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How to Be Instantly Better at Editing Pt.2

Category: Photoshop, Review, Tools, Video
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Nov 16

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Summary on To Be Instantly Better at Editing

Basically, having a WACOM TABLET is going to save you a lot of time in the long run. More control means less mistakes. There are not many things that you can just go buy to make you better, but this is one of them.

What You Will Learn

  • 0:34 – Why would you use one?
  • 1:00 – Using a Tablet VS. Mouse
  • 1:40 – Brush Settings
  • 2:40 – Painting Eyebrows
  • 3:30 – Buying Advice

A Word on Nibs

A Few people on twitter have been asking about “nibs”. These are the little tips you can replace in the pen. The great thing about the Intuos 4, is that the base is a nib holder, and contains many options. Ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs). Wacom has provided a relatively cheesy video on their site to explain this. Click on “See the Video” on the top.

  • Anonymous

    I have a bamboo and I am now going to switch to the wacom intuos 4 Thanx Aaron.

  • http://twitter.com/filmeo ed perabatida

    I bough the Bamboo Capture a week ago and every time I use it I’m getting faster and more accurate. I totally recommend this tablet. It’s multi touch (you can turn it off anytime), Lion compatible and it has buttons that you can configure for photoshop keystrokes, I use UNDO, SAVE, New Stamp Visible Layer and Show Desktop :) The price is AWESOME too, I know is around $100 but I got it from B&H for $79… BTW, thanks Aaron for all your support and responses on twitter!

  • Marvin Schaer

    I have an Intuos4 Small and it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever bought. It took me about 2 weeks to get used to it but after tht I couldn’t stop drawing around( even it was only just for fun ).
    The express keys I don’t use either except of the first one which is on there.
    I set it to the keyboard short cut “new Layer” which is quiet helpful. Hope you all get one and have fun with it, I wouldn’t give away mine ever again !
    However I still do have a question to you Aaron, do you use one of those things you put over the working surface so tht it doesn’t get scratched tht much? And are they only there to avoid scratches or does it ruin the tablet after a while if you don’t put those things on ? 

  • http://twitter.com/bethduri Beth Duri

    Love my Intuos 4 tablet.  I have a medium one which I love due to working on large dual monitors.  I’m use to painting on large canvases so the size of the medium tablet seems to fit my natural brush stroke really well.   
    I love the toggle wheel and buttons on the side.  I use the toggle wheel to change brush size, rotate the canvas, zoom in and out.  I have my tablet set up slightly different than yours. I put my keyboard behind my tablet so my tablet is right directly in front of me as if I was drawing on a piece of paper, I tried it like you off to the side a bit but it felt a bit unnatural for me.  
    Having the tablet has changed my editing so much!!! I have to thank Phlearn/Aaron  for opening my eyes to the tablet back when I first started watching. Someone must have asked Aaron awhile back what kind he had because I found his reply doing a search (thank goodness for google). Went out and bought one and couldn’t have been happier. It took me about 8 hours to get use to, it felt so much more natural than a mouse.  I have to say if my house got robbed and they took everything I’d replace my tablet before clothing too LOL.  Now that I have one I don’t know what I’d do without one :)
    [http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/299911_250518311664541_191833527533020_677257_2094142893_n.jpg]

  • J Askjer

    I have the Bamboo and I see no reason to replace it. It`s just phantastic :-)

  • http://twitter.com/bethduri Beth Duri

    Love my Intuos 4 tablet.  I have a medium one which I love due to working on large dual monitors.  I’m use to painting on large canvases so the size of the medium tablet seems to fit my natural brush stroke really well.   
    I love the toggle wheel and buttons on the side.  I use the toggle wheel to change brush size, rotate the canvas, zoom in and out.  I have my tablet set up slightly different than yours. I put my keyboard behind my tablet so my tablet is right directly in front of me as if I was drawing on a piece of paper, I tried it like you off to the side a bit but it felt a bit unnatural for me.  
    Having the tablet has changed my editing so much!!! I have to thank Phlearn/Aaron  for opening my eyes to the tablet back when I first started watching. Someone must have asked Aaron awhile back what kind he had because I found his reply doing a search (thank goodness for google). Went out and bought one and couldn’t have been happier. It took me about 8 hours to get use to, it felt so much more natural than a mouse.  I have to say if my house got robbed and they took everything I’d replace my tablet before clothing too LOL.  Now that I have one I don’t know what I’d do without one :)

    added my workspace photo. (have matching monitors now LOL)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P43VTOZV7MVLKG6TMLVYAV3ZH4 Talia

    I was contemplating getting a Wacom tablet after yesterday’s video, but now I am convinced I need one! I’ll be getting the Bamboo to start with. Thanks Aaron!

  • Pere Navarro

    Hi Aaron, great episode as always! I’ve a Bamboo since four years ago and I’m happy with it, but since a couple of months ago I’m seriously thinking about purchasing an Intuos4 small. Will I feel the difference? In other order of things, is this the correct place to suggest an idea? Would be great for all of us if you could group all the shortcuts you use in photoshop and post them or something. I’ve tried to search all of them through the PRO episodes (I’ve them all) but it’s a huge work… Would be great to print a list and place it beside the monitor…
    Thanks and keep doing this great job!
    Pere

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafaelribeirovisuals Rafael Ribeiro

    I have the wacom bamboo .. I work extensively with video, and photo, and as the price of this tablet in Brazil is a little higher than in the States, I opted for the cheaper version. It works very well for my needs, but I feel that if it were a little bigger would be more practical than it already is.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/morphicx Paula

    When I first started using a tablet I trew my mouse in a closet and forced myself to use the pen/tablet only :)
    That made getting used to the tablet easy and quick (within a week!)

    By the way, I really like the new layout of the site Aaron!
    Looks cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Дмитрий-Эльязов/100000665645476 Дмитрий Эльязов

    I use the bamboo pen & touch tablet for a year. It’s my first tablet and i really love it and don’t mind to replace it. I guess it tooks me a week to get used to it and since then i do not use photoshop without it. People, get the one right now! You don’t regret!

  • http://photography.paulliebrand.com Paul Liebrand

    I have a Wacom Intuos 4 (medium) at my desk but only have a small portion of the tablet active.  I also have a Bamboo Fun that use on the go.  I cannot live without my Wacom — I have been using them for years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.a.richards Dale Antony Richards

    The majority of Apple stores have a demo of the Intuos4 ask them if you can demo one, then you’ll see you don’t need to upgrade (not in my opinion at least)

  • Maddy [MS]

    I have a trust tablet a friend gave to me as a Christmas gift last year and only started using it in the past four months and it has grown on me, am truly lovin it my drawing skills has already improved in a way I did not expect. Its the first tablet I have ever used and I just cant use PS without it any more its almost like I forgot how to use the mouse. Been thinking of getting a wacom for a while and might just do that, thanks for the insight Aaron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=874850440 Jacqueline Camacho

    I have the Bamboo tablet.  Had it for about 4 years now and my transition was flawless.  I had made up my mind that it was the only way to edit, so I had no issues.  I can’t imagine not having one.  The Bamboo also comes with a mouse that my kids use and I couldn’t be happier because they’d lose my pen if they liked it.  Not sure that I want to invest in the one you have……. I’m so used to my Bamboo.  I recently upgraded Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 because of you, but I keep opening my files in CS3 because I’m so used to it.

  • Cory King

    I have the intuos 4 tablet (love it, btw) but when I edit the pen button to a keystroke (for undo) the settings never stick.  The next time I start up photoshop or restart my computer the settings revert to default.  I’m using a mac.

    Any suggestions?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35578932@N06/ Chad

    I have the intuos 4 tablet. I love using it. So much easier than with a mouse. I recommend getting this.

  • http://www.flickr.com/uw-eric Eric Burgers

    Bamboo tablet, here. The mouse entered the trashcan years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/Jameswarwood James Warwood

    If you look in the resources tab at the top of the page there is a Keyboard Shortcut list with pretty much everything you need :)

  • http://twitter.com/Jameswarwood James Warwood

    Bamboo convert here *waves*

    Had it since March. Thoroughly recommend it. Use it for every image edit. Amazing piece of equipment

  • http://twitter.com/StevenBrunton Steve

    Is that really a small?  …really?  It looks big!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/58947799@N05/ Ian Arneson

    I use the bamboo small which is awesome, a lot smaller than the intuos 4 wacom, now I cant live without out it, HIGHLY recommended 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691565354 Anan Adnan

    there is tree bamboo which one you have or there all the same ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691565354 Anan Adnan

    i wanna know more about Bamboo :) its a very cute name LOL But seriously i wanna know :D  

  • Anonymous

    are you getting sponsored by Wacom? If not you should!! :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1385880226 Patrick Brady

    Do the Bamboos come with the same settings as Aaron’s tablet? and are the pens the same?

  • http://twitter.com/anitarrr Ana Hernández

    That’s right, here you have them all!
    http://phlearn.com/photoshop-keyboard-shortcuts

  • http://nicolasbphoto.fr Nicolas

    Your last post give me the need of a tablet, I’ve just purchased a Bamboo Pen, 45 EUR (something like 35 USD…) and as soon as I tried this on Photoshop… awesome :)

  • Nicolas

    I should say, 45 EUR = 60 USD…

  • http://twitter.com/kcrusher Keith Crusher

    I wanted to let everyone know about an inexpensive, but GREAT, alternative to Wacom. Don’t get me wrong – I love Wacom and used them for years, but came across another product that’s significantly cheaper and is as good as the Wacom stuff, IMO. It’s the Monoprice Graphic Drawing Tablet. They have several models – I have the 10×6.25 inch model with the hot keys:http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10841&cs_id=1084102&p_id=6814&seq=1&format=4#feedback

    It’s $50. Check out the reviews if you want more than my opinion on it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637460523 Marvel Bishop

    hey Aaron i emailed you but i dont think you got it yet… i lost my tabley stylus and i recently bought another stylus. for some reason though the tablet is not recognizing the stylus, like i cant use it to edit. so i was wondering if you or if anyone on here can help me out with this problem. thanks!

  • http://www.flickr.com/karissa-lynne Karissa Hosek

    hey Aaron when you are using the brush at 2:45 you make the brush smaller. Are you holding a key and dragging the pen to make it smaller?

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Yup! Control and Option, then just drag left and right :)

  • Meera Kataria

    Can you use your fingers on your wacom? I’ve heard that you can for the bamboo..?

  • Rockerpin

    I have learned so much from you ! Thank you ! I just bought a pro tuto, can’t wait to see it !! :)

  • http://ginarose.tumblr.com GinaRose

    I have a Graphire 4 I got about…5 years ago? And I still use it. It works the same as it did when I started out and I haven’t replaced anything yet. Great investment, I’d say.

  • Lavidab77

    Thank you. That was my question between the $99 Bamboo or something more expensive. I’m so glad you mentioned the tablet size in the previous video. I guess bigger isn’t always better. 0_o  

  • Chad

    I had a Bamboo pen+touch for two months before i used it. I don’t know how i lived without it! 

  • http://www.cap-photography.com Andrea Peipe

    Cannot wait to get have one… :)
    Will let you now my experience with it in a few weeks ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ach3w Oo Achew Oo

    hey aaron! after watching your tutorials…i decided to get myself a intous4 too!!!!  just receive it yesterday…and can i know that where can u do the setting so that the pressure would control the brush size???can’t seem to find it..and how do u do a right click with the tablet?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordajarra/ mareva

    hey! I think I’m having the same problem, got my tablet this afternoon
    and I think I have the same settings as you showed in the part 1 and no
    matter if i press a little or press hard with the pen it does the exact
    same thing (same size and opacity)… what am I doing wrong ?? thanks! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordajarra/ mareva

    actually just found it ;)

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    In the brush settings – go to shape dynamics and turn control onto “pen pressure” :)

  • Lonneke74

    Yeah! Finally have it!! Thank you for your advice and helpful tutorial!

  • Praveen

    Hi Aaron,
    Please help!
    I have wacom bamboo one cte 660. whenever i try to make a selection let’s say of 400px or 1000px on Photoshop it doesn’t get me the accurate 400px always. sometimes i get 399px and sometimes i get 401px as a selection width.
    However, on mouse, when i let go left button on 400px i get exact 400px selection in one go.

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