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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.
Being a sophisticated piece of hardware, the Cintiq has a few functions that can be quickly accessed via a trio of physical buttons located in the upper right hand surface of the display. Unlike the ExpressKeys, which can be reprogrammed to fit your individual work flow, hardware keys address specific functions that you want to have on hand at all times. They cannot be reprogrammed. Let's take a look at these buttons and see what they do. The info button calls up an onscreen schematic displaying the current layout of your ExpressKeys, click wheels, and pen functions.
You can even change the functionality of an ExpressKey or other button from this info schematic, as long as touch is enabled. The second button is an onscreen keyboard that can be used when you don't have a keyboard handy. The third button toggles touch on and off. This dedicated button makes it so you don't have to go into your Wacom preferences every time you want to disable or enable touch. By providing convenient access to the Cintiq's settings, the hardware buttons are yet another means to enable you to focus on your creative workflow.
Quick adjustments to your hardware setup are just a key press away.
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