Wacom CTL460 Bamboo Pen Tablet

Wacom CTL460 Bamboo Pen Tablet

Wow, first review for 2011. Ok, this review is about my Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet, model CTL460.

The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet is a type of computer input device that can be use to write, sketch or even draw on your computer. Instead of using the mouse, you use a Pen. Just like writing on paper. I use it mostly when post processing some of my photos in Adobe Photoshop. It really makes editing easier inside the digital darkroom. I’ve had this table for a long time but I’ve never really payed attention to it. Then a month ago, I was talking to one of my friends and he mentioned that he’s using his Wacom Bamboo tablet to edit his photos in PhotoShop. That’s when I remembered that I have one, still new in a box, I got this on sale with a coupon at staples for probably around $24.00 or less, that’s why I bought it.

Anyway, it’s a joy to use once you get used to it, and like what I said, it makes editing easier in the digital darkroom.

Features:

  • 512 levels of pressure sensitivity on the pen tip for natural pen and brush strokes
  • Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two programmable switches
  • Textured work surface for a pen-on-paper feel
  • Attached fabric pen loop conveniently secures pen
  • Easy USB connection
  • Included in the package with every Bamboo Pen:
    • Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4.0 (Win and Mac) for creating natural media art and turning photos into digital paintings

Technical Specification:

Tablet Dimensions (WxH):        9.8″ x 6.9″ (249mm x 175mm)
Active Area (WxH):        5.8″ x 3.6″ (147mm x 91mm)
Pressure Levels:        512 on Pen Tip
Resolution:        1270 lpi
Max Data Rate:         133 pps
Accuracy:          +/- .02 in (+/- 0.5 mm)
Tablet Weight:  12.8 oz
Connectivity:  Standard USB
Orientation:  Reversible for right- or left-handed users

What I Like About it?

  • Affordable.
  • Light, small, portable.
  • Very Easy to Install on Windows 7. Nothing adjust, except if you’re right handed or left handed.
  • Makes burning, dodging, masking and painting easier. Or I could just say it makes post processing easy and fun.
  • The Pen is easier to use and navigate while in Photoshop(once you get to know how to use it.) and it’s really a relief on my wrists.
  • The pen is  sensitive enough and and works really well for me.
  • It comes with a tutorial, but I never really used it.

What I don’t Like ?

  • Since I’ve been using it for a month now, I have gotten the hang of it, and I always use it when I’m doing work in Photoshop. Maybe the only annoying thing for me is when I’m using  two monitors, I only do my editing on the monitor on my left,  by default the tablet sees the dimensions of the two monitors combined which is a big working area(2880 x 1800), at first it was hard because since the tablet is small, I was only left with half of the tablet when working with Photoshop. But later on, I found out I can disable one of the two monitors from the Bamboo Properties.
  • There are times rare times when it gets sluggish or the pen seems slow to response. This happens when I have a lot of photos open in PhotoShop, like 8 to 10 images loaded at the same time. So I close those that I don’t use and, goes back to normal. It looks like a memory issue and not really related to the tablet.
  • High learning curve for some beginners to get use to the tablet.

For what I do, it’s perfect. Now it’s hard for me to use a Photoshop brush with just the mouse, with the Wacom tablet and pen everything seems to be accurate and I love the details I get out of my work. I highly recommend this to all those people who love to work in Photoshop.

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