How to Sketch Awesomely in Photoshop

“Sketch” and “paper” go together like peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream, and Sonny and Cher. (Okay, bad example.) But the next-generation of sketching uses a Wacom stylus and tablet and Photoshop instead of the traditional pencil and pad. The advantages? Digital sketching allows you to create your desired image and experiment with an […]

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How to Draw in Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom Tablet

There are two different brush tools in Illustrator: The Paintbrush Tool and the “Blob Brush Tool”. Both possess unique behaviors, which are beneficial for different approaches to drawing. The Paintbrush Tool In most instances, drawing in Illustrator involves creating vector paths and then applying various brushes to those paths to achieve a desired appearance. You […]

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Seven Tips for Getting Used to a Wacom Pen Tablet

We’ve heard artists describe using a mouse like tying a pen to a bar of soap and/or a rock. Never mind that a mouse has no pressure sensitivity. Even though a pen tablet is more comfortable and offers an artistic experience much closer to traditional media, getting over the learning curve of putting the mouse […]

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How To Draw a Face of a Superhero-like Character

Follow along with Darlene’s step-by-step tutorial   Have you ever wanted to brush up on your illustration skills but didn’t really know where to start? Are you frustrated with your slow progress and feel like you’ve hit a wall? Are you a seasoned artist who could use a refresher course but don’t have a bazillion […]

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How to Draw Age Progressions

All faces are different, but qualities of our faces age in similar ways. Drawing a face through the stages of aging is one part imagination, one part observation. Natalie Murry, digital forensic artist, offers tips on creating age progressions for anyone interested in drawing faces. 1. Find key characteristics. “What you are looking for is a […]

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How To Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop With a Wacom Tablet

I once heard that there are 4,000 keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop. Now I’ve never counted them all, but I can say from personal experience that there are definitely hundreds. Still, some of the most common things that I do in Photoshop don’t offer a keyboard shortcut. Fortunately it’s simple to create a keyboard shortcut where […]

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Set Up Photoshop Hot Keys on Your Wacom Tablet

The initial design phase is all about letting your ideas flow and capturing them digitally, mixing and matching to create the perfect character. Streamline your workflow to create quickly using your Wacom pen tablet or pen display, and the pressure sensitive features of your grip pen. In the video below, the folks at Digital Tutors […]

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What is the Best Software for Creating Art?

The possibilities are many, starting with Adobe® Photoshop®. But other accessible and powerful apps await, such as Autodesk® SketchBook®, Corel® Painter™, ArtRage® and Clip Studio Paint Pro, among others. All of these software programs are optimized for the Wacom pen. How do the programs work with Wacom tablets and displays? The pen tablet simply plugs […]

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8 Productivity Tips For Your Wacom Tablet

For those getting started with a Wacom tablet, or old pros who want to make their tablets work harder, we combed our YouTube videos for the best tips and tricks to making your tablet bend to your will. Scroll through for 8 productivity tips to unlock your tablet-using potential and make your workflow as productive as you […]

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5 Things to Know to Get You Started with Your New Wacom Tablet

For joy! Someone got a new tablet. And you are probably itching to get it out of the box and start using it. Or perhaps you’ve given it a go, but aren’t quite comfortable with it yet. The following sure-fire tips are just what you need to get started with your new tablet. 1. Tablet […]

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Add Personality to your Valentine’s with Sofia Warren

We don’t know about you, but we think Valentine’s Day card designs need more personality. We’re over the safe and tried messages Hallmark feeds us. We want passion. We want drama. We want messages between the lines. This year we asked New Yorker cartoonist, animator and comics maker Sofia Warren to draw us a little […]

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7 Digital Painting Mistakes

7 Digital Painting Sins

Whether you’re new to the world of digital painting, or are struggling to perfect your craft, you’ll appreciate this video on what NOT to do (and conversely WHAT do to) to make your digital paintings convey your unique personal style.

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Dani Diamond workspace

5 Steps to a 15 Minute Per Edit Workflow

The key to efficiency is mastering a consistent workflow when retouching. When you are consistent, it becomes muscle memory. Not only is the work faster but the output is uniform and a set of images will all have the same toning and look.

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Color grading

Creative Color Grading

Photoshop master, Unmesh Dinda, from PiXimperfect does it again in his video on Shaping the Light with Creative Color Grading. Watch the video to see how he creates his magic with Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet.

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Create Your Perfect Digital Signature in Photoshop

Have you ever wished to add your signature to your images? In this tutorial from Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, you’ll learn how to use brush smoothing in Photoshop along with pressure sensitivity and pen tilt in your Wacom tablet to create beautiful signatures for branding, watermarks, or simply adding your personal flourish to your work.

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How to Start Painting Digitally with Painter and Wacom

You’ve seen them standing there with their easels on windswept cliffs and windswept beaches and windswept botanical gardens, quietly capturing the scene with their paints. And you want to be them. Heck, who doesn’t. Or perhaps you are them (we envy you, windswept painter person!) But often the reality of painting (messy paints, awaiting the […]

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20 tips for junior game artists

20 Tips When Applying for a Junior Artist Position

When you’re fresh out of school it can be challenging to get your foot in the door of a company that can help you grow your creative career. Hervé Piton, veteran artist and Head of Games at London-based Peak Labs, has written a helpful article based on his recent experiences that may help you to land your own dream job.

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How to draw ears

How to Draw Ears

Drawing an ear seems complicated because of the lumps, valleys and folds, but when you learn to simplify its basic shapes, you’ll see that it’s not so difficult after all.

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How to Draw a Mermaid

Tom Bancroft, animator, character designer, instructor and Father of MerMay, shares his tips on drawing different styles of mermaids.

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Wacom Customer Care

Top 5 Wacom Customer Care Questions: Answered

So you’ve got a new Wacom, or you’re about to buy one. You’re about to embark on the most natural way to create digitally. But first, you might have some questions. We asked our fantastic customer care team for the top five questions they get, and we also asked them for the answers. Fun fact: […]

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How to draw lips

Quick Tips for Drawing Lips

In this quick and fun video tutorial, Darlene Nguyen from Rapid Fire Art shows you how to create all sorts of unique lips starting with just a straight line or even just a squiggle.

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Mini drawing course

Get Started Drawing with This Mini Illustration Course from Rapid Fire Art

Darlene Nguyen from  Rapid Fire Art has been churning out drawing tutorials in er… a rapid fire way, so we thought we’d start compiling them into a Mini Drawing course that teaches you how to draw the human face. Darlene’s clear step-by-step explanations show how to achieve results quickly and easily, and is a great […]

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Cut Out Hair from an Extremely Busy Background

We’ve all tried to cut out a person’s image in Photoshop to replace the background with another. Photoshop does a grand job of it when the subject is on a simple background, but what about when the background is busy? There’s never been a good way to get all the details in the hair perfect […]

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Digital Inking Basics

Digital Inking Basics in CLIP STUDIO PAINT

Good inking means paying attention to your line widths/weights and knowing when to use a bold stroke and when to use a feather light touch. Different kinds of inking styles lead to different effects.

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Adding magic to photos with Allison Olivia Moon

Allison Olivia Moon enjoys documenting life and capturing its fleeting magical and beautiful moments. She’s a modern-day artist and content producer who’s inspired by nature, magic, and fashion. Living in New York City makes it easy to find interesting subjects, situations, and settings to photograph. And she’s always sharing her day’s finds on her Instagram […]

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RC Concepcion

Make Great Selections in Photoshop Using Multiple Tools

Many of us have a favorite tool for making selections. Some of the tools work great when the selection is easy to make, but what if the object you want to select is against a complex background? RC Concepcion shows you why you should go to more than one tool to increase your accuracy.

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The Joker

Drawing the Joker with Wacom Intuos

Evan Burse from Cartoon Block shows you that you don’t need a fancy Cintiq to do amazing art. Instead he breaks out his new Wacom Intuos to create this latest drawing of the Joker.

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3 Surprising Places to Find Free Drawing Reference

Header: Hokusai’s Iconic Great Wave from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection. If you’re like me, you use references on top of references for everything, and are practically incapable of drawing without a folder of them at hand. (It’s a problem!) Finding the right one for your needs can be tricky, but with more and more […]

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One-Hour Exercise: Draw Your Own Font

Yesterday, I got the box my editor very graciously sent me of things I could write about. Wacom accessories, educational materials—including a book of drawing exercises by our partner (and frankly, genius) artist Peter Han, that I hope to write about soon—pens compatible with the Wacom One to review… but among them was a Japanese […]

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Designing Chicory’s Creatures with Alexis Dean-Jones

  A mysterious phenomenon’s drained all the color from the world, and only Pizza, a dog with a (borrowed) magic paintbrush can restore it. In the game’s one simple but wildly versatile mechanic, you use your cursor to splash hues across his world, causing different magical effects. In other words, yes, it’s literally a game […]

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How to Beat Anxiety and Get Started Drawing

Procrastinators tend to self-deprecate by saying they’re just lazy: especially artists, who are haunted by the stereotype of laziness wherever we go. But more likely, it’s actually fear. And we know the scientific cause: Your right amygdala.

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Everything You Need to Start Streaming Your Art

3/20 Note: This was originally written in December, so it doesn’t reference the current state of affairs. For information on virtual artist alleys and livestreaming as an alternative to events, see my last article, Artist Resources: So Your Con Was Cancelled. I moved to a larger room last month, which allowed me to rebuild my […]

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How to Work From Home When You’re Organized…Or Not

Here at Wacom, we have a band of professional artists who come with us to events and tradeshows and offer their expert ideas and insights in using Wacom products for their art. TheOneWithBear (aka Sarajean) is one of our traveling crew and she’s an expert in many things: Clip Studio Paint, Wacom, gaming, and consuming […]

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How to Take Care of Yourself When Working From Home

Header: Ideal Quarantine by Miss Holly French Twitter’s biggest art meme right now is #coronamaison, or “corona home.” Started by bestselling comic artist Pénélope Bagieu, the challenge is to take this template— —And draw your dream room to ride out the quarantine in. So the illustrations today will be from this hashtag, to showcase their incredible […]

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Remote Learning: Easy solutions for E-Learning and Remote Teaching from Home

With many schools closed or about to close, teachers, parents and students are looking for quick and easy to implement solutions for e-learning and remote teaching. Here are some ideas to bring classes back online using readily available software tools and platforms, including Skype, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, Zoom and OpenBoard, a free digital whiteboard […]

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Working from Home, Remote Learning and Teaching with Wacom

While we are all staying home to save lives, we are adjusting to a new reality of home-based everything from eating to exercise to work and school. Many companies encourage employees to work from home, for the first time. Schools are closed, challenging teachers and students to find new ways to teach or learn from […]

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Digital White Boarding: How to Brainstorm Virtually

Sure…most meetings can be an email. But there’s one type of meeting that requires face-to-face interaction: the brainstorm. While working from home, brainstorming still needs to happen. It’s a break from the tedium of PowerPoint and it’s an opportunity to give our creativity a place to expand. So what do you need to brainstorm virtually? […]

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How to Customize Your Brushes in Clip Studio Paint with TheOneWithBear

Whenever we have a Clip Studio Paint question, TheOneWithBear (aka Sarajean Chung) always has the answer (we’re not kidding, we have her on speed dial). To say she’s a Clip Studio Paint expert is an understatement. She even drinks from a CSP mug – very fancy. In this episode, Sarajean demonstrates the simple process of […]

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Samarra Khaja

Make a fun t-shirt from a photo

Self-described ‘wacky, wonderful and whimsical’ illustrator, Samarra Khaja, bring a whole lot of fun to a project that teaches you how to create your own design easily and simply using a smart phone, computer and Wacom One creative display. About Samarra Samarra Khaja brings over 20 years of art direction, illustration, and graphic design expertise […]

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Remote Learning: How to use Wacom One and OneNote to Engage Students Online

Solutions for remote teaching and e-learning are in high demand. Because of the Corona virus, schools and teachers are now challenged to develop ideas on how to teach digitally from home. Readily available software tools, like OneNote, can be a great help to create teaching materials, distribute worksheets to students and exchange documents with fellow […]

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How to Annotate Documents Digitally

There’s a reason the red pencil endures: it’s the most efficient way to communicate mark ups on a document. Trouble is, you need a printer and a red pencil if you want to truly mark up a doc. If your home office is without a printer, annotating and marking up documents with a mouse takes […]

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The Magic of Vectors: Part 1

TheOneWithBear (aka Sarajean Chung) is back with her Dragon Quest slimes and another handy how-to! In this first episode of a two-part lesson, Sarajean discusses vector basics using Clip Studio Paint, Wacom One and Wacom Cintiq Pro 24. Learn the difference between vector and raster, the capabilities of vectors and how you can use pressure to […]

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