Ink and Slide are designed to work with the iPad 4, iPad Air 1, iPad Mini, or iPad Mini with Retina display. (Note: There is a known, intermittent issue with the iPad Air 2, in which Ink stops drawing mid-stroke.) Ink and Slide are not compatible with iPad Pro or fifth generation and newer iPads.
Want to check which iPad you own? Go here to find out.
Ink and Slide are designed to work with Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch.
Adobe Ink connects to Creative Cloud, and lets you carry your favorite drawings, photos, Color themes — even copy and paste artwork —across devices. When Ink is set up and the registration process is completed, the pen is securely associated with your Creative Cloud account.
Yes. Adobe protects the identity of Ink users. During the manufacturing process, each pen is assigned a unique ID. When you sign in to Creative Cloud with Ink using Adobe Illustrator Draw or Adobe Photoshop Sketch, the unique ID of the pen is associated with your Creative Cloud account.
No, Adobe Ink does not have a GPS link.
Cloud Clipboard lets you quickly store and retrieve creative assets—drawings, photos, and your favorited content—using the Pen Tip menu. You can copy content by pressing the Ink’s button while the tip is placed on the screen.
Clipboard contents are displayed in the app drawing view, and you can navigate using touch gestures, by swiping left to right. A quick tap on a piece of content queues it up for pasting.
You can use Adobe Ink and Slide without a Creative Cloud membership. But the Cloud Connected capabilities, such as the Pen Tip menu with access to Color themes, Cloud Clipboard, and sharing to Behance are not available.
The apps that support Ink and Slide—Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch—require a Creative Cloud membership. If you don't have a membership, you can sign up for free directly from within the apps.
Ink and Slide can be used with any Creative Cloud account, including both free and paid memberships.
Press and hold the button on Adobe Ink for 3 seconds. The LEDs cycle through a rainbow sequence, while Adobe Ink powers on.
The indicator briefly turns green when Adobe Ink connects successfully.
You do not need to pair Slide. Place it on the screen to start using it with any compatible app.
After pairing Adobe Ink with your iPad, connect it to Adobe Creative Cloud and specify your preferences.
The battery status of Adobe Ink is displayed in the connected apps. Tap the Pen status menu to see the battery indicator next to the pen's name. If the battery is too low to operate, the indicator flashes red twice.
It is normally not necessary to turn off Adobe Ink because it goes to sleep automatically. If you do find a need to turn it off, hold the button for 15 seconds or longer without touching the pen tip. The indicator flashes red twice just before the pen shuts off.
Adobe Slide can be used directly from any supported app. You do not need to charge, switch on, or even connect Adobe Slide to an app. Place it on the screen to use it with a compatible app.
Once you've set up Adobe Ink, double-click the Adobe Ink button. The indicator glows with the custom identity color you defined.
Adobe Ink connects to your iPad using Bluetooth 4.0. Connect Adobe Ink using a compatible app, such as Adobe Photoshop Sketch or Adobe Illustrator Draw. If you're having trouble connecting, check the following:
Try restarting both the iPad and Adobe Ink. If you continue facing issues with pairing Adobe Ink and your iPad, contact the Adonit support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adobe Ink charges when it is placed in the charging base and is plugged in. The indicator on the charging base pulses red while Adobe Ink is charging. When the battery level is over 80%, the indicator displays a rainbow sequence.
If your Ink is not charging, try the following:
If you continue facing issues charging Adobe Ink, contact the Adonit support team at email@example.com.
Adobe Slide does not require charging.
Adobe Ink uses your iPad Wi-Fi or cellular data connection to communicate with Adobe Creative Cloud. Try the following:
If you can successfully sign in to the Creative Cloud website but are still unable to link Adobe Ink with your Creative Cloud account, contact Adobe Support.
There is a known, intermittent issue with the iPad Air 2, in which Ink stops drawing mid-stroke. After thorough investigation, we suspect the solution will require involvement from Apple, and we are trying to work with them to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.