USB drawing tablets are now available for use in the LLC—Richards’s Media Lab room 107. These tablets complement many features found in the graphic design programs already loaded on Media Lab computers, such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Sketchup, by allowing users to “draw” on the screen using a stylus instead of the mouse. Like a pencil, the stylus has pressure sensitivity—the more you push down, the thicker the line—and comes with a variety of nibs to customize line shape and density, as well as stylus feel on the tablet itself. As a result, detail-editing, retouching, blending, and adding effects is greatly simplified.
To use, simply connect the tablet into a USB port. If you are using the tablet on a computer with multiple monitors, the tablet will automatically map to all monitors as though they were one display. With two monitors, for example, half of the tablet will correlate to the monitor on the left and the other half will correlate to the monitor on the right. Users can customize the relationship between pen and screen placements by opening the Wacom Tablet Properties program and selecting the “Mapping” tab. You can customize stylus properties and function under the “Pen” tab as well. Finally, the buttons on the side of the drawing surface can be custom mapped by selecting “Functions” tool. A precise walkthrough can be found here: http://101.wacom.com/UserHelp/en/Mapping.htm
Tablets come with a starting guide, stylus, and multiple replacement nibs. They can be checked out for 2 hours at a time at the circulation desk. We encourage anyone interested in digital art or photo-editing to try them out, after a few sessions you may wonder how you ever worked without one!
lynda.com Wacom tablet training: https://www.lynda.com/search?q=wacom
Wacom tutorials (scroll down to Intuos): http://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/tutorials