The creative pro's guide to choosing & using graphics tablets

Whether you’re sketching freehand, drawing a precise mask around a photograph or controlling curves in Illustrator, drawing with a mouse can feel like painting with a brick. A pen is a more natural tool, which is why graphics tablets combine a virtual pen with a virtual drawing area. The best tablet products are expensive, though, so it’s easy to put off buying them. They can also take up significant desk space and aren’t generally very portable. But is the high price worth it, if the speed and quality of your work improves?

Wacom Bamboo

The budget Bamboo range is affordable but physically small: the largest Fun M model has an A4 drawing area

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