The Best Graphic Tablets and Graphics Programs for Digital Design

MakeUseOf | 7/12/2018 | Dan Price
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Cartoonists and comic creators are moving away from traditional pen and paper. Today, artists can use graphic tablets which allow them to achieve the same results on their computers.

If you’re just starting out on your digital art journey, you’ll need to buy a graphic tablet and download an appropriate editing app. It doesn’t matter whether you’re learning to draw manga comics or you dream of becoming the next Joseph Barbera, having the correct tools is half the battle.

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But which tablets and apps are right for you? We’re going to introduce you to some of the best graphic tablets across several categories, then recommend graphics programs for you to download.

In recent years, there’s been an explosion in the number of graphic tablets on the market. Top-end models—such as the Wacom Cintiq 22HD—now retail for more than $1,500. If you’re already an established artist, it’s money well spent.

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But if you’re a beginner who’s looking for your first big break, spending so much money on your first device would be foolish. Instead, set your sights a bit lower.

Here are some devices for you to consider, each of which is aimed at a different subset of users and has a different price point.

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“For the wannabe professional.”

If you’re confident in your abilities and happy to spend the money on a quality tablet, you can’t go far wrong with the Wacom Intuos Pro. At under $500, it’s considerably cheaper than the market-leading Cintiq, but it still packs a powerful punch.

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The tablet comes in three different sizes, but you shouldn’t consider purchasing anything other than the 16.8″ x 11.2″ (42.6cm x 28.4cm) large edition. For $100 more, you can upgrade to the Paper version. It lets you export your pen-on-paper doodles directly to your computer.

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