Join Kevin Stohlmeyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting to know your Wacom tablet, part of Illustrator: Using Wacom Tablets.
- Wacom has several options available, from the entry level Bamboo to the large HD screen Cintiq. For this series, I will be using a Wacom Intuos Touch Pro. This happens to be the medium size, and I find that this size works well for my use. First, let's take a look at the different parts of the Wacom tablet. Depending on which tablet you're using, you're going to either be using a wired or a wireless and battery connection. You'll find these connections on the side of your tablet. Refer to your tablet instructions to connect your Wacom tablet to your computer.
This is the surface of my tablet. Note that there are illuminated corners indicating the active area of my tablet. On my Intuos Pro, it also has a multi-touch surface that I can use with my hand or my pen depending on my workflow. On my tablet, my panel is set up on the left. Here we have a series of eight buttons called express keys. Dividing the express keys is the touch ring. These buttons give you quick access to different software shortcuts and really extend the usefulness of your tablet besides just a drawing surface.
I'll show you how to customize these different options in the chapter Customizing Your Wacom Tablet. Join me in the next movie where we'll take a look at your grip pen and how to change your nibs.
- Changing the pen nib
- Customizing the ExpressKeys, touch options, and more
- Painting and drawing
- Cleaning up with the Eraser tool
- Using special tools like the Bristle brush
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on in April 2016. What changed?
A: We updated one video, "Radial Menu," to reflect changes to the Wacom software.