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Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises


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with John Derry

Video: Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises

If you are new to tablets, then you're probably going to find out that the tablet's Absolute Mode is in direct opposition to the manner in which your muscle memory currently engages the screen cursor. The exercises in this video are designed to begin to retrain your muscle memory with Absolute Mode in mind. You can reference your Exercise Files for this example tablet workout. Before we get started, I'm going to give you the lay of the land here. We happen to be in Corel Painter, and I'm using the Scratch Board Tool, which is an excellent tool for doing this kind of exercise.
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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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Wacom Essential Training
2h 9m Appropriate for all Mar 29, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Drawing freehand
  • Tracing existing images
  • Determining the correct tablet size for your work
  • Understanding relative vs. absolute positioning
  • Working with control surfaces like the Touch Ring and control keys
  • Selecting the right stylus
  • Working with the Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, and Inkling
Subjects:
3D + Animation Design Photography Digital Painting Drawing
Software:
Wacom
Author:
John Derry

Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises

If you are new to tablets, then you're probably going to find out that the tablet's Absolute Mode is in direct opposition to the manner in which your muscle memory currently engages the screen cursor. The exercises in this video are designed to begin to retrain your muscle memory with Absolute Mode in mind. You can reference your Exercise Files for this example tablet workout. Before we get started, I'm going to give you the lay of the land here. We happen to be in Corel Painter, and I'm using the Scratch Board Tool, which is an excellent tool for doing this kind of exercise.

If you don't have Painter, basically you just want a pen that goes from a very fine point to about 3.5 as I have set here, or 4, that is able to express that full range through pressure from the finest size up to the maximum size. Also, you're probably going to want to go in here and create a layer on top of this exercise file, because you don't want to destroy the exercise file, and by doing this on a layer rather than on the actual surface of the exercise file itself, you'll save yourself from accidentally perhaps saving this with your scribbling on it.

The other thing I'm going to do is I'm just going to switch to red here, so that it stands out a little bit more against the black, and I'm going to go, finally, to full screen mode. Now this is very simple. Basically, we're going to connect the dots, and in this case it's just going to be basically following this along, you don't have to keep your hand on the tablet the entire time, we're not worried at all in this case about the thickness of the pen at all, we're just completing the dots.

And the reason for this is, this is just a really good way for you to get yourself acclimated to Absolute Mode. And this is where, where your hand and pen are on the tablet are where you're going to be on the surface of your screen and in this exercise. So that's the first one. The next one gets into diagonals, which start to introduce another little twist. I won't be necessarily go through and complete every one of these, I'll go far enough so you can just see what this is.

Basically, it's this saw tooth pattern. So you want to go through and try this out, and I'm fairly facile with this, so what you're seeing here is what you want to aspire to, and you may find this very difficult at first. In fact, I recommend that you try this with a mouse after you've done this a few times and I think you'll already start to see that the pen in Absolute Mode is a much better way to do this. Finally, I have this little star, and I've got all these numbered, so basically it's just a connect the dots exercise, and I've got four of them here, once again, I won't go through in this case.

But this is just so you can practice it multiple times. Practice these exercises until using the pen begins to feel natural. This may take some time, but once you get comfortable, move on to the intermediate exercises.

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