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Photoshop 7 integrates Wacom features

Photoshop 7 integrates Wacom features - Adobe Photoshop 7.0 includes a new painting engine offering extensive support for WACOM graphics tablets including the full range of tilt- and pressure-sensitive pens as well as the Intuos2 digital airbrush - all for more dynamic and intuitive control of Photoshop tools whisrcle enhancing images.

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 includes a new painting engine offering extensive support for WACOM graphics tablets including the full range of tilt- and pressure-sensitive pens as well as the Intuos2 digital airbrush - all for more dynamic and intuitive control of Photoshop tools whisrcle enhancing images.

Brush shape and size, intensity, scatter, colour and opacity, even texture depth, can now be naturally controlled by the pressure and tilt-sensitive pens and the rotating finger wheel of the Intuos2 Airbrush to dynamically change strokes and effects on the fly (see table on following page). A built-in WACOM eraser can undo effects lightly or heavily according to the pressure applied.

With the addition of a new Healing Brush, a total of 19 WACOM pen-aware tools are now available in Photoshop 7.0. The pressure-controlled tools are the Paintbrush, Pencil, Airbrush, Rubber Stamp, Pattern Stamp, History Brush, Art History Brush, Eraser, Background Eraser, Smudge, Blur, Burn, Healing Brush, Sharpen, Dodge, Sponge, Magnetic Lasso, Magnetic Pen and Liquify (including Warp, Twirl, Turbulence, Pucker and Bloat).

The new Healing Brush facilitates the process of retouching images. Dust, scratches, blemishes and wrinkles can be removed in one tool, while it automatically preserves shading, lighting and texture when cloning from another layer.

New Paint Engine
Photoshop 7.0's new painting engine enables design professionals to create custom brush presets, simulate traditional painting techniques with wet and dry brush effects, including fine art media such as pastels and charcoal, or use brushes to add special effects such as grass and leaves.

The painting engine takes full advantage of WACOM's Intuos/Intuos2 pen pressure, pen tilt and airbrush finger wheel features allowing greater control over brush strokes. Also, using a new live preview of brush strokes, users can precisely adjust dozens of settings for shape, tilt, spacing, scatter, diameter, texture, shading and other attributes, and save the settings as custom brush presets.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and WACOM Pen/Airbrush Brush Control*
Modificator
Pen/Airbrush
Pressure sensitivity
Pen/Airbrush Tilt sensitivity
Intuos/Intuos2
Airbrush finger wheel
Shape
Dynamics
- Size
- Angle
- Roundness



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Scattering
- Scatter
- Count

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yes

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Texture
- Depth

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Color
Dynamics
- Color


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Other
Dynamics
- Opacity
- Flow


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* Table is based on Photoshop 7 Beta Version (# Build 62)

"WACOM tablets have long been a preferred accessory for professional Photoshop users, and these new features in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 ensure that our customers can get the maximum benefit from the latest WACOM Intuos2 tablets," said Kevin Connor, director of product management at Adobe Systems Incorporated in the USA.

Intuos/ Intuos2 Airbrush Finger wheel Control
The WACOM digital Intuos/Intuos2 Airbrush is ergonomically designed to be held between a user's thumb and middle finger. This allows the forefinger to roll a finger wheel on top of the airbrush to control such variables as brush size or opacity. Rolling the finger wheel backwards increases the variable and forward reduces it. For additional control, the finger wheel sensitivity can be customised to suit a user's preference from maximum (default) to medium or minimal wheel movement.

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