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How to Choose a Drawing Tablet [For Graphic Designers]

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From a professional standpoint, it is important that every graphic designer; either professional or rising must get a good drawing tablet. Drawing tablets differ from the usual tablets that you would use to surf the net. While these gadgets come in handy your daily activities as an artist, they may become a source of frustration simply because you did not choose the right gadget.
The market is awash with many brands of drawing tablets, all baying for the coveted spot under those blessed artistic palms of yours. With that, it is seemingly increasingly difficult to get a hold of the best drawing tablet. Not to worry though, yours truly will help you choose the most superior drawing tablet in the market.



Consider the drawing options

The most important component of the drawing tablet is the drawing device. This is where your hand movements are transitioned into graphics. There are various types of drawing devices for the different types of graphic tablets it there. The key is knowing which device you are most comfortable drawing with. The different drawing devices include; 

Pens and Styluses 
Pens will let you draw just like you would on paper with your traditional pen, pencil or marker. Pens and styluses offer far much better precision than any other input method and most artists are quite comfortable using them. They only pose a challenge when it comes to

The most important component of the drawing tablet is the drawing device. This is where your hand movements are transitioned into graphics. There are various types of drawing devices for the different types of graphic tablets it there. The key is knowing which device you are most comfortable drawing with. The different drawing devices include the following.

Pens and Styluses

Pens will let you draw just like you would on paper with your traditional pen, pencil or marker. Pens and styluses offer far much better precision than any other input method and most artists are quite comfortable using them. They only pose a challenge when it comes to the selection of options on the screen since many people may be accustomed to a mouse or a touch screen for such options.

Mouse 
Options

Many people are familiar with a mouse. Drawing with a mouse may not be as easy as making selections and clicking on stuff as you normally would; it requires patience both in learning and in execution since using a mouse necessitates using slow and deliberate movements.




Tracking Ball

A tracking ball is not your mainstream kind of drawing device but many artists and graphic designers prefer to use a tracking ball with their drawing tablet. The tracking ball proves to be more fluid than using a mouse. It also ensures faster drawing due to the element of fluidity.

Size of the Tablet

Graphic tablets come in many different sizes ranging from 12.7cm to 20.32cm in width. Usually, the larger sizes have a larger price tag. Professionals prefer larger sizes while casual users find the smaller tablets sufficient for their needs. 
The size of the tablet you use is largely influenced by your drawing style. People that draw with large gestural lines need a larger tablet and vice versa. 
When considering the size of the tablet, you also need to factor in the size and other elements of your working space. Larger tablets may tend to take more of your desk space. 
While all that is important, don’t forget to factor in the active area of the tab. The active area is the portion of the device that is sensitive to signal from a stylus. 


Screen Aspect Ratio 
Screen aspect ratio tells of the compatibility that your tablet will have with the monitor. To ensure that your visuals are presented with clarity and accuracy, you need to ensure that the aspect ratio of your graphic tablet matches that of your monitor.

Resolution

Resolution in a tablet is measured in lines per inch (LPI). Higher LPI translates to sharpness and greater detail for your drawings. 


Reports/ Points per Second 
Reports per second or points per second are one and the same thing. These terms are used to define the number of times per second that the tablet will notify the computer when the drawing device is active. The higher the rate the better the responsiveness and the sharper the lines you get to draw. 


Connectivity 
Goes without saying that you will actually need to connect your drawing tablet to a computer. There are wireless tablets that interface using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. If you care about charging your tablet from time to time then you are better off using a USB cable for connectivity. 


Take Away 
The quality of drawing tablet you get may make or break the quality of your work. The best drawing tablets can not only prime the skills of a professional or upcoming artist or graphic designer, it can also help bring out talent in children and adults by helping them to learn. There are many software that can be used to make learning quite a breeze.

Screen Aspect Ratio

Screen aspect ratio tells of the compatibility that your tablet will have with the monitor. To ensure that your visuals are presented with clarity and accuracy, you need to ensure that the aspect ratio of your graphic tablet matches that of your monitor.




Resolution

Resolution in a tablet is measured in lines per inch (LPI). Higher LPI translates to sharpness and greater detail for your drawings.

Reports/ Points per Second

Reports per second or points per second are one and the same thing. These terms are used to define the number of times per second that the tablet will notify the computer when the drawing device is active. The higher the rate the better the responsiveness and the sharper the lines you get to draw.




Connectivity

It goes without saying that you will actually need to connect your drawing tablet to a computer. There are wireless tablets that interface using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. If you care about charging your tablet from time to time then you are better off using a USB cable for connectivity. 


Take Away 
The quality of drawing tablet you get may make or break the quality of your work. The best drawing tablets can not only prime the skills of a professional or upcoming artist or graphic designer, it can also help bring out talent in children and adults by helping them to learn.

The quality of drawing tablet you get may make or break the quality of your work. The best drawing tablets can not only prime the skills of a professional or upcoming artist or graphic designer, it can also help bring out talent in children and adults by helping them to learn. There are many software that can be used to make learning quite a breeze.

 


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