by Caleb Goellner

Get Started with the Intuos Creative Stylus 2: Apps, Pairing and More

The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 has arrived and it's set to deliver the fine-tipped digital art experience you've been waiting for on the iPad Mini, iPad 3, iPad Air or later. If you're in line to start making lines with Wacom's latest tablet tool, we've got the instructions you need to ensure a productive experience from unboxing to working straight on your screen. Get the authoritative primer on charging your stylus, pairing it with your favorite apps, and activating its performance and productivity features below.

 

Here’s the first step: turn on Bluetooth and disable multitasking gestures in your settings. 

Next step: open up a compatible app.

App Support

Bamboo Paper, SketchBook Mobile, Zen Brush and Concepts all currently support ICS2's full functionality, giving artists instant access to some of the most popular creation tools for the iPad. Palm rejection and shortcut button support is forthcoming on ArtRage. Full support on Adobe Line, Adobe Sketch, Ink, Tayasui Sketches is expected by the end of 2014.

 

Pairing with compatible apps

Powering on your iPad's Bluetooth functionality will allow you to use your activated Intuos Creative Stylus 2 as basic input device, but tapping its full capabilities requires pairing the pen with compatible art apps. Pairing procedures differ from app to app, but each activates the ICS2's full 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and two programmable buttons.

First, consult our growing list of compatible apps to ensure your favorite art, design or note-taking app supports the ICS2. Once you've identified your app of choice, open it up and press the ICS2's center side switch to make sure it's not in sleep mode. Its blue indicator light will flash for approximately two seconds as it connects to your iPad. Pairing varies from app-to-app, and sometimes requires navigating a settings menu for stylus options. In Wacom's Bamboo Paper, however, pairing is as simple as tapping the app's wireless icon, which prompts you to tap your ICS2 nib into to a circle for as few as five seconds to establish a connection.

If a connection is lost when the iPad is powered down or enters sleep mode, or if you switch between apps for too long, run through the same pairing procedure to reconnect.

Charging

Although the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 can be activated right out of the box, pulling the pen from its hardshell case, popping up its rear silicone charger cover and plugging it into a power source via its included USB 3.0 port will ensure its internal battery delivers its full potential. With up to 26 hours of precision performance on a full charge, your ICS2 can draw all day -- and into the next -- giving artists the flexibility they need to create on their schedule.

Palm Rejection

Palm rejection for the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is currently supported on Bamboo Paper, SketchBook Mobile and Zen Brush, with many more apps to come. Compatible apps with this functionality allow ICS2 users to rest their palms on the tablet while drawing without registering stray marks or activating various touch functions in an app by mistake. While palm rejection works automatically in some cases, adjusting your iPad's system settings to disable Multitasking gestures will ensure peak performance.

Changing Nibs

The durable 2.9 mm Intuos Creative Stylus 2 nib is designed for maximum line mileage, but when the time comes to retire a well-traveled tip, the replacement is easy. Your ICS2 comes packed with a new nib that's ready-to-go inside the pen's case, located directly on top of the nib-removal tool. Simply insert the current nib into the metal-framed hole, tilt the stylus slightly, and pull. Once the previous nib is removed, you can pop in the new stylus point and get back to work.

The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and the Bamboo Stylus fineline

With two fine-tipped stylus options available from Wacom, users may be wondering whether the Bamboo Stylus fineline or the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will best suit their needs. Each stylus is a powerful iPad input device, with the ICS2 designed for digital art performance and the fineline optimized for note taking. 

The ICS2's features two programmable buttons and a 2.9 millimeter tip that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It comes packed in a black hardshell case outfitted with a USB 3.0 charging cord and optional replacement nib. 

The fineline sports a 1.9 millimeter tip, a single programmable button, 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and design evocative of a traditional ballpoint pen or marker that's available in six different colors. 

Both styli will be supported on many of the same apps, with durable, replaceable nibs built to last longer than 62 miles worth of lines.

Which stylus is right for you? Read more about the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 here and Bamboo Stylus fineline here.