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Using Precision mode


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Wacom Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Using Precision mode

When using a pen and tablet, there are times when it may be desirable to refine your hand motion. In the real world, threading a needle is just such an activity. Unfortunately, there is no magic to assist in manual dexterity. But the Wacom driver does offer such a magic bullet for fine motor skilled drawing activities for extremely detailed work, Precision mode. Essentially, the Wacom Tablet surface is mapped to the size of the screen. In Precision mode, the surface area of the tablet is remapped to a smaller subsection of the screen for more precise work.
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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

Using Precision mode

When using a pen and tablet, there are times when it may be desirable to refine your hand motion. In the real world, threading a needle is just such an activity. Unfortunately, there is no magic to assist in manual dexterity. But the Wacom driver does offer such a magic bullet for fine motor skilled drawing activities for extremely detailed work, Precision mode. Essentially, the Wacom Tablet surface is mapped to the size of the screen. In Precision mode, the surface area of the tablet is remapped to a smaller subsection of the screen for more precise work.

Let's begin by taking a look at the surface of our Wacom Tablet here, and you may notice that there are these four little corner markers that indicate exactly the area that is a live area that you can actually paint and draw in, and these four corner markers in this area are mapped exactly to your screen. So, whatever happens on the tablet is mirrored on the screen. And in fact I can show you this, I'm going to draw a line here from the lower right corner, and I'm just going to go up to the upper left corner, and you can see that by drawing across the complete diagonal of our tablet, we now have a complete diagonal on the screen.

Now, let's go into Precision mode, and by default, you can get to Precision mode by going to the third key down, your ExpressKey, and when I press this, this puts me into Precision mode. I'm going to position this so that we're going to be right in the center of the screen here, and now I'm going to draw a line, same length, this time from the lower left to the upper right, and you can see how much smaller that surface area is indicated on the screen.

So Precision Mode squeezes the size of this tablet down into your screen for more precise work. you can also even get more precise, and to show you that, I'm going to go to the Wacom Preferences, and if we go down here to our Settings to Precision Mode, I'm going to take this all the way down to Precision Mode and if you select it, it calls up this slide,r and this slider allows me to essentially adjust the size of that box, which is reflecting the degree of precision you're going to get by changing the active area on the screen.

So, let's take this to its ultra fine mode, we'll say OK. Let's go back to Photoshop, and once again I'm going to draw another line here by going into Precision Mode, and I'm going to draw the same line again, same diagonal from the lower left to the upper right. And you can see that that line is now even smaller. You aren't likely to stay in Precision mode for long, but when you need it, it really helps threading the digital needle for precise pen and brush work.

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