Graphic Design Powerhouse: Wacom Bamboo, Ubuntu, and MyPaint


For Christmas this year my wife gifted me a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet. She claimed to have researched many products and looked for a model that worked well with Ubuntu and had positive user reviews. She ultimately chose the Wacom Bamboo model and I was so excited when I unwrapped it!

First thing I did after opening the box was researched how to install under Linux. I stumbled upon a great article explaining the process here.

The driver install was flawless and I was up and running after about 5 mins and the first application I attempted to use was Gimp. Gimp worked but the flow felt “clunky”. I wanted an experience that better emulated a pencil or brush and canvas. I went to bed that night feeling a little unsatisfied.

The next day I decided to give the tablet another try, but instead of using Gimp I decided to try my luck with other software called MyPaint. MyPaint’s interface feels perfect and it is loaded with brushes, pencils, and inks. MyPaint implements brush stroke pressure with unmatched precision!

The art on this page was created with my wacom BAMBOO tablet and MyPaint.

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Thank you so much MyPaint developers for such a stellar piece of software!

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

One thought on “Graphic Design Powerhouse: Wacom Bamboo, Ubuntu, and MyPaint

  1. If you were a user of Intous and think of buying Bamboo Pen then this review is for you. I had Intous3 before buying Wacom Cintiq 12 and Cintiq 21. I decided to buy Bamboo mainly for portability and the cost factor. The following are the major factors you have to think about.

    The Pen:
    Although I searched Wacom to get a clear idea about the pen pressure I didn’t get any answer. After buying Bamboo I didn’t feel any difference in the pressure from any of the Wacom products I used. The tip of the pen squeaks when it contact the tablet like it does in Intous but it gives more like paper feeling. The pen doesn’t slide easily on the tablet surface. It doesn’t have an eraser like the others. The size of the pen is smaller than the one that comes with Intous and Cintiq. Personally I like everything about the pen, however, I wish it had an eraser. The buttons are customizable and have the same feeling of that in Grip Pen.

    The Tablet:
    It’s more slim than the Intous and the surface is really nice. When I bought Bamboo I thought it has buttons but be aware it doesn’t. The active surface has a natural paper feeling. The friction between the pen and the active surface prevents the pen from sliding fast which gives a natural feeling of real paper. The size can’t be any perfect for my hand. However, I didn’t like the fact that this tablet doesn’t have any buttons. They, to me, are very essential in the tablet. Even when compared to the early Bamboo Tablets you will find plenty of buttons?? I really don’t know why they didn’t add them.

    Although Bamboo lack some important features, it remains very useful for artists. It’s very portable and as simple as plug and play – only if the driver is installed-.

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