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Serving as a fully-featured introduction to working with tablets and photo editing, PhotoshopCAFE's Wacom Tablets and Photoshop CC is an in-depth instructional DVD-ROM showcasing all aspects of tablet-based editing practices. Beginning with how to setup, configure, and customize your tablet to specific nuances and calibration tips with your pen, this series of lessons ranges from introductory to advanced editing techniques. Complementing the series of hardware-based segments is a slew of lessons on how to seamlessly work with Photoshop CC using your tablet, and how to utilize pressure-sensitive controls for brush-style editing. Hosted by Weston Maggio and Colin Smith, this 3.5 hour tutorial strives to introduce a tool to enable increased editing efficiency and control.
Designed within an intuitive interface for computer playback, this DVD-ROM allows you to quickly skip to lessons of interest and control your playback for the most effective learning experience. Many of the lessons are also complemented by included lesson files to help you follow along. Additionally, the video files can also be imported into iTunes for viewing on an iPad, iPhone 4 or later, or via an Apple TV.
Lessons from Weston Maggio
Welcome from Wes: Introducing the seventh edition of this series, Weston "Wes" Maggio gives a brief overview of the lesson plan.
Tablet Overview: This section provides a brief overview of different pen tablets and some key features to look for when shopping for a new tablet pad.
Tablet Basics: After reviewing the kinds and features of different tablets, this lesson provides a solid foundation for actually working with the tablets.
Intro to Multitouch: This lessons offers a clear introduction to using multitouch controls with your tablet.
Basic Training: Helping to develop greater familiarity with the pen, this section offers tips and tricks for weaning yourself from the mouse in favor of the pen.
Wacom Tablet Properties: This lesson teaches you a variety of ways to customize your tablet for greater familiarity and efficiency.
Application Specific Settings: Beyond customizing your tablet for personal use, this lessons shows you how to customize it for different specific applications.
All About the Pen: Moving to the pen, this lessons covers use of the pen tool in greater detail.
Pen Calibration from Cintiq Users: Dedicated to those using Cintiq, this section covers how to line up the cursor with your pen for greater accuracy.
Multi-Touch and Gestures: Making use of previous lessons, this section shows you how to integrate touch and gesture controls into your personal workflow.
Tablet Functions: This lessons covers a brief overview of various tablet functions.
Express Keys: Offering an in-depth look at the Express Keys, this section covers how to set-up and configure these customizable keys for your needs.
Touch Ring: Showcasing the Intuos5 tablet, but still applicable to other tablets or displays featuring a touch strip, lesson covers how to set up the Touch Ring for controlling editing functions.
Radial Menu: Extending the usefulness of your Express Keys, this section covers the Radial Menu function and how it can enable on-screen, context-sensitive commands with the Express Keys.
Display Toggle: For those working with multiple displays, this lessons covers how to maximize your tablet's active areas with the Display Toggle function; as well as how and why to use this specific function.
Going Wireless: This section covers how to configure an Intuos5 tablet for wireless use.
Pressure Sensitivity: One of the key features of tablet-based editing, this section shows you how to configure brushes and other tools to make use of pressure-sensitive working methods.
Wacom Tablet Utility: Once everything has been customized on a tablet, this lesson gives information on backing up and restoring tablet preferences for safe-keeping and other uses.
Tablet Accessories: An overview of various accessories is given for Wacom's pen tablets and interactive pen displays.
Thanks from Wes: Wes wraps up his section of the video and segues into Colin's lessons.
Lessons Colin Smith
Welcome from Colin: Colin introduces himself and provides an overview on what he is going to cover.
Personal Preferences: Showcasing his own personal configurations, Smith gives an overview of his own pen and tablet working methods.
Brush Basics: Dedicated to use in Photoshop CC, this section covers all of the brush options available.
Brush Dynamics: Delving more deeply into brush-based controls, this lesson shows how to make your own brushes out of images and how to straighten perspective when making a brush.
Custom Brush from Photograph: Again, focusing more on how to create your own brushes, this section goes in-depth with making customized brushes from imagery.
Paint with Light: Working within the layers-based interface, this section covers working with adjustment layers, layer masks, and pressure sensitivity to selectively lighten and darken photographs.
Dodge and Burn: Homing in on the dodge and burn controls, Smith shows you when, where, and how to dodge and burn in both Photoshop and Camera Raw.
Spot Color: This section covers how to convert an image to black and white as well as create localized color effects.
Extract from Background: Teaching you how to quickly and efficiently extract an image from its background, this lessons covers basic masking techniques as well as how to composite the selection into a new image and add a realistic cast shadow.
Retouching: Focusing solely on retouching practices, this lessons reviews a variety of tools and how they can be used to clean up a photograph.
Changing Pen Tips: Back to a quick hardware tip, this segment shows you how to change the nibs on a Wacom pen, and how to select a specific nib for appropriate applications and surface types.
Goodbye: Colin closes his section with some final remarks as well as some information on additional resources for further learning.
iPad Instruction: Complementing the wealth of instructional video components, this short tutorial simply covers the interface and viewing options for seeing the presentation on an iPad.
A dedicated interface enables intuitive playback that is aided by descriptive texts, info panels for accessing content, and the ability to immediately jump to PhotoshopCAFE forums. This playback design permits full-screen viewing on compatible Mac and Windows operating systems. Additionally, the video files can also be imported into iTunes for direct playback on an iPad, iPhone 4 or later, or via an Apple TV.
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Mac OS X 10.4-10.8 / Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, or 98 (700 MHz Pentium processor or better)
DVD-ROM drive and speakers
1024 x 768 display resolution or larger