New Wacom Drivers Released for Windows and OS X Yesterday


Hey Gang,

New drivers are available at Wacom Support.  I have just installed them, but it is too early to tell what it changed.  In my case, I have been having a strange issue with my Cursor disappearing with the 24″ HD Touch Cintiq.  Wacom support told me that this driver should fix the issue.  I certainly hope so; it has been annoying to say the least…but even so, I still love the Cintiq.

Since I have been in touch with Wacom support, I have had many emails describing how to install a new driver.  The recommendation is to uninstall the present driver and install the new one.  However, do not forget to open you Wacom Tablet Utilities and back up your current settings, so you will be able to restore them when your new driver is installed.  Otherwise you will lose all of your settings.

OK…here are the directions for installing a new driver for a PC sent to me by Wacom Support.  I’m pretty sure you would do the same thing for a Mac, but I don’t know where or how you delete the driver…sorry gang…I don’t have a Mac:

For our products, only one driver can be installed at a time, so I will include driver directions to follow for a clean install, and use Internet Explorer or Firefox, not Google Chrome, as a web browser:

Disconnect the tablet from the computer

Open your Start Menu and then the Control Panel

Open Programs and Features

Uninstall any listing here for Tablet or Wacom Tablet and then restart the computer

After restarting, temporarily disable any antivirus software, download and install only the latest driver from:
http://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers/

Once the installation is complete, and the system is stable, connect the tablet

As always, make sure your tablet is connected directly to your computer.
Avoid using USB hubs, keyboard/monitor ports, or docking stations with the tablets during the installation phase, as they can cause inconsistent behavior.

OK, that is what I was told and that is the way I uninstall an old driver and install a new one.

Enjoy,

Skip

PS:

If anyone has the directions for a Mac, please post them in the comments for others.

 

Corel Painter 2015 Brush Class by Jason Maranto Started Saturday.


Hello Everyone,

Jason Maranto is now teaching at the Digital Art Academy.  His first class is Painter 2015 Brush Engine Essentials, which Jason follows with Painter 2015 Brush Engine Extended.  Trust me on this…you do not want to miss his classes.  I think Jason is one of the best teachers around and the way he explains how to make brushes in Painter is extraordinary and very easy to understand.  He has a simple no-nonsense approach to brushes.  This is what he says about his class:

Mark-making is at the heart of what it means to draw and paint. Corel Painter is a an incredibly powerful mark-making tool. However, due to the huge range of mark-making potential Painter offers, the brush engine can seem intimidating and arcane to even very experienced Painter users.

This “Essentials” course is designed to teach the most essential parts of the Painter 2015 brush engine. The information is structured to help the student quickly and efficiently maximize their brush creation and customization skills with the most common types of dabs, media and controls.

Each week (starting October 12th), that weeks group of videos will be posted. Please watch the videos, and if you have any questions about what was taught that week, ask in the designated forum.

Registration is still open for Jason’s class.  You can register during the first week; registration closes Saturday Oct 18th.

Jason recommends watching his Corel Painter 2015 Video Manual on his You Tube Channel.  I highly recommend this series of videos, too, and suggest that everyone subscribe to Jason’s You Tube Channel.  You will be glad that you did.

Again, this is the best brush class around.  Don’t miss it.

Here is an example of Jason’s Spring Flame Glow Brush.

Jason Maranto's Spring Flame Glow Brush

Jason Maranto’s Spring Flame Glow Brush

And here are some marks made with his Flow Flare Brush.

Jason Maranto's Flow Flare Brush

Jason Maranto’s Flow Flare Brush

Enjoy,

Skip

 

How I Set Up My Wacom 24″ HD Touch Cintiq for Corel Painter 2015


Hello Everyone,

I am now the proud owner of a Wacom 24″ HD Touch Cintiq.  I have to admit I really love it, and I am having so much fun with it.  Previously, I have owned an Intuos 3, 4, and 5 touch, and I have loved them all, but this is the first time I have spent a great deal of time and put a lot of thought into setting up the Wacom Tablet Properties.  I hope the effort I made will prove useful to you.  I have 9 videos showing each step and explaining the reasons behind my decisions.  And then I have a quick 10th video making an image using my settings.  I show you how to use the Corel Painter Customize Keys functions to add shortcut keys to Painter commands that do not have them.  And, I offer an HTML document with the shortcuts that I created, which I hope you will use when setting up your tablet.

In the last video I said I would do a quick painting using my settings for my Cintiq, but I ran out of time.  I had to go to Mississippi to help my sister transition from rehab back to her home.  I promise to do a video as soon as I can after I get back.  But for now…here are the “how to” videos.

Video 1 – An Introduction…I talk a bit about what I will be covering in all the video tutorials.

Well, that was a mess…I just hit the publish button by accident and released an incomplete post on the unsuspecting public.  My apologies…I’ll try to finish the post before I publish again.

Moving right along…the second video isn’t about setting up the Cintiq…nope…it is about an enhanced feature in Corel Painter 2015 called Arrange Palettes.  This feature has a simple arranged palette that is new to 2015 and it is fabulous.  So, to understand why I have used the setting that I use, you need to understand Arranged Palettes.  Check out Video 2:

Video 3: I continue with Arrange Palettes, but this time I have created my own using the Simple Palette provided.  I explain how you can switch between two different arrange palettes, which is very sweet.  I promise, after this video we will actually start setting up the Wacom.

You know, I just realized that I didn’t make a pretty picture to show on these videos to make them look more interesting in the blog.  I forget about that sort of stuff…oh well…the meat and potatoes are still here.

Video 4: I set up my Wacom Art Pen and Grip Pen for use in Corel 2015.  It doesn’t matter what Wacom device you have, these settings should work for your.

Did I mention that there are nine videos…way too many, right?  Well, the videos are very detailed.  Fast forward through the videos you don’t find interesting…or not.

Video 5: I configure the Express Keys.  It is probably now that I should mention that my settings may not be the best ones for you.  Each person should set up their Wacom tablet to work with their workflow.  I do tell you why I use the settings that I use…hopefully that will be of interest to you.

Video 6: I talk about the Touch Ring and I think I found some cool ways to use the Touch Ring.  But you know, it doesn’t matter how cool they are if I don’t actually use them.  One of the most important aspects of setting up your Wacom device is to practice using it…make it a part of your painting experience.  I’m practicing a lot with mine…and frequently changing settings to find a more efficient way to use the Cintiq.

At the end of Video 6, I realized that I was using a shortcut key that I had created using Painter’s Customize Keys function.  You must have a shortcut key to program a command for your Wacom tablet or Cintiq, so now I need to show you how to do that in Painter.  BTW, Photoshop has a similar function.

Video 7: Learn the power of Corel Painter’s Customize Keys.  At the end of this post, I will provide a list of all the shortcut keys that I am using.

Video 8: In this video I talk about Display Toggle.  This Wacom function allows you to use multiple displays.  If you only have one monitor, then you can skip this video.

And finally, I saved the best for last.

Video 9: I cover the Radial Menu in this video.  For my money, the Radial Menu is the most powerful function available for Wacom tablets and Cintiqs.  The Radial Menu makes it possible to program a huge number of commands and have them at your fingertips.  It is very cool and very useful, but most folks do not use it much.  To create a useful Radial menu, you must give it a bit of thought and time.  Program it in a way that will work for you.  I love using the Radial Menu.  Check out the video.

Okay, as promised, here is an html file that lists the Shortcut keys that I used to set up my Cintiq.  You can use the list to program Painter’s Customize Keys and set up your own Wacom Device.

Skip’s Shortcut Keys

I have mixed emotions about posting my Wacom backup settings.  I have no experience with giving these to anyone.  If you have a Wacom 24″ HD Touch Cintiq and are using Windows 7, the file might work for you.  I do not believe it will work for anyone using a Mac, nor do I think it will work with any other Wacom device.  But, if you are foolhardy enough to try it, be sure to back up your current Wacom settings before doing anything.

Skip’s Cintiq Settings

Well, that wraps up this blog post.  I hope you find it useful.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Wacom Just Released the Newest Drivers for the Mac, Almost a Month Behind the PC Release


Hello Everyone,

I just noticed that Wacom has posted new Drivers for the Mac.  If you are on a Mac and using Painter 2015, then you will definitely want to install the latest drivers.

Have fun and enjoy,

Skip

Register Now for Winifred Whitfield’s Fantastic Class, Matisse Inspired


Hello Everyone,

Winifred Whitfield has joined the Digital Art Academy team and is starting her first class tomorrow, Matisse Inspired.  Winifred has studied Matisse at length and developed a wonderful digital style inspired by this master.  I love looking at her examples, the bright colors, the simplified forms, and the magnificent patterns.  I know you will want to take this class.  She is teaching it in Corel Painter X3 and Corel Painter 2015.

It starts tomorrow.  Is it too late to register?  Absolutely not.  Registration always stays open for the first week of class, but after that registration closes.  To register for the class, you will want to go the Digital Art Academy and sign in if you have an account.  If not, look to the right side of the page and select Create New Account.  Follow the prompts.  You must create an account before you can register for any class; this doesn’t register you, it just allows you to register when you wish.  If you have any trouble, then take a look at the PDF How To Register and Enroll in a Class at Digital Art Academy.  Once you registered all the wonderful videos and resources that Winifred has for you are available.

The amount of resources Winifred makes available is amazing.  And all are downloadable to your computer for you to view over and over at your leisure.  You will upload your assignments and Winifred will give you helpful hints and constructive criticism about your work.

Take a look at some of Winifred’s images for the class.  I particularly like the work inspired by Matisse cutouts.

Gobi, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Gobi, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

This window is very striking:

Window, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Window, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

I know that her class will go into depth about how to make patterns with Corel Painter.  Making patterns is great fun; you will love it.

Woman in Blue, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter X3

Woman in Blue, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter X3

I hope to see you in the class.  I wouldn’t miss it.

In Red, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter X3

In Red, Matisse Inspired, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter X3

Do go to the Digital Art Academy and register for Matisse Inspired.  It is a good decision.  Winifred is an accomplished artist and teacher; learning from her is easy.

Remember, you can register anytime in the first week of class, but don’t wait; don’t miss a single day with Winifred.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

 

New Wacom Tablet Drivers Released for Windows


Hello Friends,

Wacom has released new tablet drivers for Windows OS.  I am sure Mac will follow shortly.  I have a new Cintiq 24 HD Touch that hasn’t worked correctly since I bought it a few weeks ago.  Wacom support tells me the new driver will fix the situation.  I hope so.

To find the drivers, follow this link.  Wacom Drivers

Remember it is best to uninstall the current drivers, reboot, install the new drivers, and reboot.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

 

Don’t forget, My Painter 2015 – What’s New Class starts on Aug 19th


Hey Gang,

Just a reminder that my class about the new functions and enhancements with Painter 2015 starts tomorrow.  You will be able to register until next Saturday, Aug 23rd, and then registration closes.  To register go to the Digital Art Academy.  Log into the site, or create a new account if you haven’t visited before.  Look in the middle of the page and click on Advanced Painter Courses. Then scroll down the page until you see “What’s New In Painter 2015.”  Click on the title and then to register, look at the bottom of the page and click on “Send Payment to PayPal.”

While you are at DAA, take a look at other classes that are available.  All of them are terrific.

And for fun…here is another image that I did in Corel Painter 2015.

Corel Painter 2015, Wheat Fields with Bright Sky, Particle brushes and Real watercolor brushes.

Corel Painter 2015, Wheat Fields with Bright Sky, Particle brushes and Real watercolor brushes.

Enjoy,

Skip