Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen
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- Enhance your professional workflow by capturing digital data while sketching with a ball-pen on normal paper
- The ink sketch can be structured in layers while drawing - no need to re-create layers in software
- Features 1,024 levels of pressure-sensitivity for natural pen strokes
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Wacom Inkling. Scans while you scribble.
Although you still tend to start the creative process on good old pen and paper, you are sometimes frustrated that your new ideas are "trapped" until you get the chance to scan them in somewhere.
If this sounds like you, then the Inkling is going to become the tool you just can't do without. It's a digital stylus fitted onto a ballpoint pen which can write on all types of paper. As you sketch, each move is recorded electronically and exported directly to the graphics program of your choice as either a raster or vector file. Even better: at the touch of a button, you can work in layers to save and document each stage of your design, allowing you to clearly separate your first sketches from your final drawings.
Inkling in 3 steps:
Have an idea.
Use your Inkling to start drawing anywhere, on any paper.
Import your layered sketches directly to your PC or Mac as a raster or vector file.
All the Inkling features at a glance
- Records digital data while just sketching with a ballpoint pen on a sheet of paper
- Structures your sketch in layers live, as you draw
- Offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for natural pen strokes which can be edited later, even as vector graphics
- Save hundreds of high-resolution drawings on the receiver before transferring them to your PC or Mac as JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG or PDF files
- Enjoy the time-saving flexibility of exporting your sketches into standard digital arts programmes. Edit in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (CS3 or higher), or use Autodesk SketchBook Pro and SketchBook Designer (2011 or higher)
Functionality and benefits:
Draw and sketch directly onto paper
Just turn on your Inkling pen, fix the receiver to the sheet of paper, and get drawing. It doesn't matter if you're working in a sketchbook, on loose sheets, or on a serviette: your Inkling pen can do without special printed or coated paper. All it needs is the receiver on the edge of the paper to record and save every stroke on anything up to A4 (21 x 29.7cm).
Record your ideas – wherever you are
Your Inkling can save several hundred drawings, and the pen gives you around eight hours of battery life. Afterwards, just leave your Inkling in the charger case and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Whether you're in a client meeting, in a café, or on a plane or train, you can enjoy total creative freedom anywhere in the world.
Save each layer of your idea
By pressing the button on the receiver, you can produce layers with your Inkling pen as you draw. Later on, each layer is available to be worked on separately.
The Inkling Sketch Manager
Use the Inkling Sketch Manager to transfer your drawings directly onto your computer, as well as to manage all of your designs and to separate out or bring together layers you defined while working. The Sketch Manager turns your designs into raster and vector graphics files that you can then work on in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator or AutodeskSketchBook Pro and SketchBook Designer.
One click is enough to transfer your sketches into the graphics program of your choice and the layers and line thickness of your design are kept intact; you can also export your drawing as a whole in a variety of standard image file formats such as JPEG, PNG, PDF, BMP, TIFF or SVG, as well as the original Inkling format.
Who uses Inkling?
The Inkling is the perfect tool for illustrators to produce rough drawings. Wherever you are, you can get going with a simple sketch and then use Photoshop or Sketchbook Pro to turn it into a finished illustration later on.
As well as being able to draw brilliantly, comic artists need to have a well-developed feel for overall design aspects: each comic, each graphic novel starts life as a rough blueprint which is used to determine the layout and look of the individual panels.
Fashion and industrial designers:
For industrial designers, sketches are an important part of the creative process, and as a rule, they produce hundreds, perhaps even thousands of roughs of which only a select few are actually rendered or turned into scale models. Thanks to Inkling's ability to save numerous drawings, however, the first step of producing sketches is no longer confined to paper, and even the most unusual of ideas can be digitised, accessed, and edited at a later point in time.
Digital Inkling pen
Inkling charger case
4 replacement ink cartridges
Inkling Sketch Manager software
Quick introductory instructions
Online user manual
Top Customer Reviews
I've been using Wacom products for years, and I've always been pleased with their products, so I was excited by this as it felt like innovation from the digital artists champion. Unfortunately, it's not a great as one might hope.
Basically, if you're a digital artist, this is great for initial sketches and jotting down ideas. If you're the kind of person who likes to spitball with a pen and a piece of paper before settling on a design or image, then this is great to do that with. The pen and the case it comes with is light and portable, so sitting down somewhere to jot down a few ideas is easily done. The batteries last long enough between charges and the memory holds more than enough sketches.
But you will not create finished pieces with this. The pen just isn't accurate enough yet. What you draw on the paper will come out more or less on the computer, but it'll also be quite messy, the lines won't be as smooth and occasionally some lines will be out of place.
So better for the initial sketches rather than the final piece. Bit of a shame, it would have been nice to be able to do my line work with a pen and paper and then use that same line-work in Photoshop for the colouring, but this pen can't quite do that yet.
And I say yet, this feels to me more like a proof of concept from Wacom. I feel almost like their second iteration of this pen may well be what we hoped this one would be.
So, I'd recommend it if you're going to use it for the purposes I mentioned above, but do not expect it to produce exactly what you've draw on the paper. Manage your expectations with this product.
There are some small accuracy issues and your saved drawing will differ slightly from what you have drawn but it was always advertised as a tool for making sketches rather than art masterpieces.
The fact you can clip it onto anything is also very helpful as you can be for example on a train, clip it to a newspaper in which you have found a photo of an interesting face and so you trace over it and once you go home you have a rough sketch of that face to import into photoshop or illustrator and you can start work right away rather than trying to either scan the newspaper or spent ages on the internet looking for a good photo to trace.
Another great feature is the 'make new layer' button which I use very often. If I am sketching from the ground up I will first lay a rough outline of the figure or face. Then with each new layer I will build up facial features, hair and any other final details. If I am not sure if I for example should add nose piercing or tattoos to my character sketch then I simply draw it in another layer so that once I connect it to the PC I simply take off layers that didn't work well- problem solved!
I would have rated it 5 stars if the product was more accurate but a good way of getting round that is to put a lot of lines and shading down which works best for me.
Great product, if you are like me and trying to crossover from traditional art into digital this little gadget will be very helpful.
Highly recommended - you can also use it like a regular usb tablet pen (albeit without pressure sensitivity)
I gave this product only one star because the software is an absolute catastrophy. The plugin that is required to get sketches loaded into Illustrator causes the CC and the CC2014 version to crash. I had to install the CS6 version in order to benefit from single line vectors.The suggested workaround to export into PDF and open in Illustrator generates outlines and fills that mimic variable stroke weights. Not a visible solution at all if one wants to edit sketches. Here comes the part that makes the sketch manager software a disaster. I have to delete Illustrator CC2014 in order to get Sketch Manager to open the drawings in Illustrator CS6. I cannot choose which editor I want to open my sketch in and thus Sketch Manager goes for the latest version, automatically installs the Inkling plug-in (even after I manually removed it from the plug-ins folder) and renders Illustrator useless again. The Sketch Manager seems to be very half baked and still feels more like an early beta release than a full release. There are not many choices to personalise the Inkling (an option to deactivate variable stroke width would be very helpful for example)
Adobe's CC 2014 has been released several months ago and I don't know what the Inkling developers are doing but they don't seem to be too keen to release a working software that is compatible with the latest CC versions.
All in all I am extremely disappointed with the Inkling and I am considering to send it back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an interesting gadget that's not as good as it should have been, Be warned, however, that batteries are no longer available for it and a standard 1/3 AAA will not fit although... Read morePublished 22 months ago by PJ Lightning
I personally think this product is a waste of time, Contacted "Wacom" customer services for help and they was unable to help, item was returnedPublished 22 months ago by Kesza
It is fair to say that the product is not fit for purpose. I wanted it to work in particular because the pen is good to hold, it's a great package and it creates a vector document... Read morePublished on 17 May 2015 by François-Marie Arouet
Great product and supper fast delivery. I m not an artist but I use it for keeping track of ideas. It can be also used as a mouse which is great for drawing when in conference... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2015 by Michael
*UPDATE* I have today (12/6/14) been informed by Wacom that due to the Inkling not being as successful as they would like, it was discontinued as of last year. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by Pete F.
A decent project,but for those looking for a good pen-tablet, I would recommend just spending the extra and buying a proper one and this is difficult to use.Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by Slyphor