How to Draw on the Bamboo Tablet


Designed with the casual drawing tablet user in mind, the Wacom Bamboo Tablet can be set up and used with minimal installation or programming. A good alternative to drawing with a mouse on the computer, the Bamboo Tablet gives the user more freedom and control in the drawing process. For many artists, the tablet is a staple in their variety of tools, and learning how to draw on it is relatively simple.

  • Install the Wacom Bamboo Tablet software on your computer. An installation CD comes packaged with the tablet that allows you to adjust different settings and use the tablet's interface.

  • Attach the Wacom Bamboo Tablet to the computer via the USB port.

  • Open up a graphics program on your computer--the Bamboo Tablet works in any graphics program, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or Windows Paint.

  • A multi-touch function on the Bamboo Tablet allows users to control the interface through taps and hand gestures on the surface of the tablet. Experiment by tapping or gesturing to click different buttons in the graphics program or to draw images.

  • For more precise adjustments to drawings use the Bamboo Tablet pen, which can also be used as a mouse for scrolling through web pages or clicking buttons in a grahic interface. Press down on the tip of the pen to make the lines darker and heavier. Use the top of the pen on the tablet to erase lines.

  • You may need to fine-tune the settings with the Bamboo Tablet software depending on the graphics you wish to create or to adjust the pressure level. Experiment with different settings to find what works for you.

  • There's a learning curve for operating the Bamboo Tablet, but practice makes perfect. Using the tablet instead of the mouse to play games or surf the Internet lets you become more familiar with the tablet. Continue to use the tablet for drawing in the graphics program.

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