Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wacom Supports Adobe CS5
New pen capabilities for brush engine
Vancouver, WA – Apr. 13, 2010 – Today, Wacom announces wide-ranging support for the powerful new features of Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5), officially launched yesterday. The significant upgrades in CS5 include new pen-centric capabilities, particularly in the brush engine for Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5 software. Photoshop users will get the most from the new brush capabilities in CS5 when using either Wacom’s Intuos 4 professional pen tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display. “Never has there been a better time for professional photographers, designers and artists to combine Wacom pen input with Adobe’s Creative Suite software to naturally express their creative ideas and increase their productivity,” said Don Varga, senior product manager for Wacom’s professional products.
Pen Power Enhances Photoshop Brush Engine
There are several key Photoshop CS5 brush engine enhancements for Intuos and Cintiq users that augment performance and simplify use. To begin with, CS5 integrates toggle buttons that add pen pressure-sensitive control over brush size and opacity right on the standard application bar. Wacom users need only point and click on these buttons to capture control of these brush dynamics. In addition, CS5 introduces a set of pressure and tilt-sensitive Bristle Tip brushes allowing pen users to easily incorporate artistic brush strokes and effects into their workflow. “When used with the new Bristle Tip brushes, Wacom’s professional pen’s Tip Sensor technology and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity delivers a painting experience that feels just like working with traditional media,” stated Varga.
The brush preview window allows the Wacom user to see real-time brush characteristics including the angle at which the brush is being held by the user. In addition, when employed with the Art Pen, a Wacom specialty pen that senses barrel rotation (the twist of an artist’s brush) within Photoshop and Illustrator, brushes deliver a traditional media feel and empower users to reach new heights of creative expression.
The way Wacom pen users can now create and blend colors has also been vastly improved in Photoshop CS5. The Mixer Brush is a pressure-sensitive tool that allows users to blend colors as if they were wet paint. Using setting controls in the options bar, one can define the wetness and the amount of paint being mixed and applied by the brush. The Mixer Brush can be used on colors that have been applied with any tools such as pencil, pen or paint bucket. It can even be used to blend colors and add realistic brush strokes to a photograph to give it a hand-painted appearance.
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