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wacom settings for zbrush
show user profile  Garp
Can someone give me a basic setting for an intuos3 with zbrush? Just to get started as I only have a couple of hours under the hood. I'll adjust it when I know what I'm doing.
Thanks :)

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8/31/2009 6:55:18 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:55:18 PM)
show user profile  K-tonne
thread from zbc for you- might help
might just be a long read

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8/31/2009 7:48:20 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 7:48:20 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks K-tonne but... that thread is about an issue with the tablet. I don't have any problem with my tablet.

I'm asking about configuring the buttons, touch strips and pen buttons. Not a big deal but if an experienced user could recommend a typical config for a beginner, that would help.

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8/31/2009 8:28:30 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 8:28:30 PM)
show user profile  K-tonne
i think the best advice would be not to map any buttons to anything till you know which ones you use the most- personally i don't use any bottons on the tablet at all
oh they're mapped alright- ctrl, shift and alt on the tablet, right click and disabled on the pen
disabled because my thumb or forefinger always hit it so i turned it off because i annoyed myself lol plus the more you're thinking about what you're doing the less you're actuall doing i find
my left hand is locked onto the bottom left of the keyboard usually so i find it quicker to not think about my right hand and use the keyboard
i have a huge a4 i used for ages till i bought a tiny wacom to use on the laptop in bed, now the a4 (brand with-held due to embaressment) is gathering dust and i've worn the drawing surface of the wacom smooth- bamboo incidently, a6
the touch strips might come in handy for something but as i don't have one anything i suggest would just be a guess
i think AP, DD, jbrophy or seth might be packing that kind of hardware though
apologies for the second long fruitless read

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8/31/2009 9:29:11 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 9:29:11 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks a lot! That's exactly the kind of insight I'm after.

Anyone else?

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8/31/2009 9:38:43 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 9:38:43 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
Disable the bloody sliders, they are useless.

(\/) (°,,,°) (\/) Woop woop woop!

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8/31/2009 10:24:09 PM (last edit: 8/31/2009 10:24:09 PM)
show user profile  scotch_forgot_his_password
What I do is:

Disable the tablet sliders permanently, for all apps.

Disable the pen buttons for ZBrush only.

Tweek the Wacom pressure settings until they feel right in PS (the Z intensity sliders in ZB pretty much make this setting moot).
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9/1/2009 1:49:46 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 1:49:46 AM)
show user profile  Garp
What's wrong with the touchstrips? I use them all the time in PS (brush size and zoom), they never get in the way. Same with the pen buttons (pan and right-click).

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9/1/2009 5:28:41 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 5:28:41 AM)
show user profile  scotch_forgot_his_password
They're too easy to hit accidentally, and they're not useful enough to warrant putting up with that occassional irritation.
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9/1/2009 6:20:20 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 6:20:20 AM)
show user profile  Garp
I guess that would depend on the user then.

Anyway, that's not what I was asking, but thanks.

An example, my config in photoshop:
- left buttons: ctrl, alt, shift, step backward
- right buttons: brush, lasso, context menu (though I never use it), step forward
- left touch-strip: brush size
- right touch-strip: zoom
- upper pen button: right-click
- lower pen button: pan (or region-zoom, since it's the space bar)

Anyone wants to post their config for zbrush? Come on guys.

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9/1/2009 6:58:03 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 6:58:29 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
how can you use the right hand slider (or left if you are left handed) and not touch it by accident ? I always disable the right hand slider because I'm right handed. That said I don't really use the sliders or any of the buttons. I use my keyboard and one end of my stylus that's it, Zbrush and photoshop alike.

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9/1/2009 7:11:03 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 7:11:03 AM)
show user profile  scotch_forgot_his_password
In that case, I don't have a config.

The only thing I use in ZBrush is the drawing tip of the pen. All the other buttons, both on the pen and the tablet itself, are disabled or ignored. I use shift/ ctrl/ alt combos on my keyboard rather than use the buttons on the tablet because it's more comfortable. When I have to change brush size I use the [] keys just like in PS, but I don't even have to do that all that often because most of the time I can make the adjustment more easily by zooming the model in or out instead, and I have a bunch of often-used brush presets assigned to hotkeys on the keyboard for easy access (mostly just variants of the Standard brush, since that's all I use 99% of the time). There are no other functions that I need regularly enough to make finding them in the UI feel too cumbersome.

My Photoshop workflow is totally vanilla.

I do use the wacom pen buttons in Max and Maya, but only to perform the RMB and MMB functions that I'd have on a mouse anyway.
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9/1/2009 7:38:07 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 7:38:07 AM)
show user profile  Garp
@seth: it happened a lot when I first bought the tablet. I forced myself to be careful and after a while it paid off. Now I never think about it and I can't remember the last time I touched the strip accidentally. I did the same for several things and it seems to work for me.

@scotch: I lay back in my chair a lot (I know, bad habit), so the keyboard is often out of reach. Just trying to figure what the most useful keys are. Thanks for the input :)

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9/1/2009 8:07:17 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 8:07:17 AM)
show user profile  K-tonne
ctrl- shift- alt- are the main ones
t- edit mode/ drop to canvas
q, w, e, r- draw, move, scale, rotate- transpose functions basically
u- intensity
i- rgb intensity
s- brush size
o- focal shift
p- perspective toggle
c- colour picker
f- focus on tool
tab- toggles maximise doc
v- changes between foreground and background colours
f4- alphas

everything else and some of the above can be changed to your own hotkeys
i'd recommend setting up a hotkeyed popup menu with your most used brushes, rgb, zadd, zsub, perspective, intensities, fillobject, focal shifts and whatever else you want it in though- saves allot of time in the longrun

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9/1/2009 8:16:50 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 8:16:50 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Many thanks, K-tonne. That's really useful!

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9/1/2009 9:08:51 AM (last edit: 9/1/2009 9:08:51 AM)
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