The Wacom Intuos Art review is about a mid-level tablet for amateurs, aspiring artists, and photographers. It features a lot of interface customization settings, downloadable software, and useful documentation with clear explanations.
Installation of the Wacom Intuos Art driver is easy. The tablet comes with a CD, but one can also register the product and download the software directly from the manufacturer’s website. To get it started, hook up the tablet to a computer via a USB cable that is long enough.
One can switch quickly between the stylus and the mouse. If it’s necessary to use the mouse, put the pen down away from the surface of the pad. Modern computers and laptops allow plugging the pad and the mouse simultaneously.
The Art version comes with Corel Painter Essentials drawing and painting software, online tutorials, a free 8 × 10-inch metal photo print, and an 8 × 8-inch Shutterfly Photo Album. It can be used for both drawing and photo editing.
The surface area allows working on a single 27-inch monitor and it’s great for lots of digital sculpting. The active area is adjustable and it’s not too smooth that prevents the stylus from gliding. The tablet maps the screen accurately and it doesn't pick up on a hand when it’s the surface.
Speaking about the Wacom Intuos Art specs, the adjustable pen pressure (1024 levels) is one of its most important features making it possible to draw natural lines without the shakiness of a mouse. The tablet allows drawing the most detailed things the artist would draw on paper. However, it doesn’t provide the user with all of the claimed 2048 pressure levels for all kinds of effects during sketching.
The stylus can toggle between various pencils, chalks, oils, and watercolors. The tablet’s multi-touch allows zooming, rotating, and panning the work.
The Wacom is light (12.8 ounces) and small (8.2 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches). This model has a little fabric holder on the top to store the pen. The plastic body bends under pressure. It comes with 4 pads to prevent slipping over the surface.
The back panel has a removable plate. The niche under this plate includes spare pen nibs, a little pinhole to wedge a nib tip into to pull out nibs and replace them without tools, and labeled compartments for an optional wireless kit. The rear panel also has engraved descriptions for spare pen nibs, USB cable plug, and other functions.
There are four customizable express keys in two corners of the front pad’s panel. The small and thin stylus is cordless and battery-free. It comes with two customizable buttons near the tip, and one of them can be configured to work as an eraser.
The tablet can work as a touchpad/mouse for a computer. The user can configure all the buttons to have any number of keystrokes for any program (whether the artist uses Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator).
The Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch tablet is a good beginner model for photographers and digital artists that focus on fine art rather than on drawing comics. It requires a careful attitude because of a flimsy body. Simultaneous work with both the pen and touch gestures together makes the drawing really easy.