Intuos Creative Stylus 2

An Intuos Creative Stylus 2 (ICS2) from Wacom is something the artistic iPad crowd has been waiting for since - well - since the introduction of the iPad!

It's a pressure sensitive stylus that works on any iPad with Bluetooth 4.0 - in other words it's a connected stylus.

What makes it different different from all of the capacitive styluses in that it connects and interacts with an iPad.  The capacitive product do not connect, they just make marks.

There are multiple reasons why the ICS2 is an awesome product and probably at the top of the list is the fact that it's pressure sensitive - yes - pressure sensitive!

What that means is when you press the ICS2 harder on the iPad the dynamics of the stroke you are making will change.  The stroke will get darker and/or bigger depending on the App you are using.

The iPad completely changed the computing market when introduced and now the introduction of the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 changes everything once again.

I've shown my Intuos Creative Stylus 2 to a lot of different folks (artistic and non-artistic alike) and everyone of them were both amazed by an enthusiastic about the ICS 2. It's a real winner and given what it can do it's relatively inexpensive.

So what makes the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 so unique?

In the first place it's pressure sensitive - the ICS 2 will recognize 2048 levels of pressure on an iPad. How impressive is that? Now you can shade your artwork on your iPad!

Secondly - if your app supports it then you have the benefit of Palm Rejection when using the ICS 2. Palm Rejection means that you can place your hand on the screen of the iPad and it will not make any extraneous marks because only the pen is active.

A tagline from Wacom is "Professional Precision, Natural Response" and that can be seen in the build of the pen.

  • This version has a thinner and firmer tip that draws more naturally and lasts much longer compared to the previous version of the Intuos Creative Stylus.
  • The pen has a flared soft touch grip which is both comfortable and natural feeling.
  • The rechargeable battery will last up to 26 hours.

Want to see it in action?  Here's a video for you ...

iPad Compatability

The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 doesn't work on all iPads.  I'e got an iPad 2 and it's not compatible with the ICS 2 because it doesn't have the correct version of Bluetooth.

The ICS2 requires Bluetooth 4 and these are the iPads that will work perfectly with the pressure sensitive, palm rejecting pen from Wacom.

  • iPad 3 and 4.
  • iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3.
  • iPad Air

Getting Started With Your ICS 2

Meet your fabulous new stylus ...

Charge your stylus and make sure the Firmware is always up-to-date.  Download the Firmware Update App at the App Store ...


Some of the Apps are free while others are paid Apps.  All of the apps in the preceding graphic are pressure sensitive and some of them include Palm Rejection as well.

Palm Rejection

Palm rejection is very useful and it's a feature that's included with the app.  This is the writing selection panel included with Bamboo Paper - as you can see, it's ambidextrous which makes a lot of sense.  My position of choice is the bottom right,

If you select the correct writing position then palm rejection will work.  

If you choose incorrectly then you're going to have some challenges.

I've tried a few apps and here are my observations.

Bamboo Paper

The free App from Wacom and it's both pressure sensitive and supports palm rejection.  Taking notes, drawing and sketching with the ICS 2 and Bamboo Paper is just a lot of fun!

Bamboo Paper has a basic tool bar with enough tools to sketch, draw and make notes.

AutoDesk SketchBook

This is the free App from Sketchbook. It's a wonderful app for the artists and it's pretty darn good even if your artwork is less than awesome. SketchBook is both pressure sensitive and Palm Rejecting.  

This version a many useful tools and there is a paid Pro version with even more artistic tools.


This is a paid App which is jam packed with neat features.  You can draw, make notes, import pictures and annotate PDF files with your Intuos Creative Stylus to name just a few.

GoodNotes supports palm rejection and also has a 'curtain' that will not allow extraneous marks on your iPad.


You can easily capture your thoughts, ideas, discoveries and inspiration with OneNote - the amazing digital notebook.

The great thing about OneNote is that all your notes are synced between all of your devices - Windows, Macs and android.


What do the lights mean?

The LED lights give you the status of your stylus, informing you about pairing, connecting or a low battery. There are two colors, blue and red, and the lights can either be solid or blink. Here is an overview of what this means in detail:

  1. Blinking blue light = Stylus is ready to connect with the app
  2. Blue light solid for two seconds = Stylus is connected with the app
  3. Blinking red light = Low battery
  4. Red light solid= Battery is recharging

My app screen moves when I rest my palm on the screen.  How can I avoid this?

Disable Multitasking Gestures on your iPad in Settings/General.

What is palm rejection?  How does it work?  How do I enable it?

When a display supports pen input and touch, palm rejection allows you to rest your palm comfortably on the iPad screen while using the stylus. Without this feature, your palm would leave stray marks on the digital paper in an app. Please note that this feature requires support by the respective app (apps with a small hand support Palm Rejection).

In some apps, I experience an offset between the tip of my ICS 2 and the line drawn on my iPad.  How can I avoid this?

As only supported apps have the ability to properly correct this gap, please make sure that you are using a supported app. If you use non-supported apps, you can minimize this effect by holding the stylus in a more vertical way.  Also make sure you have chosen your correct writing position in the app (Bamboo Paper Writing Position).

How does the ICS 2 support pressure sensitivity?

The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 integrates Wacom’s industry-leading pressure sensitive technology and can distinguish between 2048 pressure levels. Please note that this is a feature that requires special support in apps.

Coloring with the
Intuos Creative Stylus 2


I was recently in a major bookstore and was astounded by the number of adult coloring books available. It seems it's the latest thing for fun and stress reduction.

Luckily if you have an Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and a compatible iPad (if you missed it - here's the list) then you can do coloring with your pen on your iPad!

After seeing all of the adult coloring books I figured it would be a good idea to check the App Store to see what coloring apps where available. I found a few … and if you Google adult coloring you will find an amazing number of images and books available.

The following are couple coloring apps I've downloaded and have been playing with.


Coloring therapy for adults and it's free to download.  Simply tap to color one of the many projects.

the categories include florals, animals, mandalas, famous paintings, oriental and exotic with more to come.


This is an advanced coloring book for all ages.  Four drawing modes - pen draw, touch to fill, directional gradient and magic for little ones with 240 levels and 120 colors.

there are a huge number of categories - from monsters and halloween, to  dinosaours and mushrooms.

Some coloring - sure is fun!

The Mandala was downloaded, imported into Sketchbook and painted.  The painting was done on a layer set to Multiply Blend Mode to keep the line drawing part visible.

What you need to do now is invest in an Intuos Creative Stylus for your iPad, download some drawing, painting and coloring apps and then let your creativity run wild ...!

Want more information - here's a link to the Wacom page.

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