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Using Your Wacom Tablet (For New Users)

How to get started and start taking full advantage of a Wacom Tablet.
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Created by Dave Cross
Last updated 5/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Learn how to customize settings for the Tablet, Pen, Express, Keys, Touch Ring and Radial Menu
Get up to speed quickly and start taking full advantage of the Tablet
See how to using pressure sensitivity settings in Photoshop
Learn how to speed up your work with a Wacom Tablet
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The course is aimed at two types of people: folks who are considering the purchase of a Wacom Tablet and want to make sure it's a good fit for them; and people who own a Tablet but feel like they aren't taking full advantage of it. In this course you learn the advantages of using a Tablet, 5 tips for getting comfortable with the Tablet, how to customize your settings for the Pen, Express Keys and more - and how to use your Tablet with Photoshop to be more accurate and save time.

Who is the target audience?
  • New owners of Wacom Tablets
  • People considering the purchase of a Wacom Tablet
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 01:02:28
3 Lectures 11:25

An overview of the content of this course.

Preview 01:30

The advantages of using a Wacom Tablet and Pen

Preview 02:18

% Tips to help you get up to speed quickly with your Tablet.

Preview 07:37
8 Lectures 19:25

A quick tip for the installation of your Tablet

installation tip

Deciding how to position your Tablet

Positioning your Tablet

How to align (map) the Tablet with your monitor(s).

Mapping the Tablet to your Monitor(s)

How to customize the settings for the Pen

Pen Settings

Customizing and using the Express Keys and Touch Ring

Express Key & Touch Ring Settings

Setting up and using the Radial Menu

Radial Menu Settings

A quick look at the touch settings on the Intuos 5 Tablet

Touch Settings

How to change the nib on the Pen

Changing Nibs
Pressure Sensitivity
2 Lectures 13:53

How to take full advantage of the pressure settings in Photoshop

Photoshop Pressure Settings

A quick exercise to experiment with pressure sensitivity.

More Photoshop Settings
3 Lectures 13:47

Using the Mixer Brush and pressure sensitivity in Photoshop

The Mixer Brush

How to set up the Pen to take advantage of shortcuts in Photoshop

Pen Settings for Photohop

How to apply custom keyboard shortcuts and Actions to your Tablet

Mapping Actions to Express Keys
Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 03:58

A quick example of using the Pen and Tablet in a simple project

Example Workflow

Course wrap up

About the Instructor
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Photoshop Educator Since 1990

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For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creatives get the most out of their Adobe software. Dave has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (25 times), the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, and has traveled across the country teaching for Kelby Training. He runs the Dave Cross Workshops in his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.


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