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Wacom Essential Training
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Using the Wacom property pane


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Wacom Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Using the Wacom property pane

Not only can you customize your Wacom Tablet experience, you can customize it on a per application basis. The settings you use in Photoshop, for example, will be different from those in Painter or a 3-D app. I am going to be demonstrating this on a Mac. This process is going to be a bit different on Windows. If you are using Windows, click on the Windows Start button and choose All Programs, then choose Wacom Tablet, and choose the Wacom Tablet Properties Option. On a Mac, you'll find the Wacom Tablet controls in the System Preferences panel.
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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 the Wacom property pane

Not only can you customize your Wacom Tablet experience, you can customize it on a per application basis. The settings you use in Photoshop, for example, will be different from those in Painter or a 3-D app. I am going to be demonstrating this on a Mac. This process is going to be a bit different on Windows. If you are using Windows, click on the Windows Start button and choose All Programs, then choose Wacom Tablet, and choose the Wacom Tablet Properties Option. On a Mac, you'll find the Wacom Tablet controls in the System Preferences panel.

So, let's go down to our System Preference panel and drop down to Wacom Tablet. Now that we have this open, let's just take a look at the top here. We have the Tablet row, which if you had multiple tablets would show up; we have the Tool row, and as you add tools they will be added to this; and we have the Application row; this is where, if you want to work specifically with an application and could customize settings, you are going to need to set it here. So, to add one, we go over to the right, click on the plus button, and in this case I have Photoshop running.

So it shows up in the list. If it's not running, you could go to the Browse button and select it through there. So, let's select Photoshop, say OK, and now we've added Photoshop. Now it's in the Application row and you'd think you'd be finished, but you need to do this for each tool that you have. So, if we go to Touch, you'll see it's not in there. So you need to make sure that you add it for each of these tools, assuming you're going to be using it with Photoshop. Same with the Grip panel, I want to add Photoshop. So, I just go through, and the same in this case with the second Art Pen we're using.

So, we add Photoshop there, and now we have Photoshop set for all of these. Now the one thing I want to tell you, it's important to understand that it's very easy to go into here and start making settings and not look up here and realize in this case, it's set to all other. You want to make sure, if you are going to make changes that you want to apply to Photoshop, be sure to check the application in this Application row, otherwise you are going to be making settings for something else that you don't really want it to be applied too.

So, once you've customized the Wacom Pen and Tablet for a specific application, there may be further keyboard customizations that you'll have to create in the application itself.

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