Wacom Pro Pen 3d
The Pro Pen loses its eraser and gains an extra button – but what does this mean for 3D artists?
Wacom is the forerunner of manufacturing high-end digital art hardware, but it’s been a long while since it produced something that felt truly innovative. The Wacom Intuos 3D tablet and pen package marked Wacom’s first foray into manufacturing hardware specifically with 3D artists in mind. Its latest product, the Pro Pen
3D, not only improves on its previous model, it feels like Wacom has created a new gamechanger that will alter the way you work.
In lieu of a pen stand, the Pro Pen 3D comes encased within its own carry tube, including four nib refills. The pen itself is as sleek and comfortable to hold as its predecessors. It’s shorter than the Pro model, as are its nibs. Though lacking an eraser, it has gained a third function button. These buttons are positioned near the tip of the pen so they can be comfortably activated by the user’s thumb or forefinger. These buttons aren’t as ‘clicky’ or satisfying to press as the Pro’s buttons, but users of 3D software will still benefit from the extra, easily-accessible hotkey.
Hovering the pen over the surface of the cintiq guides the cursor across the object, and pressing down interacts with the object. So far so standard, until you discover the Pro Pen 3D is capable of manipulating the X, Y and Z axes.
While working in 3D art software, such as Zbrushcore, moving the pen over your tablet/ cintiq’s surface (without making contact) causes your cursor to move around the object. In Photoshop, pen pressure affects brush size, but with the Pro Pen 3D, artists can now modify their 3D models in the Z axis. The harder you press into your pen display, the further your selected tool will go into your model. The aforementioned function keys put all the hotkeys you need to move through all three axes at your fingertips, greatly increasing workflow speed. arguably the most impressive asset of the Pro Pen 3D is its increased pen pressure levels, now boasting a whopping 8192 levels of pressure. artists will have far greater control than ever.
newcomers to pen displays may need time to adjust, and even proficient users will need time to get to grips with the additional z-axis control, but this breaking-in process is made easier thanks to Wacom’s user-friendly hardware and software design. Users unsatisfied with the default setting can set the function keys on the Pro Pen 3D and cintiq display to their most commonly used tools and hotkeys using the Wacom Tablet Settings software.
The Pro Pen 3D is compatible with the cintiq Pro and Intuos Pro range and the two make a perfect pair. If you were comfortable using the touch controls on the Intuos 3D tablet to operate your software’s camera, the cintiq Pro’s touch sensitive surface enables you to pan, zoom and rotate objects with multi-touch gestures, freeing up the pen’s function keys for your personal settings. The cintiq Pro also has natural pen tilt support, virtually no lag, 4x greater accuracy, and the 16” model supports 4K resolution and 94% of the adobe RGB colour range. This is without a doubt Wacom’s most powerful pen display to date, leaving the Intuos 3D utterly in the dust, and the Pro Pen 3D’s increased pressure sensitivity provides a level of control that will impress. Whether you’re looking to upgrade from your old hardware, or you’re delving into the use of pen displays for the first time, the Pro Pen 3D will not disappoint.
It feels like Wacom has created a new game-changer that will alter the way you work