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Why use a tablet?

From: Wacom Essential Training

Video: Why use a tablet?

Every computer comes with a mouse. So why wouldn't you use it to paint and draw? While a mouse is a great pointing device, it is not particularly good at drawing. A mouse can only go up and down and back and forth on a flat surface. A tablet stylus, on the other hand, has the ability to sense the articulation of an artist's hand. This ability enables highly expressive gestures, and then there is the issue of repetitive stress. A tablet and stylus are much more suited to prolonged gestural input.

Why use a tablet?

Every computer comes with a mouse. So why wouldn't you use it to paint and draw? While a mouse is a great pointing device, it is not particularly good at drawing. A mouse can only go up and down and back and forth on a flat surface. A tablet stylus, on the other hand, has the ability to sense the articulation of an artist's hand. This ability enables highly expressive gestures, and then there is the issue of repetitive stress. A tablet and stylus are much more suited to prolonged gestural input.

Because we already have a prolonged history of stylus usage with writing instruments like pens and pencils, using one in conjunction with the computer is fairly straightforward. There is a bit of an initial learning curve, but using a stylus with the computer becomes natural with practice. Pretty much all graphic applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro have significant built-in tools for maximizing the use of a stylus.

If you're completely new to a tablet and stylus, you may want to visit the Tablet Calisthenics chapter and follow along with the exercises. If you have experience using traditional art tools, you'll be happy to find that your existing skills transfer to the computer intact. The bottom line is that a tablet and stylus will greatly enhance your expressive mark-making experience.

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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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