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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.
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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