I understand that the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium has an active area with a ratio of 16:10. Depending on settings, this can scale across an entire monitor of a different ratio.

Is there a significant difference between using the tablet with a 16:9 monitor vs a 16:10? Will the shape of my drawings be smushed or stretched if the aspect ratio of the monitor is not the same as the tablet's?

I tried a friend's Wacom Intuos Pro Medium and had a very hard time accurately placing my hand to aim at a particular place on the screen. Is that something that goes away with time, or is it because of the aspect ratio, or something else?

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It doesn't really matter.

The Wacom Intuos preferences have an option to keep the tablet proportional or to stretch to fill the available area, use only a single monitor if you have multiple monitors connected, or even to only use a portion of a monitor.

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In short, the Intuos preferences are designed to allow you to set things to a work area that is comfortable to you. You don't have to adhere to some locked in setting and learn to live with it.

(Note Babmoo and other tablet preferences from Wacom are generally different and may not offer all the options availble for an Intuos or Cintique tablet.)

I use my Intuos 5 Touch (same as Intuos Pro) across 3 - 27/28" monitors. It works across all 3 and doesn't alter any sense of proportion while drawing. The tablet area is greatly "squished" horizontaly to cover the entire +7,600px width and quite honestly, I've never even thought of your question. It feels perfectly natural to me regardless of where on the tablet I'm drawing.

Truth of the matter is, you will inherently adjust. The same way you tend to inherently adjust when drawing on different sized pieces of paper. And you can tweak as necessary.

Your friend may have had the mapping set up so that he/she was comfortable... that doesn't mean it was a good set up for you. In addition, it generally takes a week or two to get accustomed to the tablet. So just sitting down and trying one for a bit won't really allow you to get familiar with it. It'll give you an idea of how it feels and if you think it may be helpful... but until you use one more often your hand/eye coordination will struggle a bit. I tend to advise new tablet users to put their mouse/trackball/touchpad in a drawer for a week and only use the tablet stylus for everything. After that week, the tablet will generally feel as natural as writing on paper....

  • What size is your intuos 5?
    – Menasheh
    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:22
  • I currently have a "large" which I use on the primary system. (screenshots above reflect the "large") Biggest thing is.... see the active area in the second screenshot above? that's it at it's maximum size..... it can't be increased any further. So, even though the tablet itself appears to have a larger work area... the actual active surface is smaller than the physical tablet would have you believe. Smaller tablets don't have as much "dead" space on the device itself.
    – Scott
    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:31

No, It does not matter. You can use it with a vertical monitor or on an old CRT monitor at 1024x768 for example and the cursor simply stops at the border.

The process of using a tablent is not a "blind" aiming. You see the cursor position before clicking on the tablet.

One exception could be if you are using it to trace a phisical pice of paper on top of the drawing tablet, yes you need to configure the tablet options to compensate the "squashed" diference.

But if you are drawing free hand the hand needs to reinterpret a totally diferent position on what you do and what you see, so this 1/10 diference is very little.

  • I don't think you answered the question. I know it scales, but does that affect the drawing or the cursor-aiming?
    – Menasheh
    Nov 30, 2016 at 17:58

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