The benefits of using a pressure sensitive drawing tablet for painting

The benefits of using a pressure sensitive drawing tablet for painting


Download a free trial at www.painterartist.com Hi! I’m Cher Pendarvis, artist and author of the Painter Wow! books and artist tablet books. In this video we’ll explore using an artist tablet and pen with Painter Essentials. I created the painting shown here from scratch by painting free hand using Painter and my Wacom pressure-sensitive tablet and pen. As you can see expressive brush work and realistic texture is possible in Painter; for the sun lily I used the Acrylics and Oils brushes and for the sunrise sea I used the dry media Chalk and Pastel. To set up your artist tablet for your personal hand movement and pressure, we will use brush tracking in Painter. To open brush tracking; click on Painter Essential 6, choose Preferences and then choose Brush Tracking to open the dialogue, Within the dialogue we have the scratchpad and here we have the graph that will show the output after we apply our stroke to the scratchpad and we also have scale down here. Before we apply our stroke to the scratchpad, what is brush tracking? When you draw or paint with traditional tools the pressure and other hand movements like tilt or bearing that you make with pencil, chalk or brushes determines the expression, opacity and width of your stroke. Using a pressure sensitive tablet and stylus with painter gives you similar control and expression; you can adjust the brush tracking in Painter for your personal stroke strength. Painter supports pressure, velocity, direction, tilt and bearing. With the brush tracking window open, make a representative stroke on the screen, notice the graph change. Brush tracking is especially good for people that have a very light touch on the tablet. I’m going to press very lightly and then a little harder so you see the graph change. Click “okay” to accept. Now that we have our brush tracking all set up, let’s have fun making some expressive strokes with a variety of brushes. As you see the Acrylics and Oils is chosen and the Broad Cover brush is chosen. The Broad Cover brush has textured edges and I made a stroke with medium pressure here. Now I’m going to make one with light pressure, you see it shows a lot of texture. The next brush we’re going to use is the Opaque Acrylic. The Opaque Acrylic varies the thickness of the stroke depending on the pressure that you apply. Next we’ll take a look at the Variable Flat. This varies opacity with pressure. I’m going to press very light and then heavy. It’s very expressive. Next we’ll choose Chalk, Pastel & Crayons and the Sharp Charcoal Pencil. Press light, and then go to medium and heavy pressure. You see how expressive it is. Next we’ll look at the Square Chalk. There is opacity with pressure and also grain. I used the Square Chalk in my landscape painting that you see here. Next the Square Extra Soft Pastel. I’m going to press very light. You get beautiful texture. Then press heavier and it covers more opaquely just like a very soft pastel would do. Next we’re going to look at the Tapered Large chalk which is a round chalk, and the thickness and opacity of the stroke vary with pressure. Finally we’ll have a look at the Pencil. Choose the Thick and Thin Pencil. We get a very expressive pencil mark here. Lighter pressure and you see the grain more. And finally, one of our favorites the Scratchboard Tool, which is a Pen. We just saw how expressive Painter can be when combined with a pressure sensitive tablet and pen. We just made marks with the Scratchboard tool. I still have it chosen. Right now I have a mouse in my hand and I’m going to make a couple strokes with the mouse and a squiggly stroke with the mouse. Now let’s take the Tapered Large Chalk and have a look at that with the mouse. I’m not getting any pressure or varying in the width of the stroke the way that I did up here. That was a fun comparison. The tablet that I’m using is my Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet and pen. Using a high quality pen tablet allows us to paint expressive strokes with finesse and control that is not possible with just a mouse. Have fun and happy painting! Download a free trial at www.painterartist.com

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