Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with a pen tablet, part of Painter 2017 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] As we go through this course it may appear in the video as if I am using a paint brush pen or other mark-making tool to create what you see on the screen. In fact, I'm taking advantage of a remarkable bit of input technology generally referred to as a pen tablet. Specifically, a Wacom Intuos pressure-sensitive pen and tablet. This technology combined with Painter's tools which are written specifically for use with it make it possible to faithfully emulate traditional expressive mark-making media.
You can use a mouse but practically all of the expression you communicate via your hand will be lost. If you would like more information about this technology check out my Wacom Essential Training Course. In order to talk about the importance of pen tablets as used with Painter we need to have a discussion about how motion is sensed in three-dimensional space. Much of an artist's expressive strokes are communicated through the hand and wrist and arm. All of these motions working together move the pen in 3D space.
Known as the six axes of motion these 3D references can be used to describe the pen's location and attitude in 3D space. Let's take a look at how these axes work. If we imagine a pen in space and then add a two-dimensional grid to represent the tablet's surface we can now describe the location of the pen's tip anywhere on this two-dimensional space. These two dimensions are known as X and Y and refer to the horizontal and vertical motion on the two-dimensional grid.
Now, let's add a third degree of motion, pressure. In the case of our pen tip this is the slight heighth change of the pen tip through the artist's hand pressure. For expressive mark-making pressure is the most important axis of motion. When the pen is not perpendicular to the tablet's surface its angle could be described as tilt. This is the fourth axis of motion. Once you've described tilt using the X and Y position you can calculate bearing.
Imagine the pen tip stationary on the tablet as the eraser end of the pen is swept out in a 360 degree circle. This is bearing, the fifth axis of motion. Finally, we have rotation. This is the barrel of the pen being rotated in the hand by the artist. This becomes important when dealing with non-symmetrical tips. When all six of the axes of motion are being sensed and communicated to the application all of the artist's combined hand motions can be interpreted for use by Painter's expressive mark-making tools.
- Working with a pen tablet
- Installing custom content
- Navigating the Painter interface
- Customizing your work environment
- Working with the temporal color palette
- Identifying safety nets
- Resetting brush properties
- Troubleshooting when a brush won't paint
- Drawing with Painter
- Working with bristle, special, and hard media