Digital Drawing with Wacom Bamboo Capture (CTH470)


Wacom graphics tablets are indispensable tools for many artists, especially those specializing in sketching and other types of hand-drawn work. The Wacom Bamboo Capture, for instance, is reportedly perfect for home users – individuals who want a fully featured graphics tablet but don’t need the highly advanced features of the Intuos or Cintiq lines. If you’re a home-based artist who doesn’t have much experience with graphics tablets, chances are you’ll reap a lot of benefits from the Bamboo Capture.

Setting the tablet up

The Wacom Bamboo Capture (CTH470) is designed for ease of use, right from setting up the device. The tablet comes with drivers and software required for proper configuration; all you’d need to do is to connect the tablet to the computer via USB, insert the bundled DVD, then follow the instructions on screen. Once your Bamboo Capture is installed, you can set up its orientation according to your handedness. You can also access the control panel to disable or enable touch input and assign functions to the Expresskeys built into the tablet.

If you’re a first-time graphics tablet user, you’ll be glad to know that the Wacom Bamboo Capture comes with a handful of apps and programs that can help you get the hang of using the tablet.


The Bamboo Capture makes drawing feel as natural as possible, thanks to 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity on the tip of the tablet’s pen. This feature enables the Bamboo Capture to be extremely precise in terms of positioning and capturing strokes on the tablet’s active area. To improve accuracy in terms of the pen’s movement, the drawing surface needs to be expanded to fully cover the desktop.

The pressure sensitivity feature can be used to control various line characteristics. Line thickness and color density, for instance, can be determined by the amount of pressure on the pen; hard pressure on the tip of the pen results in thicker lines and dense color, while gentle pressure gives you thinner lines and soft color. An eraser tool can also be programmed into the Expresskeys.

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Pre-installed applications also help beginners familiarize themselves with digital drawing with the Wacom Bamboo Capture. The Landmarker app allows users to draw on Google Earth Maps, while the Bamboo Paper app lets users take handwritten notes and saves these notes as diary entries. Through Autodesk SketchBook Express, which is bundled with the Bamboo Capture, users can practice sketching and do some doodling.  Beginners can also get the hang of drawing by playing Free the Bird, where a ball bounces off hand-drawn platforms to free a bird from its cage.

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