This workshop is devoted to the basic settings of your Wacom tablet. You'll get to know not only the various pens and their settings, but also interesting details about ExpressKeys, the Touch Ring, and the Radial menu.
In this chapter you'll see how to install the Wacom tablet for Mac or Windows in a way that allows you to use the full functionality of the tablet.
Installing Your Tablet
In this tutorial you'll learn how to install the Intuos4 for Macintosh computers from the installation CD. You'll also get an overview of the functionality of the system settings.
In this video you'll see how to install the latest driver for the Wacom Intuos4 on the Windows operating system. You'll see how to adjust all the functions in the Control Panel and save these functions as files.
This chapter is all about pens – from the basics and choosing a nib, to settings like pressure and tilt sensitivity, to working with the Eraser, Art Pen, and Airbrush. You'll also learn about the other pens available for you to use with your tablet.
Working with Pens
If you have never used a pen and tablet before, it may feel awkward at first. Don't worry, this video will take you through all of the difficulties and get you comfortable.
In this video you will see how to set the functions on the side switches individually. You'll see how these switches can be changed to work as a modifier keystroke, a hold key, or a multitude of other functions.
At the top of your pen is the eraser, which also has pressure sensitivity. In this video you'll see how this button maps directly to the Eraser tool in Photoshop. If you prefer you can also assign this button a custom function in the Wacom Control Panel.
Although it is constructed like a classic marker, the Art Pen is not only tilt- and pressure-sensitive, but also capable of rotation sensitivity. In this tutorial you'll learn how it works and how to use this feature in Photoshop.
This chapter looks at the options related to displays. You'll learn how to set up mapping preferences, work with multiple monitors, switch between Pen mode and Mouse mode, and more.
In this lesson you'll learn how to set up mapping preferences and toggle between multiple monitors with your tablet. You can even set up the tablet to use only certain areas of the tablet or the monitor for mapping. You'll also see how the ExpressKeys can be adjusted to be perfect for either left-handed or right-handed use.
The Wacom Tablet Utility allows you to back up or restore custom preferences and settings. These preferences can be saved and then reapplied on different machines by using the Restore button. This tutorial will walk you through the required steps.
This chapter covers two very useful features, the Touch Ring and the Radial menu.
The Touch Ring and the Radial Menu
The functions of the Touch Ring can be adjusted individually for individual programs. In this lesson you will learn what features can be assigned to the Touch Ring and how you can customize it to take advantage of the latest features in Photoshop.
In this video you will learn more about the Radial menu and see how to add new functions to the menu in order to optimize your workflow. You'll also discover that you can create multiple levels of commands using submenus.
In this workshop you'll learn beauty retouching from scratch. You'll see how to make adjustments using the Liquify filter; remove blemishes; retouch eyes, hair, and makeup; and more.
Our original photograph was shot as a RAW file, which means that we can correct it before opening it in Photoshop. We can also adjust the contrast to produce a better starting image, as you'll see in this video.
Some imperfections, such as the veins in this image, aren't easy to remove with the Spot Healing tool. The best way to hide these is simply to change their color, and this video presents a quick technique for doing so.
The eyes are the most important part of any portrait, and enhancing them improves the whole image. In this video we'll brighten the model's irises with the Dodge tool, boost the color of her eyes with the Sponge tool, and paint in longer eyelashes.
The lipstick was applied a little haphazardly on this model, and its color really doesn't suit her skin color. In this video we'll fix both of these problems, adding a Hard Light layer to improve the lips' definition.
This chapter looks at Photoshop's tools for panoramic photography and at the very useful Vanishing Point filter.
Panoramas and the Vanishing Point Filter
Photoshop has an extraordinary ability to take a bunch of images and automatically turn them into a stunning panoramic shot. Of course, a little manual adjustment is often needed, as this video demonstrates.
This video looks at the Vanishing Point filter. Everyone who works with architectural photography needs to know how to use this filter, which is the single most useful tool for fixing architectural blemishes.
This workshop will bring you up to speed on the powerful image-editing capabilities of Photoshop CS5's Clone and Spot Healing tools. You'll also learn how to use multiple clone sources and the Clone Source panel.
Image Retouching with Photoshop's Cloning and Healing Tools
In Photoshop CS5, the Clone and Spot Healing tools combine to offer some truly remarkable image-editing capabilities. You'll get an idea of what they can do in this chapter.
Cloning and Healing
The Clone tool has long been a favorite of Photoshop retouchers. In CS5, it is complemented by the Spot Healing tool with Content-Aware capability, and the two tools together make a powerful combination.
The Spot Healing tool does a nearly perfect job of removing unwanted elements from images. As you'll see in this video, it can replicate not only simple textures, but also complicated backgrounds and even architectural elements.
In this workshop you'll learn the basics of Lightroom 3 and how it works in conjunction with the Wacom tablet. You'll see how Lightroom enables you to perform batch processing, make selective adjustments, remove spots, and more.
Lightroom Crash Course
In this video you'll be introduced to Lightroom, the batch image editor of choice for the professional photographer.
Lightroom enables you to perform a set of operations on an image – correcting color, tone, highlights, and shadows – and then copy those adjustments to all the other photographs in the same set. It's a major time-saver, as you'll see in this video.
You often need to adjust different parts of an image on different ways; for example, an adjustment that makes the ground look perfect can produce a very washed-out sky. In this video, you'll see how a graduated filter enables you to solve this problem.
Sometimes you need to apply an effect to a very specific part of an image. As this video demonstrates, Lightroom allows you to paint in these effects using a brush and then to edit and adjust them afterwards.
This video looks at spot removal in Lightroom, which is a curious process that involves defining a circular area to be patched and then specifying the source location for the patch. The end results, though, are worth the trouble.
Apple Aperture is a powerful program that provides a comprehensive and stable environment in which to store, manage, and edit your photographs. In this quick course you'll get a taste of how it works and what it can do.
Aperture Crash Course
In this video you'll get a brief introduction to Aperture.