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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.
Tablet choice is largely a matter of personal preference. What works for one person may be absolutely wrong for someone else. Artists with a background in traditional painting may favor an extra-large tablet. Conversely, artists that have a history of sketching in a journal may prefer a small tablet size. It's important to note that the models we're using in this course are the Intuos5 and the Cintiq 24HD touch. And while in this video, we'll take a look at the Bamboo Create and the Inkling Digital Sketch pen, which is in its first-generation.
Wacom offers a product range that extends from hobbyist to professional. And while this course focuses on the professional, we'll touch on the entry level to help you decide which tablet is right for you. How much space do you have for a tablet? This alone may dictate which size is appropriate. Oh yes, and cost. Your budget may also be a defining factor. Let's begin by talking about the entry- level and hobbyist tablet, the Bamboo. Like all Wacom tablets, even the Bamboo line now includes a touch surface.
The line of Bamboo tablets has the smallest active area. There's also a handy wireless option, should you want to make your tablet a little bit more mobile. The tablet supports X and Y, which are the two dimensions used to recognize where the position of your stylus is, as well as 1024 levels of pressure. Focusing here on the Bamboo Create, you'll see four express keys used for assigning keyboard shortcuts. It's the lowest priced tablet and good for a first tablet experience.
The next rung up in the tablet line is the Intuos5. It's more of a prosumer and professional level tablet. The Intuos gives you multiple size choices, as well as the touch surface. It also comes with the handy wireless option. There are many differences between the Intuos and the Bamboo. The two biggest differences are pressure sensitivity and the stylus choices. The Intuos offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, double that of the Bamboo.
The added pressure sensitivity is most noticeable on the lighter end of the pressure scale. The Intuos works with several other styli, including the Airbrush Pen and the Art Pen. It also supports X and Y, plus pressure, tilt, bearing, and barrel rotation. The Intuos line in general is by far the most popular choice for pro applications. It's a real workhorse. If you're a working creative professional, I'm sure you've heard of the Cintiq Pen Display.
It's the Ferrari of tablets. The first thing to talk about here is that the display and drawing surface are one. There are three size choices available. The 24HD Touch is so named because it has a touch surface. This display covers 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. Like the Intuos, it also supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it also includes X, Y, pressure, tilt, bearing, and barrel rotation.
It has ten express keys and two touch rings. The smallest Cintiq tablet, the 12WX has two touch strips instead. With the Cintiq family you'll gain all of the benefits of working digitally in a creative experience that replicates traditional media. The Inkling deserves a quick look as an example of a novel approach to capturing the artist's expressive marks. I think of the Inkling as a 21st century answer to the paper napkin.
The Inkling provides a solution for easily capturing a traditional drawing without the need for a computing platform. It captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch on any sketchbook or paper. It's ideal for the front end of the creative process. You can then refine your work on your computer. It allows you to create layers and digital files while you sketch. Completed files are then transferred to your computer using the Inkling sketch manager.
You can export your images to supportive software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and SketchBook Pro. The sketch manager can edit, delete, add layers, or change file formats. Wacom offers a variety of options for any level of user. Wacom's broad product line offers expressive mark-making input available to a wide range of budgets. Whether you're a beginner testing the pressure sensitive waters, an advanced hobbyists looking to extend your skills, or an experienced artist with a requirement for the highest quality tools, you'll find a solution to fit both your budget and needs.
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