Some people say don't use the mouse, but personally I find it really hard to use a tablet for anything other than drawing. Just warm up by doing a few loose sketches first. Doing that helps you find out whereabouts things are and gets you used to pen pressure. Afterwards, try practicing smooth lines and using different pressures.
well, if you are really good traditionally drawing then it's very easy to get familiar with the tablet, took me just half an hour to get familiar with mine, after that it's just practicing, getting tips and learning tablet related functions of the software you're using.
a couple of tips: *before you actually start working on something (I mean, while you're still playing around) make sure to check the settings and tweak them until the tablet feeling matches your liking *try messing around, ask, and read about the software you are using to learn how to use tablet functions, like changing brush types, sizes, whether it has pressure sensitivity, flow sensitivity, direction and texture.
Have you unplugged your mouse yet? If you didn't do it. Use your tablet for everything - no more mouse ever again (except if you're gaming I guess - I suppose it would be difficult to play certain games with a tablet, but I don't know)
As someone said, just become familiar with the programs for now. Doodle, scribble, experiment with pen pressure to find out what you can do with ease and what is more difficult. There are many little tips and tricks that will make photoshop easier, so I suggest either purchasing an official guide, or spend some time browsing through online tutorials.
Tips: If you want to draw a straight line, hold down shift and draw. I spent a year putting a ruler on my tablet before someone told me. -_- Try using loose, fast strokes. It will look smoother. Also, learn photoshop shortcuts for things like the eyedropper, brush size and eraser. It will make it faster to paint.
Hi! I love my wacom tablet - you will never want to go back to a mouse, trust me Though it can take bit of time to get used to it, i remember taking forever - i just used my pen and sketchbook for a while instead - but it's best to just keep drawing and using it and you'll get the hang of it.
As far as setting it up and everything you need to know, check this tutorial out by deviant Fox-Orian: [link] and also this one: [link]