Take your art up to the professional level with Wacom Intuos Pro tablets
Intuos Pro is the choice of professional artists and serious ones hand down, while there are many good choices of tablets other than it, with the Intuos pro. You can’t go wrong. I have used Wacom tablets for years, and it is the only brand I personally buy, they provide excellent build quality, a very high levels of pressure sensitivity(up to 2048, as of the time of this writing). And they are sturdy and last very long.
Intuos pro is an enhanced version of the previous generation Intuos 5. Keep in mind that starting from this generation, the professional line of Wacom tablets is now called Intuos Pro, while the non-professional version of tablet is now called the Intuos. Which is replacing the Bamboo line of tablet.
Unlike the Intuos 5, The Intuos pro bundled comes with the Wireless kit inside of the box now. It is also equipped with an enhanced express key (even though the express key from the previous generation were not that bad, but that’s something we really appreciate). The sensitivity level of is still at 2048, which is more than enough(1024 is also great for many applications).
The Intuos Pro comes in 3 sizes, small, medium, large. And the same as the Intuos 5. It didn’t come with an XL size, which was quite large and had a silver-grey surface
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What size of the intuos pro should I get?
This can be a little bit confusing. Specially if you are not familiar with all the different sizes of graphics tablets, and what advantages each size provides to you. Which is why I will explain here, in the easiest way possible:-
Common features Among The 3 Sizes of the Intuos Pro
- 2048 level of pressure sensitivity
- 60-/60+ degree of tilt recognition for the pen
- All sizes come with the grip pen (which works without the need of battery)
- Work with both right and left-handed person
- Compatible with both Windows & Mac OSX
- Come with the pen stands, with replacement nibs inside of the pen holder.
- Comes bundled with the right to download one of the following software:-
- Autodesk® SketchBook® Express
- Corel® Painter™ X3 (90 day trial)
- Smith Micro® Anime Studio®
- Touch features in Intuos Pro:-In additional to the being able to use the pen to draw with the tablet, the Intuos pro combines the best of both the touch and the pen worlds by incorporating touch gestures:-
- Pinch to zoom:- Similar to what you can do with smartphones and laptops trackpads, you can pinch the tablet surface with two fingers to zoom-in or zoom-out the artwork you are working on. You can use this feature to rotate images as well.
- Swipe to navigate:-With this feature, you can scroll the same way you do on your laptop trackpad, something you had to do using the touch ring in the previous models that did not have touch.
- Using the intuos pro as a trackpad:- You could use the tablet is a large trackpad, similar to the one that’s equipped with laptops, though it is not exactly as precise. But it is still good. As it will save you from reaching the mouse while you are using the tablet.
- All the sizes of the Intuos pro come with the wireless kit, something you will appreciate if you move around a lot and work for hours at a time. The wireless kit requires a battery that is charged through the USB port. Bear in mind that the new kit is more reliable than any of previous ones Wacom has made.
So, what intros pro size is the best for you? choosing the right size
Choosing the best size for graphics tablet is kind of tricky, and it requires an article on its own. But to give you some useful guidelines so you won’t get confused like I did. There are two things that matters the most when choosing the tablet size, the movement of your hand, and the size of your screen(which is more important):-
- The larger tablet will requires you to move your hand more, this may sound tiring a little bit, but it also gives you a great deal of accuracy. If you move your arms a lot while you draw on traditional paper, then a large tablet is very good for you, but if you tend to draw with your wrist, then you may not be happy with the larger tablet.
- More importantly, the larger your computer screen is, the larger the tablet you will need. Before I got my large Intuos pro. I used a small Intuos 4 to do my work, which did great on my old 17″ Macbook Pro, but when I upgraded to a “27 iMac later on. It gave me much less accuracy, but I was still able to use it for a long time. So it is important to have a tablet that’s as close to your screen size as possible. While you will end up getting used to whatever size you choose. Get the larger tablet when you are confused, as getting used to a larger tablet is easier than getting used to a smaller one.
- If you are only getting the tablet as a mouse replacement, and if you are going to use it to do some retouching in Photoshop and nothing more like drawing from scratch, then the size won’t really matter, and in that case, get the smaller one in case you are confused(while still choosing one that is close enough to your screen size).
I usually recommend tablet size as follow:-
- Choose a tablet that is as close to your screen size as possible, then:-
- If you are using the tablet to draw, and need accuracy, then get the largest tablet that is not greater than your screen.
- If you only need the tablet as a mouse replacement , getting a smaller tablet is fine.
This may not be the best way to decide how to buy a graphics tablet, but it certainly help you avoid choosing the wrong size. It is also easy to apply and there is not much confusion in using it :)
Advantages for the small Intuos Pro-
- Portable:- Making it easy to carry around you if you are a student or an artist who likes to work on the go.
- Great for generic work:- If you use Photoshop a lot. It works great as mouse replacement.
- It can work as a good starting point if you are serious about digital art(the medium tablet is also good for that, depending on how you like to draw). If you are using a graphics tablet for the first time, you may want to consider a cheaper options. Giving that you may not like using a tablet at all, click here to read some other graphics tablets reviews I wrote.
- Suitable for Those who draw with their wrist or draw with small swings.
- Also suitable for those who work with a small computer monitor.
- If you are not sure about getting a tablet, or whether you will use it much, and you still want to get an Intuos Pro then this is the best option for you:– As it is the cheapest among the 3 sizes of Intuos pro. There’s a less chance you will regret the decision if you went with it.
Advantages for the medium Intuos Pro
- One of two great choices for most people, along with the small Intuos Pro tablet
- More working space for more accuracy while you draw.
- The most suitable one for almost the most uses, works well with the large screens,. And offers a very good accuracy, and doesn’t requires the large hand movement of the large intros pro.
- Fairly suitable if you work with medium to large monitors. Or with dual screen working environment.
With all honesty, the medium-sized intuos pro if the best choice in most cases. Specially in case you are confused or don’t know how much space you do really need, giving that most people use their tablets with their laptops, which often has screen sizes that are very close the that of the Medium Intuos Pro.
Advantages of the large Intuos Pro:-
The large Intuos Pro is the one I personally use these days, and I am quite satisfied by it, it do me very well with my 27″ iMac, and it allowed me to draw with a very good amount of accuracy. When I was about to get my Intuos pro, I was hesitated between getting this one or the medium one. And I got this one because someone in an online forum said “Get the biggest one you can afford”. Which made sense, giving the fact that I can change the area of the tablet in case it felt so large. Which I didn’t have to do it. While the medium-sized could do you well if you own a 27″ iMac or an equivalent computer, giving the large one a go is really worth it if you need a lot of accuracy.
- The large intuos pro provides the greatest accuracy among the 3 available sizes. Specially if you are draw with large hand movement.
- The best choice if you work with art with great amount of details.
Possible disadvantage:- The large intuos pro takes up too much desk space, which is not a real problem from me because I put it in my lap.
|Size||Number of express keys||Active Working Area||Overall Size|
|Small||6||157 mm x 98 mm 6.2 x 3.9 in||320 x 208 x 12 mm|
|Medium||8||224 x 140 mm 8.8 x 5.5 in||380 x 251 x 12 mm 15 x 9.9 x 0.5 in|
|Large||8||Pen: 325 x 203 mm / 12.8 x 8.0 in Touch: 299 x 190 mm / 11.8 x 7.5 in||487 x 318 x 12 mm19.2 x 12.5 x 0.5 in|
What about the Cintiq?
I am not an expert about the Cintiq(yet). so I can’t tell you much, but from what I heard. The Cintiq is very convenient way to draw, and it is as close to tradition drawing as can be. But I generally wouldn’t recommend someone to start their way into digital art with one. Get the Cintiq only when you really, really need it. And you won’t really need it unless you already work a lot digitally.
Intuos Pro Faqs
Is this worth it to upgrade to the Intuos Pro from my existing Bamboo?
Absolutely, the difference between the Bamboo and the Intuos pro is huge, while many existing Bamboo owners don’t really need to upgrade, they will appreciate it very much if they did. It also worth it to check out the Intuos line of tablets, which replaced the old bamboo lines of tablet.
I never owned a graphics tablet before. Is the intuos pro the right choice for me?
Yes, while there are many good options out there. The advantage of getting a Wacom tablet. Specially an advanced model like the intuos pro. From the beginning is that you won’t have to upgrade it for a long time. The only disadvantage of getting one is the price, so if you are fine with the amount you spend, you have no worries at all. Just make sure you are really series about digital art.
Did they fix the USB connector problem in the Intuos Pro?
Unfortunately, they did not. That won’t stop these tablets from being a great choice, in my opinion. And that problem is the main flaw in this almost perfect choice of tablet. But it would be much better if they did fix that problem.
How much can a graphics tablet like the Intuos Pro help me in case I have a tennis elbow or any other other type of injuries, like RSI (repetitive stress injury)?
It can help you a lot, the tablets can be an excellent mouse replacement and many people with this kind of injuries use it instead of a mouse to do their work. However, it is really better to ask your doctor just to be on the safe side.
I am a left handed person, can I still use the Intuos Pro?
Yes, the intuos pro is configurable to be used by both right-handed and left-handed people. The nice thing is, Wacom usually place the logo on the tablet so it is readable however you place the tablet on your desktop :)
Can I use the Intuos pro with Linux?
Depending on your distros. Wacom tablets generally works well with Linux. Some distros come with Wacom drivers as well.
I own an iMac “27 as well. Do you think I should get the large Intuos pro as well?
Absolutely, as long you can afford it. You will like the precision the large one provides. Though for many people. The medium intuos pro has done very well for them.
Can the Intuos pro work as a replacement for the Magic Trackpad from Apple?
Yes & no. It can certainly do all the things the Magic Trackpad can do. And it has a much larger surface. But it is not as convenient and responsive to use as the Apple one. Nor does it has the glassy surface of the dedicated trackpad.
I don’t mind cables. So I don’t want the wireless kit. isn’t it cheaper to get an Intuos 5 instead of the Intuos pro?
What is the differences between the Medium Intuos pro and the special edition from it. Other than the look?
There is real differences between the two other than that.
Does the Intuos Pro has precision mode?
What versions of Photoshop are supported by the Intuos pro?
I have used this one with Photoshop CS5, CS6 & CC with no problems at all. Versions before Photoshop CS5 shouldn’t have a problem as well.