My new video tutorial series has been released by VTC today here:
The first 18 videos are free to watch. The total series is 8 hours long and covers the entire brush engine in-depth. I worked very hard to make sure users of all levels will find something useful to their particular workflow in this series.
I've been eying that tutorial for a long time...but I'm on the edge to decide should I go with the 30$ monthly for the vtc subscription or wait for the 70punds for the single tutorial.But I loved all the free videos.
Finaly some tutorial that goes deep in the brushes and how they work.Up to now,for me, all tutorials were really shallow on that part.
I would probably opt for just paying the $30 for one month -- this way you can watch as much as you want in the month, and if if you find that you really want to own something you can go back later and pick it up.
I'm not sure if the version to own is really available yet (it is listed) -- I haven't received my copies at the very least.
I took the monthly route...so I can view the tutorials.I love them...and found a few new ways to make the brushes I already use and like...work even better.However one of the main reasons I was looking for a brush specific tutorial in the first place was this isssue with the scratchboard tool.I've attached a printscreen of the issue.Can you help me out?
That is a electrical issue with your home/studio and the wacom. From what I hear the solution is to use a grounded (3-pin) adapter between your wall socket and wacom.
However if it is a power issue then this is affecting all of your electronics. In my house and studio I use voltage regulators for any important electronics -- both to icrease the performance, but also to increase the longevity.
Here is the model I use: http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=67&ISOCountryCode=US
Huh...I would have never figured that one out.Thanks!
Since I'm outside the US I will have to find something for the local electrical system.It came to my mind that I have a UPS battery for my workstation somewhere in home.Will that work?
It may, many of the better quality batery backups also contain voltage regulation capabilities.
Following up on your suggestion.
I looked at it and althought it's not a high quality one he did had an automatic voltage regulator.Connecting it before my PC it did result in the brush acting more normaly.Atleast in the watercolor dab profile.But the main issue still remains.I get this acordeon like edge where it should be smooth.I've marked the preshure settings on my tablet.I've even tried with the eracer.
I'll post the same issue in wacom's forum.But my experience with wacom's service is that they claim "it's never the hardware's problem".
There was 2 parts to my answer, the important part for your issue was the one of grounding... this is still the issue you see.
The voltage regulator was secondary to that issue. The idea being obviously you have issues with your electric lines, so safegaurding your equipment is a good idea (but this was in addition to the need to properly ground the power supply going into your wacom).
FWIW, the user you really want to talk to about this is elsevilla -- he was the one who reported the solution, since I have never experienced it myself.
I spoke with elsevilla and fixed the issue.I can finaly enjoy the scratchboard tool. :)
Thanks Jason and elsevilla!
Just finished your tutorial.It was awesome.A great guide for anyone starting with painter like myself.I finaly know what to do to make the brushes work for me.Thanks!
I am glad your electrical/wacom issue got sorted out and you enjoyed the series :)
Sorry for replying here once more.But to report something concerning the same electrical issue.To not write an overly long post,I'll just mention that my motherboard died just few days ago.So I decided not to go to a computer service but to do it myself.I've been around computers ever since I was 6 and had changed all parts on computers except CPUs and motherboards.I always thought that one has to be in really deep knowledge about that.But again long story short,I found out that was not so.So I decided to order a motherboard and fix my problem on my own.So I got it and after watching some tutorials about motherboard installations I was quite afraid of static electricity.So this is why I noticed something on the box of the board.It stated that it had "protection against static electricity".Still I did everything by the book in connecting each component.After installing and everything loading just fine I decided to see will I have the same issues with the scratchboard tool.Again long story short,because I've changed places and now I will be in an apartment that is on the 7-th floor and I doubt that I can ground the PC like I did before.So I loaded painter...and...no problem at all.The only issue is visible in setting the dab type to watercolor.But that issue will clear once I get my UPS here as well.Wondering is that just the apartment being grounded well.I tried the same brush on painter on my laptop.And when if the laptop is connected to an ungrounded outlet it gives the same distortions and when it is just on battery it works just fine.Well when it was connected it got amazing distortions.Not so subtle like before.When I tried only on battery it worked fine again.So to summarize the whole post(and sorry Jason for ruining it,but I hope someone with the same issue might find it useful),getting an motherboard that has a static electricity protection also helps to remove the problem.Although it might not be the cheapest solution out there.