly align the pen and cursor alignment. We're going to go down here to the Wacom Preferences, and you can see right there it's offset. What I want to do then to get to this is go to your Pen, and you're going to go to the Calibration tab, and this can be a bit confusing. When I see the word Calibration, I think of color calibration, which we will be doing a little later, but right now this is really Calibration calibrating the pen.

I prefer to call it optical alignment, but you'll see how this works here. So we're going to say Calibrate, and this brings up a screen where we now have a target to put the pen at, and what you want to do here is put your head positioned where you're normally going to be working because it's all about how your location is going to make this alignment work. So I'm now in the position that I would normally be using this, and I'm going to go up and I'm just going to visually put my pen from my eye location to the center of that point, and I'm going to go through and do that for all four points in each corner, and let's go ahead and say OK.

Okay, now when I'm drawing, it looks exactly consistent to me. Anybody else watching this, it might look as if it's not in the right position, but for the user it is, and that's the important critical setup that you want to have. Aligning your screen cursor and pen position will ensure accuracy while working on the Cintiq. This process is painless and will only need to be performed when you are making a big adjustment to your Cintiqs or your position.

As I like to say, an aligned Cintiq is a happy Cintiq.

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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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