Web Design using the Bamboo Pen Tablet

PenTabletExample2Thought I’d take some time to briefly discuss the benefits of creating website template graphics using vector images with a Pen Tablet.  In my case it’s my new Wacom Bamboo pen tablet.  Somewhere around the £50-65 mark in the UK at present, depending on whether you shop online, or in-store (Wacom Bamboo information)

After using a mouse for so long on a PC, I wasn’t sure how this would go.  Installation turned out to be as simple as most other plug n play installations these days.  Even with Vista gettting involved.  A couple of discs to whizz through and you’re off.

PenTabletExample3My first impressions were along the lines of “This is weird….where’s my cursor gone…..why isn’t my hand working properly?…..and so on”, but after about 30 minutes, I suppose the 30+ years of using a ‘normal’ pen translated itself though my fingertips to the pen tablet, and bingo – it feels natural.  Pressure sensititvity and Adobe Illustrator’s (CS3) Paintbrush tool settings allow the creation of very smooth, curved vector lines and shapes.  Double-click on the Paintbrush icon in the Tools palette and up pop some nice options which aid the smoothness of the curves.   Something my hand would not be able to do naturally!

If you’re a left hander, the pen tablet could be even better than for ‘righties’ if you use your mouse in one hand and the pen in the other.  I love it.  An absolutely great tool for the creation of web and print graphics.  It’s going to be well used indeed during the website design process.  Josh Scruggs over at 26 Symbols talks a bit about the Bamboo too – follow this link to check out the 26 Symbols review of the Wacom bamboo.

4 Responses to “Web Design using the Bamboo Pen Tablet”

  1. Hey,

    Thanks for your review of our Bamboo tablet. Excited that it helps you with what you’re doing. Love your quote: An absolutely great tool for the creation of web and print graphics. It’s going to be well used indeed during the website design process.

    The folks at Wacom

  2. Hi Wacom Folks!

    Well, to be honest, I’m just kicking myself that I didn’t get one sooner – I’ve already extolled the virtues of the Bamboo pen tablet to an artist I know and he’s chomping at the bit for one now – he’s only used ‘physical’ materials before, not digital – I’m sure he’ll love it!

  3. Do you have an example of a template you created using the tablet? I’d really want to switch from paper to digital, but still need to know more about it first.

  4. Yeah, I actually have a new Bamboo Pen sitting in its box right beside me – I just ordered it the other day and can’t wait to get back home to open it up and have a play around. I’ve been doing design on the side for the past 2 or 3 years and the more I think about it, the more sense having a tablet makes. I’m hoping I’m going to be similar in that I’ll end up wondering how I got by before!

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