Project Alicia : WW: My New Doodle Pen

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WW: My New Doodle Pen

I'm always thinking up new ways to add text to my photos and projects...
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Glass magnets. Sticks. Dymo Tape. Paint. Fun fonts. Clothespins. Chalk. (You may remember my chalkboard banner.) I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to typography. And I recently shared Twenty-Five of my Favorite Fonts.
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The Over App is a favorite go to for my iphone shots.
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Sometimes a pen or sharpie does the trick.
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But I have a new toy this week and I can't remember the last time I was this excited. The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet is the perfect way to personalize your photos. It's reasonably priced, lightweight for travel, great for doodles and photo editing and available at Staples.
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It takes a little getting used to, but you can adjust the size, color and opacity. You can even use different brushes to create unique effects! Just open your photo in photoshop and use the pen as your mouse. Add a new layer to start drawing. You can freehand or trace over images and text. For the photo below I drew out "dreams" before I placed it on the tablet and traced over it. Once you have it how you like it, you can grab the text and move or resize as desired.
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I'm looking forward to spending more time experimenting. I'm sure you'll be seeing more drawings from my pen in the coming days. You may even see a tutorial when time permits- such a fun, useful tool (and I haven't even gotten to photo editing yet.) Can't believe it's taken me so long to take the plunge.
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Unfortunately I've had a headache for more than two straight weeks, hubs is away and today has been a bit hairy so I apologize for the late hour... but I'm excited to see your photos! Let's get this party started!
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Full disclosure: Staples provided me with the Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. To see their full line of pen tablets visit Staples.com.
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54 comments:

  1. Looks great! I've had my eye on one of those for a while. I've heard that they're great for the fiddly parts of photo editing too. Looking forward to seeing more :)

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  2. I've been dying to play with my husband wiacom more, but that stylus messes me up everytime. Not sure if I don't have the patience or what. It definitely deserves a little more practice and experimentation. Thanks for the inspiration to try it again!

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  3. No way, that pen is too cool! I'll have to check one out. And thanks for the tips! Love your font list :)

    Happy WW. Hope you feel better soon!

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  4. Oooh looks like fun! I love the 'Just Breath' photo :)

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  5. Sorry to hear about your never-ending headache...hope it DOES end soon!

    Oh man, I LOVE my Wacom tablet! I really don't know why it took me years to purchase one, sure glad I did. Funny thing is, I haven't even tried to add text/paint with it, just editing for me at this point! Perhaps one of these days I just might...hehehe, perhaps! :D

    Happy WW and again, hope the headache goes away soon.

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  6. Kate @ ramblingsfromutopiaTuesday, 26 February, 2013

    Love the dream photo! I got a Wacom Tablet a year and a half ago, maybe used it once. Wish we lived close I desperately need someone to show me how to you it.

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  7. That is so cool!!  I bet you'll have endless hours of fun playing around with that, I know I would!

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  8. ohhhh I want one! 
    And I am so sorry about your headache... I've had a nasty one for at least a week too. Not good. Feel better!

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  9. Typography - so fun!! Especially in  creative hands like yours!!

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  10. Thanks for another great post! I've tweeted it. Have a fabulous week!

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  11. I absolutely love the coloring in the first group of photos.

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  12. You have done a great job in the creation of lettering for your photos!! Great imagination come share your blog  Magical Miniature Gardens Happy WW

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  13. alissa4illustrationWednesday, 27 February, 2013

    I love playing with fonts. There's a site that sells font t-shirts and jackets: http://typographyshop.com/ 

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  14. I love all these great ways of adding text. That is something I really don't know how to do well. I love your new toy. 

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  15. That has got to be the most fun "big girl" toy EVER! I need one!

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  16. I got one of these for Christmas. I haven't played with it a ton... so might I suggest some tutorials? :)

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  17. I love the extra panache that a bit of text adds to a picture!

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  18. Your photos are always absolutely stunning. Can I have just a smidge of your talent, please? :D

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  19. great shots! (like always) :) happy ww!

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  20. I absolutely LOVE that "just breathe" photo!! Oh how I miss summer!!! <3

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  21. Oh, my gosh. Me want. I love the idea of having your own handwriting on photos, and I can never draw decently with my laptop mouse!

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  22. My fiance got me a Wacom tablet for Christmas and I haven't had the chance to really have fun with it yet! I need to make time.

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  23. Thanks for hosting! And thanks again for the great ideas! Linea has turned out to be Ah-MAZING! (last weeks suggestion!)

    Have a great week

    Aanika from www.theactivemum.com 

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  24. I have a bamboo tablet that I use for my illustrations. Never thought of using it in my photographs. Thanks for the great tip! Love the first collage! x

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  25. Thanks for reminding me that I really need to dig my Wacom out again - it sure does come in handy, doesn't it? :)

    Signs of Creativity with a MacGyver Twist

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  26. This might be your all time most awesome WW submission!

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  27. What a great new gadget!  I love how creative you are with it.

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  28. Oh this is neat!  I have a Bamboo app on my iPad, but I've never purchased a pen to use with it!  I like the looks of this and your pictures are always creative!

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  29. Ahahaha - being wordless on Wednesday is such a chore for me! I have to make up for not posting words on my blog by running around commenting on everyone else's. Oh! And by writing my Thursday post. =) Great photos with fun text! 

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  30. Thanks a lot! ;) Now I want one of those tablets!! How fun is that?!

    http://www.homeofohm.com/2013/02/wordlesswednesday-week-1-resultsw-linky.html

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  31. I hope you feel better soon, Alicia!
    Neat post.  The pictures are stunning and I had no idea about the technology you are sharing.  Looks fun and exciting.

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  32. Very cool- they are so fun aren't they??!!! 

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  33. I love the B&W sitting in the chair!  You should so link up with our B&W Photo Contest!  http://likechristmaseveryday.com/2013/02/black-and-white-wednesdays-sick.html

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  34. I love adding text to photos and that doodle pen looks so fun!
    Happy WW :)

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  35. Awesome pictures, as usual!  Thanks for linking up!

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  36. Kristy LifenReflectionWednesday, 27 February, 2013

    I love this series. The typography is so fun!

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  37. Amazing photos, as always! Love the added element with the handwriting. Such a beautiful touch to really personalize a photo.

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  38. Beautiful photos, as always!  I've been playing around with typography a bit more lately also.  I'll have to look into a Wacom tablet.  Looks like lots of fun!

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  39. fun.  if i had better handwriting, i would be all over that :)

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  40. Oh I want to do that!  Love text over pics too...  I have two tablets packed up in storage and can't wait to get to that box and hook them up.  You've inspired me to give it a go....  It's my first WW...., as I'm having fun already.

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  41. Just breathe! Think I'll try that :-)  

    Thanks for visiting Wordless Wednesday Bloggers and linking up. Be sure to sign up for a weekly reminder if you haven't already!Jennifer, http://www.thejennyevolution.com

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  42. I have a wacom pen, its great!  

    Katie
    www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk

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  43. Cool! If there are things I love to do, they’re scrapbooking and photography. You and I are on the same track here but I guess you are more experienced and an expert considering the pictures you just posted. I am a newbie and I am not a Photoshop expert. Amazing how a lot can be achieved with Photoshop nowadays. I love it. I am going to start loving my Photoshop! I’m looking forward to more posts from you and some cool photography ideas.

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  44. That would be a nifty gadget to have.

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  45. Wonderful photo collage.

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  46. I've set up a new way to share all of the wonderful blog parties out there! This is a great way to share your party with the world. :) I would love to have you link up tomorrow on The Linky Love Party at:
    The Self Sufficient HomeAcre
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/lets-party.html

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  47. oh how fun and what a great new "toy"!! :) you've done your job ... now I want one!! :) haha

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