Pen & Tablet: Part 3 TABLET

Ok, so we are on our last blog about the Wacom tables for embroidery use, and how they work with our programs (especially Wilcom Hatch) and how they can improve your workflow on any computer and in any program.

We have gone over what they are, the specifics of the pen and now we are on our last part:  the tablet.  With Wacom, you get two parts – the pen and the tablet – and one can’t work without the other!  The pen is made to use on the tablet only, and the tablet part is made for the pen – except for the touch part.

So how can the tablet increase and improve your workflow?  In many ways!  First, the shortcuts are all within your reach – with the quick buttons to the left side of the tablet.  On some levels of Wacom Intuos tablets, you also have a radial menu.  Once you get your tablet set up, these things are invaluable – quick and easy access to your most used tools!  If you systematically set up the quick buttons to the tools that you use most often, you will find that this actually does speed up your workflow – faster access to the tools means faster digitizing times with more accuracy and less stress.

Here is what the tablets look like:  You can get some cool different colors,  as ell as a few different sizes and touch or not touch capable.

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Here is the pro level of the tables – not as pretty but bigger sizes!

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The Pen and Tables are  a precision tool – anything you can do with a mouse you can do with the pen. The touch part on the tablet is amazing – you can use gestures – like the pinch gesture to zoom in and out!!  That is another huge time saver – you don’t have to click on anything or find any tool, just put your fingers on the tablet and quickly zoom in and out.

WHICH TABLET IS RIGHT FOR YOU?  That depends on you, of course and what you need.  If you are absolutely not sure, you can go for the Intuos products that start at $69.00 or $99.00 for the touch tablet.   Those ones are probably a good place to start if y’all just wanna get your feet wet and try it out – its reasonably priced and a great starting point.

If you find that the surface is too small, then you might want to go to one of the Pro options – they are quite a bit bigger than the smaller ones – which gives you more room to work with.  We have the large one, and its GREAT!

Have a look at each product, and figure out what your needs are and how each of them will work for you – then you can decide what you want.  If you have an embroidery or illustration friend that has one, give it a try and see what you think.

Thanks for joining me for this blog adventure on Pens and Tables and how they can work for embroidery.  If you manage to get your hands on one, check out the freehand tool in Hatch – its pretty darn amazing with a tablet – try it once and you will be hooked on that tool!!  Its that good!!

Thanks everyone!

2 responses to “Pen & Tablet: Part 3 TABLET”

  1. Terry Avatar

    Hello, I do embroidery and this information is very valuable since I also have carpel tunnel. I have Wilcom Deco Studio software, will the Intuos tablets work with them? Also, the computer that has my embroidery software is offline. Would I be able to download drivers on my laptop and transfer to computer offline? Thanks for this very informative article.

    1. Terry Avatar

      Came back to correct email address so I can follow you. Thanks.

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