Thought I’d share my first trials with my Intuos board.
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, the Wacom Intuos board is one of the best of the “pressure sensitive input devices” available for computer art. It’s a board with a special pen that through the magic of electronics allows you to draw just like you were drawing in a tablet. It gives you smooth curves and you can adjust the darkness and thickness of the line by how hard you press on the tablet.
The problem with the modern programs is that they’ve tried to program in all kinds of controls, which means all sort of settings. I’m going to have to figure those out. I spent most of the first night trying to figure out how to make good old Paint Shop Pro give me those basic variations. Couldn’t find anything online or in the help file until I found the magic words “pressure sensitive.” Still not much to explain how all the various settings affect the input, but I at least got it to where I could play a bit.
This was my first try. Mind you, I haven’t really drawn for years, so bear with me awhile, OK? I have no idea who she is, BTW.
The next step was determining the free programs that came with the board. They’re all trial versions designed to do nothing but tempt you into paying lots of money for the full version, so, knowing I’d get “crippled” versions, I took a stab at the Autodesk Sketchbook, and I’m very glad I did. It’s literally just a straightforward sketching program. It’ll do more, and the full version has some cool abilities like synchronized or mirror sketching (i.e., you can draw one side and have the program simultaneously make an exact duplicate other side.) But bottom line, it’s designed to work with the pressure sensitive boards, so even the menu options are optimized for the board input.
Anyway, here are my first trials with it. Again, I’ve no idea who they are:
Okay…back to the Mariners game…