Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=5 2017-11-20T03:00:29Z WacomŪ MobileStudio Pro™ – Freedom to Create Anywhere http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/wacom-mobilestudio-pro-freedom-to-create-anywhere-/1065?c=2213303 Today we introduce the Wacom MobileStudio Pro for on-the-go professional creators of digital content seeking the freedom to take their studio with them wherever and whenever they go.

Wacom® MobileStudio Pro™ – Freedom to Create Anywhere 

Are you ready?! We listened and we finally give you our new, lightweight, mobile computer. It has a reinvented pen experience, powerful creative tools including a 3-D camera and the ability to run full versions of software, giving professional 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers the freedom to create anywhere!

Today we introduce the Wacom MobileStudio Pro for busy, on-the-go professional creators of digital content seeking the freedom to take their studio with them wherever and whenever they go.

Designed specifically for the creative professional

The Wacom MobileStudio Pro provides unparalleled feel and accuracy to any creative session and users will delight in the results they achieve. Featuring the newly-designed Wacom Pro Pen 2, with 4x higher pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the company’s previous professional pen, enhanced resolution, leading-edge graphics, excellent color performance, 3-D camera and other innovations, Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ultimate creative tool for today’s serious 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers. 

We have developed a family of 13.3" and 15.6" MobileStudio Pro computers to fit virtually every professional’s creative computer and budgetary needs. There are six configurations to choose from. Four 13.3" models combine maximum mobility with high performance and color accuracy and two 15.6" models deliver a larger work area, 4K resolution, high color performance as well as superior NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics. Bundled with Windows® 10, MobileStudio Pro has the power professional creatives need to run industry-standard applications such as Photoshop® and Illustrator® as well as demanding 3-D creative software applications. 

New Pen Technology

MobileStudio Pro is the first product to offer Wacom’s latest pen technology, the Pro Pen 2. Delivering 4x greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen, Wacom continues to focus on pen performance and creating an intuitive experience that is free-flowing and transcends the digital divide. Users will also discover virtually lag-free tracking which helps one find that creative groove faster and maintain focus for longer periods of time. "Wacom revolutionized pen input over 30 years ago when it introduced the first pressure-sensitive pen and we continue to provide the ultimate design and creative experience for our customers," states Neumann. "Whether doing straight 2-D illustration or sculpting a 3-D model, we are confident that MobileStudio Pro users will find the new digital pen to feel closer to traditional media as ever before." 

3-D Ready

Industrial designers, engineers and 3-D modelers will find a host of features in the Wacom MobileStudio Pro that will make their workflow more efficient and their productivity higher. While individual models of Wacom MobileStudio Pro vary, all come with powerful Intel® processors and memory and storage configurations, ranging from 64GB up to 512GB. NVIDIA Quadro graphics on the 15.6” model of Wacom MobileStudio Pro help speed computer-generated imagery and digital content creation and bring it to life. "The NVIDIA Quadro M1000M platform delivers great performance to tablets,” says Serge Palaric, Senior Director of Embedded & OEMs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Ncamera. You can bring your scan into a software application like ZBrush® or Fusion 360® and build a 3-D model from there.VIDIA. “Paired with the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ideal platform for designers, engineers, artists and creatives who need desktop-level performance on the go." 

Additionally, for users wanting to capture 3-D scans as a start to their development process, select models of Wacom MobileStudio Pro include the Intel® 3-D RealSense™.

Enhanced Workflow

A number of time-saving productivity features were added to accelerate the creative  workflow, including: ExpressKeys™, Touch Ring and convenient buttons on the pen which allow users to quickly and easily set-up one touch short cuts.  Also, the optional Wacom Link technology enables users to attach Wacom MobileStudio Pro to any Mac or PC and use it as a standard Cintiq display – a great feature for Mac owners who prefer to work on the Mac OS® in their studios. "The Wacom MobileStudio Pro is amazing and a huge leap forward from the first Cintiq Companion I have," says Glen Southern of SouthernGFX in London, United Kingdom. "Cinema 4D®, Maya® and ZBrush all feel fantastic on Wacom’s latest mobile device and the pen experience, screen, speed and design are just great."

Configurations and Availability

 Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13: four models come with an IPS high-brightness panel, 2.5K (WQHD) resolution and 96% Adobe RGB. Customer options are defined by Solid State Drive (SSD) size – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 

 Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16: two models are fit with an IPS high-brightness panel, 4K (UHD) resolution and 94% Adobe RGB. There’s a 256GB with NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB VRAM and 512GBwith NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB VRAM. 

The 3-D camera is available on both models of the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 and on the 13 model’s 512GB version.

Configuration SRP USD,
price excl. VAT
SRP EUR,
price incl. VAT
SRP GBP,
price incl. VAT
MobileStudio Pro 13" Value 64GB 1,499.95 1,599.90 1,399.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Entry 128GB 1,799.95 1,899.90 1,649.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Standard 256GB 1,999.95 1,999.90 1,799.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Enhance 512GB 2,499.95 2,699.90 2,299.99
MobileStudio Pro 16" Standard 256GB 2,399.95 2,599.90 2,199.99
MobileStudio Pro 16" Enhanced 512 GB 2,999.95 3,199.90 2,749.99

Wacom MobileStudio Pro is expected to be available online and at select retail locations in late November.

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Character Design Tutorial by Miranda Yeo http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/character-design-tutorial-by-miranda-yeo/1064?c=2213303 Read the step by step guide below and watch the walkthrough videos to quickly better your skills in sketching, refining, lining, colour and adding the perfect finishing touches.

Character Design Tutorial by Miranda Yeo

Some time ago we asked our community through social media polls what they would like to learn from the pros and the answer was crystal clear! Now, character designer and illustrator Miranda Yeo offered to create a five part tutorial series specially for us!

Read the step by step guide below and watch the walkthrough videos to quickly better your skills in sketching, refining, lining, coloring and adding the perfect finishing touches.

We hope you enjoy it!

Part 1 - Sketches

• Start off with a 4000x400px canvas. You can always size up or down at any time later.
• Then create a new layer.
• Sketch out some rough ideas.
• If you´re not sure what pose you want to work with, we recommend to come up with a bunch of different poses, and choose your favourite.
• Try to keep the sketches loose, you can work out the details once you settle on a specific sketch.

TIPS:

- Work with the Navigator open. It allows you to see your entire canvas even while you´re zoomed in. To enable it, Window -> Navigator.
- To move quickly around the canvas, hold down the space bar and click and drag.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Now it´s time to choose a sketch and work on refining it!

Part 2 - Refining

• Before we get started, now might be a good time to look at the key bindings.
• You can set different actions to whatever keyboard key you want. For example: set Flip Canvas to CTRL + W so you can easily check whether your art looks as disired when mirrored.
• You can change up your key bindings at any time once you get more comfortable.
• Lower the opacity on the sketch layer so that you can draw on top.
• Create a new layer.
• When refining a sketch, try to keep the original idea in tact while working out the details.
• Try to keep these sketches fairly loose so that when it´s time to trace the lines, it won´t be so stiff.
• You can use the Lasso Tool to grab parts of the sketch and CTRL+X to delete them.

About the Cintiq Companion 2

To create this tutorial series, Miranda worked on our Cintiq Companion 2. She mentions: "You can draw anywhere with it since it is it´s own little computer. When I´m not at my desk using a desktop, I have the Cintiq Companion express keys set to: Undo (CTRL+Z), Select All (CTRL+A), Cut (CTRL+X)."

TIPS:

While drawing, flip the canvas regularly to make sure the art looks good even when mirrored.

You can watch the tutorial video here.

Now it is time to start lining!

Part 3 - Lining

• Lower the opacity of your sketch layer and create a new layer for the line art.
• Erase and redraw lines as many times as needed before getting something you´re happy with. It helps to use the shortcut Undo (CTRL+Z) for this.
• Lining is usually one of the longest steps because of all the drawing, but can be very enjoyable and relaxing.
• When doing long sweeping lines, it´s usually best to do this while zoomed out.
• Create a new layer for adding accessories like a flower headpiece, so that it will be easier to erase the hair lines underneath. You can use this method with any lines that will interfere with other lines.
• We recommend to merge the two line layers together, but you can keep them seperated if you prefer.To merge a layer with the one below it, use CTRL + E.
• To finish up, now is a good time to name your layers.
• And since we no longer need the rough sketch layer, you can delete it.

TIPS:

- Erase and redraw lines as many times as needed.
- Create multiple strokes. For example: one stroke for the forehead and another for the nose. Then erase the tail in the middle. This method can work better than trying to do it all in one single stroke.
- It helps to use Undo (CTRL + Z) until you get that perfect line.
- Zoom out when doing long sweeping lines.

Now it is time to add colour!

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Part 4 - Colour

• To put down your base colour, use the Magic Wand Tool to select the area outside of your lines.
• Use Select > Inverse so that the area inside your lines is now selected.
• Create a new layer. Place this layer below your line layer.
• On this base colour layer, click "Lock Transparant Pixels"Now you´ll only be able to colour on top of your base colour.
• Her sleeves are going to be transparant, so let´s make a new layer for them.
• Set the layer mode to Lighten so that her arms are visible under the sleeves.
• Use the Lasso Tool to select the hair. Fill in this area using the Paint Bucket.
• Press CTRL + U for th Hue/ Saturation adjuster.You can use this tool to quickly see different colour combinations.
• To add shadows, create a new layer above your base colour layer.Right Click on this layer, and "Create Clipping Mask"
• Now you´ll be working on a new layer but only colouring on top of your original base layer.
• To keep things simple, you can use magenta for the shadows.This one colour will affect the entire colour layer beneath, rather than shading each area with it´s own shadow colour.Red works well with warmer toned colours and Blues work well with cooler tones.
• Once you have your shadows down, set a layer to Multiply and adjust the opacity.
• You can use the same technique for adding highlights. Created a new layer and choose yellow as the highlight.
• Set this layer to Overlay.
• Lock the "Transparant Pixels" on the line layer and then change the colour from black to something a bit lighter.
• To finish up, add some sparkles on a new layer.
• Then add a blur effect to the sparkles by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

TIPS:

- Use the Hue/ Saturation Tool to quickly see different colour combinations. You can activate it by pressing CTRL + U.
- To keep it simple when adding shadows and highlights, create a new layer above your base colour layer > right Click on this layer and "Create Clipping Mask". Now you´ll be working on a new layer but only colouring on top of your original base layer. 
For shadows: red works well with warmer toned colours and blues work well with cooler tones. For highlighs you can use a yellow colour.

Now for some final adjustments, and then we´re done.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Part 5 - Finishing Touches

• To add a gradient effect, create a new layer and place it above your colour layers.Keep it within your "Clipping Mask" chain.
• Left Click and hold while using the Paint Bucket tool.This will allow you to switch to the Gradient Tool.
• Switch the preset from "Foreground to Background" to "Foreground to Transparent". This allows you to create a "Colour to Transparent" gradient over your image.
• Play with the different Layer Modes until you find an effect you are happy with.
• You can use Lighten and you can adjust the Opacity to make the effect more subtle.
• Now, add a grainy texture effect by adding a Noise Filter to a solid colour layer.
• Again, adjust the Layer Mode and Opacity as desired.This creates a subtle grainy look.
• Lastly, create a white outline around the line art.
• And create a new layer below all of the other layers. 
• Then change your brush to whatever colour you´d like the outline to be.
• To create the outline, go to Edit > Stroke and adjust the Width of your outline.
• Erase any bits of the outline you don´t like.
• Finally, use the Crop tool to crop your image if you desire.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

About Miranda Yeo

Miranda is currently working as a freelance character designer and living in Ontario, Canada. She loves cute and adventure things, and also mermaids.
Clients Include: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Disney Jr, 9story Entertainment, Corus, DHX Vancouver.

If you would like to know more about Miranda Yeo´s work, you can follow her on:

miranda-dawn.net/
Instagram
Tumblr
Twitter

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Instructive Video Tutorial from traditional to digital by Miss Led http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/instructive-video-tutorials-on-sketching-und-painting-by-miss-led/1063?c=2213303 Creative industry leader Miss Led - aka Joanna Henly - and Wacom present step by step tutorials to help artists improve their traditional and digital techniques. Offering over 2 hours and 20 chapters of demonstrations, tips and advice, it’s a valuable tool for beginners to lea...

Instructive Video Tutorial from Digital to Traditional by Miss Led

Illustration tutorial featuring creative industry leader Joanna Henly aka Miss Led, including industry insights, mentor’s workflow and step-step techniques - both traditionally and digitally.

Working in partnership with Train to Create, Miss Led launched her Illustration for Fashion Video Tutorial this month.

Miss Led, also known as Joanna Henly, is an an illustrator, artist and art director with over 14 years of experience in commercial illustration and fine art, ith clients including Google, Ted Baker, Nike, L’Oreal, Vans, Clinique, Swatch, Braun and H&M. Online, her artwork and artist tips have created a social media audience of over 1.3 million people across the world.

The Miss Led Illustration for Fashion Video Tutorial, is an expansive, downloadable 2 hour digital and traditional illustration package which is rich in the insights and processes developed over her career.

The first thing you’ll notice about Miss Led’s illustration work is the attention to detail, the crisp line work and a sense of clean perfection.  It’s not surprising that from an early age creation with pencil on paper has been something of a constant.  And although her work has evolved into the digital realm, she’ll be sure to tell you that she’s firm on not leaving her traditional, ‘purest form’ of working behind.

"Working digitally gives me license to make as many mistakes as possible without the element of risk, and allow them to inform new ways of expression. Placing colours and shapes randomly on top of my drawing work makes me really excited. The work starts to present another identity. I’ll play with digitally cut out shapes and layers for hours before getting the feel right. Then other times drop in a new element without thought and it will work, and then direct the rest of the piece" Miss led says.

Miss Led is commissioned globally to provide art direction, illustration, storyboarding, character design and large-scale mural and installation work to fashion, advertising, media and fine art clients.

The video tutorial produced by the team Train To Create traces an illustration project from the first pencil lines through a range of traditional mixed media colour stages to include digital clean ups and dynamic photographic and textural collage.

ILLUSTRATION FOR FASHION VIDEO TUTORIAL - IN SHORT 

Illustration for Fashion is a downloadable video tutorial series providing detailed steps and guidance to help artists improve their traditional and digital techniques.Through over two hours of content, new, experienced and advanced artists and illustrators will learn:

• Miss Led’s approaches to drawing
• Choosing the right materials and tools
• Using Miss Led art techniques
• Experimenting with watercolours
• Applying mixed media colour
• Finishing and digital post-production tips

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY & MORE

Illustration For Fashion Purchasers will also receive:    
• Full Adobe Photoshop files for the Miss Led’s artwork featured in the tutorial, including all layers, settings & elements.
• A downloadable set of Miss Led’s personal Adobe Photoshop brushes to use in your work
• A range of Miss Led’s handmade textures for use in your designs, illustrations or post-production.
Exclusive access to live Miss Led Studio web events and web learning seminars.


Click on the image or here to see the video.

THE CHAPTERS

Learn to master both traditional and digital techniques in detailed step-by-step Video Chapters with Miss Led, where she will cover:

Drawing the basic figure 
- Choosing your reference image
- Getting the right materials
- Simple guides for drawing the face and body
- Adding guides for clothes and hair
- Building form and creating shadow and highlights

Adding Colour 
- How to experiment and use watercolour  
- Applying ink  
- How to use coloured graphite and coloured aquarelle  
- Using paint pens for bold controlled lines and shape

Dynamic detailing with mixed media
- Picking out the elements of clothing and accessories
- Extending marks & splashes to add character
- Making playful marks and expression with medium  
- Using traditional masking techniques 

**Bonus: Digital section
- Basic scanning of work and textures
- Cleaning up using photoshop
- Composition and Digital collage
- Colour manipulation
- Finishing 

'So whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to develop your practice and learn new skills, you’ll find this Video Tutorial Series an invaluable tool for creating dynamically beautiful, client-ready illustration work'.

FIND OUT MORE (illustrationforfashion.com)
Or BUY NOW 

MISS LED ONLINE

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:24:32 +100
Life Hacks | Ease the Sting of Resume Writing with Bamboo Spark Smart Notebook http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/life-hacks-ease-the-sting-of-resume-writing-with-bamboo-spark-smart-notebook/1062?c=2213303 What if we could take the sting out of writing your resume? What if you could freestyle it on paper first, then (like magic) save it to plain text and make minor edits in minutes? Too good to be true? No way.

Ease the Sting of Resume Writing with Bamboo Spark Smart Notebook

An hour of listening to someone trim their nails. Sitting in traffic for no apparent reason. That person taking a call with their divorce lawyer in the quiet café. What do these things have in common? They are all more pleasurable than writing your resume.

What if we could take the sting out of writing your resume? What if you could freestyle it on paper first, then (like magic) save it to plain text and make minor edits in minutes? Too good to be true? No way.

Here’s how to format and write a resume by hand on a Bamboo Spark smart notebook. Save time by converting your handwriting to text with the Bamboo Spark notes app and quickly export via email. Also compatible with Evernote, Dropbox and other note taking apps.

 

1. Turn Bamboo Spark on.
2. Open Bamboo Spark notebook and press the center button.
3. Write your name, followed by your contact information.
4. List previous jobs starting with the most recent, dates employed and notable accomplishments.
5. List college or school attended, area of focus and graduation date.
6. List technical skills or additional qualifiers.
7. Push center button to send to Bamboo Spark notes app.
8. Export to text.
9. Send via email.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:29:11 +100
Let Your Ideas Take Shape with Intuos 3D http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1059/sCategory/2213303 Ready to create 3D art? Intuos 3D has everything you need to get started. It’s simple to learn, yet powerful enough to capture your imagination. Intuos 3D lets your ideas take shape.

Let Your Ideas Take Shape with Intuos 3D

Ready to create 3D art? Intuos 3D lets your ideas take shape. Use the pressure-sensitive Intuos pen and powerful ZBrush® software to digitally sculpt and paint your 3D model. Then share it, use it in other creative applications or 3D print it. With templates and online training, Intuos 3D has everything you need to get started.

With the natural feel and movement of a pen in your hand and 1024 distinct pressure levels, Intuos 3D allows you to adjust the strength of your sculpting tools by simply pressing harder or softer on the pen.

About Intuos 3D

Intuos 3D is simple to learn, yet powerful enough to capture your imagination. User-friendly ZBrush® software is from Pixologic™ developers of ZBrush®, the leading 3D sculpting software used by film and game studios worldwide. Start with a template or object, and you can quickly sculpt and paint nearly anything you can imagine. Move, zoom and tumble your model while you work using your multi-touch tablet. There are online tutorials and videos to inspire and instruct. The ExpressKeys™ on your tablet have time-saving shortcuts designed for 3D modeling. It’s never been so easy to create in 3D.

 

 

Everything You Need in One Creative Box 

Whatever you envision, Intuos 3D can take you there. Find everything you need to create 3D art in one package. Each Wacom quality Intuos 3D pen tablet includes downloadable ZBrush® 3D software and online tutorials.  With one purchase, you can create 3D art from start to finish.

Setup is simple.  Just plug a single USB cable into your Mac or PC. Install the driver, then register and download your 3D creative software. The easy-to-use ZBrush® software installs seamlessly. And you’re ready to start creating. It doesn’t take long to feel confident with Intuos 3D.

Give Your Artwork Another Dimension

Create characters, models, toys, or jewelry.  Share your ideas, 3D print them, or use them in different creative applications.  With Intuos 3D, you have everything you need to give your artwork a whole new dimension.

Intuos 3D is a sharply designed, exceptional quality art tablet that fits neatly in a laptop bag.  Its size offers a canvas that is large enough for 3D modeling with ZBrushCore® software.  Or use Intuos 3D as a tool for all your other creative activities, like drawing, photo editing or creating comics.

The rest of the Intuos family

People are different. And what they do is different with Intuos. People can create so many fantastic new things that it becomes impossible to support every use case with one single model. We picked the most favourite use cases our customers like: drawing, illustrations, retouch photos and comics. Then we picked the software which fits best to each use case. Fantastic video material was developed to help people understand how to use the product and how to get the most out of each software. 

Intuos Draw

Just starting out and finding your own style? Intuos Draw makes creating fun. Draw, paint, and edit with an easy to use pen tablet. With access to ArtRage Lite and free tutorials, you can quickly develop from an amateur to talented artist through this easy-to-use pen tablet and software ArtRage Lite. The Intuos Draw is available in small white and blue. 

Intuos Art

So you’ve already got artistic skills? Show them off to the world with Intuos Art. Paint, design, and create with a pressure-sensitive pen on a digital canvas. You can explore the wide variety of painting styles and brushes available on the pen tablet’s free accompanying software package Corel Painter Essentials. Available in small plus medium black and blue.

Intuos Comic

Want your characters to fly off the page? Intuos Comic is your perfect sidekick. Sketch, ink, and colour frames using a pressure-sensitive pen on digital pages.
The Intuos Comic is available in small black & blue and medium black. Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio Debut are available for download with this tablet.

Intuos Photo

 

Getting started with Intuos

Your pictures tell a story. Make your story beautiful with Intuos Photo. Perfect your images for printing, push your creative boundaries, and share with friends and family.
Available in small black, the Intuos Photo is accompanied by Corel PaintShop Pro & Corel AfterShot Pro for Windows users, and Macphun Creative Kit & Corel AfterShot Pro for Mac OS users. 

Wacom offers help with "how to" and "getting started" videos, like the video below. For more videos, check out our Youtube playlist "Creating with Intuos". 

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:04:04 +100
Tips & Tricks | Creating and Sketching Video Game Characters in Photoshop http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-creating-and-sketching-video-game-characters-in-photoshop/1058?c=2213303 Folks at Digital Tutors show you how to quickly sketch out a number of different creepy goblin minions in Photoshop. Using one-touch ExpressKeys, combined with the customized toggle buttons on the stylus pen, watch how they take the best features from eight rough sketches, tra...

Creating and Sketching Video Game Characters in Photoshop

One of the most enjoyable aspects of any project is sculpting out your initial character designs in Photoshop. With the intuitive and easy to use grip pen, you have instant access to a number of brushes and tools with just one click. This helps you quickly translate your visions from concept to reality, giving you more time to fine-tune the ultimate gaming bad boy. 

In the video below, the folks at Digital Tutors show you how to quickly sketch out a number of different creepy goblin minions in Photoshop. Using one-touch ExpressKeys, combined with the customized toggle buttons on the stylus pen, watch how they take the best features from eight rough sketches, transforming them into one amazing character.

Benefits of using Photoshop

Fast Navigation – Quickly open up a new file to create the base of your character, where you can apply elevated resolution and pixel size to zoom in and add the fine details.

Multiple Layer Masks – Create numerous layers to add detail and definition to your design, using one-touch ExpressKeys to stay focused on your work, instead of the keyboard.

Preset Brush Options – Set up your stylus pen toggle buttons for instant access to the many brush options that Photoshop provides, letting you move quickly from brush to brush.

 

 

Once you’ve created your initial designs, you can refine your goblin minion, changing the eyes, body style and weapons to create the finished product. As you create the initial designs, it’s important to create the back-story for these characters, giving them life and personality. Learn how to fine-tune your process in the beginning stages of character design.

Our tutorials are designed to help you take full advantage of your creativity, show us your work - add it to the Wacom Gallery.

More from Digital Tutors here.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:01:56 +100
Tips & Tricks | How to Draw Anything from Memory http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-how-to-draw-anything-from-memory/1057?c=2213303 Seeing people draw people, animals or objects seems like they must have a photographic memory. Blizzard Animator Lana Bachynski knows that this is not always true. Following these simple steps, you can teach yourself to draw absolutely anything from memory.

How to Draw Anything from Memory

Seeing people draw people, animals or objects seems like they must have a photographic memory. Blizzard Animator Lana Bachynski from Tea Time Animation knows that this is not always true. Following these simple steps, you can teach yourself to draw absolutely anything from memory.

Trace It

1. Using any creative software, such as Photoshop, open the image and create a new layer on top of it. You can make it semi-transparent by adjusting the opacity. Choose a drawing brush and trace the outlines of your image. Really focus on each and every line and the proportions. Every once in a while, hide the original photo and look at your drawing. Sometimes the first lines won’t look like the object at all and even seem wrong. As you build up, the resemblance will grow. Trace your image until you have reached a satisfactory result.

Reference It

2. Turn off that traced layer and shrink your original image so you have enough room around it. Create a new layer with a big canvas and now reference the original photo. Look at the small original, and draw a copy next to it. Compare proportions and relations as you see them, not as you think you know them. This step will be a bit more difficult, but as you have already traced the original, it will be much easier than if you had started off with this step.

Twist It

3. Turn off the reference drawing and create a new layer. With your original photo still visible, draw the subject from a different angle. Turn the subject in your mind, and draw it from this other perspective. This will teach you to keep the proportions, but challenge your imagination to abstract. Don’t try to find a new photo, use the original one as your source. You can practice this several times, each one with a different perspective.

Draw It

4. Now you can turn off your original photo. As you have it drawn several times now, you hands and eyes will remember this exercise. Now you can draw solely from your memory. Enjoy!

Watch the video below for more from Blizzard Animator Lana.

 

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:55:21 +100
Tips & Tricks | How to draw in the sand in Photoshop http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-how-to-draw-in-the-sand-in-photoshop/1056?c=2213303 In this tip we show you how to draw in the sand—and as a bonus, we show you how to create the sand if you don’t have any.

Use a Wacom tablet to Draw in the Sand in Photoshop

With Summer in full swing, we´re thinking about fun things to do at the beach, at the park and anywhere sand can be found. Who doesnt enjoy rawing and writing messages in the sand?! But if you can't make it out to a sandy spot or lose your handiwork to a rogue wave near a body of water, it's also fun to recreate the effect in Photoshop.

In this tip we show you how to draw in the sand—and as a bonus, we show you how to create the sand if you don’t have any.
Experienced Photoshop users may have guessed that this effect is accomplished through Layer Styles, and you would be correct!

Layer styles

Through the use of layer styles, you can create an unbelievable amount of textures and effects that resemble natural materials.
Some of my favorite styles are Bevel & Emboss, and of course the most popular, Drop Shadow. For this effect, we are going to be carving into the sand, so Bevel & Boss is what's needed.

Watch the video below to learn how you can create a sandy scene, and then write message in it.

 

We´ve included the steps for creating both the sand and the Layer Style below. You can use them as a reference. 

Making Sand:

Drawing in the sand looks more realistic when you have an actual photo of a beach. Absent of a beach, here is a down and dirty way of making some sand to draw in. 

1)    Create a new document
2)    Create a new layer and fill with a sand color
3)    Go to: Filter > Noise > Add Noise… Enter # just enough to add texture.
4)    Create a new layer, and set the foreground color to something darker than the color that you previously selected.
5)    Go to: Filter > Render > Clouds
6)    Rotate the resulting layer to 45ish degree angle using Free Transform.
7)    Once again, using Free Transform, stretch out the clouds to cover layer.
TIP - Trim to reduce file size!8)    Lower opacity of “textured sand” layer to 30%, or something to your liking.
9)    Merge down this second layer and rename the result, “Sand”.

Making the Layer Style:

The following settings for your Layer Style are a good starting point. Keep in mind that the size and resolution of your image can affect these settings and the look of your drawing. Additionally, the size of your brush or font can affect the settings as well. Start with what I offer below and then tweak them to your liking.

Blending Options: Set Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Bevel & Emboss: Make Structure and Shading Adjustments as seen below.

Bevel & Emboss > Texture: Make Texture adjustments as seen below. 

Inner Shadow > Make Structure and Quality adjustments as seen below.

Bonus:

If you think that this is something that you may want to do on more than one occasion, consider saving the Layer Style that you created.

To save the Layer Style, open the Styles panel. Click on the drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the panel, and select New Style. Name it and then click Ok. Now, the next time you want to write in the sand, simply draw or create some text and click on your new Sand Layer Style. Enjoy your summer!

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Tips & Tricks | How to Brighten Up Your Beach Photos http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-how-to-brighten-up-your-beach-photos/1055?c=2213303 With a few tips and a little time, you can learn how to correct the images, striking the right balance between shadows, color and light. Phlearn explains how to fix that washed out photo with Lightroom.

How to Brighten Beach Photos: Lightroom Tips from Phlearn

Beach bound this summer? Don’t let washed-out photos make your mementos a wipeout.

With a few tips and a little time, you can learn how to correct the images, striking the right balance between shadows, color and light.

Check out this video from the online educators of Phlearn to learn how to fix that washed out photo with Lightroom:

 

Phlearn is an online educational site that helps you develop skills and confidence, and provides encouragement to help creative people pursue their dreams, overcome their fears and live their passions. To learn more about Phlearn, visit their site, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Events | Wacom at IFA 2016 Berlin http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/events-wacom-at-ifa-2016-berlin/1054?c=2213303 At the IFA 2016 event in Berlin, we will present a seamless, integrated and collaborative high quality digital ink experience, which brings ideas from paper and pen to the cloud to life. We will demonstrate new products with fully integrated cloud solutions for connected entre...

Wacom at IFA 2016 Berlin

We want to inspire and equip people to make the world a more creative place. Through the touch of digital pen and digital ink, our goal is to empower anyone to make the most of the moment by unleashing imagination and creativity. It makes us human, enriches our lives and brings ideas to life. 

At the IFA 2016 event in Berlin, we will present a seamless, integrated and collaborative high quality digital ink experience, which brings ideas from paper and pen to the cloud to life. We will demonstrate new products with fully integrated cloud solutions for connected entrepreneurs, creative professionals and enthusiast as well as our business partners. 

Time and Place

Wacom will be attending IFA 2016 from 1 to 7 September and open its doors for the public on 2 September.

The opening hours are 10AM - 6PM.

Address:
Messe Berlin
Messedamm 2214055 Berlin,
Germany

You can find us in „Hall 12“ just next to Acer.

About IFA

One of the world’s biggest consumer electronic and white goods show exhibiting products that range from audio systems to heating solutions to e-Library to Aerials and semiconductors to gaming consoles, IFA Berlin presents itself as one of the most successful trade events held at the commercial hub of Europe.

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Mindfulness | Practice to Avoid Professional Burnout http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/mindfulness-practice-to-avoid-professional-burnout/1053?c=2213303 There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that should be the screen saver for every professional: “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” It’s a good reminder that we are ultimately in charge of our happiness; our outl...

Mindfulness Practice to Avoid Professional Burnout

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that should be the screen saver for every professional:
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
It’s a good reminder that we are ultimately in charge of our happiness; our outlook is based on how we approach and manage the stress of professional life.

It’s no wonder then, that there’s been a lot of buzz lately about an age-old practice: mindfulness. Though it originates from Buddhist traditions, it’s been reclaimed and made relevant for our modern-day, high-stress lifestyle.  In essence, mindfulness is all about moment-to-moment awareness or applying intention and attention to what you’re doing right now. The results can be not just a reduction in stress, but an increase in productivity, focus, concentration and even memory retention.  In fact, many Silicon Valley execs have jumped on board and are implementing this practice to help employees manage anxiety and even improve conflict resolution within teams.

While not all companies are going to follow suit, there are simple ways to adopt the basics of this practice.  Below are some key words to remember so you can start enjoying the benefits of staying in the here and now and maybe even finding some enlightenment along the way:

1. Meditate

Meditation may seem daunting especially with all of the distractions surrounding us, but all the more reason why sitting quietly for just 10 or 20 minutes a day can do wonders to clear the clutter in our brains and allow more space for creative thoughts. Like any new skill, it takes practice, but fortunately there are tools that can help. Headspace, a popular app, provides an initial set of free 10-minute guided meditations so all you have to do is close your eyes and follow the prompts from the soothing voice.

2. Pause

As important as it is to take time to clear your thoughts, it’s equally important to let them wander. Spend a few minutes each day letting your stream of consciousness do its thing. You never know where your next brilliant idea could come from, so it’s a good idea to jot down notes or sketches that you want to revisit later. An easy tool for this is the Bamboo Spark, a smart notebook that lets you write as you would with pen and paper but saves notes digitally so you can edit later or share and collaborate with colleagues.

 

3. Mantra

Some styles of meditation incorporate a mantra: a word, sound or phrase to repeat during a session.   A mantra can also be used to set an intention; establishing the outcome for a project or maybe even your role in completing it. By identifying a mantra—whether it be at the start of each day or before you embark on a task—you can also underscore why you work where you do and how you contribute to the company.  This can be especially useful for those agonizing weekly meetings or conference calls that often feel futile. Ultimately, creating a mantra helps give purpose to everything, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may initially appear.

4. Listen

Your teachers reminded you to be quiet and listen during important lessons, but it’s applicable now, too. One familiar scenario: instead of listening to a presenter, we’re busy on our laptops typing an email and pretending to multitask. Instead, show you’re actively listening by taking the tech away. Get back to pen and paper and really pay attention to your colleague, your manager or the client on the call instead of tuning them out with tech. Not only can it help train your brain to focus on one thing at a time, you may be surprised by what you hear.

5. Review

Now that you’ve applied all of these practices, it’s important to take stock of all that you’ve done and give some closure to the day, to clear your mind so you can start again fresh and unencumbered. You can even keep a record of these accomplishments with a tool like the Bamboo Spark which lets you save your notes digitally so you edit and access them anywhere, even when you’re traveling. As you take time to reflect on your progress, you can also appreciate that it was you who made it happen.

Check out our post on productivity hacks here. And see how entrepreneur John Gannon uses Bamboo Spark to slow down and get his thoughts in order.

 

Learn More

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Inspiration | How to Turn Ideas into Change http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/inspiration-how-to-turn-ideas-into-change/1052?c=2213303 What if you could help change the world in just two hours? Or find solutions to educational and environmental issues across the globe without having to leave the office? It may sound like an impossible task, but these are just the kind of challenges that keep social entreprene...

How to Turn Ideas into Change

What if you could help change the world in just two hours? Or find solutions to educational and environmental issues across the globe without having to leave the office?  It may sound like an impossible task, but these are just the kind of challenges that keep social entrepreneur Daniel Hires feeling inspired every day.

 

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Social entrepreneurship—where organizations are focused on furthering social and cultural change-- is not a new concept, but has gained more traction as technology continues to evolve and makes participation and collaboration easier and more effective. But even as connectivity becomes less of a barrier, there’s still the hurdle of making problem-solving scalable; how can a few people in just a few hours actually effect change? 

That was the first problem Daniel Hires was determined to tackle. In the summer of 2011, Daniel helped build the Berlin chapter of MakeSense, which was founded earlier that year in Paris. MakeSense is an organization that mobilizes an international community of passionate changemakers who lend their skills in technology, communications, design and more, to solve challenges submitted by social entrepreneurs from around the world. Two-hour workshops, called Hold-Ups, are hosted by local MakeSense outposts—now in 100 cities—to generate problem-solving ideas for projects promoting social causes in the areas of health, education, environment, food and more. Outputs from each workshop are open source, so anyone can benefit from the ideas generated in each session.

Turning Post-it Notes into Ideas

Daniel recently hosted a Hold-Up for Ecosia, a search engine that uses ad revenue to plant trees. So each time you use it to search online, you help global reforestation efforts. For this particular session, Ecosia’s Claudia Egholm was looking to grow their Twitter followers from 11,000 to one million. AND, in a month’s time!

Seated in front of the MakeSense volunteers, Daniel starts with a word association activity, asking participants to write thoughts on sticky notes that are taped to the wall. The notes are photographed and saved to the free note-taking app Bamboo Paper to make it easy to edit and collaborate both with those in the room and those collaborating via email, like Daniel’s colleague in Mexico City. Throughout the workshop, Bamboo Paper and Inkspace play big roles. Participants can sketch, draw or make notes on their tablets and smartphones, then save their ideas to Inkspace, to share ideas digitally with colleagues around the globe. 

Putting Ideas into Action

What excites Daniel is how MakeSense merges his passion for social causes with technology, providing what he says is a “super-efficient way to find solutions.” It’s no wonder he’s looking to keep things streamlined; with so many challenges facing the world today, it can feel like there’s not enough time to solve everything. But Daniel feels there is a lot of good in the world. As an infant in Seoul, Korea, he was found abandoned and later adopted and brought to Germany. From this hardship he got a new opportunity—and he’s committed to giving back wherever he can. He says, “I believe an important part is putting an idea into action” so while brainstorming may be the first step, he is actively working to turn ideas into concrete results.

It’s one of the reasons he’s always on the go: moving between cities to inspire and empower others to get involved and make change. His life is mobile, so he relies on cloud technology like Wacom’s Inkspace where he can easily share notes and drawings created with Bamboo Paper to his social media channels or save to Dropbox or Evernote.

Solving global challenges is definitely a continuous process, but with Daniel Hires and social entrepreneurs like him at the helm—those committed to mobilizing and empowering local communities—we’re certainly on the right path to creating a better world.

Ready to get started turning your thoughts into ideas?

Download Bamboo Paper for iPad and Windows tablets as well as Android smartphones and tablets. Plus, save and share your ideas with the Inkspace cloud. Click here to learn more!

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