7 Steps For How to Use a Drawing Tablet

Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by Michael Vega

How to Use a Drawing TabletHave you ever thought about the option of a better computer hardware input device to use when editing your images?

Okay! Maybe you are thinking of ditching your mouse, just because it isn’t effective for large image retouching projects or because of the crude dragging motions that involve your entire hand or the laborious endeavor.

Well, the good news is, there are better tools than mice that work faster, easier, and better for graphic designs and image editing. They are called drawing tablets.

What are drawing tablets?

A drawing tablet,(also known as a graphics tablet, pen tablet) is a hardware input device that is used primarily by digital artists to edit images and draw designs. Although, many non-artists like professional photographers and hobbyists use it too.

Drawing tablets have a flat surface on which you can draw with a stylus or a pen-shaped device and a touch-sensitive drawing surface that transfers stylus or mouse movements to a monitor.

If you are not acquainted with the use of a drawing tablet before, the whole idea might not really make sense to you, but if you have gotten over the natural curve, it’s as natural as using your pens or pencils to draw.

Tips on how to use a drawing tablet – Just 7 steps to acquire

If you haven’t used a drawing tablet before, a first-time usage might be awkward and a bit messy. For others, the transition from using a mouse to a drawing tablet is all new.

However, it’s not difficult to use a drawing tablet and pen, it’s just different from the traditional mouse dragging we are used to. Follow these know-how tips and experience the total feeling of a professional, the next time you plan to use a drawing tablet again.

Step 1

Before you start anything that has to do with drawing at all, make sure you are all set and the tools to use are all in place.
A computer, drawing tablet(with drivers), a Photoshop application, or Gimp, depending on the one you can’t translate to and is compatible with your device. Sit down on your desk, get comfortable, and let’s get started.

Step 2

Hold the stylus in your hand, your writing hand, preferably. Put your stylus on the tablet. Move your hand on the tablet screen and watch the cursor follow suit. You might be tempted to continue to look at your hand and how it’s moving, this is only going to distract you. Look at the screen.

Step 3

Get set for proper drawing. By now, you must have installed all the necessary drivers for your tablets. It is important you know the compatible driver for your tablet, or else there won’t be any drawing after all.

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Step 4

It’s your first time doing this, don’t expect it to be perfect just at the first attempt. You are going to have to make a lot of attempts and take up exercises for starters. Start with a doodle.

You can start off by drawing plain shapes with the drawing tools on your driver. After you have doodled, you can lay your hands on a calligraphy brush, draw carefully and slowly and see what you are able to come up with.

Try freehand sketching too. With a thin sketching brush, you can do a thin and dark line sketching. All these exercises are going to help you draw smoothly, freely, straight, and where you desire, when you finally start drawing on your own.

Step 4

Start a drawing. You can start with a rough sketch of the outlines of the original drawing you intend to draw. When drawing spheres and cylinders, it’s often useful to draw a box where you want them to go.

Any technique you employ while drawing on paper will work out here. If you also feel like using the software tools to draw the outlines, you can try it out.

Step 5

Now it’s the time to shade your image. This isn’t color shading, it’s just a filling in to make the drawing opaque. Get a medium-sized brush and color in the shape. Turn the outlines off and be amazed at how irregular it is.

Go around the shape with the brush and eraser, remove excesses from shading with the eraser and neaten it up. There are diverse ways to shade, depending on what you want the image to look like. There are the sketch and smudge shading, then the second method is the lighting brushes.

Step 6

Now we get to color. Create a new layer and color it the color of your choice. Do not forget to set the brush back to ‘normal’ color blending before coloring.

Step 7

Your object might be floating or appearing to be out of place, add shadow to it. You make your images interact with their environment by shadowing. Look at the objects around you and see how light effects them. Just look at the image and use your discretion.

What is a drawing tablet used for?

Drawing tablets are used by artists, professional photographers, and graphics designers, and almost every profession from all walks of life.
A drawing tablet is preferable because it is a more natural way of drawing, painting, and moving the cursor around.

They are also used by geophysicists, cartographers, and civil engineers to create maps and graphics and to easily select coordinates or analyze data.

Bonus Tips

To use any tool or gadget effectively, it’s not enough to buy the most expensive one or the one in vogue. To get the best drawing tablet for yourself is to get the most suitable one for you.

The most expensive might not necessarily be the most suitable. The choice is also dependent on individual preference and the kind of design you want to create.

If you haven’t used a drawing tablet before, and you think about getting a new one for yourself, it’s good you get one that’s specially designed for beginners and starters. If you haven’t used a drawing tablet to draw an image before, you would think that mice are the best drawing objects. Drawing tablets are faster, easier, and more effective to edit images.

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