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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.
It's important to install the hardware before installing the software, or else your Cintiq may not work properly. The first thing you want to do is open up the display back panels and check the connections. If they're not tight, tighten them. On the back of the base, there is a panel that you have to unscrew. Inside, you'll find multiple cable options for your video input. Choose the input cable appropriate for your video card. In this case, we're using the DVI cable. There are some minimum system requirements.
For Windows, it must be Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64-bit configuration, DVI, DisplayPort, or VGA port, available USB port and CD-ROM drive. For the Mac operating system, you'll need Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later, Intel-based platforms only are supported. You'll need a DVI, DisplayPort, or VGA port, or an appropriate Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, an available USB port and a CD-ROM drive.
To begin the setup of your hardware, first turn off the computer. Then, determine the video port type on your computer and make the connection. For the best results, connect the Cintiq to a DVID or DisplayPort Card. Connect the Cintiq USB cable located in the base of the stand to an available USB port on your computer. Next, connect the power adapter to the display stand extension cable for power. Connect the adapter power cable and plug it into an AC outlet.
Turn on the Pen Display using the on- off switch behind the right side of the display surface. Now, you can turn on your computer. The interactive pen display will automatically install as a default monitor. As necessary, configure the Display Control Panel Settings for the proper Size and Color Resolution. Now that the hardware is setup, we'll install the Cintiq driver software. Save any work that you have and close all applications.
Next, insert the installation CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive. You may want to check the web for updates, as the CD version may be out of date. Then, click Install Tablet and follow the prompts to install the driver software. Check to see that you can use your pen on the Cintiq display to move the screen cursor. And that's it! As you can see, the Cintiq is set up a bit more involved than the Intuos or Bamboo, which only require a simple USB connection to operate.
Now you're ready to enter the amazing world of the Cintiq.
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