Monday, June 28, 2010

Bamboo Craft

 Bamboo Craft
Created by Wacom

About the product

Digital scrapbookers, memory makers, and crafters: Bamboo Craft is Bamboo Craftthe perfect tool for unleashing your creativity! Get hands-on with your projects using both pen and Multi-Touch input for your computer. Multi-Touch enables you to navigate and work with your creative assets quickly and easily. The pressure-sensitive pen lets you create your own art, edit photos, add embellishments, and provide a personal touch with your natural handwriting and doodles.

Bamboo Craft lets you take a hybrid approach to your scrapbook and craft projects, combining the best of both worlds: working digitally with your tablet makes every creative idea possible and printing your work allows you to finish your craft with a beautiful, traditional result.

Bamboo Craft works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Attach it to a standard USB port and set it comfortably by your keyboard. You can even customize your Bamboo Craft experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys™.

Available in a stylish silver color, Bamboo Craft is your complete scrapbooking and crafting companion. Bamboo Craft includes valuable additions to enhance your creative projects and turn your computer into a powerful creative craft workstation.

My Thoughts

I’ve always been curious in the tablets but never had the opportunity to had one in my hands.   So when I contacted Corel originally to review the Bamboo Craft which also includes the Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4.0 that I was hoping to review, they referred to me directly to someone at Wacom whom in turn agreed to send me a Bamboo Craft to review.

I was totally ecstatic about it.  This is my first opportunity to review a technology product other than software!

Back to the Bamboo Craft.   I love this tablet as it is flexible in many ways.   You can use it instead of the mouse, you can draw with it and you can do digital scrapbooking with it.

I first started by trying the digital scrapbooking.   This little tool has tons of possibilities but honestly it takes some getting use to have tablet.    At first I was at lost on how to use it but after reading the tutorial at, it was easy as saying ABC or 123.  The digital scrapbooking can be easily done with the help of Photoshop Elements which comes with the Bamboo Craft.

Strawberry Jam 2010 Since I try to take picture of our fun activities, I decided to use the pictures I had taken when we made our first batch of Strawberry jam this year.   Yes it it true – after 12 years of marriage, we never had tackle this experience!   But we love it and plan to do this again next year!   For now, please enjoy the scrapbook page I created…

Even though I still need to practice more with the digital scrapbooking, I am impressed with the results and plan to do more of it in the weeks/months to come.

Then I decided to try the Corel  Painter Essentials 4.0 with the Bamboo Craft.   Now please keep in mind that I am NOT a professional artist and I do this for fun.   So I experimented a few time before starting to get the hand of it.   

beach Using the Bamboo Craft is different than using the mouse.   It is easier to create something with it but at the same time it takes adjustment in our ways of doing it.   For example, I have more facilities to draw with pens, crayons and so on but I feel a bit out of whack when I use the tools with the Bamboo Craft.  However, with time I find it is easier to use and fun as well.  My 6 years old came and said “Cool!  You can do that with your BIG ipod?”   I had to laugh here and explain to him that the Bamboo Craft wasn’t a big ipod but a tool to help me to draw.   Being my artist kid, he wants to try it…  *grin*

I can see the possibilities of using the Bamboo Craft when you want to pinpoint smaller things while drawing.   I used a combination of the finger, pen and the mouse to do the drawing above.  

The Bamboo Craft can be used with the fingers or with the pen.   For the digital scrapbooking discovery I think I prefer using the pen.   It is faster and easier to handle.   However, for the painting experience I would tend to go toward using the fingers to do so.

Another particularity for the Bamboo Craft is that it is reversible for right- and left-handed users which is major bonus for me since I am a left-handed person when I write.   However, because of how I need to set it up, I find the cable to be in the way since I use the mouse with my right-hand.   But I just need to remember to place the cable when I use my Bamboo Craft so it’s no big deal.  

This product comes with three software for you to use;

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 for Windows/6.0 for Mac, for editing, retouching, enhancing and sharing digital photos and for digital scrapbooking.
  • Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4 (Windows and Mac) for creating natural media art and turning photos into paintings.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3 for selectively applying lighting and photo enhancements with the pen.

These bonus software definitively add value to the purchase of a Bamboo Craft.

In the months to come, I will have the opportunity to review a product that could help teaching writing using the Wacom tablet that I have.   I am quite curious about this and look forward to discover more possibilities with the Bamboo Craft!  I can see benefits to expand your own creativity or to use it in the homeschool setting.

This review was possible because I received a free Bamboo Craft from Wacom.

Wacom also produces other digital tablet for your personal use.  Simple go to for more details.

For Canadians, you can purchase the Bamboo tablets directly from Corel.   The Bamboo Craft is listed at the price of 129$US.  

1 comment:

  1. There are more free tutorials at Wacom's Pen Scrappers website: It's a website that Wacom created to help people learn about digital scrapbooking with the Bamboo Craft tablet.