Tips for first time Wacom users in Photoshop

  1. Layers, layers, layers to keep things clean.
  2. Short strokes so if you mess up, you can simply hit ctrl+z on Windows to correct that mistake.
  3. Set your pen settings so that at least one end of the button will allow you to change brush size.
  4. Use the navigation window in order to move and zoom in.
  5. Patience.
  6. Practice.

I’m afraid that within a very short time I’ll be asking myself how did I ever live before drawing and coloring with a tablet?

Thanks to Shiver for additional clarity.

Musings on Death

This past week has been very difficult for me and my family. However now that the deceased has been buried, prayers have been said, and tears shed, I’m going to get back to work.

I suspect that the going will be slow since I’m still trying to sort out my feelings on the matter. For the rest of the weekend, I’ve made plans to spend some time with friends to try and give me some distance from the sorrow. Another aspect is that whenever death hits so close to home and so tragically, inevitablly you begin to think about what matters in life. I’m not sure what my plans for the future are yet, but I’m hoping that the answer will be within my grasp soon.

Till then, expect updates to continue being sprodiac for the next few days.

First time using Wacom tablet

I’ve got an older Wacom tablet on hand here, lended to me from Shiver. It’s about 4×6 in size so its very small and comes only with the pen. I believe its a Graphite 3.

Long time ago, her sister Heather promised me an old tablet to which she then failed to follow up on giving it to me. So here I am, using this one, while Shiver is using the shiny new Intuos 3 6×11. She hasn’t hooked it up yet but she texted me “shiny.” Haha.

I’m trying to get used to it. I have to keep pretty close to the surface for the pen to register and I keep losing my place on the screen. Occasionally I double-click on accident. Trying to pause youtube videos is proving difficult. The biggest problem though is that my computer is kept on a computer cart. The tablet and keyboard aren’t fitting on the same shelf together, so right now the keyboard is hanging over the edge while the mouse is sitting atop the tower.

However I did attempt to trace an old drawing. I am uploading the results to use as a comparison in the future. Lilai traced based off an old picture, \"Profile.\"

Fixing Typos is a Crime

Two men traveled the country to fix typos on both public and private signs.

Deck and Herson, both 28, toured the United States this spring, wiping out errors on government and private signs. They were interviewed by NPR and the Chicago Tribune, which called them “a pair of Kerouacs armed with Sharpies and erasers and righteous indignation.”

I can’t specify exactly what makes this so funny but it killed me.

Resume and Interview Skills

Yesterday I met with UNC Asheville‘s career center to work on my resume and interview skills. Things learned:

  • Make margins 1/2″
  • Change my current work title to Customer Service Representative
  • Tweak the wording on my resume and cover letters
  • Make my cover letters be somewhere between strict and informal
  • Buy resume paper
  • Invest in a leather portfolio to put extra copies of resume in
  • Business cards, business cards, business cards
  • Smile while being interviewed
  • Relax during interview
  • Leave hyperlinks out of cover letter and resume

Today I bought the resume paper, about $8 at Walmart, about $15 at Office Max. I found some thank you cards for $3 at Office Max. Now to buy some stamps and hope that I’ll be getting interviews soon so I can try out my new paper.