Our Christmas gift ideas continue – check out the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus review from Issue 113!
The first thing you’ll notice about Wacom’s latest foray into the iPad stylus market is its sheer size.
Generally, smaller pens offer much more control over mark-making than larger ones, so you could be forgiven for assuming it would offer less precision than the standard slimline styli that iPad users are more familiar with. The enormity of the Intuos Creative Stylus isn’t as counterintuitive as it first appears, though. iPad styli need to have blunt tips to prevent them from scratching your screen, and most have rounded nibs of the same radius as the pen itself, resulting in an odd physical disconnect that makes drawing feel less precise. Wacom’s supersized pen actually makes the requisite over-large nib feel smaller and more tactile by comparison, as it allows the stylus’s barrel to taper down to the nib like a pencil. This means that, despite its prodigious size, the Intuos Creative Stylus actually offers you much more control over detail and precision than its skinnier counterparts.
That’s not the only clever innovation Wacom has packed in either. iPad artists have been crying out for the pressure-sensitivity found on a full graphics tablet since the iPad was invented. The Intuos Creative Stylus offers a full 2048 levels of pressure-sensitivity, meaning that you can make everything from light, sketchy strokes to deep, dark scrawls. This makes drawing and painting on the iPad feel far more natural than it ever has before, as does its palm rejection feature. Previously, iPad artists had to develop a very unnatural drawing stance to prevent their hands from making unwanted marks on their artwork, as the iPad picked up every touch. It was extremely uncomfortable and couldn’t be maintained for long periods of time, but the Intuos Creative Stylus negates this completely, ensuring that your iPad only picks up marks made by the stylus. Unlike other styli, it also packs two programmable function buttons for you to store favourite tools on.
Not all drawing apps are compatible with the Intuos Creative Stylus’s advanced feature set, but those that are include the best of the bunch, notably Adobe Ideas, SketchClub, SketchBook Pro, ArtStudio and of course Wacom’s own Bamboo Paper. Check that your favourite drawing app is compatible before you buy, because this is currently the world’s most expensive iPad stylus and you’ll want to get your money’s worth from it. For comfort and performance though, it’s worth every penny.