Wacom’s Intuos Pro, Intuos 5, Intuos4, Intuos3 and Cintiq tablets are incredibly popular throughout the creative industries – giving designers, illustrators and photographers more fluidity of movement and far more precision throughout their digital processing.

However, ensuring that Photoshop and your tablet work together perfectly requires a bit of tweaking to suit how you like to work. Here photographer and illustrator Tigz Rice explains how to get the most of out of your Wacom tablet when used with Photoshop.

There are also plenty of features in Photoshop — including some you wouldn’t expect — that use the pressure and tilt functionalities of the Wacom IntuosPro, Intuos 5, Intuos4, Intuos3 and Cintiq families, as well as the touch control found in the Intuos Pro and Cintiq tablets. Tigz also talks you through some of her favourites – giving examples of how some of the brush types work and how you can access them and modify the settings to suit your own digital workflow.

Before you start, head over to the wacom.com website to make sure you’ve downloaded and installed the latest drivers. Follow the download and install instructions, which should only take a minute or two.

Software needed

Photoshop CS6 or later