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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.
We're used to having an eraser on our pencils, it makes a lot of sense to combine both mark making and mark removal in the same instrument. Make a mistake, and the eraser is handily accessible for correction. Wacom took advantage of this form factor, and places a so-called eraser tip on the opposite end of the pointed stylus. So, the eraser to a behavior is application-specific, and what I mean by that is, when I utilize the eraser tip, say in Photoshop or SketchBook Pro, it always is going to be eraser, you can't change its behavior.
Painter, on the other hand, is a little more of forgiving, and it allows you actually switch over to the eraser tip, select a new, say, a brush, and then it sticks to the eraser tip end. So I could be moving between one type of brush with my normal tip, and then I could quickly switch around and have the other tip doing some other kind of mark- making activity, and that can be useful. So I'm just going to do a little eraser here, just so we can see how this works. So I'm now on my eraser tip end, and you can see here I can go head and erase wherever I need to.
And in fact, you know, sometimes you can actually use an eraser as a mark- making tool. There are times where, say for highlights, I might want to actually use an eraser remove density. Now, Painter has a slightly different take on this, and let's jump over to Painter to demonstrate that. In Painter, I can be painting with a brush, but I can also flip over the eraser tip, and I can choose some other brush, some other medium, I'll take a Blender for example here, and we'll just select Just Add Water.
Now this brush is a blender, okay. But I can instantly go back now to my red brush, and I can quickly change back to the Blender Brush. So this literally gives me two active brushes, one at either end, and just by switching from one end to the other, I can alternate between, in this case, the smeary brush and the regular paintbrush. Depending on the experience you bring to digital mark making apps, you may or may not find the eraser tip all the useful, but the inclusion of the eraser tip on Wacom pens displays a thoughtful functionality that makes a lot of sense.
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