I bought my Wacom Intuos tablet several years ago and even though it’s one of the dustiest things on my desk, it’s garnered a place in my heart. For editing photos it’s my tool of choice and I really couldn’t do the photo production work I do without it. Wacom has released a new version of the Intuos5 tablet that is light years ahead of my old tablet, the Wacom Intuos5 Touch

The new Wacom Intuos5 Touch comes with:

  • 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity help you create artistic details

  • Multi-touch functionality lets you pan, rotate, and navigate your artwork

  • Eight ExpressKeys offer personalized, time-saving shortcuts

  • ExpressView display provides an on-screen view of ExpressKey settings

  • Reversible ergonomic design for left- or right-handed use

For creative professionals such as Photographers, Designers and Illustrators or anyone who desires professional results, the Intuos5 combines Wacom’s most advanced pen technology with multi-touch functionality. Natural and intuitive to use, the tablet lets you alternate between using multi-touch gestures to position and navigate your artwork and the pressure-sensitive pen to sketch, paint, retouch, and edit. With 48.4 square inches of working area, the medium size of the three Intuos5 is the one I like the best with ample workspace for the way I work and I can still fit it into most Timbuk2 bag.

Love the Pen

To simulate traditional pens, markers, and brushes, the Intuos5 features 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity as well as pen tilt recognition. Varying the pressure of the pen against the tablet can create variations in line width and opacity or unique brush effects.

The Grip Pen comes with a pen stand that contains ten replacement pen nibs, including five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs.


One of the coolest things in the new Intuos5 is the multi-touch functionality that’s been added. If you’re accustomed to working on a touch screen device or using a laptop then you’ll feel right at home. Pan, rotate, and navigate around your artwork using nothing but your fingers. It’s great.

You can also use the tablet’s finger-sensitive Touch Ring allows you to control up to four functions you define, including scrolling, zooming, brush size, and canvas rotation.


As with every Intuos tablet there are expresskeys. Use the eight ExpressKeys on the Intuos5 touch to activate your own time-saving shortcuts and modifiers in each of your tablet applications.

The new ExpressView heads up display gives you on-screen reminders of your ExpressKey settings so you never have to try to remember what the buttons do or look down to see what button you’re using..

Free Bundled Software

Who doesn’t love free? With the Intuos5 you get a software bundle that allows you to download (internet connection required, duh!): Adobe Photoshop Elements, Anime Studio Debut, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, and Nik Color Effects Pro 4 Select Edition. So even if your computer doesn’t have anything you can use your new Intuos5 you’ll have some stuff to play with and be up and running in no time.

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