Thursday, April 14, 2011

Product Review: Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet

This is an item that I simply wrote off as a nice to have item. They are relatively expensive so I waited and put it off over and over. Finally, after doing the research, I decided to take the plunge and get the medium version. It seemed like the best all around size.

After getting it installed on the computer (very easy) I did some research on how to use it with Adobe Photoshop. It took some time to piece everything together but I was able to get the full benefit of the pen. It is the tablets sensitivity that I was most impressed with. You can set it up so that the pressure of the pen details the opacity of blending layers or the hardness of a brush. This makes masking really fun! If I had known the level of detail and control this item provides I would have purchased it a good bit sooner.

It also works with Lighroom 3 as well giving you greater control of the development brushes.


-Very precise
-Great pressure control
-Allows for faster work flow
-Using the pressure control on masking gives you many possibilities that are simply not possible without the tablet.
-Works with more than just Photoshop.
-It looks cool sitting on your desk!
-Programmable buttons

-No clear instructions on how to use it with photoshop (why would there be)… This is fixed via the Internet though and not really an issue if you are willing to do a little research.
-A little on the steep side for cost but well worth it if you can come up with 3 big ones to pay for it….


  1. "3 big ones" could mean hundreds or thousands, LOL.

    Are you going to use the tablet exclusively for photography? Are there other programs available for use on it that can help with photography? Is this a stand alone hardware? Does this need to be hooked to a computer to use? What is the difference between this and say an iPad or Android?

    Curious minds wonder!

  2. LOL... That would be $300.00.

    The tablet is nothing like an iPad as it is just used like a mouse or trackball with the pen acting as the interface. It allows for a more precise point of contact. It is a piece of hardware that is hooked to the computer through a USB connection. You can use it just as a mouse and in fact, it comes with a mouse to use if you don't want to use the pen for net surving etc. I hope this helped answer some of your questions.