There is nothing better than coming back from a photo session with your SLR camera and sitting in front of the photoshop and giving the light another focus, putting a layer, changing this, that and … let’s not deny it, the mouse is a real pain in the ass. The best is a graphics tablet for photos . Editing photos is an art, although I dedicate myself more to illustration, sometimes I used my graphic tablet for photographic retouching and I have realized a detail that is what I want you to take into account before buying one and that is that I had enough more than half of the tablet for photo retouching .

5 best graphics tablets for graphic designers

Best Cheap graphics tablets for graphic designers Wacom points S

I choose the Wacom Intuos S as the best graphic tablet for retouching photographs because it is the most compatible with all the editing programs that exist, especially with Photoshop. And it is not that it is the cheapest of all, nothing further, but not having to spend hours configuring the tablet due to a driver problem or because pressure sensitivity suddenly goes crazy or things like that, is priceless . Its active area is neither large nor small.

Normally I have a medium size of 25 x 15 centimeters and the Intuos S is at 15.2 x 9.5 cm, a perfect size for working with photos. This version that I recommend is the one with bluetooth and in size S. But there is another cheaper option without bluetooth that may interest you more. And another version with the largest active area, 21.6 x 13.5 cm and which is also available with and without bluetooth .

PROS 

  • Total reliability of the drivers.
  • Very easy installation. Install, reboot and use.
  • Compatibility with all design programs.
  • With bluetooth. You get rid of the cable that goes from the tablet to the PC.
  • It is perfect for editing and design.

Best Budget graphics tablets for graphic designers Huion Inspiroy H640p

The Huion Inspiroy H640p is equipped with a battery-free stylus, so we won’t have to worry about running out of battery, although this is not an advantage as almost all digital pens work without batteries.

The 8192 pressure levels will give us a high sensitivity that guarantees precision and accuracy, especially when using the tablet for photo editing.

But what matters to us is the size of the active area and the Inspiroy H640p is 6 “x 4” in size, almost the same as the previous Wacom. The best thing compared to the Wacom is that it is cheaper, has more sensitivity to pressure and more resolution.

PROS

  • Soft to the touch of the pen on the tablet.
  • Pressure sensitivity is very pleasant and has no lag
  • Cheap graphics tablet under € 50.
  • Includes 8 replacement tips.
  • Glove included.
  • The support is quite fast and they usually always find the solution to driver problems.

Best Affordable graphics tablets for graphic designers Huion Inspiroy H430p

The Huion H430p is one of the cheap photo retouching graphics tablets with the active area that many find the perfect size. If you only dedicate yourself exclusively to photographic editing and not drawing and you are looking for the cheapest possible, this is going to give you everything you need.

It has 4 configurable hotkeys that help even more to enter the shortcuts that you use the most and save the most time working as comfortably as possible.

One of the strengths is that its digital pen, the PW201 does not work with batteries or batteries, it works exclusively by the pressure you exert. All magic.

PROS

  • Very cheap and of good quality.
  • 4096 pressure levels.
  • Extra savings thanks to the fact that the stylet does not work with batteries or batteries.
  • Great response speed of 233 PPS. Zero write delays.
  • Compatible with most editing programs.

Top Rated graphics tablets for graphic designers XP-PEN G640

The XP-Pen G640

is among the most powerful in terms of pressure levels, resolution and refresh rate in the group of small graphics tablets with a small active area. Its technical characteristics are surprising as it has a very high sensitivity to pressure and one of the highest refresh rates on the market. The highest for now is 266 and this G640 has 233.

Otherwise, it is a simple graphics tablet, without hot keys, very easy to use and VERY CHEAP. Plus, it’s perfect as your first graphics tablet if you’ve never owned one.

Your information is:

  • 8192 pressure levels
  • 5080 LPI resolution
  • 233 PPS (refresh rate)
  • Active area of ​​15 x 10 centimeters

Veikk A30

Finally, a basic graphics tablet with the latest technology and at a very cheap price, the Veikk A30. This tablet can be used both to retouch photos and to sketch sketches, draw, illustrate or whatever thanks to its active area of ​​25 x 15 centimeters.

It is a mid-range graphics tablet for those who need something cheap and a size that is normal and not as small as the previous two. Do you do more than just photo editing? The Veikk is a pretty good solution.

They are not as sold tablets as the Wacom, therefore, surely there is some configuration that you miss, such as Windows Ink, which does not seem to work very well.

Graphics tablets for graphic designers: advantages and buying advice

Is a graphic tablet really necessary for photo retouching? Well, on many occasions yes and on others surely not. For example, they are very useful in photo editing when you do the following:

Why would it be advisable

  • To do the dodge and burn : It is basically the lighten or darken. It is used a lot in retouching the faces of models as in cosmetics.
  • When several layers are used to modify them independently and paint over them or do anything.
  • Replicate all that are colors.
  • Draw little things such as nails, tree branches or leaves, eyelashes, bird beaks (it’s the first thing that comes to mind)… Isn’t it understood?
  • Focus or blur editing.
  • Simple tools like Photoshop’s Finger.
  • Or like Lazo .

In short, a graphic tablet for retouching photos is useful when most of your actions are drawing, tracing, selecting or painting . That is, if you are one of those who do it with your photos, it is worth it, but if you only change the light or something like that, do not spend the money.

Active area size: the key point

More important than pressure sensitivity, the size of the active area required for photo editing and retouching is more important. Most of those of us who have done some work of this type or either as a pure hobby, we have not needed a third part of a large tablet to do it and not only I say it, but all photographers and cartoonists.

But this is not an inherent photo retouching advice, it is above all what many think and their subjective opinion. Just as there are artists who like small active areas to retouch photos, there are those who like larger tablets. This is already the taste and comfort of each one but what is true is that the vast majority prefer them small (wink wink).

Therefore, if you are clear that you want to buy a large graphics tablet or one with a screen, go ahead, it will surely be a cucumber, but if you are looking for info and you do not want to spend a lot of money, go for a small one.

Pressure sensitivity doesn’t matter that much

If it is not to be used exclusively for retouching photos, you should not give too much importance to pressure sensitivity since the thickness or the fineness of the line will not matter to us. This is more for illustrators.

Even so, the models that are now on the market are up to the pressure levels, so, what you take with you.

Simply that pressure is not your main guide in the purchase.

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