WACOM Tablet Tutorials

So you have a WACOM tablet. Now what? I see a lot of people out there who are talented or aspiring artists looking to get into the digital drawing world and are overwhelmed because they have absolutely no clue where to start. I’ve scoured the internet looking for a pile of easy to learn tutorials for beginners looking to get their feet wet. These tutorials are also decent for intermediate users who need a refresher or some reinforcement from some key fundamentals they may have forgotten along the way.

Setting Up Your Tablet Settings & Preferences

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This next informative tutorial comes from Kevin Hulsey, who shows you how to set up your tablet and stylus through the settings and preferences. The examples shown are for an Intuos tablet, but the settings panels are roughly the same for the Bamboo and Cintiq.

Tablet Sensitivity and Pen Pressure

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This DeviantArt video tutorial by user Lucky13 explains the concepts behind Tablet sensitivity and Pen Pressure.

Illustrator Pen Pressure with Wacom Tablet

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This video tutorial by Terry White shows you how to set up your pressure sensitivity options and the explains the integration of the Tablet into Adobe Illustrator and how to use these options to your advantage.

Bamboo Setup and Basics

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This tutorial by Dr Diablo at the Republic of Code will shows you how to setup a Wacom Bamboo on Windows Vista and configure it to run well in Adobe Photoshop.

Basic Inking and Coloring Techniques using a Tablet

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This tutorial shows Tablet users how to ink sketches with varied line weight brushes and coloring techniques within Photoshop. Make sure you watch both parts of this tutorial for the basics on how to achieve great results in a digital comic-book style rendering.

Skull Drawing Time Lapsed

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This drawing technique is a time lapse video from Jeff Finley of GoMediaZine. He goes through his process of creating a skull drawing based off a reference photo. Pay close attenton to the brush settings and the techniques (you can pause and rewind as you see fit!). You may want to turn down your speakers – the music may be a bit much for some.

WACOM’s Tutorial Repository

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WACOM has a section on their site dedicated to basic tutorials to get novice users well on their way to using their Tablets in Photoshop (or any other graphic editing program).

Digital Painting for BIOSHOCK

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Roberto Campus explains how he used Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to paint a character from the new videogame Bioshock for GamePro Magazine. His walkthrough gives you an overview on how to use texture in digital painting.

And there you have it. These starter Tutorials should get you set up and ready to tackle your illustration goals. If you’re new to using the Adobe Illustrator, try the Illustrator Pen Tutorial in conjunction with some other tutorials to build up your skill. Practice makes perfect!

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6 thoughts on “WACOM Tablet Tutorials

  1. I recently bought a WACOM tablet and I am very new to it. All I want to do is trace a few photos which I have on paper. But when i do that, the lines keep going out of the sketch board area, no matter how big a rez I try. Pl. help.

  2. What software are you using to draw with? Tracing overtop of a physical photo can be difficult on the smaller WACOM models because of the smaller live area (the monitor space). I’d recommend having those images scanned and then tracing over the digital file because you would be able to control your linework better as you zoom into certain sections of the photo – you can’t really zoom on your image when its pasted to your tablet.

    If you’re using Photoshop or Illustrator try the following:
    – File > New
    – Use your screen resolution for the width and height (remember to change the units to pixels!) This will give you a canvas that will fill your screen.
    – The area which you need to trace has to fit into the marked area of your tablet (4×6 or 6×8 etc.)
    – Select the zoom tool and set to actual pixels
    – Start tracing

    When you draw inside the area box on your tablet everything will appear on your screen without running out of room. Hope that helps!

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  4. A lot of these tutorials are things like ‘How to do x in Photoshop’. I don’t have Photoshop, I have Painter 11. Does it make a difference?
    -Gilbert

  5. A lot of these tutorials are things like ‘How to do x in Photoshop’. I don’t have Photoshop, I have Painter 11. Does it make a difference?

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