Can you see while drawing on the drawing tablet?


I bought a drawing tablet. But when I draw on it, I can see the drawing I am making in an image editing software such as Microsoft Paint or on Microsoft Office products, but I cannot see anything on the drawing tablet. It is rather disappointing. It's just like a mouse in a different shape. I was hoping that when I draw on a drawing tablet, I will be able to see the drawing (like when you draw on your phone), and it'll have some in-built image editing software.

The tablet I bought is Bamboo One Pen CTE-660/K0-C.

Is this usual or is there some knob or switch I need to turn on to see things on the tablet?

Sorry for the stupid question.

5/19/2013 11:17:00 AM

Accepted Answer

That's how they work. You draw on the tablet and see it on screen. It takes a bit of getting used to but the overall functionality is the same. You merely look at the screen when you draw rather than your hand.

Of course, there's nothing stopping you from drawing on paper, then tracing the drawing on the tablet. Or, you can tape the stylus to a pen and use both at the same time with a piece of paper on top of the tablet.

I don't know if it's compatible with the Bamboo line, but Wacom sells a pen/stylus combo known as the Inking pen. You should contact Wacom prior to purchase to ensure it works with a Bamboo tablet if you're interested.

If you want to actually touch where you are drawing you'll need a Cintiq. And that's a great deal more money than a Bamboo tablet.

5/19/2013 11:59:00 AM

There are two main kinds of drawing tablets: pressure sensitive tablet with no LCD, and with LCD screen behind it. Features that one drawing tablet can have are:

  • Pressure sensitivity.
  • Tilt.
  • Rotation.
  • Hand detection.
  • Hovering.
  • Wireless pen.
  • Paper like textured surface.

It's not much different from drawing on paper, only you don't have visual feedback. Similar to when drawing on paper you can see your hand going in certain direction and move it like that. In a tablet with no LCD screen you can only use the line on the screen as a guide.