GraphicsDrawing Tablets – Ultimate Buyers Guide
So i might as well use them to show you what sort of tablets there are. So, first of all, what are the differences between the types of graphics tablet available? Well, theres, the normal graphics tablet like this one from gammon and youve got your pen you draw on the tablet like this. It replaces your mouse, so this moves around your cursor on the screen and you can obviously draw lines and brush strokes and so forth. They can be a bit tough to get used to because youre looking at the screen, rather than the tablet, so youve got to look at the screen, whilst moving your hand around on the tablet, and that can be tough. It takes a couple of hours, at least to get used to that experience, theyre much cheaper than display tablets. They have less to go wrong, so the drivers are more stable, which means the budget brands are usually a safe bet. On that note, the leading brand which most professionals will use is wacom. These are generally five times more expensive than the budget brands such as xp pen, huion, gammon and veek. So its good to know you can go for the budget brands and youre still. Okay, the other nice thing about simple graphics tablets such as this is they dont, take up a lot of space, theyre quite portable, so you can use them with a laptop. You can even use some of them with a mobile phone now display tablets such as this one, the artist 24 from xp pen theyre, just like a computer monitor, except you, can draw on them with your pen and thats, certainly a bit easier because youre looking in The direction of your pen so youre, looking where youre drawing so most professional artists will go for a display tablet like this.
They are a lot more expensive and more complicated, so you tend to get a few driver issues if youre not careful and you dont kind of know what youre doing so for some they may not work at all on your system for others, you might have to Restart the driver program to resolve the issue. The budget brands in this case seem far more susceptible to driver issues than the main brand wacom, but the wacom display tablets are very expensive into the thousands for the good ones. Now it doesnt actually stop at graphics, tablets and display tablets. You can also get tablets such as an ipad and theyre, a great drawing experience, so you can draw on this with your pen and youre drawing straight onto the screen. You dont get any driver issues because these programs are kind of built for the tablets. The ipads are particularly good. The pen is really nice. The pen pressure works really well and all in all its a great comfortable, drawing experience. The slight problem is you cant get the power that you can from a pc or a mac, and therefore 3d programs like blender or zbrush, wont work on this. You can get sculpting programs on ipads and android, but theyre, not quite as powerful as you can imagine. This program here called procreate on the ipad, is actually very powerful and theres lots of people that really enjoy using it. So for many, this is a nice simple solution, if youre a 2d artist, but for 3d artists i would stick with your pc or your mac.
So a big question is: do you even need a graphics tablet of any sort? Well, if youre doing any artwork, painting or sculpting anything where you draw a line or a brush stroke, its much easier and much faster with some sort of graphics tablet. Trying to draw lines with a mouse is very tough. However, every other task is generally easier with a mouse. So if youre not painting or sculpting, then you probably dont need one lets, say: youre doing hard surface modeling or box modeling in blender its actually much easier to go to the different icons with a mouse than it is a graphics tablet. So if you decided you do want to buy a graphics tablet, then what are the things to look out for? Well lets start with a basic graphics tablet. This is fairly easy, as the major budget brands are all very good and have a nice drawing experience such as this gammon tablet just here. The most important thing is that it has pen pressure and anything over. The 2000 levels will suit most people. Fine, the size will be important to you and that will depend on how portable you want it to be, and, of course, your budget. This one is 6 inches by 10 inches and i would say, thats a nice comfortable working area. You can go a bit lower, so 6 inches by 4 inches are some of the smaller ones. So if youre on a tight budget, then thats absolutely fine, but it is a bit nicer when youve got a bit more of a working area like this response.
Time is another important thing, but again most tablets. These days have good response times and are great to use, so you dont have to get too worried about those types of things now. Some brushes in certain software use tilt control. So when you tilt the pen, the brush reacts differently. So this might be something that you want to use, but not all people do. If you do, then youll want to look out for a tablet that has tilt control, make sure you get a wireless and battery free pen, some of the older ones you used to have to charge up with a cable on the back and theyd always have problems With the cable braking or the charge port braking so steer clear of those. Lastly, if youre, using a 3d program in particular, youll want at least one button on your pen, this one has two and i always program that first button to be the middle mouse button. So i can navigate around my objects in blender some people like to have buttons on their tablet such as this. I dont find them that useful, but you can program different commands on them. Lets say if you wanted to change the brush size. A wheel like this. Can be quite useful for bigger and smaller brushes, but i dont think its that important. I tend to use the keyboard and dont worry about these buttons at all and thats been fine for me for this long.
My buying choice for a basic graphics tablet, if youre on a really really tight budget than the ug s640, so thats a smaller one, but its very cheap and its quite good. Thats. The one id go for theres a tablet from wacom called the wacom 1 and its their cheapest tablet, its very good, because youve got the wacom brand, so you can rely on their drivers, but it is a very budget tablet. The deco 1 from xp pen is the same price, but it has a few more functions and, like i say, with a basic graphics tablet, you dont have to worry too much about the drivers. They generally do quite well on most machines im personally much happier with a display tablet, but not all professional artists are they take up a lot of space on your desk and they can be a bit glitchy, especially if youre, using the more budget brands ive been Using the xp pen, artist 24 and for the most part, ive been very happy, but on very high detailed sculpts in blender. I can suddenly lose pen pressure and have to close the driver program and reopen it in order to get that working again. If you use it all the time like i do, then that can get very annoying and i have been thinking a little bit about moving across to wacom. For that reason, however, wacom arent without their problem ive had driver issues with them in the past, which is why i moved to one of the more budget brands.
So theres no guarantees, but you generally have a little bit more security with the wacom brand. So what are the main things to look out for in a display tablet? Well, the parallax is a big thing, youll hear about and thats the screen thickness and therefore how far away your pen is from the real surface. That can make a big difference when youre moving away from the center of the screen over to a corner, because you can kind of see the distance between your pen and the actual surface that youre. Drawing on. Like i keep saying the drivers are all important. If you cant get drivers to work, then your display tablet wont work properly at all and youll end up with no pen pressure or your mouse. Cursor will be in a different location to your pen and so on, and its an absolute pain xp pen for me have been the most reliable when it comes to display tablets. I found both gammon and veek to be fairly good brands. Huion and artisol ive had big problems with and never actually got them to work with any of my systems. Thats just my experience, and it might be because i test lots of graphics tablets and once youve installed some drivers. The other brand wont work for some reason. The other point to make here is that macs seem to be very good at dealing with graphics tablets drivers, so it seems in the most part if youve got a mac computer most budget brands will work with it.
Another thing to look out for is whats called pen wobble, so when youre drawing a slow straight line, sometimes you get a little bit of wobble on your pen, its not so important. These days, most software has smooth stroke settings, so you dont have to worry too much and most graphics tablets. These days, display tablets seem to have sorted out that issue to a usable degree where its quite comfortable, and you generally get a good drawing experience, but do check on forums and things like that. What people say about the graphics tablet that youre looking at as to whether thats an issue basic things like programmable buttons can be nice? Definitely you need two buttons on your pen, so you can use things like 3d programs, nice and comfortably, but youll notice. The artist 24 doesnt have any buttons down the side. I never use them when i have them there and when ive tried to use display tablets that have them. I always use the keyboard and im quite comfortable doing that. So ive never needed those buttons. It can be nice to have things like spare nibs and a pen holder and a glove, but those really arent important ive never actually changed a nib on one of my pens. I know theres people out there who use a very aggressive stroke, but for me its never been a problem and ive never had an issue with any pen. Ive used now screen size, i would say, is quite important.
It does depend on the desk space. You have heres a look side by side of the xp pen, 24 inch, the 22 inch and the 16. So you can get a rough idea of what they look like and heres the 24 inch and the 22 inch kind of in situ, whilst im working on them. The amount of desk space it takes up is really important. If you dont have the space, then it can be quite uncomfortable trying to use it so do consider that before buying, i personally like having a big screen to use, because ive got a nice lot of desk space and the 24 inches of the xb pen works. Really nicely for me: when you get a bigger screen, you will want to think about whether you want an hd display or a qhd display or 4k display the higher you go, the sharper the image and it does make a difference for the bigger sizes of screen. Ive looked at the artist 22 pro, which has only an hd screen, and i much prefer the 24 inch because its a much sharper image and it makes a big difference. I think, when im using the programs so when looking to buy, it can be a little bit overwhelming with all the different options lets take xp pen for an example, and i could have chosen any of the budget brands its just that i know them quite well. Weve got lots of different sizes and lots of different models.
Well, all the newer models of xp pen have a laminated screen, which means the screen is much thinner and stronger, and therefore the parallax is reduced and makes for an excellent drawing experience thats something worth looking out for in any brand youre considering. I think it should be given as an actual measurement. So when theyre advertising, they should say the distance from your pen to the drawing surface and it will make a big difference to which one id choose so make sure you look out for one with a laminated screen and you can see here some of the price Differences depending on the screen, you go for the artist 12, pro being the lowest price and the smallest, but youve got that portability and it still does have a laminated screen the artist 16 pro now. This is an interesting one as its got a good screen size of 16 inches, but its also really thin, and that makes it more portable, its actually one of my favorites. I think the 16 inch size is the best size to go for for cost to screen real estate. Then youve got the artist 22r pro and the artist 24. Now the artist 24 comes with a qhd display, so its got more resolution therefore sharper images, whereas the artist 22 only has an hd display, but its only two inches smaller. So if your budget can extend to it id definitely go for the artist 24.. It gets a little bit confusing with the artist 24 and the artist 24 pro, because the only actual difference seems to be the buttons personally, i dont actually like having the buttons on the side, because it just takes up more desk space.
So my personal choice is the artist 24, but if you are on a budget, then try working with a normal graphics tablet and getting used to that. If its a really tight budget, then you can work on a smaller area such as four by six inch, but that is a little bit tight, youre better off going for 10 by six inch. If you can, generally speaking, they tend to be around dollars. Fifty pound around about there, whereas the smaller four by six inches, are around twenty five dollars or pounds and like i say you can go for most brands. The xb pen, gammon veek, huion or even wacom, as you probably wont, get any driver issues just for a basic graphics tablet, as for display tablets again its often down to budget but look out for the ones with laminated screens, then its just up to you. What your budget can take and what your desk space can take in terms of the size you go for. If you go above 16 inches, then i would recommend going for a qhd display, because the more resolution means sharper images and it does make a difference when youre going to a bigger size, so hopefully thats helped. You decide on what graphics tablet is right for you, whether you even need one if youve got any questions then do comment below.