Wacom Pen Input Enriches Adobe CS6 Experience

Photoshop and other applications within Adobe's latest Creative Suite receive an intuitive and energizing boost with Wacom's professional pen input devices

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, Wash., May 30, 2012

VANCOUVER, Wash. , May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Wacom® product support for Adobe® CS6, officially launched last month, promises to give users an excellent creative experience.   When combined with a Wacom Intuos®5 professional pen tablet or Cintiq® interactive pen display, Creative Suite 6 users, especially those employing Photoshop® CS6 and Illustrator® CS6, can gain significant advantages in precision, accuracy and expression, all due to the integration of Wacom pen pressure sensitivity in the software and the performance of the Wacom tablet.  Whether retouching a photo in Adobe Photoshop CS6, completing a new drawing in Adobe Illustrator CS6 or constructing an interactive document with Adobe InDesign® CS6, a Wacom pen offers the control and natural-feel that professional photographers, designers and artists need to express their creativity. 

In addition to its obvious artistic capabilities, the Wacom pen offers ergonomic and navigational benefits to the CS6 user.  For example, while editing a video within Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6 users might find that manipulating sliders with a pen offers greater precision and control during a long and repetitive editing session.  And because the pen is positioned in the hand in a natural manner and provides exceptional freedom of movement, many professionals report that this type of input, especially when used with creative applications, offers superior physical comfort.  Even for Web designers who work in Dreamweaver® CS6 and move between multiple applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator, the pen delivers a precise and multi-faceted experience that other input devices have a difficult time matching.

Expand Photoshop CS6 Experience with Wacom
The Creative Suite's new version of Photoshop will appeal to photographers, designers and artists alike.  Anyone thinking about diving into the new Photoshop CS6 will appreciate the additional benefits of working in the software with a Wacom pen tablet.  Several new features within Photoshop CS6 elegantly embrace pen input and provide wonderful brush control and performance for drawing and painting:

Erodible Tips digitally simulate the natural wear of charcoals or pastel brushes.  The Wacom professional pen's pressure-sensitivity and tilt recognition provide a traditional media-like feel, just like one would experience when drawing or painting on paper or canvas.  Find an erosion point that you like?  Simply pick that setting and the pen tip will continue to function in that manner.  If a tip needs sharpening, access the Brush Tip pane within the Brush Panel and make the change.

Airbrush Tips take on the characteristics of a traditional airbrush.  The tilt and pressure sensitivity functions found on a Wacom Intuos or Cintiq pen allow users to naturally “throw” paint in the direction, consistency and spread they desire.  Whether employing a light or hard touch, the pen's 2048 levels of pressure provide some cool effects to painters and illustrators.

Brush Pose enables Wacom users to set pen parameters for tilt (X and Y axis), rotation and pressure.  This “override” feature gives pen users options to customize pen control.  For example, an artist may want to lock the angle of a brush while painting to obtain a repeated effect.

All of Photoshop CS6's new tips and brushes are also enhanced with Wacom's Art Pen , which recognizes tilt and barrel rotation or the “twist” of an artists brush.

Non-dominant Hand Features Add to CS6 Workflow
Wacom's Intuos5 pen tablets and Cintiq interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 24HD, Cintiq 21UX and Cintiq 12WX, feature bezel-mounted customizable ExpressKeys™ and Touch Rings to create and offer quick access to frequently used keyboard shortcuts and modifiers.  These non-dominant hand features greatly enhance productivity by allowing the user to concentrate on pen input and the creative process.  Since the customized settings are application specific, CS6 users can create personalized settings for one or all of the Creative Suite applications. 

About Wacom
Founded in 1983, Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world and provides business and home users with the ability to express themselves in a natural way. Today, millions of customers use Wacom's cordless, pressure-sensitive and battery-free pen technology to express their creativity.

For more information, please contact:

Douglas A. Little
Sr. Public Relations Manager
Wacom Technology Services, Corp.
360-896-9833 x174


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