Improved Productivity With The WACOM Pen

  • Stephen Burns
  • Instructor
  • Golden West College, Otis College of Arts and Design & Santa Monica College
  • Friday, June 10 2016
  • Room: 206


If you want to improve your productivity then you need to make the WACOM tablet a part of your workflow. The Wacom pen & tablet is industry standard for digital artists everywhere and if you are still using a mouse then I suggest you are creating with a brick. So, come and learn how to marry the digital world and the traditional concepts using a WACOM tablet.

In this workshop Stephen Burns (author of 3D Photoshop For Creative Professions & President of the San Diego Photoshop Users Group) will share pen-centric workflows that will improve your productivity greatly. We will get into the proper way to use the Pen for a variety of traditions to include digital painting, photography and 3D applications to name a few. Learn how to customize the control button on your pad and pen for your unique workflow.

I will demonstrate:

  1. How to apply the pen's 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity to fit your personality.

  2. How to setup the express keys for Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 3D workflow and painting workflow

  3. Creating custom effects brushes in Photoshop.

  4. Creating custom brush tools to improve your productivity.

  5. Using the Radial menu to extend productivity features an much more.


Presenter Bio

Stephen Burns ( is a digital artist and author of books on being creative with your digital tools. He is an Adobe AEL (Adobe Educational Leader) and Adobe Freelancer and has taught digital creativity internationally. He is an Instructor at Otis School Of Arts & Design, Goldenwest College and Santa Monica College. He is also the president Of The San Diego Photoshop Users Group ( which is currently the largest Adobe Photoshop Users group in the country. He is guest writer for a number of magazines to include the feature article and front cover of Photoshop User Magazine ( In addition, Stephen is the author of the following books (

  1. "3D Photoshop For Creative Professionals"
  2. “Photoshop CS5 Trickery & FX”
  3. "The Art Of Poser & Photoshop"
  4. “Advanced Photoshop CS4 Trickery & FX”
  5. "Advanced Photoshop CS3 Trickery & FX"
  6. "Advanced Photoshop CS2 Trickery & FX"
  7. "Photoshop CS Trickery & FX"

He has discovered the same passion for the digital medium as he has for photography as an art form. His background began as a photographer 28 year ago and in time, progressed toward the digital medium. His artistic influences include the great Abstractionists & the Surrealists including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, and Lenore Fini, to name a few. Stephen Burns has been a corporate instructor and lecturer in the application of digital art and design for the past 15 years internationally. He has been exhibiting digital fine art around the world at galleries such as Durban Art Museum in South Africa, Citizens Gallery in Yokahama, Japan, and CECUT Museum Of Mexico to name a few. Part of his exhibiting won him 1st place in the prestigious Seybold International digital arts contest. He teaches Digital Manipulation Workshops online and privately. He is an instructor on , Photoshop Café (, Layers Magazine (

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