Wacom Intuos 5 Touch and Corel Painter, A Perfect Match! How I Setup My Wacom Intuos 5 Touch


Hello Everyone,

I love Corel Painter and I love my Wacom Intuos 5 Touch.  I have been rather busy of late, and since we have had several new Wacom Tablet Drivers, I messed up and lost my preferences.  I hadn’t set them up completely anyway, and I had always planned to do a series of videos about how my settings, so now seemed the perfect opportunity to do a series of videos showing the how and why of my settings.  I tried to keep each video under 5 minutes, but failed miserably.  I don’t think I had one over 8 minutes though.

Please note, I am using a Wacom Intuos 5 Touch.  If you are using an Intuos 4 or an Intuos 5 without Touch, I think the videos will still hold interest.

The first video is a quick introduction to Wacom Tablet Properties.

The second video talks about programing the Grip and Art Pens.

The third and fourth videos concern touch.

The fifth video is about Express Keys.  Since we can only program functions that have shortcut commands, I needed to create shortcut commands for several functions.  This video explains making shortcut keys.

The sixth video is also about Express Keys.  I demonstrate how to make the Express Keys work only in Painter.

Video 7 is all about the Touch Ring

Video 8 explains the Radial Menu.

And the last video…number 9…wraps it up with saving the preferences.

OK, that’s it for this post.  I do need to apologize for never finishing the painting using Painter Lite.  I got sidetracked and simply lost interest in the painting.  Then, everyday, I put pressure on myself to finish it.  It was awful.  I may or may not finish the painting.  Right now I want to do some other stuff in Painter.

For those of you who enjoy hearing about Kevin from time to time, I have to report I haven’t seen him in a while.  I don’t know where he is; I assume he is still living in my computer.  I recently moved a whole bunch of stuff to an external hard drive; I hope he didn’t get lost in the move.  Anyway, as soon as I can find him, I’ll give you a report on what he has been up to.

Take care my friends, and I hope you enjoy this post,

Skip

28 responses to “Wacom Intuos 5 Touch and Corel Painter, A Perfect Match! How I Setup My Wacom Intuos 5 Touch

  1. Thank you for the tutorials, Skip! I’m still using my 8 year old Wacom Intuos 3 and if I ever get any spare money that I don’t need, I’ll use it for a new 5. But by that time we have version 6, 7 or 8!

    • Hi Jerry,

      I still have my Intuos 3, too. It was my first tablet. I don’t use it now, but who knows, I might. The oldest computer I have still functioning could use it. I also have my Intuos 4 connected to my laptop. But, I will tell you, the upgrade to the Intuos 5 was well worth the money. The difference in pressure, between the 3 and the 4 or 5 is worth it. In the 3 you have 1024 levels of pressure and in the 4 or 5 you have 2048 levels of pressure. I know a lot of folks who will wait and wait to upgrade. They would be so happy if they would go on and do it. Money is a good reason not to upgrade. But at some point, it is counterproductive to stay with old technology. I hope you will be able to upgrade, soon.
      Skip

  2. Thank you for a super group of videos, So precise and easy for me to understand and follow.

    I do have a question, someone told me one time not to add any applications for the Wacom. (ex: Photoshop and Painter) because it can really mess everything up. Is there any truth to this? I thought if it was maybe that was a “bug” they had worked out.

    Kathi

    PS – I think Kevin came to my house. We didn’t get along at all and I told him I was sorry but he was NOT WELCOME AND TO GO HOME. Sorry about that, but I think he is in route

    • Hi Kathi,

      I heard something like that…programming for multiple applications isn’t a good thing, but that hasn’t been my experience. I find that programing for different applications is a very powerful feature of the tablets.

      Oh goodness, I’m sorry Kevin was a bother. I’ll have to stroke his ego a bit when he returns.

      Have a great weekend,
      Skip

  3. A big thank you for these classes..They were all very helpful and I have set mine up almost like yours. I did get a little confused on the next to last (radial menu). I did understand most of it , but I decided to forgo this step (Kevin’s fault), as I am going to focus on the other ones for now.. I have a hard time with the shortcuts and this is going help out a lot!
    As I was in the redial menu, Kevin also visited me, and crashed my wacom..I had to restart and reinstall..I was really worried about losing all the stuff I did, but Kevin was nice enough to save all the new information and I was able to back up as instructed. Wheew

    • Hey Deb,

      The radial menu is a tough one to demo. It has so many options. I have already changed many of my settings and added more. Remember, be ready to change as you use the Wacom. It is supposed to reflect your work flow.

      Skip

  4. Skip,

    I see why you’re a Corel Painter Master. I’ve learned a lot from your intimate knowledge of the Intous5 and Painter too I will be setting up the I5 for my needs with more ease after viewing these videos. Just a Note: I’m not really liking the TOUCH feature at all and disabled it as well the buttons on the Pen because I can’t keep my fingers or hands from activating them accidentally. Touch seems very sensitive to the touch (No pun intended).

    Thanks again, Skip.

    Donald Taylor

    • Hey Donald,

      So good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. I’m glad you like the videos.

      I still like the touch features. I’ve been practicing and it is getting better. You may want to look at the touch options and see if varying them will help with the sensitivity of your touch. I didn’t change mine in the video because I wanted to test the default first. I may need to extend the length of the double tap.

      Cheers,
      Skip

  5. Skip,
    thanks. For some unknown reason I always thought that the express keys only allowed just a replacement for a shortcut key. And so I never bothered with them as using the keyboard seemed just as easy. Of course as you showed you could do a “Clear Layer” with “Ctrl-A Backspace” (two separate keystrokes). For my tablet I added “Ctrl-D” after it, not necessary, without it I find that I will make a selection after that and it will be the full document (not explained well but you know what I mean :) ).

    tony

      • LOL…I understand. This is another of those mysteries. Usually when I do delete layer contents, the selection is automatically deleted along with the contents. But, lordy, stranger things have happened…LOL.

        Hope all is well with you and the birds,
        Skip

    • Hey Tony,

      I just saw this comment…I don’t know how I missed it. I was surprised about the double keystroke, too. Like you, I keep pushing buttons and find stuff that works even though it isn’t supposed to do so. LOL.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Skip

  6. I just upgraded my Intuos to version 5. I just don’t know what we digital painters would do without you Skip. I plan to take my time and go through each step you explained in such depth. I might just get my first Wacom Tablet to work with all the bells and whistles it is capable of thanks to you! Hugs, Kathy

    • Hey Kathy,

      I can’t wait to hear about your new Intuos 5. If you have any trouble, just holler. If you got the touch version, I would recommend that you keep the Enable touch function checked in preferences. I think it will be more to your liking to have more control over those functions. In my videos, I have removed the check from that function, which means that I can a few more functions available through touch. But I am finding it a little hard to get used too.

      Big Hugs my friend,
      Skip

  7. Skip – This has been a great tutorial. I’ve almost got it! But The dynamic Brush Adjustment I’ve set up on Key 7 does not seem to work. Any ideas why? I too had an old Intuos 3 and have just upgraded to 5 – what a wonderful difference this Wacom tablet makes. As I recall the dynamic brush adj. did work before I plugged my new Intuos 5 did work. Now that I’ve set Key 7 to Alt & Control.

    • Hi Helene,
      Alt + Control is the right combination. You did use modifier to add alt + control, right?
      If you are touching the tablet with the stylus when you activate Dynamic Brush Adjustment (DBA), it will not work. Be sure the stylus isn’t touching the tablet and the cursor turns to a plus, then you can touch the stylus to the tablet and drag to the size you want.
      Those are the only things that come to mind. Are you setting your tablet up for two different software programs? Maybe the tablet isn’t recognizing one of the different software.
      I hope this helps,
      Skip

      • Thank you Skip. No luck yet. Also am noticing a great deal of jitteriness with my canvas — it is moving wildly (like my old English Sheepdogs that need to go for a walk) — this happens when I put my pen (and hand) on the Wacom tablet. I am wondering if I am getting some sort of wireless interference. Anyway no luck yet on the dynamic brush adjustment.

        Helene Anne and Wild OES

            • Hi Helene Anne,

              I am doing well…recovering still from some surgery I had in the beginning of Feb, but I should be posting new stuff soon.

              The answer to your question is in Painter 12’s license agreement, which you can find by going to Help > About Corel Painter. When the box opens, look at the bottom and you will see License Agreement. Click on that and the agreement will open in Internet Explorer. The specific paragraph that you want to read is as follows:

              Excerpt from my copy of Corel Painter 12 EULA:
              IF YOU AGREE TO THIS EULA, YOU ARE GRANTED A LIMITED, PERSONAL, WORLDWIDE, ROYALTY-FREE, NON-ASSIGNABLE, NON-SUBLICENSEABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE AND NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO USE THE SOFTWARE. YOU ARE PERMITTED TO USE ONE (1) COPY OF THE SOFTWARE FOR YOUR (A) PRIVATE, NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSES AS A PRIVATE USER, AND/OR (B) COMMERCIAL PURPOSES AS A SERVICE PROVIDER IN A COMMERCIAL BUSINESS (“BUSINESS USER”). THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED PER HOUSEHOLD OR PER SINGLE ADDRESS (“ADDRESS”). EXCEPT FOR THE COREL PRODUCTS LISTED BELOW, YOU MAY ONLY DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE SOFTWARE ON ONE COMPUTING DEVICE. YOU MAY NOT RE-INSTALL THE SOFTWARE ON A SECOND COMPUTING DEVICE UNLESS THE ORIGINAL COMPUTING DEVICE FAILS, IF AUTHORIZATION CODES ARE REQUIRED YOU MAY NEED TO CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND REQUEST APPROVAL TO RE-INSTALL THE SOFTWARE ON A NEW COMPUTING DEVICE, AND YOU CERTIFY TO COREL THAT YOU DEINSTALLED THE SOFTWARE FROM THE FAILED COMPUTING DEVICE. PRIVATE AND BUSINESS USERS OF AFTERSHOT, COREL CAPTURE, COREL CONNECT, COREL WEBSITE CREATOR, CORELDRAW, COREL DESIGNER, CORELCAD, COREL OFFICE, COREL PAINTER, COREL PDF FUSION, PAINTSHOP PRO, PAINTSHOP PHOTO PRO, PARADOX, COREL PHOTO-PAINT, PRESENTATIONS, QUATTRO PRO, WINZIP SOFTWARE AND WORDPERFECT THAT HAVE MULTIPLE COMPUTING DEVICES (E.G., STAND-ALONE COMPUTER, LAP-TOP AND MINI/PORTABLE PC), MAY DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ANY OF THESE SOFTWARE PRODUCTS ON UP TO THREE (3) SYSTEMS IN A SINGLE ADDRESS, HOWEVER IT CAN ONLY BE USED BY YOU ON ONE (1) SYSTEM AT A TIME. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED MULTIPLE LICENSES FOR THE SOFTWARE, AT ANY TIME YOU MAY HAVE AS MANY COPIES OF THE SOFTWARE IN USE AS YOU HAVE LICENSES.

              I’m not a lawyer…LOL…but it appears to me that you can have the software installed on 3 computing devises at one address provided that you only use them one at a time.

              Hope this helps,
              Skip

  8. so doable. But my new IMAC doesn’t have a slot for the installation CDs and Painter 12 has now been replaced by Painter X3. Of course, as you can tell I am no wiz kid here (mere 67 yrs. young). Any thoughts? Glad you are recovering well.

    Helene Anne

    • Hi Helene Anne,

      Hmmm. I’m not a Mac user, so I am unfamiliar with them. So to install something, you would need to download it? Is there any other way to copy something into the computer? I’m thinking you could copy the disk to a flash drive or something like that…but that only works if you have a way to insert the flash drive. One possibility…and again, I am unfamiliar with how to do this with a Mac, but I have my computers linked in a home network. That means I can go to one of the other computers and access any files that I might have one any of the other computers. So, if I wanted to install something from one to the other, I could do it over the network. I’m not sure I can explain this properly…but that is the gist of it. It is fairly easy with a PC and Windows…almost automatic. I’m guessing Mac’s OS will do the same thing. Now you know I’m no wiz kid either (mere 9 months away from hitting the big 70). You are just a spring chicken compared to me. ;)

      Enjoy,
      Skip

      • Dear Skip:
        This is getting more and more fascinating. Wrote to Corel. Got the following response (which I think your readers might find interesting).

        You have indicated to us that you currently use Painter 12 and have purchased a new iMac.

        If your new iMac is running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), then it is important to note that version 12 is unfortunately not compatible, nor has it been updated for Mac OS X 10.9. In this instance, it is recommended that you upgrade to Painter X3.

        Information on Painter X3 can be found at http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod5090087. You are eligible for upgrade pricing.

        So my new spiffy mac with OSX10.9 is not compatible and I must upgrade.

        I am learning and my credit card is being put to good use.

        Hope you are well.

        Helene Anne

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