For a few of years now, I've been using a pen tablet as a mouse replacement at work. It works quite nicely, in the sense that I can work behind the computer all day long without feeling any strain. The only thing bothering me was that the pen, as well as the tablet, start to feel clammy after a while. So I thought: "I don't recall drawing on paper ever felt clammy.. What if I could make my pen tablet feel more like paper?".
Turns out this is pretty easy to pull off, since you can just put a piece of paper on the tablet and it'll still work. (The reason why is because most tablets work with electromagnetic induction. As paper isn't magnetic, it won't interfere.) Of course, dragging the pen across paper instead of plastic will feel a bit rougher. This may or may not not be what you're looking for if your main use of the tablet is drawing/painting. However, if you're mainly using the tablet as a mouse replacement, it hardly makes any difference: You're usually just floating the pen above the tablet to move the pointer, and tapping the tablet to click, but you don't need to click-and-drag that often.
Anyway, enough introduction already, time to improve this tablet's look and feel! It's ridiculously simple and it only takes a few minutes.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- A pen tablet of course; any tablet'll do (the one I'm using here is a Wacom Bamboo)
- One or two sheets of paper; just make sure they're a bit larger than the size of your tablet
- Masking tape (or any other tape made of paper)
- Tape (that sticks to paper, as well as plastic)
- A computer and a printer
- If needed, a utility knife, some measuring tools and a pencil