We retouching artists can’t live without our tablets and thanks to their top quality, Wacom tablets last so long that we go through additional stylus nibs and retouch holes through the tablet surface over the time that they serve us. That’s why it’s so important to choose a tablet of the right model and size, so you are comfortable all those retouching hours, days and nights.
Over 10 years ago, at the beginning of my creative professional career, I knew I couldn’t possibly retouch well with a mouse. Being a photography student in Australia, I had to save up to buy my first Wacom tablet, and thinking “the bigger the better” I went for the Large.
Fast forward to 2011, it’s time to update my tired and overworked tablet. My husband gifts me a new one, only in small size. I thank him and ask for the gift receipt, so I can go back to the store and exchange it for the Medium, so that it’s at least a little closer to the size I was used to working on. I still unpacked the small one and gave it a go, and to my surprise I loved it so much more, I kept it.
I have owned and worked on all three Wacom tablet sizes since and realized I preferred small tablets for retouching, not only because they are portable, practical, and are available at a better price point, but also because I retouch many hours a day and working on a small tablet is easier on my wrist, arm and shoulder.
My current tablet is Intuos Pro Medium, it’s great, but it does take up a big chunk of my desk surface, and I still travel with my older small Wacom tablet. And finally today I received the good news from our friends at Wacom.
The new Wacom Intuos Pro is now available in Small size!
Here are some outtakes from the Wacom Press Release sharing the good news:
Tokyo, Japan and Düsseldorf, Germany. – 9 May 2019 – Wacom introduces the new Wacom Intuos Pro Small to its professional range of creative pen and touch tablets. Being the youngest and smallest in the family, it benefits from Wacom’s more than 35 years of know-how, innovation and experience in creating products for digital art and design.
Featuring Wacom’s precise Pro Pen 2 technology with over 8K pen pressure levels, pen tilt sensitivity, natural pen-on-paper feel and reliable performance, artists now can choose the size – small, medium or large – that best fits their way of working. The new Wacom Intuos Pro Small features the same tablet working area as the small model of the previous generation, but in a much more compact and space-saving footprint.
The wireless connectivity and battery-free pen technology that never needs charging makes setting up to work at coffee shops, meeting rooms, client’s offices, home, school or studio fast and hassle free.
“Whether you’re a student taking the tablet from class to the dorm or a photographer needing to quickly retouch some images at a remote location, the new Wacom Intuos Pro Small delivers spontaneous creative control and professional grade pen and brush strokes to digital art, design and imaging,” says Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Branded Business Group. “Additionally, it’s a smart choice for those who have specific workspace size requirements and are looking for a way to experience our very best Pro Pen 2 technology,” continues Karaoglu.
Built for Pros all three sizes of Intuos Pro tablets feature a TouchRing and ExpressKeys™, six on the Small and eight on the Medium and Large, for the creation of customized shortcuts to speed up the creative workflow. In addition, incorporating both pen and touch on the tablet allows users to explore new ways to navigate and helps the whole creative experience become more interactive. The slim tablets, also feature a durable anodized Aluminum back case and come with an elegant desktop pen stand containing 10 replacement pen nibs.
Premium Pens, Premier Performance
The Wacom Pro Pen 2 offers Wacom’s most advanced creative pen technology to date, featuring four times the pressure sensitivity as the original Pro Pen. 8,192 levels of pressure, tilt recognition and lag-free tracking effectively emulate working with traditional media by offering a natural drawing experience. Additionally, the pen’s customizable side switch allows one to easily access commonly used shortcuts, greatly speeding production.
To support the needs of all artists using the Intuos Pro product line, Wacom offers two very helpful accessory pens (purchased separately). The Pro Pen 3D, features a third button which can be set to perform typical 3D tasks such as tumbling objects in commonly used 3D creative and CAD applications. The newly released Pro Pen slim, supports some artists ergonomic preferences for a slimmer pen with a more pencil-like feel. Both are compatible with the Intuos Pro family and can help customize and speed the creative experience.
Configurations, Pricing and Availability
The award-winning Wacom Intuos Pro Small is now available for € 229,90 EUR* or £ 199.99 GBP* at the Wacom eStore and select retailers where it joins the exiting Medium (€ 379,90 EUR / £ 329.99 GBP) and Large (€ 529,90 EUR / £ 449.99 GBP) models. All three sizes are Bluetooth-enabled and compatible with Macs and PCs. They come with the Wacom Pro Pen 2, pen stand and feature ExpressKeys™, TouchRing and multi-touch gesture control.
*All prices in EUR and GBP are recommended retail prices incl. VAT.
The Wacom Intuos Pro range has long been an essential part of Art, Design and Photography education programs worldwide. For information on Education pricing, qualified schools, colleges and universities can contact their local Wacom sales office.
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. For further information about the products of Wacom Europe see also http://www.wacom.com