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[Wacom Photoshop & Painter Guide]



Part 02.
This is a continuation of the first tutorial "Beginner Tablet Tips"

This sheet builds on the importance of LAB and CMYK color and the effective use of roundness and angle changes in your work to get a more "Painterly" painted feel out of photoshop.

This is more of a techniques tip-sheet rather than a tutorial.
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Ravvij Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is awsome! I've been looking for something like this for quite a while.
Pahdah1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
this helped me loads thanks for posting
ms-otaku-sensei Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Does the images in the pc can be view in the wacom tablet itself? Tnx.. ^_^
aRT2MS Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks a million. It helped a lot!!!..really ... A LOT!!!
p0rkytso Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
that you for sharing, just got a wacom & very amature with it, this tut should help :)
fox-orian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah but this is the old bad version!
Please check out the new version I made here: [link]
You'll learn a LOT more, trust me.
p0rkytso Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thx for taking the time out to respond :)
Entelecheia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Exquisite! Love the part about colors. Thanks :)
Queen-of-Randomness Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Brilliant work!! This will certainly help in the future as I get more practice with my tablet!! :D Thank you!
DigitalArtNetwork Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your deviation's featured in our 'TUTORIALS & RESOURCES' journal [link] :)
Lim-Kik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This will come in handy for me ^^
ItSureAintSad Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Hi, is there a way I can have permission from you to print this out, or a copy of your Wacom tutorials? I am brand new to Wacom, digital drawing, etc. and just reading this has been extremely helpful. Thanks!
ningnomaningnong Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
thx!!! Will put it to work when I get home, heehee
Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I just want 2 know one thing...
WHY color blending power depends upon h/ware rather than the s/ware?
WHY can't blend colors with mouse only?
hope u'll satisfy me.
Kinky-Slingy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007   Digital Artist
What do you mean color blending can't be done with a mouse and depends on hardware rather than software?, are you asking why you can't do this on ms paint, but you CAN on photoshop? 'cause that's a silly question...
you can color blend with a mouse if you're creative enough to make it happen.
Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
OK :-o
derukureetsu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
*bows down*
Amazing. Learnt so much!
AmmsA7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
what kind of wacom tablet do u recommend for a beginner ?
AforAcendance Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
knew about cmky, but lab and everything else is new to me, thank you for sharing your wisdom.
SLB81 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial with even great explaination ^^
Nice work :w00t:
vilekyle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Hey, I wanna do a comic but instead of drawing it in real life, I want to do it entirely on the computer with my Wacom Graphire. What do you suggest doing the comic in, Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter (I have both) or both? If both, how so???
danielismaya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Nice tute man.
Just bought INTUOS3, cant wait to try it!
CAD-TheLucas Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm as untalented as they come, but as far as this little tips&tricks article is concerned, it blew my mind!

Good work.
staticgirl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coo I was here for the screentones tutorial but hey these are good too!
tachy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Thanks for sharing man! :)
zboyet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom. These are very cool.
WashedfirE Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007  Student Digital Artist
this is really helpful. thnx
govi01 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
love you :* nic tutorial
AQUARIUS1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007   Digital Artist
wow thanks alot this will help me improve my artwork : D.
fuegokid Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007   Filmographer
:hug: thank you~~ :heart:
kiddys like me love that ppl like you make tutorials/tips like this ^^
makes things easyer and we learn stuff at the same time :D yay!! *squeese-hug*
nickyflamingo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007   Traditional Artist
Great advice on the CMYK vs. RGB for printing. Found that one out the hard way once, and it's worth avoiding. Thanks for the info!
SoLbizaRk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks a lot! i have a new wacom and havd no idea where tos start. this is the most useful tutorial i found on the net. :)
surrealgreen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Awesome tutorial! I didn't know...well, any of that. I'll have to look into it in the future.
Aliah-Carina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Student
Wow! Thanks, really great tutorial, both of them! I thought I was pretty able in PS, but after this...Well. I'll definately be practicing about quite a bit more. One little problem though, in your detail bursh suggestion it has something 'Initial Direction Control', and I can't find that on my brush settings :/ Any thoughts? Again, great tutorial. I came here through a list of favourite tutorials by someone on LJ if you were wondering. I can link you if you want =)
Aliah-Carina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Student
Why don't we both just pretend that said detail brush suggestion?
jaakobou Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
awesome tutorial
i enjoyed it thoroughly

on the nitpicks...
i my opinion, it might be better to work in rgb 16bit instead of cmyk 8bit
for the capability that image enhancing techniques can give you complete
fluidity in color and a much larger color space.

after the general work is done, you switch to cmyk
and make final cmyk to rint adjusments... but i'm not an expert
on painting digitally... more of an advanced pic enhancment guy

drop by the club -

we'd love to feature this tutorial.

fox-orian Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, there are alot of ways to go about a final product in CMYK -- hell, you can even work in RGB 8-bit and use nothing but the CMYK color sliders [though not recommended.]

I do enjoy working in 32-bit RGB sometimes mwahah. High Dynamnic Range = my love (at least for 3D or photographic work, since it dosent have too much other implementation right now]
zulu-eos Featured By Owner May 6, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I just might have to use some of these techniques for latest pencil work.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, essentially CMYK is the same thing as LAB. LAB uses L a and b. L is technically the K slider. A is Magenta and B is Cyan and Yellow. So LAB just uses a different layout. The real difference is that LAB can get neon flourescent colors while CMYK cant -- good for if you are doing printwork.
ObsidianSin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
Oh my god, this is a fantastic tutorial! I just got a WACOM tablet recently and this is just the kind of thing I needed to improve!
scales Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Student General Artist
Excellent tutorial you've put together here. Your brush instructions and talk on the LAB sliders has really improved my choice of colours in photoshop. Thanks very much!
scaleofdraconis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
holy crap, thank you so much for this tutorial, pretty much everything up there I never knew before...

I'm definitely gonna have to check out your first tutorial now too :3
spazizoner Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
Great tutorial. Very informative.
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
O hell eah!!! even Dmitry had learned somthing.
Profecional looking stuff there mate
fox-orian Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be of some assistance XD

whatever it may have been hahaha
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