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 Wacom MasterClass Vol. 1 you'll learn a whole host of techniques for image retouching and enhancement. You'll also see how to manage pictures efficiently with Lightroom or Aperture.
Wacom MasterClass Vol. 1 – Photography and Image Editing
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.
In Wacom MasterClass Vol. 2 you'll learn numerous techniques for drawing and painting with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter.
Wacom MasterClass Vol. 2 – Digital Drawing, Painting, and Illustration
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.
You may be surprised to find out that the Wacom tablet can be very useful for working in After Effects. In this workshop you'll learn how to use painting tools and techniques in After Effects and how to use the tablet for motion capturing.
Motion Design with After Effects
You might think that there's not an awful lot you can do in After Effects with a Wacom tablet and pen. But you'd be wrong! This course explores all the exciting things you can do, beginning in this chapter with the basic paint functions.
Basic Paint Functions in After Effects
In this video we'll explore the After Effects Paint panel and have a quick look at all the functions available within it.
After Effects has a Brushes panel similar to Photoshop's. In this lesson you'll learn how to make the most of this panel by building up a library of commonly used brushes. You'll also see how you can apply brush dynamics with your Wacom pens.
This video will explain how brushstrokes appear as individual vector objects within After Effects layers. It will show you the properties available to you in the Timeline and guide you past a few gotchas relating to these vector-based brushstrokes.
This chapter explores advanced techniques for painting with the Wacom tablet and pen in After Effects. You'll learn how to work with the Clone, Rotobrush, and Eraser tools and how to apply effects like rotoscoping, animated handwriting, and stop motion.
Every application is different and has its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to drawing and painting. In this lesson you'll experiment with various brushes and settings so that you become comfortable painting in After Effects.
The Rotobrush is a fantastic tool that can separate areas of your image for transparency. In this tutorial you'll use the Rotobrush to select and delete a background from some moving footage so that it can be replaced with a new background.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to adjust the cloning options to paint with an aligned brush, create additional background elements with a non-aligned brush, and clean up brushstrokes the Eraser tool. We'll also look at the Eraser tool's various modes.
Rotoscoping is the process of painting on top of video frames. It is usually used to add a more hand-drawn or animated look to video footage. In this video you'll pick up some valuable, time-saving techniques to apply when rotoscoping.
There are ways of faking a stop-motion look without going through the painful process of drawing every single frame. In this video you'll see how you can animate brushstrokes to create a stop-motion look in no time at all!
The Wacom tablet has some very powerful capabilities for motion capturing, and this chapter explores the tools and techniques involved.
Using the Wacom Tablet as a Motion Capture Device
The Motion Sketch panel is an often-overlooked and underappreciated feature of After Effects. In this video you'll see how this panel can be used in conjunction with your Wacom tablet to capture motion and apply it to animated elements in your design.
When used with your Wacom pen, the Puppet tool can capture much more subtle motion than you could get with a mouse. In this tutorial you'll see how lifelike your animation can be when controlled by pen gestures.
SketchBook Pro is an easy-to-use painting and drawing program that enables you to quickly create elaborate illustrations and artwork. In this workshop you'll learn how to set up and use SketchBook Pro, with an emphasis on working with the Wacom tablet.
SketchBook Pro Crash Course
Before you get started working in SketchBook Pro, there are a few things you need to know about how it works and a few settings you may want to change. This chapter looks at SketchBook's preferences and Lagoon, as well as the Wacom Control Panel.
Setting Everything Up
In this video we'll have a look at the SketchBook Pro preferences and what you need to know about them.