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.
This workshop is all about digital drawing and painting in Photoshop. You'll learn about everything from setting up the workspace and sketching to drawing and coloring, and in the process create an entire illustration from scratch.
Drawing and Painting in Photoshop
In this course we're going to create a detailed illustration from scratch using Photoshop and the Wacom tablet. This chapter covers the preliminaries, from setting up the workplace and tablet to creating sketches and a value study.
In this video, we'll get ready to work by creating a new file, setting its resolution, and choosing appropriate brush options.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of creating an illustration is adding the color – although the quality of the results will be improved by doing some less fun things like creating masks, as you'll see in this chapter.
In this lesson we'll clean up the drawing in order to prepare it for coloring.
The final quality of the illustration can be enhanced by making a few last adjustments. In this video we'll decrease the intensity of some parts of the image with an adjustment layer and fine-tune the color balance.
In this workshop you'll follow along with digital artist Uli Staiger as he uses Photoshop techniques to create a breathtaking composition. In the process you'll learn about everything from 3D tools and blend modes to masking and layer adjustments.
In the first chapter of this workshop, we'll create the planetary surface that serves as the background of our composition. After importing some source images, we'll add the sky, the atmosphere, some clouds and their shadows, and finally the sun.
Creating the Planet
In this video, we'll look at the source images we'll be using to create the composition in this course. This is a good way for you to familiarize yourself with the materials you'll be working with.
We'll begin the process of creating our composition in this video by opening a file, copying the background layer, then deleting the original background. Then we'll transform the 2D image so it looks like part of a sphere.
To look realistic, the clouds need to cast shadows on the surface. We'll make that happen in this video by using a clipping mask and a Levels adjustment with the Multiply blend mode and a Gaussian Blur filter.
The magnifying glass in this composition shows a magnified area on the planet's surface. In this chapter we'll create its structure – including the handle, base, and frame – from scratch using Photoshop tools.
Creating the Structure of the Magnifying Glass
In this video we'll begin the process of adding the magnifying glass by creating the handle. We'll start with a simple black rectangle, then paint a reflection on it to make it look more realistic.
The generator that will appear in the magnifying glass is constructed from three different source images. In this video we'll bring those images into the composition, assemble them to create the generator, and add a shadow.
To make the image inside the magnifying glass look as realistic as possible, we need to add some lens distortion. We'll accomplish that in this video by using a layer group mask with a Radial Blur filter.
Symbols are a powerful tool in Illustrator, and you can use the free symbols included with the application as a starting point for your designs. In this video we'll start to build a human figure from these free symbols.
In this video we'll look at the Shape Builder tool. This tool lets you construct basic shapes using primitive circles, ellipses, and rectangles and then join them together by dragging your pen across them.
The Reshape tools can be used to reshape paths and customize shapes with your Wacom pen. In this video you'll try them out, using the Warp, Pucker, Bloat, and Wrinkle tools to give your artwork your own unique style.
The Eraser tool can be used with your Wacom pen to literally sculpt shapes, as you'll see in this video. You can also customize artwork by erasing portions of it with the eraser on your Wacom pen and use the Smooth tool to tidy up any bumps left behind.
Isolation mode allows you to isolate objects so that you can easily select and edit particular objects or parts of objects, while automatically locking all other objects so that they are not affected by your changes. You'll see how it works in this video.
This video looks at the Symbol Sprayer, which you can use to add a large number of identical objects to the artwork at one time. Once they are created you can update them as a group or break them apart so they behave like ordinary objects.
Illustrator includes many different types of brushes that let you create a wide variety of effects in your images. You'll learn all about them in this chapter.
Outlining and Shading with Brushes
Calligraphic brushes make strokes like those drawn with the angled point of a calligraphic pen and are drawn along the center of the path. You can use the pressure and tilt sensitivity of your pen to adjust the brush's angle. This video shows you how.