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Would you recommend the Wacom Bamboo Tablet? Why or why not?

Asked by toomuchcoffee911 (6928points) January 3rd, 2010

I’m thinking of purchasing a Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. I plan to use it for computer illustration; nothing too heavy duty, just a hobby. Have you had success with this product? Specifically how responsive is the pen; are the lines that are draw smooth or rigid etc

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jrpowell's avatar

I like mine. The learning curve is kinda steep but the price was right. This is the first thing I did with it. I was trying to design a new Fluther t-shirt.

I am not artistic.

Staalesen's avatar

I just got one for X-mas, and I must say I love it, and as @johnpowell said, it has a steep learning curve. But it is well worth it in my opinion.
If anyone got any tips, please share them :)

sndfreQ's avatar

Yeah, this is the way to go if you’re doing computer illustration/ink-n-paint. Works with Illustrator and Paint very well. I have the old one, so no multi-touch, but it gets the job done and the included mouse is a bonus.

J0E's avatar

I like mine a lot for drawing and it’s especially nice for tracing things which I find very hard to do with a mouse. There are things that I prefer to use a mouse for though and the I can’t write very well with it either. Overall, I would recommend it.

chelseababyy's avatar

I love mine so much. There’s so many things you can do with them. Honestly just get one. You won’t regret it.

Here’s something I did with mine. Still a work in progress, but you get it.

jrpowell's avatar

I should mention that it will trace through a sheet of paper. I can put down something and draw over it and Photoshop will see it.

BhacSsylan's avatar

@johnpowell is that drawing with a pen or pencil?

jrpowell's avatar

@BhacSsylan :: The bad art I posted was done with a Wacom tablet.

Iclamae's avatar

I super recommend it. I just got the Bamboo Pen & Touch and have Photoshop Creative Suite 2. The tablet provides a pressure sensitive change in your inking. For example: More pressure = bigger inking size or pen tip, which allows for a smooth and realistic line while you draw. (This feature can be turned off if you want.) When I use the tablet with photoshop, the lines are very smooth, you just have to play around with which paintbrushes you want and which zoom level you want (or DPI I guess?).

I didn’t want to get one at first because I couldn’t imagine it translating my drawing to computer well but it really does seem to work. And the Bamboos are relatively cheap, so you don’t have to put a huge investment into something you haven’t tried yet.

BhacSsylan's avatar

@johnpowell Sorry, I think i worded my question wrong. You said that you could draw on a piece of paper put over the tablet, so can you do that with a pen or pencil or both?

J0E's avatar

@BhacSsylan What he means is you take a picture you want to trace, lay it on the tablet, then use the pen that came with the tablet to trace the picture.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

@johnpowell and @chelseababyy Thanks for the examples (I’d totally buy that shirt; I love Spongebob!).

Pseudonym's avatar

I would recommend the Bamboo Fun, if you haven’t gotten anything already. It’s my first graphics tablet, but it seems to be all that I really need at the moment. It comes with a pressure sensitive pen, and Photoshop Elements comes free – great for multi-layer drawing, and putting yourself in funny backgrounds!

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Thanks again everyone! My tablet (Bamboo Pen) came in the mail today (I would’ve gotten it sooner but I’ve been pretty busy).

When I first tried using it, everything I drew looked terrible and I was worried I wasted my money Gasp! A whole $69! But now after a few hours I think I’m getting the hang of it!

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