- Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm ; 567 g
- Shipping Weight: 962 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Item model number: CTH690AK
- ASIN: B010LHRVOY
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 3 2015
- Average Customer Review: 251 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,389 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Wacom Intuos Art Graphics Tablet - Black, Medium (CTH690AK)
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- Paint, design, and create directly on your computer
- Battery-free, pressure sensitive pen helps you to draw thicker and thinner lines depending on how hard you push on the pen
- Comes with a free Art Pack including: Corel Painter Essentials drawing and painting software, online tutorials and a free 8x10 metal photo print
- Four customizable ExpressKeys that put your favorite shortcuts like undo or copy/paste at your fingertips
- Active Area, Medium: 216 x 135 mm (8.5 x 5.3 in), is perfect for limited desktop areas and can be setup for both left and right handed use
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So you've already got artistic skills? Show them off to the world with Intuos Art. Sketch, paint, design, and edit with a pressure-sensitive pen on a digital canvas. Create with a natural line in paint, pastels, ink, charcoal, and more. From concept to creation, Intuos Art is there for you. Whatever your artistic ambitions, Intuos Art can take you there. Find everything you need to get started in one package. Each Wacom quality pen tablet comes with a free creative package that includes downloadable creative software, services, and online tutorials too. And the simple setup means you'll be creating in no time. The pressure sensitive pen, responsive tablet, intuitive multi-touch gestures, and customizable Express Keys put a whole new digital toolbox at your fingertips. With so many different views, styles, and tools, you won't want to stop creating. And that's a good thing.
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A Brand You Can Trust
As the global leader in digital pen and tablet technology, you can trust Wacom to deliver the highest quality products for the best digital experience possible. From entry level creative products to industry-leading tools for professional artists, Wacom inspires and equips people to make the world a more creative place. With our Intuos line of products you can enter the world of digital artwork at an entry-level price.
Intuos Art Pen & Touch Tablet - Black Medium
Everything you need to create amazing digital art
Sketch, paint, design, and edit with a pressure-sensitive pen on a digital canvas. Create with a natural line in paint, pastels, ink, charcoal, and so much more. Intuos Art is a powerful tool for creative people. The Intuos Art pen is remarkably sensitive. With 1024 distinct pressure levels, it perfectly mirrors your brushstrokes and lines with natural feel and movement. On the tablet, use simple multi-touch gestures to zoom, scroll, or navigate through your artwork. Customizable ExpressKeys give you a shortcut to the functions you use most often, like changing tips or tools. Intuos Art works with all Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign all Autodesk and Corel programs. Intuos Art lets you try something new, or perfect what you do. With so many different views, styles, and tools, you won’t be able to stop creating.
- Corel Painter Essentials digital painting software and online tutorials included with purchase.
- Connects to Mac or PC and works with any software program.
- Can be set up for right or left-handed use.
- Comes with battery-free pen.
- Wireless Adapter Kit available.
Everything You Need In One Creative Box
Whatever your artistic ambitions, Intuos can take you there. Find everything you need to get started in one package. Intuos Art comes with Corel Painter Essentials, a digital painting software, and online tutorials to see new ways to advance your art. The Art Pack also include a free 8x10 metal photo print, and a 8x8 Shutterfly Photo Album. Note: Product registration required to download Art Pack.
Built with Artists in Mind
ntuos Art gives you an endless array of supplies with unparalleled digital quality. The pressure sensitive pen and tablet respond to you. Depending on how hard you push on the pen, you can create variations in line width and opacity or unique brush effects in your favorite creative software. From concept to creation, Intuos Art is there for you.
Shortcut Keys & Multi-touch
The tablet's multi-touch surface helps you get hands-on with your artwork by using gestures to scroll, zoom, rotate, or flip through documents and photos. Its four customizable ExpressKeys put your favorite functions, like undo or copy/paste, at your fingertips so you can create effective shortcuts as you work. When you’re ready to create, Intuos Art is the perfect place to start.
Simple Setup for Mac or PC
With Intuos Art, setup is simple. Just plug a single USB into your Mac or PC. Install the driver, then register and download your creative software. It works with any software program you use and this beautifully designed drawing tablet can be set up for both right- and left-handed users. Intuos Art comes in small and medium.
Intuos Art Creative and Touch Pen Tablet
This art-focused graphic tablet from Wacom acts like a kind of digital painting canvas for Mac or PC – just connect it to your computer and start creating digital art with the natural feel of pens and pencils. It comes in two sizes and is often called a Pen pad, graphics tablet, art tablet, or pen tablet. And coupled with Corel Painter Essentials and online tutorials, you have everything you need to create amazing digital art.
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Before I get started, an important note: The Intuos Draw, Art, Photo, and Comic are basically the same graphics tablet. Same pen, same surface, same pressure sensitivity. However, they have minor differences in price and included software. The Art comes bundled with Corel Painter Essentials, a great but feature-light program. Check out the Wacom website for a comprehensive list of differences. Later, I'll touch on program choices at length.
•• Who is the Intuos for? ••
Having the ability to sketch, ink, paint, and more with a single tool is awesome. It's power overwhelming! Is it the same as employing traditional mediums? No, it certainly is not, and I've had many colourful conversations with my wife on the subject. I still maintain it's different, and different is awesome :)
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or this is your first attempt at digital art, the Intuos is an excellent, simple tablet. I recommend it to those who aren’t sure about dropping $1000 out of nowhere on a professional grade Cintiq. I, a lowly fledgling artist on his first foray into digital, have found the Intuos Art to be fantastic.
•• Why I Chose Wacom ••
I used a Wacom bamboo around 15 years ago. It was pretty bad. It had terrible pressure sensitivity, and if I'm being honest... my computer was a piece of crap, causing massive input lag. Yet, 15 years later, Wacom is the biggest name that's stuck around. In fact, every single one of my favourite artists (mostly comic artists) uses a Wacom Cintiq. But what if these artists are simply uninformed about the latest and greatest products? What about the competitors? On Amazon, the best-selling are Ugee and Huion. Both are from China. Both even use the exact same website template, and both are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than Wacom.
My problem is that they haven’t been battle-tested the way Wacom has. I don't want to sound dismissive, but it's the same reason I don't buy computer peripherals (headphones, mice) from China. With reduced cost typically comes reduced craftsmanship and reliability. The other thing is, I’ve seen reviews on Wacom tablets from professional level digital artists. The majority of them (Youtubers, Comics) are contacted to receive free tablets from Chinese manufacturers. That means it’s entirely possible people are giving unreliable reviews. It’s easier to overlook flaws when you’re receiving a $50-1500 tablet for free.
More clear-cut issues are tablet and pen failure, driver problems, and lacking customer support. For all the great reviews of competitors, you read a ton of, “Suddenly stopped working,” or “Pen died,” or “Drivers are wonky.” With Wacom? Not so much. I can confirm the drivers work right out of the gate on Windows 10, and their settings software is simple and functional. Many also buy it for Mac and report the same ease of install and functionality. The other issue is drivers. For the past 20 years, Wacom has updated their drivers constantly in keeping with the times. Lastly, Wacom's a Japanese company with an American headquarters. So if you have customer service issues, you’re dealing with the same continent.
I’d like to state, so that I don’t sound like too much of a fanboy, that I came to these conclusions through 100% research. I have zero stake in Wacom. Since I’d never done digital art before, I wanted to ensure I'd be happy with my purchase before spending a dime. None of this is a clear indictment on Huion or Ugee. We’ve all been in a position where we can't spend as much we'd like. If you need a budget friendly option, by all means, try them out. That’s the power of Amazon; you can always send them back. But it’s like buying a nice brand of mattress. With a Wacom, you know you won’t have to replace it any time soon.
•• On Price ••
I bought it for $230, but at the time of writing (Jan 1/9/2017), it's on sale for $220. I went to London Drugs and Walmart looking for an in-store sale around Black Friday, and they were both selling for $280... so keep that in mind.
•• The Drawing Surface ••
It’s amazing how different the Intuos is from my old Bamboo. The surface feels slightly rough, but so does good paper. If it was slick, your pen would just slide off into the sunset. In comparison, I’ve read that the Huion is scratchy. I can’t say the Intuos feels like that.
The tablet is super thin, but the tiny circular feet ensure it will never move while drawing. I thought I’d use it on my lap or with a stand, but I’ve mostly used it facing flat on my desk directly in front of my monitor. It's easier perfectly centered since you’re using hand-eye coordination. Naturally, it takes some getting used to, but even if you were traditional, you'll acclimate quickly. Some people within a day, some within a week. Anyone can make it work.
•• The Pen and its Pressure ••
The pen is super lightweight, and I love it. There’s no battery, so you’ll never have to recharge it. The sensitivity is incredible. One of the neater things about digital art, and Wacoms' in particular, is that you can adjust the pen pressure. If you’re a heavy handed artist, you can increase the needed pressure to ensure lighter strokes. Light as a hummingbird’s feather? No problem. Lower the pressure required, and you can create deep, dark lines with the best of them.
I saw complaints that the Intuos pen doesn't have an eraser on the end. Personally, I could care less. If you want to increase your working efficiency, you'll be learning keyboard shortcuts. Here's a typical sequence: I press "N" to switch to eraser and erase. Then I press "B" to get back to my brush, and I'm drawing instantly. Flipping a pen over to get into eraser mode is completely unnecessary, and in my opinion, much slower. Many artists who are hellbent on maintaining that traditional medium feel might be drawn to something like that, but adjusting is easy with an open mentality.
The Intuos comes with several replacement nibs. I’ve drawn with mine every day for about 2 months now, and my first nib is barely looking worn. I’ve heard people say you’ll need to replace them at 6 months, at 1 year… I don’t know. All I know is all models come stock with a few replacements, and replacements are cheap. In addition, there are many different kinds of nibs. You can buy them all over the internet, including Amazon. Some are softer, harder, etc. The Intuos line comes with several standard replacement nibs, which feel the most like an HB pencil to me. You can also change the feel by purchasing a layer of thin plastic (kind of like a cell-phone protector) and taping it onto the surface. I never felt like I needed it, but it’s always an option if you want to maximize preservation or change the feel.
•• Regarding GRIP ••
You know when you’re told to stop choking your pen, gripping the tip in an intense tripod? Like how you’d normally write. Well, a looser grip doesn’t work perfectly on the Intuos surface because the nib doesn't function at extreme angles. This could be a deal-breaker for some. How do you get long lines, then? You zoom out! That's the beauty of digital creation. A long line becomes a short line via program manipulation. However, if you’re trying to recreate the traditional experience, you’ll either need to adapt your grip and rely on manipulation… or buy something expensive that has built-in angular detection – like the Intuos Pro or Cintiq.
•• Buttons! And customizing keyboard shortcuts ••
Looking at many different models of graphics tablets, a key question to ask might be: "How many buttons does this thing have?"
The Intuos has 4 buttons on the top of the tablet. The pen has 2 on its side. You can customize their function using the tablet properties. I hated having buttons on my pen because I had to hold it ONE way to avoid accidentally pushing them. The good news is, I disabled them with ease. Also, I rarely use more than 2 buttons on the tablet.
So... Should the number of buttons influence your decision to buy one tablet over another? I argue an emphatic NO. Here's why:
I rely on my right hand to draw while my left operates the keyboard. "THIS TABLET ONLY HAS 4 BUTTONS," the consumer bemoaned. That's true, but your keyboard has infinitely more. Literally any key on your keyboard can be remapped to serve ANY function. So yes, you only have 4 buttons on your tablet, but in reality, you have access to over 50+ buttons no matter the brand. This is why whether it has 4, 8, or a fancy dial for zoom, I say who cares? Go with the cheapest tablet that suits your needs.
•• A Note on Sensitivity ••
I've seen criticisms from people who clearly haven't used the Wacom saying, "It ONLY has 1024 pressure sensitivity levels." More expensive tablets, like the Intuos Pro or Cintiq along with any number of competitor products, have 2048 pressure levels. If you look at reviews for differences in pressure sensitivity, many artists say 1024 feels amazing. I read some who stated clearly that they lose any sense of differentiation at around 256... So, in short, 1024 is fantastic. It's like the difference between a 120hz monitor and a 144hz. It's mostly marketing, and it's negligibly detectable from a real world standpoint.
Update 01/03/2018: Okay, after years of experimentation, I have more to say on this topic. I recently bought the Lenovo Yoga 720 - a touchscreen, Windows 10 laptop. It came with an Active Pen that has 2048 levels of pressure. I also bought the brand spanking new Active Pen II, which has an industry leading 4096 levels of pressure.
I draw directly on the screen like a Cintiq or Surface Pro. It's pretty great. Still, while the pens feel smoother, I sincerely don't believe there's a HUGE difference in performance capability -- certainly not to the tune of the $800 minimum you'll be paying for the experience. I vehemently maintain that the Intuos series are fantastic for the beginning artist.
•• On Multi-Touch functionality (and why I dun’ like it) ••
One weak thing about the Intuos Art is its Multi-Touch functionality. For some, this might be a strength, but here's my reasoning. Multi-Touch means using fingers to manipulate objects and paintings (pinch to shrink, two finger touch to move). Compared to a keyboard, it isn't that useful. The keyboard is much faster and smoother. The other issue is, your hand rests against the tablet, and sometimes it catches, meaning the back of your hand starts moving your subject on you. It would’ve been annoying, but I turned it off shortly after testing and haven’t gone back. To turn it off, flip the switch located on top of the tablet.
If you LIKE the multi-touch, I highly recommend wearing a glove. You can either buy one online or make your own. I bought one online, and I also bought a pair of cotton gloves at the pharmacy for $1.99. I cut the thumb, index, and middle fingers off, and it ensures the side of my hand won’t catch on the surface. If you have no idea what I’m describing, you can Google “creating digital art gloves.” There are Youtube videos on the subject. Edit: I also included pictures of mine at the bottom of the review.
Heck, I almost recommend you draw with a glove at all times. Normally, they’d be used to prevent smudging, but in digital art, they enhance the glide of your stroke and prevent the adherence of grime. I suggest trying with and without.
•• Size ••
It's big enough that it doesn't totally cramp your stroking style. That... sounded dirtier than intended, but I can't bring myself to erase it. Moving on! The surface is 8 x 5 inches. If you can use your shoulder to draw on a piece of paper, you can definitely do the same here. Anything smaller than 8 x 5 means you’re unable to perform long strokes. Even zooming out, in my opinion, you sacrifice too much control. Like I said, this surface size is excellent for a beginner/intermediate artist, but if you’re already at a professional level, you’ll likely want to go with something more freeing.
•• Tablet Software ••
Rather than installing drivers from the CD, go to Wacom.com, and get the drivers yourself. That way, you know you have the most up to date stuff. Once installed, you can access the tablet properties and adjust anything from the sensitivity of your pen (which you'll learn more about as you draw), to customizing buttons. The options are pretty straight forward, and you can choose to customize buttons for ALL programs or for SPECIFIC programs.
•• Programs ••
One of the big selling features of the Intuos Art is that it comes bundled with Corel Painter Essentials. Essentials is a great starting program. Rather than spelling out every difference between it and others, I suggest you do a lot of Googling. But I'll give you a basic overview of other options. The thing to note is, the ability to create excellent digital art is within your grasp for any price.
~ Gimp Paint Studio
These three always come up when people ask about starter programs on the forums I frequent. Krita is the top hit on Google for "free digital art software." Update 01/03/2018: Having messed around with Krita a bunch, I highly recommend it. It's basically photoshop/painter/clip studio light, and it's entirely free. It's an excellent starting point.
~ Clip Studio Paint (also known as Manga Studio) is about $65 Canadian. I've used it a bit; it's like a Corel Painter/Photoshop light with tons of preset manga creation templates. Speech bubbles up the wazoo, easy comic frame building. While its specialty is Manga, it can be used for any sort of digital art.
~ Paint Tool Sai. Haven't used it personally, but it keeps coming up when people ask about good programs on the digital art forum I frequent. It has a 31 day trial.
Update 01/03/2018: One program I didn't initially mention is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. It's from the makers of AUTOCAD, the world-renowned drafting software. Sketchbook Pro is fantastic. I'm using the mobile version on my Windows 10 laptop. If you're interested, look at some of the stuff Trent Kanigua has on Youtube. He's a concept artist for Blizzard, Riot Games, and more. He has a beginner tutorial. I highly recommend checking out his Metroid or Leonardo videos. He gives exceptional commentary and will show you very simply what the program is capable of. AND!!! This is a big thing!!! He uses an Intuos Pro (the step up from the model I'm reviewing here). It doesn't have a screen; it's a pure tablet. He's another bit of proof you can perform awesome things on the regular with the Intuos line :)
~ Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. The big dogs. If you are a professional artist, you probably want one or the other. Personally, I've tested both Corel Painter 2017 and Photoshop CS 6. Honestly, I could do an enormous review on the programs alone, so I'll give you the cliff notes. For further info, hit the Youtubez hard.
Corel Painter ~ I like Painter because it comes with a significant number of brushes. It has tons of cool, integrated painting options (this year, they added True Watercolor, which is amazing). It has different paper textures and brush creation kits. If you want to experience REAL painting in a digital medium, Painter is your tool. That said, I mostly use it for drawing. You can easily perform basic sketching, inking, and colouring on it. Like Photoshop, it uses layers, something you’ll become abundantly familiar with in digital art. For many excellent Painter tutorials, check out Aaron Rutten's Youtube page, or get creative with the Googles. :)
Photoshop ~ Some people complain Photoshop doesn't have enough brushes. That's simply not true. You need only add them yourself. There are many resources for free or paid brushes online. You can literally google “photoshop brush sets” or find sets from your favourite artists. I remember an old blog post from Fiona Staples (artist of 'Saga') recommending an artists' brush set whom she admired. Many are out there for free. Essentially, Photoshop can be set to do ALMOST anything Painter can. It can also be used to touch up your creations afterwards because it has a ton of photo manipulation tools that Painter does not. In fact, a lot of artists say that they use Painter to draw and Photoshop to touch up.
Ultimately, they're both excellent programs. You'd likely be happy with either; although, Photoshop requires a little more initial setup. Still, there's a reason so many professional comic artists and digital artists use them.
•• Resources ••
An extremely active forum you can use for basic or complex questions is on reddit.com. You want to subscribe to /r/digitalpainting. They're a great resource for learning, critiques, software, or technical tablet questions.
Want to learn how to draw digitally? Look up tutorials on Youtube or any number of websites. The internet is your oyster. Seriously… there’s sooooooooooooo much info out there.
•• Conclusion ••
Holy crap, that was big. If you slogged through it with me, I hope you have a much clearer view of the world of current digital tablets… in particular, the strengths and weakness of the Intuos line.
If you found this helpful, please leave me a help vote. I’d love to spend more time reviewing art related devices, and I always update reviews if I have issues. If you have any questions, maybe about something I glossed over, please leave a comment, and I'll try to get back ASAP.
Best of luck on your digital foray. Happy drawing, painting, and anything else you can imagine ♥
So this is an update after 1 year and 1 month of ownership. I still love the Intuos. I have virtually nothing to add, just wanted to say that it's... still awesome!
My only complaint would be the multi-touch capabilities, which I find hinder my ability to draw quickly, more than they help. Fortunately, I can disable said feature. There's just too much input lag for touch gestures to work as smoothly as I'd like, despite my reasonably powerful computer. I'm sure I could calibrate the tablet to work smoother, but I find that I can make those adjustments faster with a mouse anyway.
In hindsight, it would have made more sense for me to purchase the Intuos Draw (which doesn't have multi-touch support) instead of this tablet; plus I would have saved approximately $40CDN. Note however, had I done this, I would have gotten a different, more basic drawing software package; so if that matters to you, take care to note what software comes with which piece of hardware. It makes little difference to me, since I use other programs, like PS, GIMP, MS Paint, and Paint-Tool Sai. Someone else might prefer Corel Painter Essentials 5, which apparently comes with the Intuos Art, which I have just reviewed.
Regardless, I am sufficiently satisfied with this tablet, to give it a full five-stars.
Since Wacom doesn't actually write software for Linux (like they do for Windows and Mac) the software features are limited. However as is, it works well for drawing. Primarily I'm testing it for use on diagrams within LibreOffice. I also have used it in GIMP with success though my artistic skills are limited to cave drawings and stick figures.
I would purchase this again.