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Wacom Bamboo with Photoshop?
I Am The 1337 Master at 3:49PM, Jan. 28, 2010
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Anyone else have this setup? Can you help me. I'm kinda lost right now…

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BlkKnight at 3:51PM, Jan. 28, 2010
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Ummm….what exactly are you lost on? Can't help you if nobody knows your problem.
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I Am The 1337 Master at 4:17PM, Jan. 28, 2010
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How to use the thing properly in general. I have no clue as to what I'm doing at the moment. Links to Photoshop tutorials and ways to get that professional digital art look rather than a crappy paint look. If that makes sense…
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BlkKnight at 6:15AM, Jan. 29, 2010
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A tablet isn't going to make your work magically look amazing overnight. First off, you need to get adjusted to drawing with your tablet. If you can't draw right with it, there's no point in any of those other tutorials. You should also consider a photoshop-like (Photoshop, GIMP, Paint.net, etc.) program and an Illustrator-like (Illustrator,…and I forget what the freebies are called) program.
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I Am The 1337 Master at 12:43PM, Jan. 29, 2010
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No, I know I need to practice with both but are there any tutorials on photoshop that would help me learn the basics?
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ShadowsMyst at 2:52PM, Jan. 29, 2010
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As a person who teaches photoshop professionally, I highly suggest learning the basis of photoshop before worrying about the tablet. Photoshop is a pretty complex program on its own, never mind adding stuff.

If you want to get the highly polished look of professional coloring, you'll need to master the following elements:
1) Selections
2) Layers
3) Paint & brushes
4) Pen tool

I consider channels optional until you've mastered all the rest, but most professionals end up using them eventually.

Getting familiar with the interface and such is a good place to start. There are lots of free tutorials avaliable through the net or Itunes. Lynda.com is a particularly good video tutorial site, although only some of the videos are free.

Example:
http://www.lynda.com/home/DisplayCourse.aspx?lpk2=732

I have a few videos on my youtube stream specifically about comic coloring, although I kind of assume you know a little about the interface already.

http://www.youtube.com/user/shadowsmyst

There are lots of books and stuff to help you learn as well. I suggest heading to the library and checking some out.

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SwinS at 6:38PM, Jan. 29, 2010
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I definitely agree with ShadowsMyst that it's good to get a good handle on the program before you jump in with both feet and expect fantastic work. I use a Bamboo Fun with Photoshop to create my comic and it's a great setup, but even with a proficient knowledge of the software it still took me tons of practice to get used to how the tablet works.

Once you get some basic practice in, here's a collection of tutorials I've faved on Deviant Art that have helped me. There are quite a few digital painting ones focusing on how to use brushes, etc:

http://swinsea.deviantart.com/favourites/#Awesome-Tutorials
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I Am The 1337 Master at 3:36AM, Feb. 1, 2010
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Thanks guys. I'm gonna practice…practice…practice…practice…practice…practice…practice…


and practice…
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