In the last year or two I started to spend much more time in Photoshop, post-processing my photos in it. For me it’s no longer only about applying global contrast and saturation. I started to work locally – I add a bit of contrast here and a touch of colour there. To make my local changes I use layer masks which I need to paint with a brush tool.
Up to now as many other photographers I was using a mouse, but the more photos I processed the more I was tired with it. It wasn’t that precise, to change brush size or opacity I needed to change it manually (and set it to a fixed value) what made it more difficult to do very smooth transitions. After some consideration I made a decision – I need a tablet. And I got one – Wacom Intuos Pro M.
Before you proceed, a word of warning: if you don’t use Photoshop (or Gimp or any other advanced photo editor) such a tablet will be virtually useless for you. Many applications (including Lightroom) can’t make use of its features – especially they don’t support pen pressure. It will work in them but it will be just a mouse. Fancy mouse and nothing more.
- small – $250.00
- medium (reviewed) – $350.00
- large – $500.00
- 2048 levels of sensitivity (in both pen tip and eraser)
- Wireless support
- 8 customizable buttons (Express Keys)
- Multi-function touch ring with 4 customizable functions
- Multi-touch and hand gestures support
Impressions & ease of use
What’s more Intuos Pro supports hand gestures (which are customizable too of course), so you can set it up to make panning and zooming an image much easier. You can rotate your image with gestures and do a few more things. At any time hand gestures might be disabled what’s useful if you, like me, have tendency to touch tablet surface while drawing and thus accidentally invoking gestures.
Finally a feature that I found particularly useful is that tablet can be customized both for right-handed and left-handed people (I’m left-handed).
Summing up, Intuos Pro tablet from Wacom is an excellent tool and a great addition to my post-processing workflow as it made editing photos much more efficient.
If you’re really serious about post-processing and spend hours trying to get those layer masks right, use cloning tool a lot or you obsessively use dodging & burning, I really recommend you get one – it will make your work much easier, efficient and precise. And much more pleasant.
After working for a few weeks with it, I haven’t found any serious flaw. Learning curve might be a bit steep for those who haven’t used any tablet before, but it’s difficult to include this in the cons.
- Great precision,
- Highly customizable to fit your needs,
- Great modern look
- Learning curve might be steep for newcomers