Learn how to set up and master your Wacom tablet in ways that streamline your work, expand your creative options, and lighten the load on your wrists.
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- "Wa" is Japanese for harmony. And "com" is short for communication. So Wacom stands for harmonious communication. A little mnemonic to remember this is, especially if you're a dog owner, what do you do with your dog everyday? You Wacom. Hi, I'm John Derry, and welcome to Wacom Essential Training. In the world of digital art and design, Wacom pressure sensitive pen tablets and displays are considered to be the gold standard.
For more than 25 years, Wacom has provided the creative community with technology that faithfully captures the artist's expressive gestures and transform them into a visual form that can be shared with others. With the ability to sense all of an artist's wrist, hand, and arm motions, Wacom pens become the means through which an artist, from beginner to professional, can express ones inner feelings and emotions. In this course, the models we're using are the Intuos 5 and the Cintiq 24HD Touch.
But many of the techniques that we show on these can be transferred to the other Wacom tablets. I'll be using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Sketchbook Pro, and Corel Painter to demonstrate how these tablets work. We'll discuss which tablet is best for your creations, show you how to set up your tablet and pen for optimal use, as well as instruct you through some eye hand coordination exercises to help you improve your skill level. Now, let's get started with Wacom Essential Training.
- Drawing freehand
- Tracing existing images
- Determining the correct tablet size for your work
- Understanding relative vs. absolute positioning
- Working with control surfaces like the Touch Ring and control keys
- Selecting the right stylus
- Working with the Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, and Inkling