40+ Tutorials for Working with Wacom Tablets

Wacom tablets allow graphic designers to extend their abilities. If you’re like me and you’re interested in learning more about working with Wacom tablets, there are plenty of tutorials available. This post features more than 40 such tutorials, including a number of video tutorials. Some deal with the basics of Wacom tablets and getting them setup correctly, while others demonstrate more advanced usage. Additionally, some of the tutorials could be completed without a tablet, but the author uses one for at least portions of the tutorial.

Video Series by Richard Bazley:

Richard Bazley has done an excellent five-part series of video tutorials for working with a wacom tablet. The series includes information on absolute positioning, developing your own style, input devices, pressure sensitivity, and tool configurations. All of the videos are short, less than 3 minutes, so you can easily go through the full series consecutively.

Tutorials from Roberto Campus:

Roberto Campus provides a number of useful articles and tutorials for Wacom users.

Choosing the Right Wacom Tablet

If you’re considering purchasing a Wacom, this is a great article to read. Roberto covers a variety of things that you should consider and shares from his extensive experience.

Creating the “Mad Scientist” Trading Card Illustration

Painting a Digital Portrait

Wonder Woman Pin Up Digital Painting

Tutorials from Go Media:

Go Media provides a few helpful video tutorials for working with a Wacom tablet.

Draw an Old-World Style Tattered Scroll from Scratch (video)

Thia is a time lapse video for drawing a old-world scroll. The scroll is drawn in Photoshop and then imported into Illustrator.

Draw a Skull with a Wacom Tablet (video)

This is another time lapse video. Jeff Finley creates a skull in Photoshop by tracing over a photo with his Wacom.

Tutorial from Kevin Hulsey:

Wacom Drawing Tablet Tutorial – Kevin Hulsey

Kevin Hulsey has written a thorough tutorial that is especially useful for those who are new to Wacom tablets. In this article he covers the topics of the tablet-to-screen ratio, tip pressure, pen angle, and macro pen button settings, with lots of screen shots to help you along the way.

Tutorials from EyesOnTutorials:

EyesOnTutorials provides a number of tutorials that involve the use of a Wacom tablet. In most cases these could also be done without the tablet, but the author is using one to create the end result and your work will most likely be easier if you’re also using one.

Character Concept Art Illustration

Drawing and Graphic Art

Photo Retouching

Fast Hair

How to Draw a Cartoon Character

An Alien Monster

Photoshop Painting and Shape Techniques

Video Tutorials:

There are a variety of video tutorials available for working with Wacom tablets. Video tutorials can be espically helpful if you’re just starting to learn to work with the tablet, since you can get a better sense of how the author is actually using the tablet. Here are some recommended videos.

Photoshop/Wacom Tutorial

Working With A Wacom Tablet To Create A Collage In Photoshop CS3

From Sketch to Linear Art

Inking in Illustrator and Painting in Photoshop – Parts 1 and 2

How to Draw Realistic Eyes

How to Draw a Realistic Mouth

Extract and Hair Tutorial

Tablet and Pen Pressure

Comic Making in Digital

The Basics of Working with Wacom Tablets:

These are great resources for all the basics of using tablets and getting set up properly.

Setting Up a Wacom Tablet

How to Set Up Your Wacom for Awesome Results

How to Use a Wacom Tablet (for Illustrator – pressure sensitivity)

Setting Up a Wacom Tablet for Use with Photoshop CS3 and Painter X

Photoshop Wacom Tips (multiple tutorials)

Wacom Settings in Illustrator

Wacom Pen Tablets and Photoshop CS4

Painting with a Wacom Tablet in Illustrator

Other Tutorials:

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Tutorial with a Wacom Tablet

Mascot Design in Real Time Order – The SOSFactory Way

Digital Painting Tutorial

How to Make a Digital Painting

Realism Tutorial

Photoshop Lineart Colouring Tutorial

Digital Coloring Tutorial (See also: part two and part three)

Hair Painting Tutorial

Stephen Snell is the owner and editor of Vandelay Design, a popular design blog.
  1. November 25, 2008

    Wonderful list of tutorials for learning and practicing with my Wacom Intuos3 6×11 tablet. Looking forward to learning from them.

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  3. November 25, 2008

    Can I also mention sites like practicing on Ratemydrawings and Sketchplanet?

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  9. November 27, 2008

    Handy tutorial, was given a wacom as a present, so these should be good.


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  13. November 28, 2008

    nice!! thx for this!

  14. November 29, 2008

    very good! I felt excited even just reading title and great tutorials, bookmarking :))

  15. Wally
    November 29, 2008

    Now I just need tuts for tablet PC!thnx

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    December 4, 2008

    anyone know when wacom will be coming out with new versions of their products?

  20. Steven Snell
    December 4, 2008

    I’m not sure Ron.

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  43. Bruce H
    October 2, 2009

    Not sure quite why you think Richard Bazley videos are so good. They don’t exactly get very technical or interesting. They are not tutorials so much as expositions of various tablet features.

  44. October 2, 2009

    Personally I think that videos like that can be helpful, especially if you’re just getting started with the tablet. At the time I put this list together I had recently bought my first tablet, so those were helpful to me.

  45. Diana
    November 26, 2009

    Hello, wow, great collection! it is possible to do that with a wacom bamboo? 😛 what a silly question huh?

  46. November 26, 2009

    I’ve never used a Bamboo tablet but I think you should be able to do most of the same things.

  47. December 30, 2009

    Amazing photos and amazing product!

  48. Diana
    January 19, 2010

    Hello, thank you for your reply 🙂 you´re right bamboo tables are good for that too.

  49. February 16, 2010

    Nice list youve got here, be sure to check out the Top 10 Ways to Become a Better Artist

  50. omega
    June 5, 2010

    thx for the tutorials! btw does the size of tablet important?owning a wacom bamboo medium, now got an option for me to switch to intous small , what do you thinks?

  51. June 16, 2010

    It’s quiet interesting to see this. Wonderful list of tutorials.. Thanks

  52. July 5, 2010

    This is just I wanted.. perfect perfect.. !!
    Me back to my bamboo fun again ! 😛

  53. July 7, 2010

    Very useful, I’ll have to pick up some wacom accessories

  54. July 13, 2010

    I am saving to buy an Intous 4!

  55. July 23, 2010

    This is just I wanted.. perfect perfect.. !!
    Me back to my bamboo fun again

  56. August 14, 2010

    This is just I wanted.. perfect perfect.. !!

  57. October 1, 2010

    thats really a amazing product. in our office we use the Wacom Cintiq 21UX for sketching and composing. its wonderfull and we can recommend it very much. the prozess between hand and screen is very sensitive and gives a very fast and perfect feedback of the pencil.

  58. March 15, 2011

    This is just I wanted.. perfect perfect.. !!
    Me back to my bamboo fun again

  59. March 29, 2011

    Thank for share these Tutorials.I’m trying to do.

  60. April 2, 2011

    great collection, thanx

  61. May 1, 2011

    Cool Stuff!

    We recently purchased a large Wacom Table but have not as of yet done much with it except for some of the examples projects that come with the bundled Coral Paint software.


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  63. May 24, 2011

    Tips on setting up your tablett.
    video2brain: http://bit.ly/v2b-wacom
    Best regards

  64. May 26, 2011

    Thank you for this great overview of tutorials.

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