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Utilizing the eraser tip

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Video: Utilizing the eraser tip

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.

Utilizing the eraser tip

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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  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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