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The Wacom Pen and Touch - Setting Up Your Tablet To Draw In Photoshop

Since we're giving away two Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablets (See giveaway HERE) I thought it was high time to do a series of posts about the tablet and how to set it up and use it properly in Photoshop.  This is post #3 in our series and will be covering how to set up the tablet for use in Photoshop.

This video shows you how to change all settings on your tablet for use with the computer, and explains what each setting does.  

This video shows you specifically how to set up the tablet within Photoshop.
A frequently asked question is how to make your pen strokes look smooth when drawing in Photoshop, and the answer is that you will need to make fast strokes with the pen, and also that it takes some practice to get it right. Other programs are better suited to draw with a tablet then Photoshop and will give you cleaner lines when drawing. Some people choose to use other programs to draw with their tablet, and then take the sketch into Photoshop to work on.

To learn how to Install your Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet, see post #2 in the series HERE.


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The Wacom Pen and Touch - Installing Your Tablet To PC or Mac

Since we're giving away two Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablets (See giveaway HERE) it's the prime time to do a series of posts about the tablet and how install it. This is post #2 in our series and will be covering how to install the pen and touch to Mac or PC.

Watch this video to learn how to easily install your new Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Tablet!

We hope this helps you to install and start enjoying your Wacom Pen and Touch Tablet! To see post #1 click HERE.
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The Wacom Pen and Touch - An Awesome Tablet

Since we're giving away two Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablets (See giveaway HERE) it's the prime time to do a series of posts about the tablet and how install it.  This is post #1 in our series and we want to show you all this tablet can do.

This is a review of the tablet from YouTube that shows some of the features as well as the tablet working on screen with Photoshop:

This is the tablet that I have and I absolutely love it. I use it for drawing, photo touch ups, using the pen tool or lasso tool, and so much more. Like the reviewer in the above video, I don't really use the tablet for it's touch functions, just for the pen, but it is really nice to be able to set the buttons on the tablet to shortcuts, and we'll show you how to do that in post #3.

Don't forget to head on over to our giveaway page to enter to win.  The giveaway ends December 16, 2012!


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Win 1 of 2 Wacom Bamboo Tablets! [Ended]

[Note: This giveaway has now officially ended.  2 Winners will be randomly selected using software.  Winners will be posted on the WINNERS LIST shortly.  In the mean time please go to our giveaway page and tell us what you want to win in our next giveaway, which should be in January]. 

The season of giving is here, and to help you get in the spirit, we're giving away a brand new Wacom Bamboo Tablet each to two lucky winners!  Please be sure to read the Official Giveaway Rules below to see who can enter to win.

You can come back daily to enter for the duration of the contest (30 days).

Note: Please do not modify the tweets to take out the urls or @ or # symbols.  If these are taken out of the tweets, those entries are not valid.  When you tweet you will also need to give the url to the tweet or your entry will not be valid.  Thank you.

** N O T I C E ** I moderate this giveaway daily to remove fradulent entries.  It's surprising how many fradulent entries there are.  I check every single tweet, every follow, every like.  If I find you're just copy/pasting the same tweet in for every entry, ALL of the copies get deleted.  If you're just entering gibberish into the extra info section, those entries get deleted.  Best effort is made on my part to delete all fradulent entries so that those of you who are entering the correct way will have your fair chance.  If you notice your entries have been deleted, this is why.  Best effort is made on my part to make this a fair giveaway.  To those of you entering correctly, thank you, and I appreciate the tweets, likes, follows, comments, etc that you are giving to this site and the giveaway sponsors.  It's the followers like you, those willing to do things the right way, that are the reason I want to give awesome tablets away!  To those who just think I'm stupid and won't look to see if you actually entered correctly, think again.

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About the Tablets:  

- Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch 
- Two sensors for precise pen and Multi-Touch input 
- Pressure-sensitive pen tip for natural pen and brush strokes 
- Quick access to user-defined shortcuts with four ExpressKeys 
- Comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win / 6.0 Mac for editing, retouching, enhancing and sharing digital photos 
- Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two switches (plugs into computer with USB).  Pen stores in red tag on side of tablet. 
- Active Area Touch (W x H) - 4.9" x 3.4" (124mm x 86mm); Pen (W x H) - 5.8" x 3.6" (147mm x 91mm)

This is the tablet that I have and use, and I love love love it.  If you've never used a drawing tablet before it may take you some time to adjust to using it while looking at the computer screen, and also to adjust the settings the way you like them.  There are a variety of YouTube videos showing how to use and set up this tablet to work in Photoshop, and we will be featuring those videos on Photoshop Helps.

Winners will be chosen on or around 12/17/2012, and will be announced to the public HERE.  Winners will be notified via e-mail.  There will be two winners.  Each winner will receive one Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Tablet as indicated above.


Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who paid for these tablets:

Please be sure to visit our sponsors to see the kind of resources and information they have to offer.  Also be sure to enter the contest by tweeting about them in the contest entry widget!

Official Giveaway Rules



- Sweepstakes/Giveaways are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. 
- The immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of JATomlinson (Owner, Photoshophelps), and owners of the giveaway sponsors and blogs are not eligible. Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. 
- Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


- The Promotion ends as specified in the footer of each individual Sweepstakes at 11:59 p.m. EST (the “Promotion Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Promotion.


- During the Promotion Period, follow the instructions in the Required Entry section in each Promotion. You automatically will receive the specified number of Sweepstakes entries indicated by completing the Required Entry form for that particular Promotion. 
- In addition, you may earn Extra Entries for completing the non-required entries.

Limit: Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address and/or household. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of plays/entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant’s plays/entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsors, administrators, and owners are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations, which will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to any registration or play, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the registrant or player. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.


Administrator is an independent judging organization whose decisions as to the administration and operation of the Promotion and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Administrator will randomly select the potential Sweepstakes winner, from all eligible entries through the use of Random Integer Generator on or around the end date specified for the Promotion Period.


- Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. 
- The potential Sweepstakes winner will be notified by email. Except where prohibited, each potential prize winner will be required to reply to notification email, within two (2) days of the date notice is sent (as noted on email timestamp),  in order to claim his/her prize. 
- If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to reply to the notification email within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. 
- In the event that a potential Prize winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. There will be one (1) alternate drawing after which the applicable prize will remain unawarded.


All prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.


By receipt of any prize, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Administrator (Jessica Tomlinson), Sponsor, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.


- Administrator reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Administrator’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion. In such event, Administrator reserves the right to award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. 
- Administrator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. 
- Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Promotion, or any part of it, for any reason, Administrator, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Administrator reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.


Winner List requests will only be accepted after the promotion end date. For the complete Winner(s) List, visit


This contest is not sponsored by Wacom or its affiliates.

If you have questions you can post them in a comment below!  

Also, if you enjoy this giveaway and want to see more giveaways from us in the future, let us know in a comment below the types of items you'd like to see us give away!

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Make Curved Lines In Photoshop Elements (PSE)

Ever get tired of not having the pen tool in PSE just so that you can make a simple curved line?  No worries, we've got you covered with this super simple video tutorial on how to make curved lines in Photoshop Elements.

Know of another way to make curved lines in PSE? Let us know in a comment below.



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Photoshop Helps Undergoing Changes - November 2012

As of November 7,2012 at 9:00 pm we've changed the look, feel, and navigation of Photoshop Helps.  We hope you will enjoy the new look of the site.

Currently we are still experiencing some minor technical difficulties.  If you do not see a featured content slider at the top of the blog, and instead see a small loading circle, rest assured that we will have this fixed very soon.

You may report any other technical difficulties you are having with our site in a comment below this post.

Thank you for your patience as we get everything switched over to the new look and format!

Stay updated in the comments below!