I’ve toted my various Intuos Tablets along with me, as long as I can remember, on my various creative adventures. I’ve used them at home, in planes, on trade show floors, in seminars, during classes and even outdoors on location. The medium tablet is the perfect size to pop into a computer bag and work with right on my lap no matter where my painting adventures lead me. Plus it is cross-platform compatible, which was a big advantage for me seeing as I happen to create on both Mac and PC.
On August 20th, Wacom announced the new line of Cintiq mobile tablets and I’m pretty sure artists around the world like me were more than excited to push the boundaries of their creativity by taking advantage of this new device. Although I do not yet have my hands on one, it looks like it has everything you need to create packed into a powerful mobile workstation. It is a high-performance Windows 8 computer with a 13.3 inch display that supports full HD 1920 x 1080. Plus, at only 3.9 lbs. I should not have a problem taking it along with me.
It includes a pressure-sensitive pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and exchangeable pen nibs to use with all of my, built to work with Wacom, Painter brushes. There is multi-touch control, just like my Intuos 5 offers, so that I can zoom, pan and rotate my Painter canvas with ease.
Should I need to set up a second screen or connect any of my external devices, like my handy portable hard drive that contains many of my inspiration photos, there is a mini display, and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Another wonderful feature is the inclusion of ExpressKeys so that I can easily set up shortcuts for Painter tasks that I perform on a regular basis.
Below, you will find some of my favorite shortcuts that I currently use with the Intuos 5. For commands that do not have their own shortcut assigned by default, you may set your own by going to Preferences > Customize Keys.
- Quick Clone easily sets up your canvas for painting from a photo – Shift + C
- Undo, just in case you make a mistake – Ctrl + Z (Win) Cmd + Z (Mac)
- Brush Tracking so that I may customize Painter to my particular touch – Shift + B
- Temporal Colors Palette for selecting colors conveniently with a palette that hovers over the canvas – Ctrl + Alt + 1 (Win) Cmd + Opt + 1 (Mac)
Finally, the Wacom Rocker Ring makes it simple to resize my brush on the fly eliminating the need to use a shortcut.
Stay tuned to this blog to find out more about searching for and using brushes that take full advantage of pressure, tilt, rotation and bearing. Painter X3 makes it simple to find these fabulous brushes. Until then, happy painting on-the-go!
Where is your favorite place to paint on-the-go? Tell us in the comments!