Jan 13, 2014

How To Use A Wacom Tablet (Part 2)

In this episode, How to Use a Wacom Tablet (Part 2), we take you through all the wonders and benefits of the tablet in Photoshop!

Learn different brush techniques and Photoshop settings that will maximize the use of your tablet.

You can purchase our favorite tablet here: Wacom Intuos Pro Small  


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    Karl Shreeves

    Nice tutorial and explanations. Most people set the tablet to the side, as shown, but I suggest people try setting it on their laps, below the keyboard (you may need to lower your chair). I find this much more natural (I’m right handed), with my left hand using the speed keys and going to the main keyboard without long reaches. This lets me option click entirely on the tablet.

    On the pen, I use the rear click to activate the radial menus, which I’ve set up with most of my favorite actions. I can set them into motion without leaving the tablet.

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    Michael Kampmann

    There are also buttons in the tools option bar to toggle on or off the pressure sensitivity for flow and size … just want mention it because its faster :). It works with every brush …

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    Rob Schut

    Nice tut on the Wacom. Thanks.
    Allow me to add some remarks for the people out there.

    First of all: BUY WACOM; don’t go for the copycats
    Second: GO FOR THE INTUOUS for your Photoshop work; the Bamboo is a toy

    Maybe you have tried one in the past and didn’t feel in control using it.
    You will soon, when you use it more often and it will take much shorter to control the pen than you expect because it is more natural than a mouse.
    Like Aaron said, you can always use it in combination with your keyboard (as I do too) shorcuts.
    Your work will improve enormously.
    After a month you will think, why didn’t I bought this tablet a few years ago

    Go Wacom
    Happy Photoshopping
    (and NO I am not working for Wacom, had to pay for the tablet too;-)

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    John Pettett

    So far so good. I’m trying to get going with my Wacom…AGAIN! Two things I’ve picked up from your video are helping make a big difference Aaron.
    1. I’m now holding the pen the same way you do. Now I can hit what I’m aiming for.
    2. I’ve put the tablet beside my laptop so I can use shortcuts on the actual keyboard; the tablet’s action panel only adds an extra layer of complexity.

    You may well say that all I’ve done is discover the bleeding obvious. Yeh…well…that’s why we have tutorials isn’t it?

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    When I go to windows, brush in CS6 it does not come up with Angle Jitter or roundness jitter…how do i get this? Also I followed your wacom tablet part 1 set up. When I click to “undo” it brings up my brush panel to adjust the brush size. What am I doing wrong with these settings?

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    I’d love a Wacom tablet, but they’re too expensive. :((
    I don’t want other cheap replacements either… 😐
    Maybe Santa Claus will give me one.

  • Sid

    I never knew that it can enhance the productivity so drastically. I bought one after watching this tutorial and is satisfied with the product.
    While I am still figuring out all the features of this machine but would want to know why the keyboard commands are not quickly recognized by this touch tablet.
    For ex: If I am painting with a brush and press [OPT] on my mac to sample the eye dropper doesn’t come and I have to press couple times or other times if eyedropper appears to sample it doesn’t go away when I leave [OPT] key.
    This is frustrating some time.
    I have this problem with all the random options while cloning, painting, selecting & deselecting etc.
    Any tips Aaron, please ?

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    Stacy Sims

    I just started using a wacom intuos draw and I’m having difficulty with the spot healing brush. The circle indictating the brush size is extremely larger than the actual brush size. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong but can’t seem to find any solution. Suggestions??