Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=8 2017-09-25T08:16:06Z Bamboo Spark | How to Take Smart Notes and Improve Your Answers to Job Interv... http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/bamboo-spark-how-to-take-smart-notes-and-improve-your-answers-to-job-interview-questions/1001?c=2213303 For recent grads and young professionals, first job interviews are a crash course in interpersonal skills, thinking on ones feet and the danger of homonyms (pro-tip: led is the past tense of ‘to lead’). To ease the learning curve a bit, we’ve got tips below on how to take smar...

How to Take Smart Notes and Improve Your Answers to Job Interview Questions

For recent grads and young professionals, first job interviews are a crash course in interpersonal skills, thinking on ones feet and the danger of homonyms (pro-tip: led is the past tense of ‘to lead’). To ease the learning curve a bit, we’ve got tips below on how to take smart notes in your job interview to answer questions intelligently, schedule the second (or third) interview and, of course, land your perfect job.

What is the Interviewer Looking for?

A job interviewer knows that a recent grad will not have a wealth of direct experience to bring to the interview. Instead, the person sitting across the table from you is asking you questions to gauge your future potential and critical thinking skills. Interviewers are looking for:

*How you process information
* How you analyze problem
* How you formulate solution
* Cultural fit with the company

The notes you take in the meeting will help you process the information that the interviewer is sharing, help you organize your thoughts so you can then share your problem-solving skills during the interview, and be used later in your thank you email and subsequent interviews.

Pro-tip: Always end an interview with the following question, “If I make it to the next interview, what should I expect?”

Note-worthy Information

You want to appear engaged in the meeting and capture notes that will help you remember key information. It’s a delicate balance. Take too many notes and you’ve missed part of the conversation and you aren’t making eye contact. Take too little notes and you have no documentation of the meeting. By taking notes in bullet point form on the topics below (and with Bamboo Spark) you will have a complete overview of the relevant points of the interview.

* Information about the company
* Challenges of the role and for the company (these are the topics in which you’ll demonstrate your critical thinking skills)
* Details related to the job
* Your questions before you start the interview
* Cultural items to which you have a connection (perhaps the interviewer has a mug from your alma mater.)

Follow the format in the video below to organize your information within the meeting. Click here to learn more about Bamboo Spark.


Pro-tip: Immediately after the interview, find a café and take additional notes on anything you missed during the interview. Notes could include: impressions of the interviewer, next steps, or cultural insights you didn’t want to document in the moment.

What to do with your notes

1. During the interview

Use your bullet points to bring your solutions to the challenges of company back into the conversation. This shows that you are actively listening, and processing the information offered.

2. After the interview

Always follow up with a thank you email. In this email, expand on a few of the solutions you offer to the company problems. To develop thoughtful solutions, try drawing a mind map based on your notes. This gives you an opportunity to experiment with new ways of thinking before sharing your thoughts with the interviewer.

In your thank you email, mention any culture items in which you think you might have a fit.

If you are invited to a second or third interview, go back to your original notes, and rewrite them in a narrative form. This will help you prepare for your next interview. In each interview, your responses should build on the information of past interviews. Your answers should be more thoughtful and better informed, proving that you are able to consume information, process it, and offer solutions.

Seal the deal

When you’re interviewing there is one big element you can’t control: the interviewer’s personality. Observe the interviewer as much as you are being observed. Learn about that person and sell yourself to that individual. Listen to their questions and tailor your answers to that specific person, not the canned answers you’ve prepared in the mirror. 

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:28:51 +100
Bamboo Smart AES | Introducing Bamboo Smart For Windows http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/-bamboo-smart-aes-introducing-bamboo-smart-for-windows/999?c=2213303 The Bamboo Smart line just got even smarter with a new stylus specifically designed for select media tablets and Windows 2-in-1 devices.

Introducing Bamboo Smart For Windows 2-in-1 Devices

The Bamboo Smart line just got even smarter with a new stylus specifically designed for select media tablets and Windows 2-in-1 devices.

Debuting today at CES 2016, the new Bamboo Smart for select Windows 2-in-1 devices powers your creative workflow with Wacom’s Active Electro-Static (AES) technology. It joins the Bamboo Smart for select Samsung devices, which uses Wacom’s Electro-Magentic Resonance (EMR) technology. Both styli offer pressure-sensitive precision, ergonomic design and programmable buttons for the best-in-class pen-on-screen note-taking, concepting and illustration experience on your favorite productivity apps.

Built for comfort, durability and sleek style, the new Bamboo Smart pen powered by AES technology supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and comes equipped with two programmable side switch buttons, which give users the most convenient access to their favorite commands. Because AES technology is built into compatible mobile devices, no pairing is required. You can simply put pen to screen and get to work.

Unlike the original Bamboo Smart, the new Bamboo Smart pen powered by AES requires a AAAA battery. Users can count on approximately one year of 3-hour work sessions on a single battery, making for a reliable 1,100 hours of pen input power.

Current Devices Compatible with Bamboo Smart for select Windows 2-in-1 devices:

Dell™ Venue™ 10, 5000 Series (5050)
Dell Venue Pro 10 5000 Series (5055)
Lenovo® ThinkPad® P40 Yoga™
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Toshiba dynaPad N72

You can also find this information on our website. There are still some other devices which work with Bamboo Smart AES, however, we need to confirm this. We will continuously test devices which are able to communicate.

Bamboo Smart is available in February for €39.90 on the Wacom eStore, Amazon and other electronics retailers.

Follow Wacom on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest for more Bamboo Smart tips, tricks, inspiration and updates from Bamboo News.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:31:47 +100
Reflection and Ideation | How Entrepreneur John Gannon Uses Bamboo Spark http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/reflection-and-ideation-how-entrepreneur-john-gannon-uses-bamboo-spark/997?c=2213303 John Gannon is an entrepreneur and thought leader who uses Bamboo Spark to capture his ideas each morning. Watch him work live in his co-working space Knotel in New York City where he takes his innovative ideas further.

Reflection and Ideation: How Entrepreneur John Gannon Uses Bamboo Spark

By John Gannon

A few months ago I wrote a post about my morning routine of generating 10 ideas a day that went viral. I had been typing those ideas directly into Evernote each morning. But then the fine folks from Wacom reached out to me to ask if I’d be willing to give their Bamboo Spark folio a try.

Here’s what happened next…

I slowed down

I can type a lot faster that I can write. And as a busy entrepreneur, anything that makes me faster is a good thing. But when you’re trying to reflect on the previous day and come up with ideas about the next big thing, pulling back and slowing down can be a great thing. That’s what I’ve found since I started using the Bamboo Spark as the backbone of my morning routine. My brain goes to a more relaxed place when I’m writing pen-to-paper instead of punching notes into my computer (where distractions are abound). And I like that place.

Integration was a snap

Even though I’m using the Bamboo Spark, I still want to keep all of my journal entries in Evernote. After all, I’m a tech entrepreneur :)
The Spark iPhone app makes it really easy to export my journal entries as images. Then I can share those images right into Evernote — where they get saved to the cloud and become text searchable.

I’m using it more (and more)

I’ve started to bring my Spark to meetings instead of my laptop. It makes for a more natural experience in terms of note taking – and keeps my nose out of the computer where I can get easily distracted by the latest email or alert coming in.
I’m also going to start using it to sketch out mockups and concepts for marketing campaigns and product features that I dream up. I often find that using pen and paper instead of going straight to PowerPoint or another mockup tool is much better at the earliest phases of ideation.

What’s next?

My company BEMAVEN is growing fast and I’m looking forward to having the Spark as my companion on the journey — wherever it takes me.

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:58:57 +100
Bamboo Spark | Handwriting to Text Conversion http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/bamboo-spark-handwriting-to-text-conversion/996?c=2213303 Bamboo Spark‘s most requested app feature is now available to download. Beginning today, Bamboo Spark supports handwriting to text conversion, giving users the ability to write on paper, save their work to the cloud, and then convert their handwriting into convenient standard ...

Bamboo Spark Now Supports Handwriting to Text Conversion

Bamboo Spark‘s most requested app feature is now available to download. Beginning today, Bamboo Spark supports handwriting to text conversion, giving users the ability to write on paper, save their work to the cloud, and then convert their handwriting into convenient standard text files. It’s just one more way Bamboo Spark continues to deliver the best pen-to-paper-to-digital experience.

 

Bamboo Spark is your gateway to move your notes faster. Start writing on paper, then use the Bamboo Spark app with Wacom Cloud to turn your handwritten notes into plain text. Now your notes are in shareable shape for sending out in email or dropping into your archive on DropBox or Evernote.

Creating standard text files from handwritten notes in the Bamboo Spark App is a simple export to text function that resides in the application itself. Additionally, older files stored in Inkspace, Wacom’s Cloud based archive and delivery system, can still be converted to text files through Wacom’s Ink Layer Language (WILL).

Inkspace also provides advanced search capabilities, allowing one to search by single words, phrases or stings of text. Ink to text conversion is supported in 13 languages: English, Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

Download the new ink to text conversion feature as part of the newly available Bamboo Spark app update now for more ways to make ideas with handwriting to text.

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:59:34 +100
Intuos Comic | Getting Started in Clip Studio Paint with Manga University http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/intuos-comic-getting-started-in-clip-studio-paint-with-manga-university/995?c=2213303 In a new tutorial series from Manga University, Japanese mangaka Shiro demonstrates how to set up the application and get to work using its basic tools.

Getting Started in Clip Studio Paint with Manga University

The Intuos Comic and Intuos Pro pairs Wacom's pressure-sensitive drawing tablet tech with one of the most popular pieces of software among professional comic book creators and manga artists in the world. It's called Clip Studio Paint (also known as Manga Studio 5), and it's designed specifically for creating digital and print comics. Its host of pencilling, inking, coloring and editing tools speak to users who have worked in traditional pen-and-paper media, as well as those who are getting started telling their own stories through words and pictures for the first time.

In a new tutorial series from Manga University, Japanese mangaka Shiro demonstrates how to set up the application and get to work using its basic tools. Once you're familiar with the app's comic and manga-specific interface, a second tutorial on underdrawing (or digital "penciling," as some call it) can help set you up for sketching success in minutes. From there you can continue to learn inking, coloring, shading and illustrating backgrounds.

Get started using Clip Studio Paint and continue on with the lessons in underdrawing, inking, colouring, shading and adding background below.

Getting started

 

 

Underdrawing

 

 

Inking

 

 

Colouring

 

Shading

 

Creating background

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:42:39 +100
Entrepreneurs use the Bamboo Spark for the first time http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/entrepreneurs-use-the-bamboo-spark-for-the-first-time/994?c=2213303 The Bamboo Spark is a great tool to enhance your every day note taking. We have asked four entrepreneurs to try out the Bamboo Spark for themselves and asked them how the device would fit in their workflow.

Entrepreneurs use the Bamboo Spark for the first time

User experiences of Bamboo Spark are flowing in since its release, and with them, praise for the smart folio’s performance pen-to-paper-to-digital experience. From Bamboo Spark’s high-accuracy to its convenient cloud features, designers and editors alike have been impressed with the workflow-empowering tool.

We have asked four entrepreneurs to try out the Bamboo Spark for themselves and asked them how the device would fit in their workflow.

Product Designer and Teacher Florian Obstfeld uses the Bamboo Spark

 

Visual Artist Lidy de Koning uses the Bamboo Spark

Innovation Strategist Christopher Peterka uses the Bamboo Spark

Management Consultant Victoria Gerards uses the Bamboo Spark

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:54:49 +100
Interview | How to Add Magic to Your Picture in Post Processing http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/hiding-his-tracks-portrait-photographer-chris-orwig/993?c=2213303 Surf and portrait photographer Chris Orwig aka “The Portrait Whisperer” talks tools and technique and reveals his secrets.

“The Portrait Whisperer” reveals his secrets. 

Try asking Chris Orwig a couple of questions about himself and you’ll see – he’s way more interested in learning about you. It’s that deep curiosity about the world around him that’s at the heart of what makes Orwig so successful as a photographer and sought after as a teacher. His wish to truly see his subjects, to know them in an authentic way, sends his portraits from the realm of merely skillful to extraordinary.

“Whenever I’m working with someone there’s a high chance I won’t get a good portrait of him, and that’s OK because that’s not my end-game,” said Orwig, who is widely known for both his surf photography and deceptively plain but emotionally powerful portraits. “What I really want is to connect in such a way that if I were to see that person again it would be ‘Hey Chris – let’s go get coffee.’ “

Too bad for Orwig, then, that his newest project, a book on creativity he’s writing for Peachpit Press, is taking the form of a memoir. Like it or not, he’ll be the subject.

“It’ll be my story, even though I’m not that good at talking about myself,” Orwig said. “But for me teaching is really more about coaching, and in this book it’ll be done with stories rather than as a paint-by-numbers how-to.”

Through the looking glass

Orwig’s own story, of how he went from being just another California kid crazy about surfing and skateboarding to a renowned photographer and educator, starts with a magical wall in his childhood home. When Orwig’s father, a contractor, built the family home in central California, he designed one of the walls to function as an enormous window.

“That whole wall – it was 18 feet high and 40 feet long and it was just windows,” Orwig said. “It opened up to rolling hills and oak trees, the outdoors coming right in.”

Through that massive lens, framed by the home’s natural wood interior, Orwig watched as light moved, as the landscape changed, as the seasons shifted. The endless view in the windowed wall became the earliest source of Orwig’s visual education.

Years later, when Orwig was in college, he was hit by a car while skateboarding, and a different kind of lesson came calling. Suddenly, the athlete who saw himself in terms of all of the things he could do so well, was beginning to define himself by the things he couldn’t do at all. It wasn’t until his father gave him a camera that Orwig could move beyond the pain of his injuries and find his way back to the world.

“My photography and who I am fit the aesthetic of my childhood and my childhood home,” Orwig said. “I choose to err on the side of hope and beauty and the idea that life is good. I’m an optimist and the camera lens pulls me that way.”

Putting in the (10,000) hours

After college, where Orwig became skilled at web design, he joined the faculty of the Brooks Institute, the prestigious photography school in Santa Barbara, Calif., but not as a photographer.

“I got this dream job at this great photo school but not for photography,” Orwig said. “I was there to teach how to put together a good online portfolio.”

Orwig promptly sat in on as many classes as he could, becoming both a teacher and a student at Brooks. With the same grit and persistence he conjured to heal from his crash injuries, Orwig went from being the guy jokingly banned from ever contributing photos to the school’s web site to becoming one of its most popular photography instructors.

“It’s sort of that 10,000 hours thing,” Orwig said, referring to author Malcolm Gladwell’s theory that success in any arena boils down to 10,000 hours of practice.  “At some point I hit that mark and there was this transition.”

Another recent transition, for which Orwig resigned his position at Brooks, is joining forces with Bryan O’Neil Hughes, a product manager for Adobe Photoshop software, to start an outdoor adventure photo workshop company.

“We’ll teach the way we would want to be taught, blending adventure and learning so that the classroom isn’t a row of chairs but is outdoors, shooting and learning,” Orwig said. 

Enter the Intuos

While Orwig’s preferred camera is “whichever one I happen to be holding at the time,” he’s quite specific about his post-production tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablets.

“Wacom has been crazy significant to my work,” said Orwig, who works with the Intuos line of tablets. “The connectedness you get from the Intuos is so important – it makes using a mouse feel like you’re drawing with a bar of soap.”

Orwig uses the Intuos in Lightroom at the start of his processing, then moves to Photoshop for the more intensive work. The pressure-sensitive interface of the Intuos is so instinctive that the gap between seeing an image in your mind’s eye and creating it on the screen is all but erased, Orwig said.

“It’s excavation, it’s how you listen to your image,” he said. “You’re not imposing something on it, but trying to discover, and that’s what the Wacom Intuos helps me with.”

The Portrait Whisperer

People have called Orwig “the portrait whisperer”, which makes him laugh. He downplays his gift for empathy and insists he makes his subjects comfortable simply by always having the camera in his hands, being casual with it, putting it down in the dirt, hanging it from a tree branch.



Whatever the reason, Orwig’s portraits have that rare magnetic quality that makes you look and then look again. As a viewer you feel the photographer’s rapport and appreciate his aesthetic choices – rich textures, muted colors, abundant light. Part of that’s the stuff of Orwig’s creativity lectures, and much of it is his delight in the technical end of the editing process.

“If someone says ‘Wow, you’re so good at Photoshop’, then you’ve failed because that’s not the point,” Orwig said. “I’m trying to hide my tracks as I work with an image and that’s what Wacom does for me.”

To see Orwig in action, watch the video below and visit his website

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:31:38 +100
Comics Like Clockwork | the 'Last Man' Team's Digital Workflow http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/comics-like-clockwork-the-last-man-team-s-digital-workflow/992?c=2213303 See how the prolific 'Last Man' team meets their publishing demands with the Cintiq Companion.

Comics Like Clockwork: The 'Last Man' Team's Digital Workflow

Illustrating some 600 rendered pages a year is a formidable task for even the most seasoned comic book artists, but the Last Man team of Bastien Vivès, Balak and Mickael Sanlaville have been meeting the challenge and then some by employing a custom workflow augmented by the Cintiq Companion.

The trio's background in animation helped hone a studio environment with divisions of labor that maximize efficiency: Vivès writes the story, Balak storyboards the action and then Vivès and Sanlaville team for the finished artwork. Though their roles are defined, the team is flexible and fills needs as they arise. Part of this flexibility comes from working with the Cintiq Companion. Using Dropbox as a cloud service, the team can easily transition from their studio's Cintiq populated environment to their mobile Companions. This allows the team to efficiently bounce ideas and completed work between their brains through their devices. No matter where they go -- be it conventions or work meetings abroad -- their work can continue at the speed of their creativity.

Last Man

Last Man takes place in a medieval fantasy world where magical gladiatorial games are in full swing -- like a fighting tournament for wizards. Hailing from a realm akin to our own, protagonist Richard Aldana arrives and quickly cuts through his competition using only martial arts. As the story continues, the true nature of the comic's strange world, characters and relationships begins to unravel.

The Last Man team has been creating their Shonen manga-inspired comic since 2013. Published by Casterman in the team's native France, the two-volume series has been localized in Italy, Germany, Korea and other regions. Starting in 2015, Last Man will arrive in North America care of First Second Books, with its first volume, "The Stranger," released in March, followed by volume two, "The Royal Cup," in June. These two volumes will be joined by the as-yet-unreleased "The Chase," in October, with at least three more volumes continuing into 2016.

With an animated series in development and a video game in the works as well, the Last Man team have a demanding schedule ahead of them. Unfazed, the trio intends to continue taking their work step-by-step armed with a process and outlook that continues to suit success.

Vivès, Balak and Sanlaville explain how they work in tandem to digitally draw "Last Man":

 

Illustrating some 600 rendered pages a year is a formidable task for even the most seasoned comic book artists, but the Last Man team of Bastien Vivès, Balak and Mickael Sanlaville have been meeting the challenge and then some by employing a custom workflow augmented by the Cintiq Companion.

 

The trio's background in animation helped hone a studio environment with divisions of labor that maximize efficiency: Vivès writes the story, Balak storyboards the action and then Vivès and Sanlaville team for the finished artwork. Though their roles are defined, the team is flexible and fills needs as they arise. Part of this flexibility comes from working with the Cintiq Companion. Using Dropbox as a cloud service, the team can easily transition from their studio's Cintiq populated environment to their mobile Companions. This allows the team to efficiently bounce ideas and completed work between their brains through their devices. No matter where they go -- be it conventions or work meetings abroad -- their work can continue at the speed of their creativity.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:29:43 +100
Bamboo Spark | Using Calm Technology to Spark Ideas http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/using-calm-technology-to-spark-ideas-/991?c=2213303 What is Calm Technology and what are the benefits? Amber Case has been deeply integrated in technology since her first coding job at 14 years old. Today, she is known for many things: cyborg anthropologist, writer, speaker, product developer and author. So how does someone wit...

Using Calm Technology to Spark Ideas

Amber Case has been deeply integrated in technology since her first coding job at 14 years old. Today, she is known for many things: cyborg anthropologist, writer, speaker, product developer and author. Every day, via her website, blogs, social media, email and phone, she engages with her followers or fields requests from event producers and even feature film directors looking to tap into her vast expertise. So how does someone with such a large social footprint navigate her digital life to optimize smart technology without getting distracted by peripheral interactions? By using Calm Technology.

It’s a subject that’s become the latest area of focus for Case. While she’s an obvious proponent of technology, she believes that first and foremost, it needs to give people what they need to solve their problem and nothing more.

This is where the principles of Calm Technology come into play. Though it’s not a new concept (it originated at research firm Xerox PARC in the late ‘90s), Case is working to revitalize this movement to bring attention to the need to design products that serve a primary purpose without overburdening us with multiple functions that aren’t essential to the task at hand.

Case outlines the principles of Calm Technology by suggesting that it should

1. Require the least amount of our attention: communicate without taking the user out of the environment or task
2. Inform and encalm: give people what they need to solve their problem and nothing more
3. Make use of the Periphery: move easily from the periphery of our attention to the primary focus and back
4. Amplify the best of technology and humanity: machines shouldn’t act like humans and conversely, humans shouldn’t act like machines

Two familiar examples of this include the old school tea kettle that exists quietly until it needs to signal that water is at a boil. Or the Roomba, which enlists simple tones to alert us when it’s done or if it’s stuck.

Fortunately, tech innovators are starting to take heed of this idea and designing products with the user in mind. Since its release, Case has used the Bamboo Spark in lieu of the unwieldy notebooks she used to collect. She appreciates the “analog” experience of pen on paper, but also recognizes the benefit of being able to easily archive her notes, build on her ideas and share them with others. She says it’s another great example of Calm Technology being employed: “The Bamboo Spark has just this simple power button, so you aren’t distracted by other functions. It helps me not just capture the flow of ideas, but tame them as well.”

As an anthropologist, Case observes the world around her with curiosity and diligence. It’s not uncommon for her to jot down a phrase she’s just overheard or note an idea she wants to go back and explore further. Since her early days (age four!) she’s kept a journal and captured her thoughts in notebooks. She would fill them up with what she calls “notes from her future self” but her process of archival was rudimentary at best with her system consisting of cataloging by size of her notebooks, i.e. largest = most recent work.

With the introduction of the Bamboo Spark, she was able to upgrade from her static notebooks to the simple technology of a smart stylus and regular paper, so taking notes feels the same but has the added benefits of easy archiving and ability to quickly reference past notes and ideas, which is an essential step in her process of drafting her presentations and lectures.

Curious about how Case uses the Bamboo Spark?

* First, she scribbles down anything she may want to revisit later. This means ditch the self-editing and allow your stream of consciousness to flow. Since there’s no special paper needed with the Bamboo Spark, you can use any notebook so no need to limit your content.
* She advocates incorporating images as well as words into her notes. Sometimes a picture is the best way to illustrate her point or can at least complement an idea she’s formulating. She saves her images to Flickr or Dropbox and can then toggle between her notes and images, part of her process of building a compelling presentation.
* Last, she recognizes that ideas don’t always materialize, but you never know when something from the past can inspire a thought in the future. So take note, even if it stays dormant for a long time.

At present, Case is working on a lecture about how technology can affect sleep. As those who have listened to her TED talks know, she will undoubtedly offer a solution that applies the principles of Calm Technology: simple and unobtrusive; informative but focused.

With this in mind, Case thinks we’re slowly moving away from the industrial revolution-style model of utilizing machinery and technology for efficiency and increased yield, to that of an information society, where technology can help amplify ideas, share knowledge and forge connections.

Case echoes technologist Mark Weiser’s idea that in today’s world, our scarcest resource is our attention. We need to maximize the output of our ideas while using the least amount of attention span—so that we can focus our precious attention on things like furthering education, interactions and the ability to shape improvisational ideas into those that can solve real problems, or at least make life that much simpler.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:28:02 +100
Photo editing | How to Remove Your Ex from a Photograph http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/photo-editing-how-to-remove-your-ex-from-a-photo/982?c=2213303 We’ve all been there before. You’ve got a great group of friends, but there’s this one with a partner no one can really stand. Then one day, your friend comes to senses and the dude is out of the picture - well not actually - but fortunately, that is the focus of the tutorial.

How to Remove Your Ex from a Photo

We’ve all been there before. You’ve got a great group of friends, but there’s this one with a partner no one can really stand. Then one day, your friend comes to senses and the dude is out of the picture - well not actually - but fortunately, that is the focus of the tutorial. We are going to review some tips and techniques for removing your ex from a photo using Photoshop.

When it comes to removing or adding elements from a photo, there are three elements to keep in mind:
1. Borrowing from other parts of an image
2. Creating new elements from scratch
3. Fine-tuning highlights and shadows

1. Borrowing from other parts of an image

Select and reposition the people in the image to create a rough version of the new image. Create a layer mask, remembering that white reveals and black conceals. Select a paintbrush tool with pressure sensitivity on the brush. Create a rough mask to get rid of the ex; you can fine tune it later. 

Create a new layer and look at the area you need to cover up or replace. Make a big selection of the area you’re copying to create a cover up and drop that in, matching it as well as possible. Create a layer mask and simultaneously fill it with black to hide the layer. Paint with white on the layer mask to conceal the ex and reveal the new cover up portion.

2. Creating new elements from scratch

To create a new element, make a selection from the original image, create a background layer, and move the selection over. Match any patterns or colors. Create a new layer mask and paint with white on the black layer mask, fine tuning it as needed. Create a new layer to paint shadows in, using a dark toned color from the image. Tap on the layer mask and inverse the selection. For the shadow layer, mask that out by painting with black.

3. Fine-tuning highlights and shadows

Make sure you are making believable shadows by matching color, highlights, and texture. You can add noise in the layer to add texture. Fine tune the image where needed by cloning parts of the image and by matching tones. 

Watch the video below to see how it all works.

 

When our picture is complete, we’ve got a great group of friends who will remember their moment at the beach the way it was intended—with no ex in sight.

Enjoy!

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:09:22 +100
Inspiration | I’m not sure If I’m an artist, but I like to create stuff! http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/im-not-sure-im-an-artist-but-i-like-to-create-stuff/981?c=2213303 Make something. Share it with others. Be visual. With a Wacom pen tablet and your computer, you’ll find all new ways of expressing yourself. And it’s not just for artists, but anyone who has ever had an urge to put pen to paper and see what happens.

I’m not sure if I’m an artist, but I like to create stuff!

Make something. Share it with others. Be visual. With a graphics tablet you’ll find all new ways of expressing yourself. We share this opinion with Patrick LaMontagne, a cartoonist, illustrator and digital painter. Patrick shares with us his insights on taking the first steps into digital art and tells us why there are no limitations to digital art.

What’s a pen tablet got to do with art?

A Wacom pen tablet is a means to an end. It allows you to do all sorts of creative stuff on your computer. If you were working on paper, you might use pencils, ink, paintbrushes and any variety of paints, and maybe even chalk or an airbrush. Working with a Wacom pen lets you work on your computer in a way that feels like you’re using these natural media tools. The pen tablet is fluid, natural, and intuitive. Just like holding, well, a pen or a brush.

Get started and break through!

Traditional media can be intimidating. First, there’s a steep learning curve. Then you have all the expenses for your supplies and materials. Not to mention the block of time for set-up, work, and clean-up. On the other hand, when you get started with digital media, you can experiment more freely, find new avenues and new forms for your art. Although working with a pen tablet while you’re looking at the computer screen can feel a bit unfamiliar at first, it’s easy to adapt in a day or two of regular use, and after a week or less of consistent use, working on a Wacom pen tablet will be second nature.

What can I do with a pen tablet?

What would you like to do? Your vision is what counts – the pen tablet is just the way to get you there. Slap some paint on the screen, sketch some ideas, open a photo and draw right on the image. Play with your art! There are plenty of apps available to help you out, and lots of them have extra tools for the Wacom pen. It’s a fun, no-risk way to get started creating and sharing.

Which Wacom tablet is the right one for you?

Find the Wacom pen tablet that can help you explore your creative potential. Check out the new Intuos series for a great place to start, or step up to the Intuos Pro or even Cintiq.

About Patrick LaMontagne

Cartoonist, illustrator, and digital painter Patrick LaMontagne grew up as a Canadian Armed Forces ‘base brat,’ Patrick spent much of his childhood living in West Germany, among other places, but in 1994, while in pursuit of a girl, he ended up in Banff.

After answering an ad in the Banff Crag and Canyon newspaper in 1997, Patrick suddenly found myself with a weekly editorial cartoon.  In 2001, he accepted the editorial cartoonist position with The Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper, the same year he became nationally syndicated. By 2005, Patrick was a full-time cartoonist and illustrator, despite having never received any formal art training.

Patrick´s website: http://www.cartoonink.com/
Patrick´s Twitter @CartoonInk

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Red Bull Doodle Art | Innovative Doodle Competition for Students http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/red-bull-doodle-art-innovative-doodle-competition-for-students/979?c=2213303 Wacom had the opportunity to join the Redbull Doodle Art competition in 2015, held in Germany. At the University of Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg, the students were asked to create their best doodle.

Red Bull Doodle Art -
Innovative Doodle Competition for Students

Ever sat in a class, lecture or business meeting and found your pen wandering across your notebook and making a series of squiggles, patterns or funny faces? The great news is you're not alone, but far from demonstrating how bored they are, successful entrants to Red Bull Doodle Art competition real artistic talent. While the basic premise might seem simple and trivial, behind the skill lie many stories and themes that mean a lot personally to the artists.

Wacom had the opportunity to join the Redbull Doodle Art competition in 2015, held in Germany. At the University of Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg, the students were asked to create their best doodle. Then, on Thursday 3 December, the students of each university came together to bring out their votes. 

Three winners were chosen for each University and each won a brand new Bamboo Spark device on which they had to create another doodle for a final battle. This time, besides the students, We asked our community to vote for their favourite doodle by liking it on Facebook. The doodle with the most likes was announced as the final Red Bull Doodle Art Winner and receive an exclusive Red Bull Event package.

 

Party time!

The best part was that the event was not only about voting for the best doodles, but also coming together to celebrate creativity. There was good music to dance on, good food and different types of art to enjoy. For more photos, clik here.

We had a lot of fun and hope to do it again next year!


Students using the Bamboo Spark

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