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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.
As hardware has become more powerful, it's become common to have a working environment in which multiple displays are used to increase screen real estate. The second display can be used for a variety of things. For example, have your email client up, have a web browser open, or in our case, use it to display reference images to refer to while painting or drawing. The operating system generally treats multiple displays as one large screen spanning both displays. Wacom Tablets and Pen displays provide for this situation.
Let's take a look at this on this Cintiq. So, what will happen if we look on my second display, I have got my cursor all over here on the left, and I am going to start to bring it across the screen. Now I am going to stop right at the edge here, and notice that we're only about one third of the way across from here, that's because both displays are mapped to this single amount of space, which is the tablet area as well.
And so as I continue on, now it's showing up on the Cintiq display, but its offset and it's only going to match up when I get all the way to the end here. So, you've got a situation that is very difficult to work with, in fact it's got unusable. So, what we want to do is correct this, and there are a couple things we need to do. One thing I want to show you, I am going to hold down the information key here, this brings up a little display that shows how our settings are.
The third button is set to Display Toggle, and before you would attempt to do this, you want to make sure whichever Tablet or Display you're using that you do have this Display Toggle set somewhere where you can toggle it on or off. So, we've got it set to our third button here. The second thing we're going to do is bring up the Wacom panel, and when you've got a Cintiq in this case, it's going to have this Display Toggle set up, and you'll see by default what it's set to here is Pen Display to Desktop.
That's where it's going to just bridge both displays on one tablet surface. And in this case we're going to switch it to, the pen display, to other displays. Now let's go ahead and close this and you'll see now my cursor is in registration with my pen on this Cintiq, and if I used the display switching button, now I'm over here on the second display. So, I can easily be in this display, a single button click, and I am back over here.
So, in this case I would set this up to perhaps use it to display various images, and then I might want to go through looking at images till I find one that I may want to work on. And in this case, I chose this image, now I could go ahead and put this in fullscreen mode, and I've got this as a reference, and then I can work over here, and continue in this case, to work on this image. There a multitude of hardware combinations that the Wacom Tablet Pen Display can be attached to. Because of this you may have to play with specific operating system settings in order to get this to work.
Once you do, you'll find one-click display switching invaluable.
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