Wacom Intuos Pro M Review
Updated: Apr 24, 2020
I've been using the Wacom Intuos pro tablet for quite a while now so I thought I would share my views on it with you all.
So what is a graphics tablet ? Should you use one ? Do you even need one ?
Graphics tablets are simply a way for you to use a pen instead of a mouse or a track pad.
They provide a far greater level of precision in your editing workflow and whilst they used to be for the sole use of graphic designers and digital artists they have found their way into the hands of many landscape photographers and with good reason.
The control you have with a mouse can be fairly sketchy as best, a pen is far more suited to the precision and the dexterity of a hand, after all you learn to use a pen from day one in school and carry that on for the rest of your life.
The main advantage to these tablets is that they can be set up to be pressure sensitive so you can define the exact amount of coverage of an area as you desire, simply put if you are using a pen on paper and you push harder you get a thicker line, the same applies to a tablet only too a far higher degree.
Imagine if you are dodging and burning a picture and you know just how subtle these things need to be, the ability to vary the pressure and get the very lightest of strokes over an image is a really valuable tool in your arsenal.
Now I realise you can simply vary the opacity or the flow of your brush and achieve the result with a mouse but the pen will do it with a far greater degree of precision.
The Learning Curve
When you first try and use a tablet its going to be hard, very hard and to be honest you would be forgiven for wanting to throw the thing in the bin as it just feels a bit alien BUT if you use it exclusively for around a day or two days it will suddenly feel totally natural and you will wonder how you have ever lived without one.
Some people will learn faster than others but you will get it if you push past the initial frustrations and stick with it.
My advice is to stop using the mouse completely for a week so you can really hone your skills on the Wacom Intuos Pro, everything from photoshop to web browsing, just make it your go to tool and the skill set will come far quicker than if you chop and change.
Once you have mastered it you can quickly flick between the two to operate different tasks.
The Wacom Intuos Pro comes in several different size options which I tried out to see which suited me best and in the end I opted for the medium sized version which sits just right on my desk and is roughly the size of an A4 sheet of paper so its a natural feel for pen work.
Bluetooth technology links your Wacom Intuos pro to your computer and it has a long lasting battery but it can also be wired directly to the computer via a USB cable which is how I choose to set mine up.
The pen itself has a new slim design and two programable buttons on it which you can custom set to an almost infinite range of controls, I myself have one set to "Undo" (CMD Z mac) and the other set to "Right Click"
The pen itself can simply be dabbed to simulate a normal left click so these were the best settings for the pen for me personally although you might opt for something different that suits your own workflow better.
The pen can also be flipped upside down and used as an eraser if desired although I don't find myself using this option very often but it is a handy feature to have.
There are 8 individual express keys on the tablet itself (Medium size, different on other sizes) which you can set up as programable hot keys to utilise whichever functions you want, I did this to start with but quickly found myself forgetting what I had set each one too so after a while I found it easier to simply use the hot keys on the keyboard for any of these actions.
This in my opinion is the best way to use a graphics tablet,