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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 new to Tablets, you are most likely use to interacting with a computer via the mouse. Switching from a mouse to the tablet is a bit like being in a foreign country, where drivers operate a vehicle from the opposite side that you're used to. It's extremely disorienting at first, and just like there is left- and right-sided driving, computer pointing devices can operate in either relative or absolute mode. In this video, we'll get to the bottom of all this. Or is it the top? Let's find out.
Relative mode is useful in situations where the pointing device's movement is limited. Mouse movement is typically pick up, set down, drag, to reposition the screen cursor. In absolute positioning, the stylus tip and tablet are directly linked, or mapped. For example, the upper left of the tablet, corresponds to the upper left of the screen. Likewise, the lower right corner of the tablet corresponds to the lower right corner of the screen. This is exactly the same as a tablet device like the iPad, except that the screen and the tablet are in spatially different locations.
It takes practice to develop the eye-hand coordination to watch the screen and move the pen. Absolute positioning is superior for drawing and painting activity. Relative positioning is excellent for navigating menu structures. If you are a mouse user, then you've internalized the specific behavior to control the cursor, relative positioning. This learned behavior can take some practice to overcome when becoming proficient at absolute positioning, but it is definitely worth achieving. It's a small price to pay for expressing yourself via mark-making activities like painting and drawing.
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