I bought a Wacom Intuos tablet on my recent trip to Taiwan, in order to upgrade the quality of my crafting.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, I took out an unlimited subscription to iconfinder.com. That subscription allowed me to download unlimited SVG formatted images to use in my crafts and on my website. My plan is to use the images, along with the tablet and software in developing my own crafts.
There’s just one slight problem.
I don’t know how to draw, nor how to use vector images.
However, I’m actually really excited to learn. And I do believe that many things are easier to learn than we expect. It is usually just a matter of finding a good teacher.
About the Wacom Intuos Tablet
The Wacom Intuos is a beginner level tablet. It comes in three different models. I bought the least expensive version ($70) which has a wired USB cable connection. I think it works well for my needs. It is inexpensive, powerful, and easy to use. It is also lightweight and small enough to easily fit into my bag. This makes it easy to take to school, or work on the road while I travel.
I bought the cheapest model because I’m just a beginner, and I didn’t want to drop a lot of money on a tablet. Also, the majority of reviews I read/watched said that the base level model is perfect for most users. I figure if it doesn’t work for me, I can re-sell it and not lose much money.
The other two versions of the Wacos Intuos tablet use exactly the same technology, except they have a wireless connection, and come in different colours. Also, the premium model is slightly larger. The product page at Amazon.com has a really useful guide to determine which model is best for your needs. It answers a lot of other questions you might have.
The tablet itself comes with free downloadable software. While my understanding is that the Wacom software is really valuable, I’m not sure that’s what I’m going to start out with. (The reason being that I think I can find some really good tutorials that teach me how to use alternative software (like Inscape) that should be powerful enough for my needs.)
Here’s a video review of the Wacom Intuos tablet:
In the coming months, I’ll share with you the process that I go through to learn how to use the tablet and software for editing vector images.