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Wacom ‎DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet User Manual

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Wacom ‎DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet

Wacom ‎DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet

About the Wacom Cintiq 16

Your Wacom Cintiq 16 creative pen display helps you express yourself by allowing you to create directly on your screen.

  • Use the pen included with the Cintiq 16 or another Wacom pen or tool that works with the Cintiq 16.
  • Interact with your device using the Express Menu and other On-Screen Controls to activate your preferred features and functions quickly and easily.

Review illustrations and information about your creative pen display and learn how to set up your Cintiq 16.

Included with your Wacom Cintiq 16

After you unpack your Cintiq 16, make sure that you have the following items:

  • Cintiq 16 creative pen display
  • Wacom Pro Pen 2
  • Pen holder with built-in nib extractor and replacement nibs (attached to the side of your Cintiq 16)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-in-1 cable
  • AC power adapter
  • Power cable

Finding more information
Access FAQs and other product information on the Cintiq 16 Getting Started page of the Wacom website. Review the Important Product Information, which describes safety precautions, specifications, warranties, and the license agreement for your device, in the Wacom Desktop Center.

Features of your Wacom Cintiq 16

  • Pen holder: The pen holder can be installed on either side of your pen display. Use it to store the pen when it is not in use. Additional nibs are also found in the pen holder.
  • Pen button access to Express Menu: Use the upper button of the pen included with your Cintiq 16 to access the Express Menu.
  • Folding legs: Unfold the legs to prop up the pen display at an angle for easier viewing. Fold in the legs for the lowest angle.
  • Power LED: The Power LED indicates what power state the pen display is in. Adjust your Power LED brightness in Display Settings.
    • The LED is solid white when the pen display is powered on.
    • The LED is blinking white when the pen display is on power standby/sleep.
    • The LED is off when the pen display is off.
  • Power Button: Press the power button to turn the device on and off.

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Access the Express Menu

By default, pressing the upper pen button of the Wacom Pro Pen 2 included with your Cintiq 16 will open the Express Menu. The Express Menu improves your workflow by giving you quick and easy access to your favorite features and functions. To access the Express Menu:

  1. Press the upper pen button on your Wacom Pro Pen 2. The Express Menu will appear under your cursor, and then use your pen to select an option from the menu.
  2. Wacom ‎DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet 3 The default options in the Express Menu can be changed in Wacom Tablet Properties. Customize the Express Menu settings in the Express Menu panel of the On-Screen Controls tab in Wacom Tablet Properties. Use the dropdowns to customize the individual menu options.

Set up your device

  • First, follow the directions in this section of user help. The Quick Start Guide included in the box contains images that can help.
    • Attach any stands that are included with your device.
    • Set up your work area.
  • After you set up your device, follow the directions in the Get Started section of this user help so you can start using your device.
    • Connect your device to your computer.
    • Install the driver.

Set up your work area

  • Position your tablet, pen, and keyboard for easy access.
  • Adjust your monitor so you can view it comfortably without eyestrain, placing it about one arm’s length away from you.
  • Position the tablet so the screen cursor follows the same direction as your hand movements on the tablet.
  • If you are using the tablet as a creative tool, consider placing the tablet below the keyboard and centered below your monitor.

Install the driver

Important: You must install the driver for your device to work properly unless your device comes with a pre-installed driver. Refer to the Quick Start Guide to discover if your device has a pre-installed driver or not.

  1. Go to the Wacom drivers page.
  2. Click Download next to the latest driver that corresponds to your computer’s operating system.
  3. Follow the prompts to finish the driver installation.

Update the driver
Updated drivers are available on the Wacom Desktop Center and the Wacom drivers page periodically. Check in and update regularly so that your device has the latest features and functionality.

  • From the Wacom Desktop Center, select Updates, and then click the Update to install it.
  • If the Wacom Desktop Center is not available for your device, go to the Wacom drivers page to find the latest updates.

Your device will not work if you uninstall the driver. If you uninstall the driver, reinstall the latest driver from the drivers page so that your device works again. If the driver is reinstalled, your device will revert to default settings.

Stand Setup and Usage

There are two built-in stand legs. Fully extend the legs into the lock position before using your pen display:

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In addition to the folding legs, you can use your pen display with an optional VESA stand. The VESA stand offers a larger range of inclines for your pen display. To attach a VESA stand, use the mounting holes on the back of your pen display

Get started with your creative pen display

The Quick Start Guide included in the box with your device contains images that can help you set up your pen display.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Install the driver software on your computer.

Access user help

  • You can access user help topics directly from Wacom Tablet Properties. When you click the? icon, you are directed to a help topic about the feature you are currently using.
  • You can also open user help from the Wacom Desktop Center Help menu.
  • You also can access user help from the Product Manuals page of the Wacom Support website.


  • User help is common to Windows and Mac computers. Screenshots are from a Windows computer unless otherwise noted.
  • Information about your specific computer hardware, operating system, and application software is not included. Refer to the product information provided with those products.

Connect to your computer

Complete the following steps to set up your device:


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  • Remove the cable port cover to expose the 3-in-1 cable port.
    • Push the cover-up following the directional arrows on the cover.
    • Pull the cover back to expose the 3-in-1 cable port.
  • Connect the 3-in-1 cable to the port on your Cintiq 16.
  • Connect the power port of the 3-in-1 cable to the AC adapter, and then plug in the AC adapter to a power source.
  • Connect the HDMI port of the 3-in-1 cable to your computer.
  • Connect the USB-Aport of the 3-in-1 cable to your computer.
  • Press the power button to turn on the pen display.

Work with your pen

All pen tablets and pen displays include a cordless, battery-free pen that you use to interact with your device. You can hold, write, and draw as you normally would with a pen or pencil.

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Personalize your pen with a color ring
If your pen includes color rings, you can use them to identify and personalize your pen.

  1. Unscrew the cone near the pen tip.
  2. Remove the color ring that is already on the pen and slide on your preferred color ring.
  3. Replace the cone.

Specialty pens
Pens designed for more advanced work, such as the Wacom Pro Pen 3D, Art Pen, or Airbrush, can be used with many pen tablets and pen displays. To discover other pens and tools that can be used with your pen tablet or pen display, go to the Wacom Store.

Use your pen

Use your pen to interact with your device. This includes drawing, writing, or moving items, and activating settings that you assign to pen buttons.


  • Hold the pen as you would normally hold a pen or pencil. Adjust your grip so that you can press any pen buttons easily with your thumb (recommended) or index finger without accidentally pressing it.
  • To make it easier to access tools in applications like Adobe Photoshop, assign modifiers, such as Alt and Ctrl, to your pen buttons so that you do not have to use your keyboard keys.

You can customize user options that change the way your pen works with your device. Try both Pen Button modes to see which works best for you.

Pen tip and eraser

  • Draw or sign: Draw or sign with the pen tip directly on the device’s surface.
  • Note: Pens are pressure-sensitive, so the harder you press, the thicker your lines and the denser the color.
  • Move the cursor: Move the pen while holding it slightly above the device without touching the screen surface.
  • Double-click: Quickly tap the screen twice in the same place with the pen tip.
  • Erase: Flip the pen to the side opposite the pen tip and move the eraser over the area you want to erase, just as you would use the eraser on a pencil.
  • Note: Some pens do not have an eraser.
  • Select an item: Tap the screen once with the pen tip.
  • Move an item: Select the item with the pen tip, then slide the pen tip across the screen to move it.

Pen buttons
Use pen buttons as shortcuts to settings. You can view and change the assigned settings on the Pen tab in Wacom Tablet Properties.

Some pens do not have buttons.

You activate settings differently depending on your Pen Button mode.

  • If your Pen Button mode is Hover Click, then hold the pen tip slightly above the surface of your device and press the button.
  • If your Pen Button mode is Click & Tap, then touch the device surface and press the pen button.
  • If your pen has a long, thin button, press the upper part of the button for one setting and the lower part for another.

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Care for your device

Follow these care and maintenance tips to ensure the optimum performance of your device.

Do not spill liquids onto your device or pen. The devices may fail if exposed to liquids.

Do not use alcohol or detergent to clean your device.

  • Clean your device using an anti-static cloth or slightly damp cloth and light pressure.
  • Do not wrap the cables around the device when storing it.
  • Replace your pen nibs frequently to avoid scratching the surface with worn pen nibs.
  • Avoid extremes in temperature.

Wacom Support

If you encounter an issue with your pen tablet or pen display, perform the recommended action in any error message that appears on your screen. If that does not resolve the issue, try the following:

  • Review the Quick Start Guide and make sure that the tablet is set up correctly, including that all plugs and connectors are firmly in place.
  • Check the User Help for information regarding the issue.
  • Visit the Wacom website to view the product FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to see if any apply to your issue.
  • Go to Wacom Support to see if a new driver is available and install it.
  • Test your device and tools.

If you tried these suggestions and still have an issue, contact Wacom Support. Please be near your computer with the following information available:

  • The make and model of your computer and the version of your operating system.
  • Which devices were connected to your computer when the issue occurred?
  • The name and version of the software application that you were using when the issue occurred.
  • What happened and what you were doing when the issue occurred?
  • The exact wording of any error messages that appear on your screen.
  • How do you try to solve the problem?

Test the creative pen display

If nothing appears on the screen after you have connected your pen display to your computer and installed the driver, check the following connections and elements.

  • Turn on your computer and wait until it is ready to use.
  • Verify that any power cables or adapters are properly connected and that their LED status lights are on.
  • If your pen display is connected to your computer, check the USB connection.
    • Make sure the USB cable is securely connected to an active USB port on your computer.
    • Check the pen display USB cable for damage.
    • If you are connecting the pen display to a USB hub (or hub device with USB ports), be sure the USB hub is properly connected to your computer and is active.
    • If a status LED does not illuminate after your computer is on and has finished booting up, your USB port may be disabled. Verify that you have connected the pen display to an active USB port.
    • Connect the pen display to a different USB port, or a USB port on another computer, and see if the problem persists.
    • For best results when troubleshooting no power to the pen display, plug it directly into the USB port on your computer.
    • Temporarily eliminate any external hubs in use until you determine that the system recognizes the pen display and that it is functional. When the pen display is working properly, you can then usually move its connection to a USB hub.
  • Test touch, if your pen display supports touch. Attempt to move the screen cursor by tracking your finger across the surface. Then tap to select an item.
    • If the driver does not load properly, basic touch movement will be recognized, but other actions and gestures will not.
    • If gestures are not recognized, re-install the driver.
  • Check the ExpressKeys™ and Rocker Ring.
  • Check any other tool(s) you may be using.
  • If any of these tests fail, you may have defective hardware. See Wacom Support.
  • After testing, use Wacom Tablet Properties to reconfigure your pen display and tools for any custom settings you may have been using.

Test the pen

If your pen does not work properly, try these fixes first.

The available features on your pen may vary depending on your device.

  1. Go to the Pen tab in Wacom Tablet Properties and check that the settings assigned to the pen tip and pen buttons are what you expect.
  2. If the assigned settings are as expected, restart your computer.
  3. If restarting does not fix the issue, update your driver software.
  4. If updating your driver does not fix the issue, Reset settings in the Wacom Desktop Center.
  5. If resetting does not fix the issue, diagnose issues using Wacom Tablet Properties.

Diagnose issues using Wacom Tablet Properties

  • Open Wacom Tablet Properties.
  • If you have more than one device connected to your system, select the device you are using the pen with from the Device list.
  • Click About, and then click Diagnose.

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  • Hold your pen within 10 mm (0.4 inch) of the surface of the device while watching the Pointing Device Info.
  • You should see a value appear after Proximity, Device Name, Device Type, and Device S/N (serial number).
  • Move the pen along the surface of the device.
  • As you move the pen, the X Data and YData values should change.
  • Press on the surface with the pen tip and then with the eraser.
  • As you are pressing, the Switches and Pressure values should change from approximately 0% to
  • approximately 100% when you are pressing with full pressure.
  • Press the tip, eraser, and each pen button, one at a time. When you are pressing each pen button, hold the pen tip slightly above the device’s surface.
  • As you press each item, the Switches number should change to match these numbers:

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  • Pen tip = 1
  • Pen button (***) = 3
  • Pen button (**) = 2
  • Pen button (*) = 2, 3
  • Pen eraser = 1
  • Airbrush tip = 1
  • Airbrush pen button = 2
  • Airbrush eraser = 1


  • Move the pen from a vertical position toward the right and then toward the left.
  • The X Tilt value should change to approximately +60 when you move to the right.
  • The X Tilt value should change to approximately -60 when you move to the left.
  • Move the pen from a vertical position toward the bottom of the device and then toward the top of the device.
  • The YTilt value should change to approximately +60 when you move toward the bottom.
  • The YTilt value should change to approximately -60 when you move toward the top.
  • If you are testing an Art Pen, place the pen tip on the surface of the device and slowly rotate the pen on its axis.
  • The Rotation value should change as you rotate the pen.
  • If you are testing an Airbrush, move the finger wheel forward and backward.
  • The Wheel value should decrease to approximately 0 when the finger wheel is all the way forward.
  • The Wheel value should increase to approximately 1000 when the finger wheel is all the way backward.

Order parts and accessories

  • To purchase parts and accessories for your device, go to the Wacom Store.
  • You may also contact your local dealer, distributor, or Wacom Support for your region.

Some parts and accessories may not be available in all regions.


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FAQS About Wacom ‎DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet


What is the Wacom DTK1660 Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet?

The Wacom DTK1660 Cintiq 16 is a drawing tablet designed for digital artists, illustrators, and graphic designers. It allows users to draw directly on the screen using a stylus pen.

What are the main features of the Wacom Cintiq 16?

The main features include a 15.6-inch HD display, 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, a pen with tilt recognition, customizable express keys, and compatibility with various operating systems like Windows and macOS.

Is the Wacom Cintiq 16 suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Cintiq 16 can be suitable for beginners, especially those looking to transition from traditional drawing to digital. Its intuitive design and pressure-sensitive pen make it easy to use for artists at any skill level.

Does the Wacom Cintiq 16 require a computer?

Yes, the Cintiq 16 needs to be connected to a computer or laptop to function. It doesn’t have standalone computing capabilities and relies on the connected device for processing power.

Can the Wacom Cintiq 16 be used for 3D modeling?

Yes, the Cintiq 16 can be used for 3D modeling software like ZBrush, Blender, or Maya. Its precise pen input and large display make it a suitable tool for sculpting and manipulating 3D models.

What accessories are included with the Wacom Cintiq 16?

Typically, the Cintiq 16 comes with a Wacom Pro Pen 2, a pen holder, replacement nibs, a display cable, a power adapter, and a quick start guide.

Is the Wacom Cintiq 16 compatible with third-party software?

Yes, the Cintiq 16 is compatible with a wide range of third-party software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, Clip Studio Paint, and many others.

Can the Wacom Cintiq 16 be used for animation?

Yes, the Cintiq 16 can be used for animation software such as Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Animate, or TVPaint Animation. Its responsive pen input and large screen size make it ideal for creating animations.

Does the Wacom Cintiq 16 support multi-touch gestures?

No, the Cintiq 16 does not support multi-touch gestures. It relies solely on the pen input for interaction with the screen.

How does the Wacom Cintiq 16 compare to other drawing tablets?

The Cintiq 16 offers a balance of features, performance, and affordability compared to other drawing tablets in its price range. It provides a high-quality drawing experience with Wacom’s renowned pen technology. However, it’s always a good idea to research and compare different models based on your specific needs and preferences.

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