WACOM INTUOS, Part 4: Smooth Strokes @wacom #WacomForEducation


Note from Miguel:
Since I'm not a Photoshop whiz, I thought I'd invite Farrah Nobles, who recently developed TCEA's Adobe Photoshop online, self-paced course, to review the Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet. She was kind enough to author this review. This is the final contribution in the series assessing the Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet. Farrah Nobles received a Wacom Tablet in exchange for an unbiased review.

About Guest Reviewer

Farrah Nobles is an Adobe Photoshop online course developer. Her education background is in Communications Design. As an artist of both physical and digital mediums, Farrah is committed to creating art that brings joy and contemplation to those around her. Reach her on Twitter.

Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet Review, Part 4

“Wow, this is easy,” I said to myself. I had started testing the Wacom Intuos with Adobe Photoshop. Use the Wacom in two configurations. The first is as a cordless bluetooth device. The second involves being plugged into your USB port. In both setups, it works great with Photoshop. At first, I was worried about the battery life. Would it keep a charge? 

Exploring the Pen and Buttons

After hours of usage, the tablet held strong at 70% battery charge. The pen? It didn’t require a battery or new tips. One of my concerns had been, “Will this pen need new tips?” It appears not, since Wacom’s pen can withstand a bit of pressure without losing sensitivity. 

Instead of downloading many free trials that came with Wacom, I focused on Photoshop. The tablet’s customizable buttons made it easy to manipulate and match to Photoshop. Easy to use, cordless or wired, and compatible. This was worth playing with a bit more.

Adjust and Customize

Need a tool that makes smooth brush strokes? Wacom Intuit’s pen made that so easy. Not only that, I was able to download a multitude of brush packs. Each created a different effect with the tablet, making it a joy to manipulate. 

For example, the brush settings in Photoshop allow you to change texture, size, opacity. You adjust pen sensitivity inside the Wacom settings. 

While there was some lag when using the bluetooth feature, this happened only once. To resolve it, I turned the tablet off then back on. 

Write with the Tablet

The note-taking possibilities with the Wacom are endless. Wacom is unique in that it offers the ability to include drawings or diagrams in your notes. 

With pen and tablet in hand, I did some writing in Photoshop. The process was smooth. You might be able to use Photoshop like a notebook.

If Photoshop is too much for you, try Microsoft OneNote. While writing on the tablet is easy when looking at the screen, it is quite impossible otherwise. This left me thinking that typing notes is still the better option.

Collaboration software, such as Blackboard, could allow you to combine typing and drawing. This also would make Wacom an exceptional device. Use it for marking up papers, filling out pre-made documents, or diagrams. Mix in software like Kami to do even more.

Unleash the Creative

In conclusion, the Wacom is an easy to use, intuitive device. It makes drawing and writing as easy as using an iPad at a fraction of the cost. You will get accustomed to drawing/writing while looking up at the screen. It will soon become second nature in under an hour. 

Art is the Wacom’s number one draw. Drawing is a function that moves beyond self expression. It transports you into the world of diagrams and teaching. Writing is great for presenting or marking on pre-made documents. Yet, you may want to try something else for note-taking.

The Wacom Intuos is a well-made drawing tablet. Don't be afraid to unleash your creative self. Use it in professional, and for fun, pursuits.

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