How to set up a wacom tablet

See how to customize the shortcut buttons and pressure levels on your Wacom Pro Pen 2.

Set ExpressKeys ™

Customizable ExpressKeys ™ provide quick and easy shortcuts for common tasks.

Customize with optional accessories

Personalize your Wacom Intuos Pro to your preference with Texture Sheets * , Paper accessories ** (Ballpoint Pen, Finetip Pen, Paper Clip), Pro Pen slim, Pro Pen 3D, Soft Cases*, pen Nibs, Refills *** .
* Sold separately for medium and large sizes only.
** Offered with Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition M and L models only.
*** Sold separately for Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition M and L only.

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Register your Wacom Intuos Pro

If you’ve already installed your Wacom Intuos Pro, please follow these instructions to register your device.

Make sure your Wacom Intuos Pro is connected to your PC or Mac using the USB cable.

Open your Wacom Desktop Center. Select My Devices/Intuos Pro and click on the blue registration field.

Sign-in or create your Wacom ID.

Your Wacom Intuos Pro will be automatically recognized.

Have a Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition? *

Setup the Wacom Inkspace App and learn more about paper sketching with your Wacom Intuos Pro.
* Available for medium and large sizes only.

Add the extras anytime

To customize how you work even further, Wacom Intuos Pro is compatible with a range of accessories.

Recommendations and guidelines for cleaning your Wacom product

All Wacom products can be safely cleaned with 70 or 75 percent isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) when applied to a soft lint free cloth. Lightly wipe the moistened cloth on the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Wacom product, such as the display, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Wacom product in any cleaning agents. See below for additional tips or please contact your regional Wacom customer service team.

Need help getting starting with your new Wacom tablet or are you just researching drawing tablet options? It is easy to start creating with your new Wacom Intuos pen tablet.

Just follow the steps in the videos below to setup your Intuos (!the videos are audio-less!).

Set up your Intuos in just a few easy steps

Step 1

Plug the USB cable into your tablet and computer.

Step 2

Download and install the driver.
You can ‘Run Set up Wizard’ to already get some useful tips about how the Intuos tablet works.

Step 3

Restart your computer if you´re using Windows (it´s not required for Mac) and follow the instructions to set up your Intuos and get your software.
To get the complimentary software you need to sign in or create a Wacom ID and register your Intuos. Additional registration with software vendors might be required. If you’ve skipped the software download during set-up, just go to My Account, register your device, and download your software there. To download your software, click here.

Connecting your Wacom Intuos tablet via Bluetooth for Mac

Step 1

Unplug your tablet.

Step 2

Open the Bluetooth settings in the Mac System Preferences and turn Bluetooth on.

Step 3

Press and hold the power (middle) button of your Intuos for 2 seconds and the LED will start blinking blue.

Step 4

On your Mac, select ‘Connect’ for the ‘Wacom Intuos’ and you´re good to go.

Connecting your Wacom Intuos tablet via Bluetooth for Windows

Step 1

Unplug your tablet.

Step 2

Open the Devices settings in the Windows settings on your computer and select Bluetooth.

Step 3

Press and hold the power (middle) button of your Intuos for 2 seconds and the LED will start blinking blue.

Step 4

On your computer, you will now see that the ‘Wacom Intuos’ is ‘Ready to pair’ so now go ahead and click on ‘Pair’.

Customizing your Wacom Intuos tablet settings

Step 1

Open the Windows Desktop Center on your computer.

Step 2

Open the ‘ExpressKey SETTINGS’ so that the tablet driver opens up.

Step 3

Under the tab ‘Tablet’ you can customize the tablet ExpressKeys. ExpressKeys are customizable buttons for keyboard shortcuts or application functions. Learn more about ExpressKeys in the Wacom Desktop Center.

Under the second tab ‘Pen’ you can make adjustments of the pen input and also add customized actions to the pen buttons.

The tab ‘Mapping’ allows you to adjust the pen active area. Place the pen in the top right corner of the tablet and the cursor will snap directly to the top right corner of the screen.

Using your Wacom Pen

Make sure to grip your pen right in the middle so that your index finger is placed right over the front pen button. Hover the pen above the surface of the tablet to move the cursor in real-time. The tablet active surface area reflects the area of your display(s)/ monitor(s). Place the pen in the top right corner of the tablet and the cursor will snap directly to the top right corner of the screen.

Tap the pen tip to the surface of the tablet to perform a mouse click and so a double tap of the pen tip performs a double mouse click. Press the button on the pen while hovering to right-click.

Dragging the pen tip on the tablet, allows you to drag documents, for example. You can also apply pressure with the pen on tablet and that will make for thinner or thicker strokes in drawing tools.

Learn more about customizing the pen buttons in the Wacom Desktop Center.

Replacing nibs in your Wacom Pen

There are three spare nibs included in your Intuos package. You can find them at the back end of your pen. Simply screw the back of the pen off, take out one of the spare nibs and use the back end of the pen to remove the old nib.

Downloading software for your Wacom Intuos

First, open the Wacom Desktop Center. Register your product to redeem your software. Sign in or create a Wacom ID to start the process. You can always go back to the Wacom Desktop Center to register.

When you´re logged in you can select your free bundled software and start your new creative experience. Simply ‘Select Software’, choose your OS, scroll down to see the available software programs, choose and click ‘Add to Software Library’, and download the software.

Connect your Wacom Cintiq Pro to your PC or Mac using the 3-in-1 cable.

Step 2

Open your Wacom Desktop Center. Select My Devices/Wacom Cintiq Pro and click on the blue registration field.

Step 3

Sign-in or create your Wacom ID.

Step 4

Your Wacom Cintiq Pro will be automatically recognized.

Recommendations and guidelines for cleaning your Wacom product

All Wacom products can be safely cleaned with 70 or 75 percent isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) when applied to a soft lint free cloth. Lightly wipe the moistened cloth on the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Wacom product, such as the display, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Wacom product in any cleaning agents. See below for additional tips or please contact your regional Wacom customer service team.

Accessories

Wacom Bluetooth Keyboard

The perfect addition to a Cintiq Companion. A comfortable Bluetooth® keyboard for Windows with long-lasting Li-ion rechargeable battery.

Wacom Link

Leverage the power of your Mac or PC by connecting your Wacom MobileStudio Pro to your Mac or PC with the Wacom Link. Use either the USB type C connector (for best performance) or Mini DisplayPort and USB-A to connect.

Wacom Color Manager Powered by X-Rite

Designed specifically for the 27QHD to give you precision color calibration, better image quality and improved uniformity in one easy-to-use device that calibrates everything in your workflow.

Wacom Stand

Choose from three adjustable positions to suit your posture and workstation – so you can work in complete comfort.

Wacom Pro Pen 2 with Pen Case

Exceptional pen performance: Wacom Pro Pen 2 features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking.

Wacom Pro Pen 2 Case

A protective case for your Wacom Pro Pen 2.

Wacom Link Plus (for Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 and 16)

Tap into the power of your Mac or PC by connecting it to Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 or 16 with Wacom Link Plus – supporting 4K.

Wacom Soft Case Large

Protect your Wacom Intuos Pro, Cintiq Pro, Cintiq, or MobileStudio Pro with the durable, water-resistant Wacom Soft Case Large.

Wacom Soft Case Medium

Protect your Wacom Intuos Pro, Cintiq Pro or MobileStudio Pro with the durable, water-resistant Wacom Soft Case Medium.

How to set up a wacom tablet

One by Wacom now also works with Chromebook. Bringing the pen tablet into the digital classroom

Wacom takes digital learning to the next level. The realistic digital pen recreates the classroom experience from anywhere. It gives you the freedom to write, annotate, create, collaborate, study or teach in ways like never before.

This product works with devices capable of running the latest version of Chrome OS and has been certified to meet Google’s compatibility standards. Google is not responsible for the operation of this product or its compliance with safety requirements. Chromebook and the Works With Chromebook badge are trademarks of Google LLC. Pen must be used with the tablet to function with Chrome OS.

Plug-in and play. Connect your One by Wacom to a Chromebook device

Please check that your Chromebook device is compatible. One by Wacom works with Chromebook devices capable of running the latest version of Chrome OS (Kernel 4.4 + required). Plug the USB cable* respectively into your pen tablet and Chromebook device. There is no driver download and installation required. You’re all set to enjoy the advantages of the digital pen input on your Chromebook device.

Need help getting starting with your new Wacom tablet or are you just researching drawing tablet options? It is easy to start creating with your new Wacom Intuos pen tablet.

Just follow the steps in the videos below to setup your Intuos (!the videos are audio-less!).

Set up your Intuos in just a few easy steps

Step 1

Plug the USB cable into your tablet and computer.

Step 2

Download and install the driver.
You can ‘Run Set up Wizard’ to already get some useful tips about how the Intuos tablet works.

Step 3

Restart your computer if you´re using Windows (it´s not required for Mac) and follow the instructions to set up your Intuos and get your software.
To get the complimentary software you need to sign in or create a Wacom ID and register your Intuos. Additional registration with software vendors might be required. If you’ve skipped the software download during set-up, just go to My Account, register your device, and download your software there. To download your software, click here.

Connecting your Wacom Intuos tablet via Bluetooth for Mac

Step 1

Unplug your tablet.

Step 2

Open the Bluetooth settings in the Mac System Preferences and turn Bluetooth on.

Step 3

Press and hold the power (middle) button of your Intuos for 2 seconds and the LED will start blinking blue.

Step 4

On your Mac, select ‘Connect’ for the ‘Wacom Intuos’ and you´re good to go.

Connecting your Wacom Intuos tablet via Bluetooth for Windows

Step 1

Unplug your tablet.

Step 2

Open the Devices settings in the Windows settings on your computer and select Bluetooth.

Step 3

Press and hold the power (middle) button of your Intuos for 2 seconds and the LED will start blinking blue.

Step 4

On your computer, you will now see that the ‘Wacom Intuos’ is ‘Ready to pair’ so now go ahead and click on ‘Pair’.

Customizing your Wacom Intuos tablet settings

Step 1

Open the Windows Desktop Center on your computer.

Step 2

Open the ‘ExpressKey SETTINGS’ so that the tablet driver opens up.

Step 3

Under the tab ‘Tablet’ you can customize the tablet ExpressKeys. ExpressKeys are customizable buttons for keyboard shortcuts or application functions. Learn more about ExpressKeys in the Wacom Desktop Center.

Under the second tab ‘Pen’ you can make adjustments of the pen input and also add customized actions to the pen buttons.

The tab ‘Mapping’ allows you to adjust the pen active area. Place the pen in the top right corner of the tablet and the cursor will snap directly to the top right corner of the screen.

Using your Wacom Pen

Make sure to grip your pen right in the middle so that your index finger is placed right over the front pen button. Hover the pen above the surface of the tablet to move the cursor in real-time. The tablet active surface area reflects the area of your display(s)/ monitor(s). Place the pen in the top right corner of the tablet and the cursor will snap directly to the top right corner of the screen.

Tap the pen tip to the surface of the tablet to perform a mouse click and so a double tap of the pen tip performs a double mouse click. Press the button on the pen while hovering to right-click.

Dragging the pen tip on the tablet, allows you to drag documents, for example. You can also apply pressure with the pen on tablet and that will make for thinner or thicker strokes in drawing tools.

Learn more about customizing the pen buttons in the Wacom Desktop Center.

Replacing nibs in your Wacom Pen

There are three spare nibs included in your Intuos package. You can find them at the back end of your pen. Simply screw the back of the pen off, take out one of the spare nibs and use the back end of the pen to remove the old nib.

Downloading software for your Wacom Intuos

First, open the Wacom Desktop Center. Register your product to redeem your software. Sign in or create a Wacom ID to start the process. You can always go back to the Wacom Desktop Center to register.

When you´re logged in you can select your free bundled software and start your new creative experience. Simply ‘Select Software’, choose your OS, scroll down to see the available software programs, choose and click ‘Add to Software Library’, and download the software.

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In my other post, I have mentioned some great drawing tablets for Linux. Now, in this guide, I will show you How to set up a Wacom tablet on Linux.

Most Linux distros already have Wacom drivers pre-installed, you just have to plug your Wacom tablet and you’re good to go.

If by any chance, your particular Linux OS doesn’t have the drivers pre-installed, then you have to manually install the drivers. The Linux Wacom project provides necessary drivers for the Wacom tablet to work on Linux based systems.

Pre-Requisites to Setup Wacom Tablet on Linux

  • Wacom Tablet (I am using One by Wacom (CTL-472) model)
  • Linux based OS installed and running (I am using Ubuntu here.)
  • Internet connection to download Wacom drivers.
  • Sudo / Root access required.

The Linux Wacom Project

The Linux Wacom Project manages the drivers, libraries and documentation for working of Wacom tablets on Linux based systems.

Their drivers are pre-installed in major Linux distros and provide out-of-the-box support for a variety of Wacom tablets. All you have to do is plug in the Wacom tablet and start working.

Linux Wacom project provides drivers that are compatible with most distributions released since 2010. If the model is too new, then there are chances the drivers are not inbuilt in your Linux distro. In this case, you have to manually install the drivers.

Linux Wacom provides 3 packages for configuring and running Wacom tablets.

Each of these packages serves a different purpose. You just have to install the package/s that fits your use case.

The packages and their respective use cases are as follows:

1. Kernel Drivers – If the system does not recognize your tablet and move the mouse pointer.

2. X Driver – If applications do not recognize the tablet and provide pressure sensitivity.

3. libwacom – If the control panel does not recognize your tablet and provide appropriate options.

But before manually installing anything, it’s recommended to perform a system update to ensure the latest drivers are automatically installed which may be sufficient for your tablet to work.

How to set up a wacom tablet

To do a system update use the following command:

On Ubuntu/Debian based systems:

On RedHat/Fedora based systems:

For Arch-based systems:

After the system update, restart your PC and check if the tablet is working. If it still doesn’t work, then proceed with installing Wacom drivers manually.

Installing Wacom Drivers on Linux

The easiest way to install or update the Wacom driver is to use the packages provided by your distribution.

Note: The commands I am using here are for Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint. You can find commands and detailed instructions for other Linux distributions by following these links:

Installing Kernel Driver:

1. To Install kernel drivers, first download and extract the latest release from Linux Wacom releases page.

2. Install the necessary dependencies.

3. Next, navigate to the extracted directory and run the following command:

4. After successful installation, reboot the system. The drivers should automatically load after rebooting the system and your Wacom tablet should be detected.

In case, you face any errors in the above steps, then visit the Linux Wacom official documentation for detailed instructions.

Installing X Driver:

I am installing X Driver on Ubuntu here, so I am using the following command:

You can find the command to install X Driver for your particular distros on the xf86-input-wacom GitHub page.

Installing libwacom:

1. Install the build dependencies:

2. Download and extract the libwacom from the libwacom releases page.

3. Navigate to the extracted directory and run the following commands:

4. Restart the system.

Wacom Tablet settings in GNOME

Once you have successfully installed the necessary drivers, run the following command and you should be able to see your Wacom tablet.

You can also use xsetwacom command to see the list of Wacom devices attached to your PC.

Using xsetwacom command, you can also customize the buttons and other settings for your tablet. Use the manual of xsetwacom to learn further about its usage.

You can also use the graphical settings provided by GNOME to configure your Wacom tablet on Linux.

Open settings and search for Wacom. You’ll find the settings for the stylus and tablet there.

Installing, Configuring and Using Wacom Tablet with GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X and Windows operating systems.

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides the tools needed for high-quality image manipulation.

Let’s see how to install this program on Ubuntu and configure the Wacom tablet to use with GIMP.

Installing GIMP

1. GIMP is available in the Ubuntu Software Center. You can either install it graphically or using the command:

2. After installation, you can start GIMP graphically via the applications menu.

Configuring Wacom with GIMP

Now, to configure the Wacom tablet with GIMP follow the steps:

1. Open GIMP and click on Edit → Input Devices

Edit → Preferences → Input Devices → Configure Extended Input Devices

This will open the “Configure Input Devices tab”

2. You’ll see the settings for your tablet, pen etc. You can change the mode, pressure curve, keys and other options according to your convenience.

3. After configuring, save and close the tab.

Using Wacom with GIMP

Now, try to draw or write something using your Wacom tablet on GIMP.

Conclusion

I hope this guide helped you to set up the Wacom tablet on your Linux Distro. As I previously said, the Wacom drivers are inbuilt in most Linux distros, so you will not have any problem using them especially on GNOME and KDE Desktop environments.

If you are an artist, then go for KDE desktop environment as it has support for most tablet devices along with the famous painting program – Krita.

Learn about recommended settings for using Wacom tablets with Photoshop.

Adobe does not test or officially support non-Wacom third-party tablets. Contact the original manufacturer for help with using their tablets.

  • Huion Support
  • Ugee Support

Customize Wacom pen and pressure settings in Photoshop

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Windows

Windows Ink and WinTab are competing technologies. Wintab is older and more mature while Windows Ink is newer and is built on a more modern code base. Depending on your needs one or the other may be a better choice for you. Going forward, Adobe plans on shifting resources to improve the Windows Ink experience.

  • Windows Ink is the default experience on Windows 10.
  • Windows 7 users do not have the option to use Windows Ink. WinTab is the legacy driver that supports connected drawing tablets and delivers pen pressure on Windows 7. Microsoft announced the end of support for Windows 7 by January 14, 2020.

Wacom Tablet Properties

Select the Use Windows Ink option in the Wacom Tablet Properties window.
To learn more about Wacom Tablet Properties, see Wacom’s support article.

How to set up a wacom tablet

I’ve just borrowed a Wacom Intuos3 graphics tablet off my brother. However he’d lost the CD that came with it so I had to root around on the internet to get it working on my Microsoft Windows 8.1 laptop.

Now that it is up and running I thought I’d write a quick article about downloading and installing the latest Wacom drivers in case anyone else found it useful.

Step 1: Identify The Tablet

The way to do this is to look at the sticker on the back of the tablet and then consult this Wacom page:

This is what’s on the back of the tablet:

How to set up a wacom tablet

As you can see the tablet model number is PTZ-630 meaning that it is an Intuos3.

Step 2: Download The Drivers

I found the drivers I needed from this page:

How to set up a wacom tablet

Step 3: Run The Executable file

Once downloaded, I ran the executable file (WacomTablet_6.3.11-4a.exe) which begins by extracting files:

How to set up a wacom tablet

Step 4: Accept The License Agreement

How to set up a wacom tablet

Step 5: Reboot Your Computer

When the installation completed, it asked me to restart.

How to set up a wacom tablet

Step 6: Check The Installed Apps

Just to make sure, I checked the Installed Apps screen after the reboot to see if the Wacom software was present.

How to set up a wacom tablet

Step 7: Connect The Tablet

I connected the tablet’s USB cable and Windows started installing the Micosoft onscreen keyboard.

How to set up a wacom tablet

Once this is completed, you will see a new keyboard icon in your systray at the bottom right corner of your screen: