Set up your Wacom tablet and brushes.

This video tutorial show you how to setting up your brush pen and tablet in Wacom Photoshop to increase workflow and keyboard shortcuts, hotkeys for artist, drawing, and painting. If you are using photoshop for digital illustration, manga, anime and comics then watch the tutorial.

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Questions from Viewers:

Q: I would like to know which graphic tablet would do for me as a begginer the wacom intuos3 or the genuis mousepen graphic tablet? cause i want some thing that would do a good job good for me.

A: Thank you for your kind words, I am flatter. Tablet? If you are serious about doing art and such, I would recommend for serious beginner Wacom intuos3. It’s worth. I am using intuos 2 & 3 and still love it. Keep on drawing and do your best.
If you are on the budget then go for Genius mouse pen, I heard that they are also great.

Q: Hey I was wondering what program and what brush settings you were using when you were drawing.

A: It usually OK to do LOW opacity (30-50) when you doing rough or preliminary. But then I recommend 75% – 100% for your mid way to final. Define soft edge and hard edge (I should make a vid about that.). Anyway, clean solid color is the way to go when finishing up. It will keep your image clean, fresh hues and increase readability. If you use anything less than 80%-90% when paint over and over it could make your image looks muddy and washed out.
**Always make sure that your wacom pen has opacity sensitivity “ON” It should be able to taper out and fade out when you draw soft, just like pencil or graphite or any traditional medium.

But really YOU HAVE TO FOCUS on the OVER ALL values and place them in the RIGHT PLACE. NO matter how many fancy layers you have, they won’t do you magic if you DON’T UNDERSTAND BASIC VALUEs. SIMPLIFY when try to finish up, don’t over do values in the certain area. Put light in the light, put dark in the dark. And make clean clear area of light and dark don’t muddle them up. Craig Mullins said it best here, “”Decide what is in light and what is in shadow and don’t mix them up. Think like a comic artist. Two values, but if they are well thought out and designed and drawn they can look totally real. Think like that, but instead of making the light white and the shadow black, make the light a 7 and the shadow a 3. Then go ahead and use 5-10 in the light and 1-3 in the shadow to pull out sub forms. DO NOT use 1-5 in any part of the light, or use 5-10 in any areas of the dark. Keep you edges a little softer in the shadows, a little sharper in the light, you are done. (0 is black, 10 is white) Deciding what is in shadow and light for a particular object is pretty hard in words. I will leave that up to you and that is 99 percent of the struggle.” and “Hierarchal significance for any color: 1. Value 2. Saturation 3. Hue” -Craig Mullins

Basic Photoshop Wacom Brush Set up Video tutorial

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Q: Did you tweak the pressure settings for the tablet pen?
And what is your setup for the layers (multiply, add….)?
Any details are appreciated.

A: I will show you on this video. You can set up your pen pressure in Wacom first (Shown in this video) then set up another specific brush in Photoshop (Brush tutorials)
See:
-How to make a Photoshop custom brush #1
-How to make a Photoshop custom brush #2

I will also do a separate tutorial for layers icon smile Set up your Wacom tablet and brushes.
Thanks for all the e-mails. Feel free to comment and if you have any question about how to draw and such. Do not hesitate to post any question, I will try my best to answer any question about art as much as possible.

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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  • Samrobertbrooks

    hey im a beginner in the digital side and i got a wacom bamboo just wondering if this is too basic for your tutorials and stuff thanks

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    It’s sufficient enough.

  • carlos

    how fast do you go through your tablet pen nibs?

  • Alex

    Your art is insane, love it, motivated me to try get into it.. haven’t drawn since I was young.. but i hope with heaps of practice I can get to your level.. in time i guess.. here we go!

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Thaks buddy, I hope the article is helpful. We try to make the blog better and better.