Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > tips or tricks for a guy who just got a pen tablet

Photographer

outtamymind photo

Posts: 50

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

my brother got me a wacom bamboo tablet for christmas. any of you guru's have any tips or tricks for using it?

its a wacom CTH-470

Dec 23 12 03:22 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Scribble, play, doodle, make simple sketches like the floor plan of your house, sign your name, draw smiley faces -- anything that requires only minimal control and accuracy.

On images, begin practicing with large-scale adjustments, such creating a vignette with a hue/sat layer or curves layer.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/practice_zps92f0e9fc.gif

Takes a little while to get used to, but once you do, you'll like it and depend on it.

Dec 23 12 05:38 pm Link

Digital Artist

Platinum Dust

Posts: 106

San Francisco, California, US

The biggest learning curve with tablets is the new concept of hand-eye coordination -- you're looking at the screen but your hands will be drawing on a different surface. Pen pressure on a tablet will also feel different from pen pressure on paper. All it takes is lots of practice and continued use until your mind becomes used to it. Get a feel for how sensitive your tablet is and be sure to adjust the sensitivity settings to whatever you're most comfortable with. Pay attention to what buttons and functions you use the most and set the keys on your tablet to make switching tools easier. Once you can do on a tablet anything you can do on paper, you're all set to look at tutorials for more in-depth guidance for specific effects.

Congrats on getting a tablet, enjoy!

Dec 23 12 05:44 pm Link

Photographer

Brooklyn Bridge Images

Posts: 9753

Brooklyn, New York, US

outtamymind photo wrote:
my brother got me a wacom bamboo tablet for christmas. any of you guru's have any tips or tricks for using it?

its a wacom CTH-470

Does Xmas in Canada have a different date than the US ?
My wacom manual suggested drawing circles with Xs in the middle as practice

Dec 23 12 05:46 pm Link

Photographer

outtamymind photo

Posts: 50

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

thanks all...i've been playing with it since about noon. so far i've been able to navigate around the computer with it. the finer movements as you all say will come with practice i think.

and got some presents early because my family had to do our christmas a little early this year. still got my room mates christmas stuff that were doing on christmas day.

and might i add, so far i'm loving this thing.

Dec 23 12 05:54 pm Link

Digital Artist

Platinum Dust

Posts: 106

San Francisco, California, US

Must be nice to enjoy Christmas early smile

No rush with the tablet, it always takes some time to really get used to it. Anything small and simple will work. I got used to my tablet by coloring in lineart. Some friends mentioned they started by blending colors together. I recommend writing for later, once you give it more time. I barely recognized my own writing when I first tried, haha!

Dec 23 12 06:41 pm Link

Photographer

outtamymind photo

Posts: 50

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thanks for all the tips guys. Ive heard it completely changes the photoshop experience

Dec 23 12 07:39 pm Link

Digital Artist

Platinum Dust

Posts: 106

San Francisco, California, US

You're very welcome. It certainly unlocks a lot of new features for you smile I may be weird and be the only person who likes to make sure I can still do stuff without my tablet though.

Dec 23 12 08:24 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Peano wrote:
Scribble, play, doodle, make simple sketches like the floor plan of your house, sign your name, draw smiley faces -- anything that requires only minimal control and accuracy.

On images, begin practicing with large-scale adjustments, such creating a vignette with a hue/sat layer or curves layer.

Takes a little while to get used to, but once you do, you'll like it and depend on it.

+1

Dec 23 12 11:11 pm Link

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The Invisible Touch

Posts: 717

Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

Peano wrote:
Scribble, play, doodle, make simple sketches like the floor plan of your house, sign your name, draw smiley faces -- anything that requires only minimal control and accuracy.

On images, begin practicing with large-scale adjustments, such creating a vignette with a hue/sat layer or curves layer.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/practice_zps92f0e9fc.gif

Takes a little while to get used to, but once you do, you'll like it and depend on it.

+1

Dec 24 12 01:36 am Link

Photographer

Photography by Sean

Posts: 145

Atlanta, Georgia, US

From my own experience: If you can draw, using a tablet is a huge advantage. Once you get used to it, to a point where it's no different than drawing on paper with an actual pencil, that's when you've arrived.

Dec 24 12 04:18 am Link

Photographer

outtamymind photo

Posts: 50

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

so far, i've been using it for everything. and tweaking the sensitivity of everything. so far im still loving this.

Dec 25 12 02:35 pm Link