Wacom Tablet Properties

Grip Pen Settings

Default settings are a great place to start. As you practice more you can tweak a few, but you will see mine haven’t changed. Play around with the tip feel by using the customize feature. You will be looking for control of thick to thin when using pressure.

Pressure Test

When we are drawing out thick to thin variations using your Blob Brush pay attention to these areas:

Blob or Hard to Control Line Thickness = adjust pressure up to firm.

Line Breaking at the End or Hard to Get First Part of Line = Too Firm

External Tools

I have access to my keyboard and a mouse for using the Keyboard Shortcuts and my non-tablet based workflows in Adobe Illustrator. I do recommend an external or USB Keyboard if you can no longer reach your keyboard due to your tablet or workstation setup.

Wacom Tablet Properties

Express Keys + Touch Strips

I have mine Disabled. I am a big believer in the Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts over the tablet Express Keys. Troubleshooting: Look for your screen moving at random. Some Express Keys or Touch strips will accidentally be hit with your wrist or your non-drawing hand.


If you are getting accidental Isolation Mode we can fix it in two ways. The first is above you will see I have the Double Click Distance set to OFF. (I use my mouse) If you don’t have a mouse you can turn off Double Click to Isolate in your Illustrator General Preferences.

Tablet Quick Set Up

These are my personal settings for my tablet. So if you want a fast way of getting started these are great starting points. You will notice that we go through all of the Main and Support Tools for your Tablet, including how to customize your Keyboard Shortcuts which can be plugged in to your Express Keys.

Preferences + Smart Guides

General Preferences

Most of the General Settings are Default. You can double check your preferences against the image. A common question I get is about the Precise Cursors, you can see on my screen that the box is checked which will change the brush from seeing the icon.

Smart Guides

You will notice that my Smart Guides only have the Object Highlighting turned on. This will be a visual marker that your Blob Brush strokes are staying separate and not merging.


Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
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