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WACOM Starter Tablet Tips 2004 by fox-orian WACOM Starter Tablet Tips 2004 by fox-orian
EDIT: 05.13.2008::: NEW EDITION UPLOADED
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[Wacom Photoshop & Painter Guide]



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Part 01.
Part 02 of this tutorial "Color + Painterly Painting" can be found here: [link]

This tutorial goes through the most basic components on drawing and painting with a wacom tablet for beginners.
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this would help someone with tablet related problems with installation  . Say lag, or it wont work properly > 
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TheRealYuma Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Would a laptop tablet screen work as well as a Wacom tablet?
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bebopdlx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

How do I make my wacom pen act like a normal mouse?

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fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Go to Wacom Properties settings editor, go to Pen, and under one of the tabs should be an option to make the pen behave like a pen or like a mouse. Note that Cintiqs can't do this.
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ArtistWarriorz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks i just got a tablet and i'm so grateful :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is a wonderful guide. I love it. Wonderfulness. :D
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EpicEspeonHLL Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! It'll really help once my tablet arrives >w<
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lenindcruz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
You should read the latest update to it at

[link]
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Justt-K Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will help me when i get my tablet, can't afford a wacom though, getting a digipro 8x6, 40 dollars. bout as much as I can afford
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WaterLillyHorse Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I am hoping to get one (pen & touch) and I have looked at a video on YouTube and the comments have said it doesn't work so well On Gimp (my prefered manip program), and I am thinking I might have to switch to Photoshop:(Do you think I might have to????????????
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theshadowhorse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
you are now my personal god. thank you so much!!!!!!
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ChristianJoe Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
i didnt get the demonstration on coloring and painting tips. Maybe im idiot or what.. but where can i find opacity jitter? is it under "other dynamics"?
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zenwarrior1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
thank you so much
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pichu0123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
love this tutorial!! thank you so much xD helps me a heck lot!
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
THIS version?!! It's in my SCRAPS! Go to my gallery and go read the WAAAAY updated version of this tutorial. You'll get a LOT better information there.

XD this tutorial sucks.
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pichu0123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
seriously? wow, I am way slow then xD thanks! I'll go check it out right away
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mbl-94 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
QUESTION!!! Do you install wacom with a disk to program it to ur computer or is do u just plug it and then you could use it. Please reply ASAP!!! I'm planning to buy the tablet and I don't know how it install!! Great tut btw! I'll surely use it when I get mah tablet! :D
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RubyStar-Wind-kokiri Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010   Digital Artist
You have to install it with a disk. It comes with the tablet though so don't worry. ^_^
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mbl-94 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
oh okay thanx!!!
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RubyStar-Wind-kokiri Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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RustinAlexandru Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Awesome work.It's really useful.Thanks for it !
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TobiasFuhr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
very useful
your tutorials are great..

thanks
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CaitlinMaryMargarett Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student General Artist
thanks for the tutorial
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Link--Kenshin-4ever Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
i made my brush settings look just like yours but for a some reason the pressure is not showing, i even have it on pretty sensitive
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veelafleur Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
i got a tablet.... wacom Intuos3 6x8....and it's like 10 bizillion times more difficult that i thought!!! i know practice practice practice but heck, it's even easier with the mouse...i can't seem to get the pen working the way i want it to work...but i have to learn to use this cause my parents spent loads of it...ghah i got myself into such a mess Dx
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Did you see the HUGE message I wrote at the top of this tutorial? I said I created a new tutorial that better explains a tablet than the one you were looking at here.

This old tutorial sucks. Check out the new one [link]

You have remembered to install the drivers for the tablet, right? A surprising number of new wacom users just plug it in expecting it to work right, but the drivers make it operate EXTREMELY differently.
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veelafleur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
jee, sorry i commented. and yes, it's installed -_- i just said it's difficult, you don't have to go all banana on me
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm? I wasn't mad oO
I'm just trying to help you with some basic trouble shooting because you said that your tablet isn't doing what you want it to do. So I assume you must have been having problems.

Tablets are a little unnatural at first, but it becomes second nature. Most everyone I've known was able to pick one up and use it skillfully within a week or so. So just keep using it and you'll find its finer nuances.

And, XD really, I've just been getting annoyed that despite putting "old / obsolete" tags in the name and putting a huge note at the top of the tutorial redirecting them to the new one, an astounding number of people still miss all of that hahah
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veelafleur Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
haha right. well, i'm used to mouse so it's unnatural, yes. but i'm starting to get the hang of it, but it was harder then i expected. and I did see it, but guess what happens when you put tablet tips in google search? this one comes up, i just took the first one. I'll be careful not to do that again, my apologizes.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oO huh so it does. I always tried checking for if mine showed up with keywords like "wacom" and "tutorial".
It sucks that it leads to this one over the other. I'd take this one down because of its sheer old-ness and lack of any truly good information, but its such a traffic grabber. Ngh!
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veelafleur Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
well if you're annoyed by that, take it down. And it's not that bad of a tutorial.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
XD I mean I can't take it down because it gets me a really good amount of traffic to my gallery! Sounds selfish but, well, I gotta take what I can get hahah
The tutorial is mostly bad. I say that the Dodge and Burn tools are essential tools to work with -- that's SOOOO wrong. And I talk about fingerpainting? Does Photoshop CS3 even HAVE fingerpaint mode? hahahah
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XxRandomobsessionxX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
-_- I just got a tablet. now its not working at all, and i have no idea why.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well, have you installed the proper drivers?
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XxRandomobsessionxX Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
oh, yeah, idk what was goin' on... but it fixed it self... ^_^; thx anyway!
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WataKKo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Has anyone got some "Painter X" vs "PE4" points?

I know Painter Essentials 4 is the cheaper version of Painter X but PX may not be worth the upgrade for a beginner because it's more (too) complex?

Sometimes the cheaper versions can be better for amateurs because the basic tasks are more accessible.

Thanks.
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aquavirtaedraco Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
I'm thinking of buying a wacom tablet, but I'm not sure which one I should get. So if you would >.< which one do you use?
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I use a Wacom Intuos 3 6x8 and Wacom Cintiq 12WX, hahaah, a little expensive.

If you're just starting out, I can suggest looking into a Graphire or a Wacom Bamboo. They're inexpensive and do enough for a beginner to expand upon.

By the way, have you seen the new tutorial here?
[link]
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IrisVampyria Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
I have a doubt. Is Wacom 3x6 large enough? Sometimes I'm a bit messy and I don't think that's large enough to mess in! :D
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
3x6?? When did they make 3x6...? The smallest size I ever remember is the 4x5! Is this a new size for widescreens?
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IrisVampyria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oops, sorry, I mistyped. I meant 4x6. Anyway, I found a ruler and took the measures. It's kind of small, but as widescreen I'm not sure if it's "that" small...
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well it's certainly not a bad size to start with. The 3x6 is just the new 4x5 -- only suited for widescreen monitors. I had a room mate who had the 4x5 intuos 3, and he could do everything that I could on his 20" monitor.

If you have anything within the size of a 15" to 19" monitor, or if you have a laptop, I'd say that the 3x6 is really just fine. If you have a bigger screen, you may want to look into the next size up.
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IrisVampyria Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh! My screen is 15.4'', as laptop. Thanks for the tip. I had no idea about the dimensions, since it's all variable depending on the monitor, resolution, etc. Many thanks. That helped me alot! :+favlove:
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have a Bamboo Fun small (4x6) and it's just the greatest little thing. You honestly don't need a very big space. The size alone is perfect for traveling too! I can't install my Wacom programs until I get a new disc driver but just plugged in, it works rather well.
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aquavirtaedraco Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
mm, I was thinking of getting a Intuos 3 9x12. Price isn't a concern really since my college tuition will pay for it ( I think, since I already have a laptop- which is where the money would come from, and I'm going into a multimedia/graphic design major). But for some reason I didn't even see the Cintiq before on the wacom website, AND HOLY CRAP O_O

and great tutorial btw, I'll totally use it when I get a tablet ^-^
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
For a college budget, I recommend snagging a Bamboo Fun. The Intuos 3 will cost you an arm and a leg, especially the 9x12. I've got a Bamboo Fun small (it's about a 4x6) and it's perfect for the traveling college student. It slips right in with your laptop without any hassle.
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hikaridemon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I really needed this! Thanks! ^.^
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Smaar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008   Interface Designer
thanks for the tut man!!
Bought one like just a hour ago...got tired of scanning en redoing my drawings on photshop:P
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hikileyu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
I tried almost everything but I couldn't get my photoshop to work with my tablet. There are no pen pressure when I draw, even though I toggled the pen pressure in the shape dynamics on. Could you explain more to me about the settings on brush? I guess my photoshop wasn't set for a tablet user yet.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Here's a good troubleshooting question.
First, are you on Windows or Mac OS?
Second, when you move the pen around, does the mouse cursor automatically jump to exact location of your pen? Or does your pen just "push" the mouse cursor around?

If this happens, chances are you haven't installed the tablet drivers, or the drivers have become broken.
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