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What Are Wacom Tablets?

Wacom Tablets Make Designing Tattoos and Creating Tattoo Stencils Easier Than Ever Before Wacom tablets are ground-breaking technological devices that are bringing the art of tattooing into the digital age by allowing artists to create tattoo designs electronically. Until now, tattoo artists had to design tattoos by hand and create tattoo stencils using sketches, printed art, light boxes, and thermal printers, tattoo pens to draw freehand designs on clients' skin, or a combination of those tools. Thanks to Wacom tablets, those days of tedious hand-drawing and manually adjusting tattoo designs are gone for any tattoo artist with a Wacom tablet in their hands.

Wacom tablets offer tattoo artists and their clients a host of benefits, the top one being the ability to save both parties time. Once you get past the learning curve, you can churn out precise tattoo designs quickly and easily either directly on a Wacom tablet that has a digital display or by using a Wacom tablet "sketch pad" in combination with your computer. When creating art digitally, you can assemble geometrical designs with a much higher level of precision, and even basic tattoo art will come together more cleanly. You can import photos of the body parts your clients want tattooed into your computer, and then overlay them with your digital tattoo designs. With a few swift movements, you can enlarge or shrink a design to best fit the body part a client wants tattooed, fill it in with color, edit the design to fit the curves of your client's body better, and show your client exactly how their tattoo will look when completed. You'll no longer have to apply tattoo stencils to give clients a rough idea of how their tattoos will look and worry with cleaning them off and starting over again when something doesn't line up right or fill the space well. Instead, you can perfect your tattoo designs on your computer using your Wacom tablet as an aid, get clients to approve design concepts on-screen, print out perfect tattoo stencils, and start tattooing with less down time in between the design phase and the start of the actual tattooing process. Sound intriguing? If so, read on to learn about the Wacom tablet and pen options available through Painful Pleasures.

 

Wacom Tablet Options

We currently carry seven different Wacom tablets manufactured by Intuos Graphics and four Cintiq options. The choices range from inexpensive little digital sketch pads to large, colorful LCD displays with touch-screen interfaces that you can use with a special Bluetooth stylus or your fingertips. When deciding which option is best for you, compare the features of each choice against your budget and your needs. Wacom Pens and Wacom Tablets: Digital Tattoo Design Tools for Modern Artists If you travel to tattoo conventions and other shops frequently, you may want a small Intuos sketch pad-type Wacom tablet that you can connect to your laptop, or you might prefer one of Cintiq's tablets with digital displays that allow you to use your Wacom tablet alone or with a computer as desired. Those who need the ability to draw tattoo designs with a fuller range of motion should consider getting a large Intuos Wacom tablet or one of Cintiq's models, which have larger digital work spaces than those Wacom tablets produced by Intuos.

The eleven Wacom tablets we offer are listed below along with their corresponding benefits so that you can easily compare and contrast your options. All of them are compatible with Windows Vista SP3, 8, and 7 (32- or 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later (with Intel processor), and they can all be rotated for comfortable use whether you're left- or right-handed. For pricing, please visit the Wacom Pens & Tablets section of our Retail, Wholesale or Distributor Store. (Shop Retail for orders under $100, Wholesale for professional orders of $100-$499.99, and Distributor for professional orders of $500+.)

Comparison of Inuos & Cintiq Wacom Tablet Options

Wacom Tablet Description Benefits

Small Intuos Graphics Creative Pen Wacom Tablet With 6” x 3.7” Digital Work Space

  • Compact 6" x 3.7" drawing surface makes it easy to transport this device anywhere.
  • 4 Express Keys let you store frequently-used shortcuts to save time while designing.
  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 1,024 levels of pressure to respond like a real pen/pencil would on paper. It includes an eraser & 2 shortcut buttons, & it comes with a pen holder & interchangeable colored rings to personalize your accessories.
  • Tablet also comes with a USB cable, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.
  • Can be used wirelessly if you purchase a Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit separately.

Small Intuos Graphics Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 6" x 3.7" Digital Work Space

  • Compact 6" x 3.7" drawing surface makes it easy to transport this device to conventions & other tattoo shops.

  • Save time while designing by programming the 4 Express Keys with your most-used functions.

  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 1,024 levels of pressure, so it responds like a real pen/pencil would on paper.

  • The pen has an eraser, 2 shortcut buttons & interchangeable rings you can use to personalize your Wacom accessories. It comes with a pen holder.

  • This device has a multi-touch surface so you can use gestures or a stylus to scroll, zoom, rotate images, & more.

  • Tablet also comes with a USB cable, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.

  • Purchase a Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit separately to wirelessly pair your tablet & computer.

Medium Intuos Graphics Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 8.5” x 5.3” Digital Work Space

  • Slightly larger 8.5" x 5.3" digital work space offers more room to draw without making the tablet cumbersome.
  • Program the tablet's 4 Express Keys with your most frequently-used functions to save time while designing.
  • Included Bluetooth pen with an eraser & 2 shortcut buttons works the same way a real pen/pencil would on paper by detecting the amount of pressure you're applying to it. Customize it with the included colorful, interchangeable rings. The pen comes with a holder.
  • Use gestures or a stylus Wacom's multi-touch surface to scroll, zoom, rotate images, & more.
  • Tablet also comes with a USB cable, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.
  • Buy a Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit separately to use this tablet wirelessly with your computer.

Small Intuos Graphics Pro Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 6.18” x 3.86” Digital Work Space

  • Compact 6.18" x 3.86" drawing surface makes it easy to transport this device when you travel.
  • Save your most frequently-used functions with the tablet's 6 Express Keys so you can implement them quickly.
  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 2,048 levels of pressure & the tilt of the pen, so it responds like a real pen/pencil would. The pen has an eraser, 2 shortcut buttons & interchangeable rings you can use to personalize your Wacom accessories. Also comes with a pen holder.
  • The multi-touch surface lets you use gestures or a stylus to scroll, zoom, rotate images, & more.
  • Wirelessly pair this Wacom tablet with your computer using the included Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit.
  • Tablet also comes with a USB cable, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.

Medium Intuos Graphics Pro Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 8.82” x 5.51” Digital Work Space

  • Larger 8.82" x 5.51" digital work space offers more room to draw without making the tablet cumbersome.
  • Use the tablet's 8 Express Keys to save your most frequently-used functions & implement them quickly.
  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 2,048 levels of pressure & the pen's angle, so it responds like a real pen/pencil would. The pen has an eraser, 2 shortcut buttons & interchangeable rings that you can use to personalize your tablet accessories. A pen stand is also included.
  • Use your fingers or stylus with the multi-touch surface to zoom, rotate images, scroll, flip through files, & more.
  • Tablet also comes with a Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit, a back-up USB cable, replacement pen tips, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.

Medium Intuos Graphics Pro Special Edition Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 8.80” x 5.50” Work Space

  • Larger 8.8" x 5.5" digital work space offers more room to draw without making the tablet too cumbersome.
  • Special Edition tablet has a sleek black profile with silver accents.
  • Use the tablet's 8 Express Keys to save your most frequently-used functions & implement them quickly when needed. The Express View Display lets you lightly tap any Express Key to pull up a reminder about the function associated with it.
  • Make changes using Mac or Windows gestures, or create your own multi-touch shortcuts.
  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 2,048 levels of pressure & the tilt of the pen, so it responds like a real pen/pencil would. The pen has an eraser, 2 shortcut buttons & interchangeable rings that you can use to personalize your tablet accessories. It comes with a pen stand, too.
  • Use your fingers or stylus with the multi-touch surface to zoom, rotate images, scroll, flip through files, & more.
  • This Wacom tablet also comes with a Wireless Accessory Kit, a back-up USB cable, assorted replacement pen tips, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.

Large Intuos Graphics Pro Creative Pen & Touch Wacom Tablet With 12.8” x 8” Digital Work Space

  • This tablet has the largest digital work space of all the Intuos models; it measures 12.8" x 8" & allows you to design tattoos with full range of motion.
  • Program the 8 Express Keys with your most frequently-used functions. Use the Express View Display to pull up reminders about which functions are tied to which keys by lightly tapping the Express Keys whenever needed.
  • Wacom's Touch Technology lets you edit designs using Mac or Windows gestures, or you can create your own multi-touch shortcuts.
  • Included Bluetooth pen recognizes 2,048 different levels of pressure plus the pen's angle, so it responds like a real pen/pencil would. The stylus has an eraser & 2 shortcut buttons, & it comes with a pen stand & interchangeable rings you can use to personalize your tablet accessories.
  • Use your fingers or pen on the multi-touch surface to zoom, rotate images, scroll, flip through files, & more.
  • This Wacom tablet also comes with a Wireless Accessory Kit, a back-up USB cable, assorted replacement pen tips, a quick start guide, an installation CD with drivers, & an online manual.

11.57” x 6.50” Cintiq 13HD Wacom Pen & Tablet Set

  • Enjoy a vivid pen-on-screen experience with this high-res, full HD tablet with an 11.57" x 6.5" digital drawing surface. The 1920x1080 display renders 16.7 million different colors.
  • The 4 Express Keys & Rocker Ring allow you to easily store & use the shortcuts you use most frequently.
  • The included Pro Pen recognizes 2,048 pressure levels & the pen's angle so you can create detailed drawings on screen. It has an ergonomic & comfortable silicone grip, & it comes with a carrying case, 9 extra nibs, a nib remover tool, a pen stand, & colored rings to personalize your stylus.
  • Use this tablet flat on your lap or a table, or prop it up at one of 3 angles by pairing it with the included stand.
  • The included 3-in-1 cable connects to your computer’s HDMI & USB 2.0 ports as well as an AC power outlet.
  • This Wacom tablet also comes with an installation CD, a CD containing driver software, & a quick start guide.

11.57” x 6.50” Cintiq 13HD Dual Platform Wacom Touch & Pen Display

  • This HD tablet has an 11.57" x 6.5" digital drawing surface. The high-res, wide format LCD screen has a 1920x1080 display that renders 16.7 million different colors for a vibrant visual experience.
  • A Rocker Ring & multiple Express Keys allow you to easily store & retrieve the shortcuts you use most often.
  • The smart multi-touch control makes it easy to pan, zoom, rotate, navigate, & re-touch images.
  • Included Pro Pen recognizes 2,048 different levels of pressure & the tilt of the pen so you can create detailed drawings on screen. The pen's silicone grip is ergonomic & easy to control. It comes with a carrying case, 8 extra nibs, a nib remover tool, a pen stand, & colored rings to personalize your stylus.
  • Use this tablet flat or at one of 3 angles when you pair it with the included stand.
  • The device has USB, DisplayPort digital video, & DVI-I digital video ports.
  • The included 3-in-1 cable connects to both your computer’s HDMI & USB 2.0 ports, & an AC power outlet.
  • This Wacom tablet also comes with an installation CD, a CD containing driver software, & a quick start guide.

11.5” x 19.5” Cintiq 22HD Graphic Wacom Tablet

  • This HD tablet has an 11.5" x 19.5" digital drawing surface. The screen is high-resolution with a 1920x1080 display that renders 16.7 million different colors.
  • A Rocker Ring & 4 Express Keys allow you to easily store & retrieve the shortcuts you use most frequently.
  • The smart multi-touch control makes it easy to pan, zoom, rotate, or navigate with one hand while re-touching with the other. Nearly all current creative applications (e.g. Adobe® Photoshop® CC, Corel® Painter™, etc.) support this tablet's touch screen capabilities.
  • Included Pro Pen recognizes 2,048 different levels of pressure & the tilt of the pen so you can create detailed drawings on screen. The pen's silicone grip is ergonomic & comfortable. It comes with a carrying case, 8 extra nibs, a nib remover tool, a pen stand, & colored rings to personalize your stylus.
  • Use this tablet flat or at one of 3 angles when you pair it with the included stand.
  • This Wacom tablet comes with connector & power cables, an installation CD, driver software, & a quick start guide.

18.90” x 10.70” Cintiq 22HD Touch Graphic Wacom Tablet

  • Combines a 21.5” wide format LCD drawing surface with full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, making it feel like a natural extension of your senses. 
  • Tablet includes a pair of rear-mounted Touch Strips & accompanying Touch Strip Toggle Buttons. Each controls up to 4 application-specific functions, like brush size, zooming, scrolling, & on-screen canvas rotation. 16 Express Keys boost productivity by providing quick access to keyboard shortcuts.
  • Adjust the included ergonomic stand to your preferred position; it reclines to a wide range of degrees & supports landscape & portrait positions.
  • Included Pro Pen recognizes 2,048 different levels of pressure & the pen's angle so you can create detailed drawings on screen. The pen's silicone grip is ergonomic & easy to control. It comes with a carrying case, 10 extra nibs, a nib remover tool, a pen stand, & colored rings to personalize your stylus.
  • This Wacom tablet also comes with a DVI-I to DVI-D Cable adapter, a USB Cable, an AC power adapter, an installation CD with drivers, a quick start guide, print & electronic user manuals, & a software download key.


 

More Info on Wacom TabletsIntuos Wacom Pen With Bluetooth for Use With Wacom Tablets and iPads

If you'd like to learn more about our Wacom tablet options, read our full-length article on the subject, Wacom Tablets Bring Tattooing into the Digital Age. You can also visit our Wacom Pens & Tablets section to read more about each individual Wacom product we offer--a selection that includes two unique Bluetooth Wacom pens in addition to the eleven tablets detailed above. Our Wacom pens can be used with current iPads and applications like the the Bamboo Stylus Paper App to create hand-written notes, sketches and more.