March 17, 2011, 10:46 a.m.
posted by lordnikon
So how do you start practicing with a tablet? When you consider how many brushes and brush settings are available, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Simple is best. Select a medium-size brush — say about 20 pixels in diameter, with a hardness setting of 100 percent. Stick to black and white for now. Create a new white canvas by choosing File>New, and then doodle! Draw circles and rectangles, and get a feel for how the stylus moves on the tablet surface.
After you get comfortable using a simple brush, start experimenting with the brush combinations in the Brushes palette. Many settings use pressure sensitivity and pen tilt to shape brush strokes. I discuss creating brushes and selecting pressure-sensitive brush settings in detail in Technique 23.