Digital Art Software Part 1: Beginner Software

Recommended software for beginners

Depending on how you plan to use your Wacom tablet, you might not need professional or expensive software. Some of the more basic Wacom models come with some software already, but the Bamboo Touch doesn’t include any software.

Here’s a list of my top design software choices for beginners with product features.

Adobe Photoshop Elements

  • Easy-to-use editing options
  • Make photo books, cards, calendars, and other creations that look just the way you want
  • Interactive Online Albums and on mobile devices for sharing
  • Automatically organize all your photos and video clips from one convenient place
  • Enjoy automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage; access your photos and videos virtually anywhere

Corel Painter Essentials

  • Simple-to-use home art studio that makes it easy to draw, paint or turn your photos into paintings
  • Great way to get started with digital art
  • Tutorial-based guidebook and accompanying video tutorials/sample files teach you the application

PhotoFinish 4

  • Image editing
  • Photo editing
  • Digital painting

Photo Impact Pro 13

  • Breeze Through Everyday Photo Tasks
  • Improved ExpressFix Wizard
  • Improved High-End Image Editing
  • Hundreds of Special Effects
  • Photo Project Wizard

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–>Next Article: Software for Advanced Digital Artists

Wacom Tablets and Photography

Are Wacom tablets useful for Photographers?


Cintiq 24HD with Canon EOS Rebel SLR

Some say yes and some say no. I am not a professional photographer, but I do find it handy to have a Wacom tablet when I want to retouch my photos. I remember using a mouse to edit, draw and paint in Photoshop and Corel, and I do not miss it!

The reasons for using a pen tablet are simple. The interface makes painting and drawing so much easier and faster. A pen is more natural and comfortable than a mouse. You’ll get less hand cramps! The pen has an eraser and side buttons which can be customised to deliver keystrokes, mouse actions and many other actions.

Thanks to the light-weight tablet, it’s very portable and can be set on your lap. With the accurate pressure sensitivity, you can make broad, calligraphic or detailed strokes and other cool effects. It can be awkward to switch between using a keyboard and tablet so Wacom makes it easier on you with buttons and a radial menu that is customizable.

There are other tablet makers out there, but I prefer and highly recommend Wacom. I’ve tried other tablets in the past and was never fully satisfied. I feel like I wasted money when I should have just waited and saved up for a Wacom. The pressure sensitivity in the battery-free pens is the best I have ever used. I also believe Wacom stands apart because their tablets are extremely well-made.  The wide range of tablet options, sizes and features also make Wacom tablets stand above the rest.

Overall, I believe anyone who works with image editing, painting or illustration software should strongly consider a Wacom tablet.

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Cintiq 24HD
Cintiq 21ux
Cintiq 12wx

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