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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.
Because the Cintiq pen display combines the drawing surface with the display into a single device, its placement considerations are very different than that of a tablet. The first thing you need to know is that this device is heavy, 63.9 pounds to be exact. As such, you won't be moving it around much. The good news is that the Cintiq comes with a heavy-duty adjustable stand that accommodates a wide range of positioning. So first of all, you need to realize that you're going to want a required working space for this.
It's not something you are going to easily move around, and there are two basic working styles. The first style I call is the drawing style, and this is where your palm is supported on the surface. And in order to get there, we need to make an adjustment to this, and you'll see this is rotating on here, but right now I can bring it down to a very low angle, and in this situation its very much also its like working at a drafting table, where I can be drawing and resting my hands on it, no problem, and the Cintiq is fully designed to support your weight on here, you don't want to stand on it certainly, but you can easily rest your palms on here and you're not going to cause any damage or any surface degradation to the surface itself.
The second style is what I call the painting style, and this is where only the pen point is touching the screen, and in this case we want to raise this up, and you heard that little snap back there, there's actually a lever back here that you use to lock and unlock this. When it's in this position now, I can go ahead and adjust this very much like an easel. So if I want to work on it, stay like this, I could be working and actually working on it almost like I'm painting on a canvas. So these are the two basic styles you can use.
The Cintiq resides at the top of Wacom's product line for a reason. It's the Ferrari of digital express mark-making technology. And its highly accommodating stand makes personal placement a joy to use.
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