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The standard Grip Pen

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Video: The standard Grip Pen

If you own either an Intuos or Cintiq tablet, you already have the Grip Pen, as it is the standard included stylus. For most users, the Grip Pen is all you need. Let's take a close up look at it. Now, the main thing we want to concentrate on is that with the Grip Pen, as with all the pens, pressure is always going to be your most important attribute. Anything else after that is kind of icing on the cake. But as you'll see, you may want to have additional capability if the Grip Pen itself isn't going to handle it.

The standard Grip Pen

If you own either an Intuos or Cintiq tablet, you already have the Grip Pen, as it is the standard included stylus. For most users, the Grip Pen is all you need. Let's take a close up look at it. Now, the main thing we want to concentrate on is that with the Grip Pen, as with all the pens, pressure is always going to be your most important attribute. Anything else after that is kind of icing on the cake. But as you'll see, you may want to have additional capability if the Grip Pen itself isn't going to handle it.

So, one of the things that we look at here is that the Grip Pen utilizes five of the six degrees of freedom. And going through them, the first are X and Y, which is simply the grid that allows the tablet to sense where on the tablet the pen is located. Next we have Pressure. So when you press harder, you're going to get in some cases a wider line, or a darker line. Once we have pressure, you can then have Tilt, okay. And once you have tilt, you can then describe Bearing. So we've got five of the six degrees of freedom.

That means even a single brush is going to be capable of a pretty wide range of expression. And to start off I've got a blunt, round, symmetrical tip to show you this. And I also want to give you a little demo of how it looks and there actually is a little icon here. If your machine supports a GPU, you will see this, otherwise you wouldn't be able to see this display. But what this does is it just gives me a mirror of what I'm doing with my stylus, and in this case I've got it set up so it's as if we're looking directly from above.

But you can already see how I can do tilt in stylus, and when you also see the tip mirrored on the screen itself, it's showing me, basically, you know, the attitude of the tip of the stylus, or in this case the actual brush tip that Photoshop is presenting. So, when I start using this, if I'm more or less straight up, I'm going to get kind of a nice set of narrow lines and in this case pressure is also changing things. But once you start to use tilt, it starts to use more and more of the edge of the tip itself so that I get a much fuller, thicker application of the paint.

And so, once you start to combine these, just this one tip starts to have quite a bit of variability within it. But I want to show you where the limitation begins, and to do that I'm going to switch to an asymmetrical tip. So we're going to go down here and select a Fan brush, and I'll change colors just so we get a good sense of difference here. So now this pen, you can see it's an asymmetrical tip, and I still have my tilt and my bearing, but what's going to happen here, you'll notice that when I start to draw, is that I can't change the angle of the tip itself.

So if I want a wide stroke this way, I really don't have a way to get a wide stroke in this angle. So, that's where the limitation of this lies, and the best advice I can give you is, this tip is great as long as you stick with symmetrical tips, like a round tip. But once you start getting into the world of asymmetrical tips like a Fan brush is, you're going to sense that limitation. Capable of sensing five of the six degrees of freedom, the Grip Pen will satisfy most casual users' needs. And hey, it didn't cost any extra.

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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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