You will only be entitled to free Wacom software if you purchase one of their drawing tablets that come with a software bundle. The most popular one is the Wacom Intuos.
It is also very important to note that the free software bundle is only available for those who are located in the Americas, it doesn’t matter the country.
I have written an entire post dedicated to this drawing table, som if you’re considering buying it, make sure to read more about the Wacom Intuos.
Now, once you make sure you have purchased a device that comes with a free software bundle, all you have to do is collecting these 3 pieces of information:
- Product’s serial number
- Date of purchase
- Software Bundle Download Key (SBD key)
Once you have the items mentioned above, all you have to do is register your product to download the software free from the Wacom website.
Here are the 5 steps you will need to follow before using the software:
The first step is to log in at Wacom’s web site. Click on “log in” on the site’s header, put in a password and user name or go through the steps to create an account.
Then, go to register your product, which is outlined in the next step.
In this step, follow the prompts to either say you’ve created a new account or have an existing account. Once you’ve done that then click on the button to register your product. For existing customers, the register button is at the top of the my account section.
Pick the Model
Choose the model matching that of your tablet product and then type in the SBD key, the purchase date along with the serial number. Once your tablet is registered, you can claim and download your free software.
Get Free Software
Getting the free software is next. First, click on the button for free offers and software. Pick the right operating system for your tablet by clicking either macOS or Windows. Now, just pick the software and add it to your library.
The final thing you must do is to acknowledge your selections are final before hitting submit. Go to your library and click on the download button to access the software and install it.
While Wacom does offer professional-grade software with some of its products, the majority of the devices sold by the company do not come with any kind of software apart from the regular drivers that are essential for the drawing tablets to work properly.
That said, in case you happened to purchase a drawing tablet that doesn’t come with freebies, there is no reason to feel bad about it. I say this for 2 reasons:
- There are numerous free software options that work incredibly well with drawing tablets, some of them emulate Adobe Photoshop, some others emulate Adobe Illustrator.
- In case you decide to take your artistic journey more seriously, having access to Wacom’s free software won’t make any difference because at the end of the day you will still have to use the industry-standard software, which is basically the Adobe Suite (available through subscription).
Well, this is it! I hope this article was helpful to you and in case you still have any questions, make sure to leave me a message below.