In November of 2021, Apple released new computers, a couple of Macbooks and a Mac Mini, with the first generation of their new custom ARM processor which they named M1, boasting really impressive energy efficiency and performance. For a while after the release, people realized that Wacom had not been able to make a compatible driver for them yet, so while they did make compelling computers, they weren’t good options for artists who needed to use their existing Wacom hardware.
On 2021 January 26, Wacom released their new Wacom Tablet Driver 6.3.42-1 for Mac. This finally makes Wacom tablets fully functional on Apple’s new computers that use their new M1 processors.
While you may not want to get their new computers for this reason, it’s good to know that this is no longer a negative point against them.
(This article has been updated to include an extra dual brush sample, and fix some typos and phrasing for clarity.)
We’re getting some pretty exciting new features in this update.
Judging from people’s reactions, they’re way more pumped about this than they were with that vector stuff. We’re actually getting memes this time.
As useful, welcome, and important as the vector stuff were, they were also kind of situationally niche; sort of a save-your-skin-in-when-you’re-in-a-bind type stuff, rather than this-affects-me-everyday-so-I-feel-it stuff.
Clip Studio Paint 1.10 has just been released. This is the second major update of Clip Studio Paint of the year. The year 2020 seems to be the year of vector tools, as the highlight features of this version seems to be a lot about vectors, just like version 1.9.
Let’s go through some of the finer details of the new features below. A lot of these are answers to questions I had when I was just reading the release notes.
Consider this: You’re a certain kind of artist or comic colorist who uses Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint or Krita or whatever. And you’re used to coloring using multiple layers. You separate the base color from the shadows and highlights, and you use a Multiply layer for the shadows.
Then you decide you like certain colors that you’ve seen. You have a reference— you could’ve found it online or you made it yourself by hand-picking the colors. You still to use a multiply layer for shadows, but you don’t know what color to use so you get the right color. How do you find out?
How do I find out the color I need to use with a Multiply layer to get a resulting shadow color?