Drawing with Wacom Tablet and Inkscape11 Dec 2020
I bought a Wacom tablet many years ago, and I wanted to draw with it on my modern laptop (including pressure sensitivity). My Wacom Graphire (ET-0405-U) tablet didn’t work when I plugged in the USB port of my computer (Windows 10, hp EliteBook); here are the steps I needed…
Download and Install Wacom tablet Driver
The Wacom Graphire support page wasn’t working at the time I wrote this.
However, the Wacom Drivers page allowed me to find the “Graphire - ET-0405-U/R Support” driver 6.1.7-3 (for Windows XP, Vista, & 7); from 9/13/2011
The driver exe installed on my Windows 10 machine, even though the driver is almost one decade old. After installing the driver I restarted my computer. I opened
services.msc and verified I could see the “Tablet Wacom Driver” service running. I opened Inkscape which recognized the Wacom device.
Here are some extra Wacom resources.
In summary, open Inkscape and choose
Input Devices. Select the Wacom devices, confirm they support pressure-sensitivity, and the
Screen option. Click “Save” and restart Inkscape.
Use the Inkscape “Calligraphy” feature by pressing C or pressing Ctrl + F6. Learn more about calligraphy and pressure-sensitivity at this Inkscape tutorial. I just wanted to doodle, but this tutorial’s got me excited about Calligraphy as a worldview!:
Calligraphy is not only fun; it’s a deeply spiritual art that may transform your outlook on everything you do and see.