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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.
If you're left-handed, like I am, then you are familiar with living in a world biased against us. We often have to buy items like scissors that are specifically designed with the lefthander in mind, and often at a higher price. Wacom Tablets are reversible, so that the controls can be on either the left or right hand side. Just rotating the tablet won't automatically change the orientation on the screen, everything will be backwards and upside down by default. Fortunately, there is a simple way to correct this.
I am going to begin by playing like I'm a right-hander, and so in a normal right-hand orientation, I would be using, obviously, my right-hand to paint and draw with, and the control surface over here on the left would be easy for my left hand to address. However, I'm left-handed, so I want to have the controls on the opposite side, so I need to turn the Tablet around. Now I can address the Tablet and the proper orientation is here for my express keys.
But look what happens. Everything is upside down and backwards for me, and I can tell you from experience, it's not a very fun way to try to draw. So, I need to fix this situation, and I've done this enough, I can actually do it using this reverse orientation, but if you're not used to that you might want to use a mouse for this just so you have the correct Orientation. What we need to do here is go to one of the pens, and this will address both of them in this case. I'm going to go ahead and go down here, and you can see right now, Orientation is set for ExpressKeys Left.
However, we now have them on the right. So, we want to open this and select ExpressKeys Right. Now I can draw and paint and my Orientation is correct, and I can address the various buttons with my right hand. So, this is the orientation for workflow that is going to give me the most efficiency. With the ExpressKeys on the Right side and the Tablet Orientation usable, a lefty can now use the right hand to address the control surface.
Unfortunately, you'll still have to purchase the optional left-handed stylus. I'm kidding!
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