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Introduction
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Texture Pane
Effects Pane
Color Picker
Save/Load Pane
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Preferences Pane
Intelligent Canvas
Wacom Bluetooth Stylus
  • iPad Setup
  • Stylus Setup
  • Using the Stylus
  • Stylus Status
  • Jot Bluetooth Stylus
     
    The Effects Library
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    Color Source Effects
    Procedural Source Effects
    Color Filter Effects
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    Math and Logic Effects
    Special Effects
     
    Artists Gallery
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    Pena Support
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      Using a Wacom Bluetooth Stylus

      Pena supports the Wacom line of Bluetooth Stylus for iPad, such as the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus.

      Note: The Wacom bluetooth stylus is only compatible with iPad Mini, iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, or higher.

      Using a Wacom Bluetooth Stylus has several advantages:

      • Painting Style - Using a stylus to paint, instead of your finger, offers you better control over your painting and the styles you can produce.
      • Pressure - The stylus transmit information about how hard you are pressing on the tablet. We translate that pressure into the brush size so you can make subtle changes to the brush size while painting.
      • Color 1 / Color 2 Exchange - This is a Pena feature that only works while using the Stylus. By pressing a button on the Stylus you can switch which Color you are drawing to the screen. Normally Pena draws Color 1 to the screen. By tapping the switch on the Stylus you can switch to Color 2. This lets you load up two Effects or Colors and quickly switch between them while painting.
       

      iPad Setup


      Prior to using your Bluetooth Stylus, follow these steps on your iPad:

      1. Turn Bluetooth ON on your iPad. There is no pairing process needed, just turn Bluetooth ON.
      2. In Pena, open the Preferences Pane and set the Wacom Bluetooth Stylus choice to a Green Check Mark.
      3. Look just below the Wacom Bluetooth Stylus words in the Preferences Pane to see the Stylus Connection messages:

        • Off - No stylus detected or bluetooth is turned off.
        • Disconnected - The stylus is currently disconnected.
        • Scanning... - The software is looking for an active stylus.
        • Pairing... - A stylus has been found and is being paired.
        • Connected! - A stylus is active and being used in Pena.
       

      Stylus Setup


      Refer to the photo at the top of this page for the location of various controls on the Stylus.

      The Wacom Bluetooth Stylus uses an advanced Bluetooth which is very low power and requires no pairing. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the iPad, and Pena is set to use the Wacom Bluetooth Stylus (via the Preferences Pane).

      Once the iPad is setup correctly, follow these instructions for the Stylus:

      1. Battery - Make sure there is a fresh battery installed in the Stylus. For the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, the battery is installed by unscrewing the End-Cap and inserting an AAA battery (positive side towards the Stylus tip, not cap). Replace the cap once the battery is installed.
      2. Hold the Stylus - Hold the Stylus near the iPad with the toggle (rocker) switch near your index finger, as you would hold a pen.
      If you just inserted the Battery, and hold the Stylus near the iPad, you should see a message in Pena that says the Stylus was Discovered. This means that Pena is ready to use the Stylus.

      If you already had a Battery installed, or do not see the message, Press the TOP part of the toggle (rocker) switch on the Stylus (the part closer to the End-Cap). When you release the toggle you should see the PopUp that the Stylus is Discovered.

      Note that the Stylus has a LED just above the toggle (rocker) switch. If the Stylus has not been discovered, this LED should be flashing blue. Once the Stylus is discovered the blue LED should go solid blue for a few moments, then turn off. If you do not see the LED light at all, again try the top part of the toggle switch. If you still do not see the LED light, check your battery.

       

      Using the Stylus


      The toggle (rocker) switch on the side of the Stylus has predefined functionality in Pena.

      When using the Stylus, the toggle (rocker) switch on the side of the stylus has two toggle positions. Pressing the switch on the Tip-Side is what we will call Button 1. Pressing the switch on the Cap-Side is what we will call Button 2.

      Button 1 (the Tip-Side button) is very useful. It gives you a capability in Pena that you can't get any other way. Button 1 lets you swap Color 1 and Color 2 when drawing. It is a toggle. By default you are painting Color 1. If you tap Button 1 you will switch to be painting with Color 2. Tap it again to switch back to Color 1.

      This is very useful as you can put two different effects, or use two different colors and toggle between them while painting by tapping Button 1.

      Note that if you use different Effects, one outputting to Color 1, and a different one outputting to Color 2, both Effects are run (assuming both are turned on in the Effects Pane), though only one (Color 1 or Color 2) will be output. If your Effects are fast, this is no problem. However, if one or both of your Effects are slow, the one that is not being painted with will slow down your overall painting (because the Effect is still generated, but the result is thrown out).

      Note that if you stop Pena and start it up again, Color 1 will automatically be used.

      Button 2 (the Cap-Side button) lets you toggle whether or not Pressure changes the brush size. Tap Button 2 to toggle Pressure On, tap it again to toggle Pressure Off. You will get a confirmation message telling you that Pressure is ON or OFF.

      When Pressure is ON, the harder you press the Stylus the larger the brush will get. The effect is ramped... that is, the brush size transitions to the new size over a short period of time. As you let up on the pressure of the Stylus, the brush will begin to return to its original size (or its current size if it was being modified by Brush Taper).

      When you are done using the Stylus, simply turn off the Wacom Bluetooth Stylus choice in the Preferences Pane. Because the Stylus uses very little power you don't need to remove the Battery unless you do not intend to use it for an extended period of time.

       

      Stylus Status


      While using a bluetooth stylus with Pena, the Control Pane shows a variety of messages about the current status of the stylus.

      The messages appear on the very left and very right side of the Control Pane, above and below the Move Pane Arrows:

      • Button 1 Mode - The very upper left corner of the Control Pane shows the current mode of Button 1. Button 1 controls whether or not the color output to the Canvas is Color 1 or Color 2. If Color 1 is being output, this area will read color 1 in white. If Color 2 is being output, this area will read color 2 in black. If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Button 2 Mode - The very lower left corner of the Control Pane shows the current mode of Button 2. Button 2 controls whether or not stylus pressure is being used to change the brush size. If Pressure Sensing is turned on, this area will read press on in green. If Pressure Sensing is turned off, this area will read press off in yellow. If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Battery Percentage - The very upper right corner of the Control Pane shows the stylus battery power as a percentage. 100% means full, 0% is empty. The color reflects how close to empty you are (50% and greater is green, 20% and greater is yellow, below 20% is red). If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Connection Status - The very lower right corner of the Control Pane shows the stylus connection status as the word stylus in a color. The colors have the following meanings:

        • Black - (Off) No stylus detected or bluetooth is turned off.
        • Red - (Disconnected) The stylus is currently disconnected.
        • Yellow - (Scanning) The software is looking for an active stylus.
        • Blue (Pairing) A stylus has been found and is being paired.
        • Green (Connected) A stylus is currently being used.

        If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red. To see the actual connection mode as text, rather than a color, open the Preferenes Pane. The connection status will be shown under the option text.

      Note that the above status messages only appear when you are using a stylus. When the stylus is turned off in the Preferences Pane, no messages will appear.

       

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