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Using multi-touch on the Cintiq

Using multi-touch on the Cintiq provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Joh… Show More

Wacom Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Using multi-touch on the Cintiq

Using multi-touch on the Cintiq provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by John Derry as part of the Wacom Essential Training
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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
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Using multi-touch on the Cintiq provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by John Derry as part of the Wacom Essential Training

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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
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Using multi-touch on the Cintiq

Multi-touch is still in its infancy, with three key constriction points, the operating system, the application software, and Wacom's touch technology. Because of this, the current multi- touch landscape can be somewhat spotty. Wacom is at the mercy of these other bedfellows, but does provide a useful multi-touch experience within limits. While the goal of multi-touch is to simplify the user experience, the presence of a keyboard, mouse, pen tablet, and gestural input can quickly become confusing.

Is there any hope? Let's take a look. The first thing you want to know is, how do you enable touch? On a Cintiq, you actually have a hardware button up here at the top that lets me enable touch. On the Intuos Tablet, you can go to the express keys panel, and there is a option in the drop-down menu for express keys that enable you to select that for one of your buttons. So, you have that option in both the Cintiq and the Intuos. Now I am going to begin and show you in three different applications, how each one of these applications is currently engaging touch and using it in concert with their software.

So, we're going to begin with SketchBook Pro. And SketchBook Pro allows me to resize and move around an image that I have opened up in the application. However I can't rotate. So, that's probably the simplest implementation we have right now. Next, we are going to go to Photoshop. Photoshop has got a little bit more going on the ball here. I can actually change sizes, and rotate. So, I can do both of those, but it's not quite seamless yet here, you can see how is it doesn't always want to catch my motions, and it seems to move the center point around, so that you'll get into some weird states where it's, there we go, see how that's kind of rotating in an odd place for where I would expect it to be.

And if I want to get back to square I've got to use my Escape key to do that. Now let's go to Painter, and once again, here's the same image. Now in Painter, and with Painter, I can move, rotate, scale all at the same time. So, in the race for multi-touch, at this taping, Painter has the edge, it's got the most fluid way to do this.

And to get back to just normal, just a double tap with two fingers will bring it up to full size and centered on my screen. So, you can see, we've looked at the same functionality in three different applications, and yet none of them act the same as the others. So, we're still in a very nascent period of multi-touch, and as a result, I would say, don't try to jump into this and get over your head. What you want to do is select a single function, perhaps what we just looked at here, scaling and rotating, and work it into your workflow, until it becomes seamless.

At that point, you can then begin to adapt to different functions and bring them in slowly, don't jump in over your head. Touch can be very useful, and an improvement in some situations. Windows 8 and Mac OS are both becoming more touch friendly with every version. Though it does seem to be the direction in which we are heading, you shouldn't buy a touch enabled tablet expecting a Minority Report kind of experience, just yet.

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