Using a Wacom Tablet in Art Journaling

My Wacom tablet

I used a Wacom tablet at my last job, and got my own Wacom tablet a few years ago but haven’t really used it till now. It comes with a disc to install the software for the tablet. So now, I simply plug in the USB cord to my laptop and it’s ready to work.

A Wacom tablet can be used instead of a mouse or touch pad, but now I want to figure out how to make it work for my Project Life and art journaling.

I have a Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet (I have the CTL-460 model, which is an old model, the one I’m linking to is the new version.)

Using a Wacom tablet in art journaling

  1. Plug in the Wacom tablet in the USB port.
  2. Open Photoshop or Indesign, or some other drawing software.
  3. Pick a brush or other tool to draw with.
  4. Start drawing.

Here is one of my first attempts with my Wacom tablet. Like most drawing tools, the Wacom tablet will take practice to get used to.

writing with a wacom tablet

Create a Transparent Image in Photoshop With a Wacom Tablet

The above image (the word “love”) is actually a transparent PNG file, which means I can add it on top of photos or other art work. This is how I made it:

  1. Open a new file in Photoshop.
  2. Make sure your Wacom tablet is plugged in and working.
  3. Check that the background of the image in Photoshop is transparent. You should see a grey and white checkered image.
  4. Pick the Brush tool. I set the Mode to normal, the Opacity and Flow to 100% each.
  5. Start drawing.
  6. When you are happy with your drawing, save it as a PNG file (PNG-24). Check that the checkboxes are checked for Transparency and Interlaced. Click Save.
  7. Now you have a transparent PNG image you can add on top of photos or other artwork.

Have you used a Wacom tablet in your art journals? Post a link in the comments.


Art Journaling

I am participating in the 31 Days, which is a blogging challenge in October organized by The Nester. I have chosen to (attempt) to write Monday-Friday during October on the topic of art journaling.

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