Wacom Pro Pen Assembly - Now with Thingies!

The other day, I ran into a situation where my Wacom pen sort of slid into itself as I was rocking the retouching world. I've encountered this before and I have a quick little fix. It does involve taking the pen apart, but I often forget how many little pieces go into this. Result: Tiny springs falling everywhere and not being entirely sure where they go.

So here is a breakdown of how the pen is assembled and how to fix the ol' slippy-do.

Nib, Screw Thingy, Spacer/Color Identifier Thingy, Rubber Grip (Mine is from the Accessory kit, it doesn't have a hole in it for the button), Front Plasticy Thingy, Technology, Tiny Spring that does something I'm not entirely sure of (presumably part of the button that I pull off anyway), Tiny Eraser Spring that provides feedback for Eraser side, Eraser nib, Back Plasticy Thingy.

Great now that we've got all our pieces named, and the order in which they assemble, let's talk fixing.

The slip is caused by a small split in the Back Plasticy Thingy. Applied pressure causes the split to open up and the Front Plasticy Thingy slides inside. So what we need to do is prevent the split from... splitting. Sure you could glue it, but glueing feels so permanent. Plus, I have a bad habit of glueing things to myself. So let's try tape. I've done scotch tape, it's nice and thin, but it does wear down after a while and the split reappears. Gaffers tape sounds like a good option, but i suspect it'll be too thick. Also, I didn't have within reaching distance. Here I used a good paper tape. Not too thick, easy to cut to size. Wrap it around once, trim with an xacto so it's flush with the plastic thingy. and reassemble.

Reassemble can be tricky if you haven't kept track of where all the pieces came from. the springs are the hardest part. Tiny Eraser Spring sits on this plastic end on the Technology, like so.

Then drop the Eraser Nib over it, and slide into the Back Plasticy Thingy.

As for the Tiny Spring that might be related to the button. Well I kind of assume it goes like so.

The thing is, I don't use the button because I don't like it. I'm willing to bet I could toss this spring and I'd never know it was gone. (UPDATE: Full disclosure, I totally lost this spring while reassembling. Everything thing seems to be fine)

Aside from that, there are just a few tracks that you should follow so all the pieces go smoothly together.



Unexpected Rage

Ah the unexpected quit. Could anything be more frustrating? I'd love to see the inbox where these messages land. 

Unsubscribe, Adobe

After Adobe's recent announcement to move to a subscription only platform. I came across this tumblr post by Rick Webb (I have no idea who that is, just sort of stumbled here... he's prob an important ad dude, but don't know Advertising's ass from Advertising's elbow.)

To summarize, oy pirates software. Boy learns software. Man makes career from (and buys loads of) that very software. Subscription will make it harder for youts (youths) to access. Blah. Blah. Blah... read it

groan a little. It's a long justification for stealing software. And, I completely agree with him. Adobe's game has never been profitting from individuals. This is going to end in fewer users and makes way for a 3rd party to come in and take the leading spot in print post-production.

I suppose I could justify the monthly cost of Photoshop, since I use it to make 100% of my income. Maybe even Illustrator and InDesign (suddenly this costs more than the suite). Because, what the fuck do I want with Premiere? Maybe make a print package, for like $30... yeah that'll work .

Don't worry everyone, I just fixed Adobe.



Layer Filtering

I'm pretty excited to have used a new CS6 feature (finally), layer filtering. As you can see in my wicked awesome layer structure, I've got shadow layers, all set to 100%. So rather than having to turn down each arrow, find my shadow layer, and set my desired opacity, I was able to search by name (note: there are loads of ways to filter; blending mode; fill layers, text layers, etc.). The layers panel filters down to only layers with that in the name, I could then select all of them and set them to a different opacity. pretty sweet.

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It's not uncommon for me to roll my eyes at new photoshop features, then immediately embrace them.

Faking It - Met Exhibit

Faking It

Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

October 11, 2012–January 27, 2013

This looks so dope. Can't wait to see it.

Wacom Graveyard


This is my Wacom nib graveyard I started a couple of years ago. I'm no plastic smith, but I'm willing to bet these could be recycled and made into even more pen nibs!

I think I go through one of these every 6 months or so. Though, the new(ish) black ones seem to go even faster. I want them to last forever, but I also don't want them to change, because I like the way they work. I have such terrible problems.

Obligatory starting post

I've made so many attempts at making and maintaining blogs, and they always seem to start with something like "here we go...". This is a different story. I don't have a goal here. I don' expect anyone to follow. In fact, I'm just sort of filling space with something even a little engaging, since I can't show my work publicly.

I suppose that's a great place to start. Nah, never mind, I got bored thinking of what to write. Ethics,  privacy, etc.