Wa­com In­tuos Photo

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£75, $100 www.wa­com.com

Graph­ics tablets are seen as an es­sen­tial piece of kit in most pho­to­graphic stu­dios, but the size and cost mean that they’re quite as pop­u­lar outside the studio.

With the In­tuos Photo, how­ever, all that might be about to change. Re­tail­ing for just £75/$100, it’s the ideal so­lu­tion for the home. It fea­tures many of the same multi-touch in­puts as the larger pro­fes­sional ver­sion, but at a more man­age­able size and price, and an ac­tive work area of 152x82mm – more than enough to give you plenty of con­trol and flex­i­bil­ity when edit­ing your im­ages. It’s also small, at just 210x170x10mm, which makes it easy to pop into a bag and trans­port.

The tablet can be used with or with­out the pen, and uses multi-touch finger ges­tures in a sim­i­lar way to the screen on a mo­bile de­vice. Th­ese are handy when edit­ing im­ages, as you’re able to zoom and edit with your fin­gers. The con­trol th­ese ges­tures gives can also be cus­tomised eas­ily within the Wa­com soft­ware.

For finer con­trol the pen is re­quired, and this offers 1024 lev­els of sen­si­tiv­ity, as well as nib-point ac­cu­racy. (This means the greater the pres­sure on the sur­face of the tablet, the more ef­fect the pen will have, in much the same way as ad­just­ing the opac­ity of a tool in Pho­to­shop.)

The tablet is fully com­pat­i­ble with the ma­jor­ity of pop­u­lar imag­ing apps, in­clud­ing Pho­to­shop and Light­room. It also ships with copies of Pain­tShop Pro X8 and AfterShot Pro.

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