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Editing Directly On Screen!

Special Promotion: New And Amazing Wacom Cintiq 16

Better Photography readers will receive a 10% discount on all products in the store. Discount code: BETTERPHOTO10.

Looking to take your editing skills to the next level? Check out Wacom’s new Cintiq 16 – an affordable pen display with all the features you need. 

Why do photographers need a pen display to edit their photographs? If you’re using the adjustment brush in Lightroom, layers and masks in Photoshop, or even the layers in Capture One, you’ll know that you need to ‘select’ and ‘paint’ areas of your image in order to edit creatively.

The difficulty, for me at least, is using a mouse. I find it awkward to hold down a button and then move the mouse around the side of my desk. Growing up, drawing and painting was always with a pencil or a brush, so why suddenly do we need to use a mouse?

Don’t get me wrong: a mouse is a great pointing device and I still have a mouse attached to some of my computers. But when it comes to editing my photos, I immediately switch to my Wacom Pro Pen 2. My edits are so much easier to perform. They are more accurate. I can be more precise and I don’t get tired fingers and hands from awkwardly holding a mouse. For me, there is no better option than a pen.

And even better than a pen is a pen which works on top of a display, so I’m working directly on my image.

At the heart of all of Wacom’s products is the pen. This is the remarkable Pro Pen 2.

Cintiq 16

Wacom has been producing pen tablets since 1983 and produced the first ever pen display, the original Cintiq, in 2001. Today, Wacom pens are used for virtually all types of animated movie creation, game development and industrial design because using a pen is natural, intuitive and it speeds up production. So, if it’s good enough for artists who spend their entire lives working on images and designs, it has to be beneficial for photographers as well.

However, in the past, the Wacom Cintiqs with their built-in screens haven’t been the least expensive accessory you could buy, but all that has changed with the new Wacom Cintiq 16.

At just $899 RRP, this is a tool you can’t afford not to have!

The Wacom ExpressKey Remote means you can put away your keyboard as well!

Work Directly on Screen

Wacom Cintiq 16 combines a pen and a display for a seamless experience that not only feels totally natural, but also makes you more productive. The Wacom Pro Pen 2 features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and a low activation force, so it recognises even the lightest pen strokes. This is really useful when you’re fine tuning a mask or an adjustment brush.

The Pro Pen 2 offers amazing precision and control, reacting to the tilt of your hand and accurately responding to each movement, immediately.

Wacom’s EMR (Electro Magnetic Resonance) technology allows the Wacom Pro Pen 2 to draw the power it needs from your Wacom Cintiq – so the pen itself doesn’t need a battery.

Even better, the Wacom Pro Pen 2 looks and feels like a regular pen so you don’t need to learn any new techniques before you start working on your images. The balance of weight, rubber grip and the positioning of the two side buttons combine to make it sit comfortably in your hand.

Plus, those buttons are programmable, giving you immediate control and making your favourite software’s shortcuts easy to access.

Cables are discreetly kept aside so your Cintiq always looks neat and tidy.

No Keyboard?

While I still use a keyboard, when editing my photographs I put it to the side, using the ExpressKey Remote (or the built in buttons on some of my other Wacom devices).

Using keyboard shortcuts and actions, I have set up Photoshop, Capture One and InDesign so they can be operated without a keyboard.

And then there’s the enjoyment of working directly on the screen.

The Cintiq’s 16” slimline display makes even the longest working day comfortable and productive. The 1920x1080 px full HD display provides you with clarity to see every detail of your work, while a layer of anti-glare film prevents distracting reflections as you work.

And combined with the Pro Pen 2, it makes drawing on the Wacom Cintiq feel as familiar as drawing on paper.

With reduced parallax, your cursor appears exactly where you would expect and, built of durable, scratch resistant materials, Wacom Cintiq 16 is a creative tool you can rely on day after day.

There are built-in legs for ergonomic positioning on the Wacom Cintiq 16.

Easy Positioning

In addition to a set of high-grip rubber feet, Wacom Cintiq 16 features a pair of foldable legs so you can quickly get into the perfect position. Go from almost flat to a 19° incline.

An optional stand gives you even more flexible and ergonomic positions.

The Wacom Cintiq 16 is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, offering an HDMI port and a standard USB-A port.

An optional stand provides even more ways to hold and position your Wacom Cintiq 16.

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To purchase a Wacom Cintiq 16, visit the Wacom eStore at, or selected retailers.

Better Photography readers will receive a 10% discount on all products in the store. Discount code: BETTERPHOTO10.


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