Best Drawing Tablets to Make Better Digital Art

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 12, 2019
Are you fond of drawing but doing it on your PC puts you to inconvenience? Or maybe you're a professional designer and need a reliable device to create high-quality images? Check on our drawing tablets review and choose the one to meet all your requirements. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE/ INPUT
DISPLAY
ACTIVE AREA
PEN
NIBS
INTERFACES
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
USABILITY
POWER SOURCE
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The pen delivers accurate and advanced pen performance as well as the most realistic pen-on-paper feel. It gives you 4 times the pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity of its predecessor. The pen's tilt recognition is nothing short of excellent and the tracking, provided you use the supported software, is as lag-free as it's ever been.

CONS

After successfully installing the drivers, you'll have to restart the tablet a few times. 

OUR VERDICT

With Pro Pen 2, the creative control will be all yours. With this drawing package in general, you'll be able to experience the joy of creating digital art the way you've likely never been able before. A tablet like that might very well allow you to unleash your full potential and produce your most impressive work to date.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen 

DISPLAY

13" IPS FHD 1920 x 1080, Aspect ratio 16:9, 5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

11.6" x 6.5"

PEN

8192 pen pressure levels (both the pen tip and the eraser), 40-degree tilt range, battery-free

NIBS

10 

INTERFACES

USB-C port (cable included), Audio headset jack

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later, Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

Pen holder, ExpressKeys, Touch ring on the optional ExpressKey remote, Built-in stand (5° w/o legs or 20° w/legs)

POWER SOURCE

Input: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60Hz
Output: 20 VDC, 2.25 A (max)

WEIGHT

2.43 lbs

WARRANTY

2 years (limited)

PROS

The combination of 8192 pressure levels with high report rate and resolution greatly enhances the precision when you use this drawing tablet. A new technology makes the tablet exit the sleep mode in a blink of an eye.

CONS

The tablet is rather bulky and heavy.

OUR VERDICT

16.7 million colors on a large screen make a real treasure for digital artists, 3D animators, designers, and anyone in love with drawing. The highly sensitive rechargeable stylus lays comfortably in your hand and does not slip.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen

DISPLAY

21.5" IPS, Aspect ratio 16:9, 5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

18.7" х 10.6"

PEN

8192 pen pressure levels, 233 RPS, built-in battery

NIBS

8

INTERFACES

VGA, DVI, HDMI, USB 1.1

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later, Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

Pen holder, Screen protection foil

POWER SOURCE

Input: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Output: 12VDC, 3A

WEIGHT

11.9 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

There are these six handy shortcut keys located on the slim touchpad. You can customize these shortcut keys however you want, allowing them to access your preferred tools. You'll be able to program the touch bar to zoom in and out on the canvas, scroll up and down, and complete more commands.

CONS

The glove that comes supplied with the tablet is relatively small. 

OUR VERDICT

The XP-PEN Artist12 will let you doodle, sketch, and draw with ease, creative freedom, and efficiency. The device is compatible with most mainstream digital art software programs. The product will prove more than suitable for photography, animation, 3D sculpting, architecture design, different fashion facets, and more.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen

DISPLAY

11.6" IPS, 5080 LPI, 266 RPS, Anti-reflective coating

ACTIVE AREA

10" x 5.7"

PEN

8192 pen pressure levels (both the pen tip and the eraser), battery-free

NIBS

8

INTERFACES

USB Type-C

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 10/8/7 (32/64 bit), Mac OS X® 10.10 or later 

USABILITY

Multi-function pen holder, Touch bar, 6 shortcut keys, Drawing glow, Cleaning cloth included

POWER SOURCE

5V DC battery

WEIGHT

2 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year warranty and lifetime technical support

PROS

At the end of the pen, you'll find a convenient nib removal tool. Using the EMR technology, the pen gives you the level precision and control you'll be hard-pressed to find in any other low-end tablet. CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO gives you natural pen strokes, quick and expressive coloring, 3D figure templates, and unlimited tones.

CONS

The package includes only 3 nibs. 

OUR VERDICT

Wacom Intuos (CTL4100) is a solid choice for beginners. With this drawing tablet and the complementary software, you'll be able to jumpstart a career in graphic design, photo editing, animation, digital art, and anything in-between. It includes all you need to get creative in the digital world.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

No display / Pen 

DISPLAY

7", 2540 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

6” x 3.7”

PEN

4096 pressure levels, battery-free

NIBS

3

INTERFACES

Mini USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later, Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

4 ExpressKeys, Nib removal tool on the end of the pen, 3 Creative Software downloads

POWER SOURCE

Lithium polymer battery

WEIGHT

0.5 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the model's pen reading speed, there’s practically no visible time lapse between the pen touching the tablet and the dot/line emerging on the screen. You'll be able to draw nice and smooth without the usual delay. A tilt function gives you accurate cursor positioning at different angles, so your drawing options will not be limited. 

CONS

The documentation included is limited. 

OUR VERDICT

Huion H610 Pro V2 is as close to a professional gadget and set of accessories as anything below 100 bucks will get you. From the comfortable and capable stylus to the functional tablet itself, there's a lot to like about this product and not a whole lot to dislike.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

No display / Pen 

DISPLAY

5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

10" x 6.25"

PEN

8192 pen pressure levels, 233 RPS, battery-free

NIBS

8

INTERFACES

Mini USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later, Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

Pen holder, 8 customized press keys, 16 customized soft keys

POWER SOURCE

5V DC battery

WEIGHT

1.4 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

Wacom Cintiq Pro (DTH1320AK0)

Looks and Feels Natural

Calling the Wacom Cintiq Pro affordable would be a bit of a stretch. Then again, professional devices seldom are. The hardware and functionality that a model like that packs makes its budget counterparts look pathetic and utterly underwhelming in comparison. First and foremost, the tablet features an excellent display.

The 13-inch IPS full HD 1080p panel gives you a great contrast ratio with excellent blacks, higher color accuracy compared to subpar displays, and wide viewing angles. All in all, what we have here is a display that looks and feels far more natural than any of its predecessors.

The clarity and color quality aside, this display features the loveliest design, incorporating an etched-glass screen and a built-in retractable stand that you can use to work at an inclined angle. Plus, its wide color gamut (87% Adobe RGB/CIE1976) means that what you see is exactly what you’ll get in the end.

Where the screen's technical specifications end is where its equally impressive functionality begins. The multitouch interface is as intuitive as they come. With it, you'll be able to streamline your interactions with the tablet and accelerate workflow. The display allows you to zoom, pan, and navigate with but a gentle sweep of one's fingers.

Artists are a creative bunch. Each one works at a different pace, with their very own approach to seemingly similar problems. The Wacom Cintiq Pro takes that into account. Using programmable on-screen Radial Menus and pen side switches, you'll be able to customize your workstation and personalize the interface to fit your needs and preferences.

Review of Wacom Cintiq Pro (DTH1320AK0) 13" Creative Pen Display with Link Plus

Advanced Pen Performance

The display is excellent, that much is clear. But the difference between drawing tablets and regular tablets is that the display is only half of the deal. The other half, of course, is the pen. Fortunately, what we're dealing with here is as complete of a package as they come.

The company's 2.0 pen delivers the most accurate and advanced pen performance as well as remarkably realistic pen-on-paper feel. It gives you 4 times the pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity compared to its predecessor. The pen's tilt recognition is nothing short of excellent and the tracking, provided you use the supported software, is as lag-free as it's ever been.

To sum it all up, with Pro Pen 2, the creative control will be all yours. With this drawing package in general, you'll be able to experience the joy of creating the way you've likely never been able before. A tablet like that might very well allow you to unleash your full potential and produce your most impressive work to date.

Wacom Cintiq Pro (DTH1320AK0) 13" Creative Pen Display with Link Plus in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Huion KAMVAS GT-191

The Big Bro

The first thing you will probably notice about the Huion Kamvas GT-191 is that it is definitely not a portable drawing tablet. It is kinda huge and rather heavy so hopping around with it tucked under your arm is more or less out of the question. If you're looking for high portability, we'd recommend checking out the 13" or 16" models, particularly those by Wacom like Cintiq Pro, although the price there might bite. Nevertheless, for those seeking a decent drawing tablet with screen at a good price to use as a monitor for artistry, then we do recommend checking out this Huion model.

The Huion Kamvas GT-191 is a Full HD drawing monitor, which means 1920x1080 resolution. It also features an IPS panel that will grant you the widest viewing angles possible with today's technology as well as fairly good 72% NTSC color gamut coupled with 3000:1 contrast. All in all, it will make 16.7 million colors displayed, a number that the most expensive computer monitors usually offer.

Review of Huion KAMVAS GT-191 Drawing Tablet with HD Screen Graphic Drawing Monitor

Really Sensitive

The Huion GT-191 was among the first digital drawing tablets to have a screen with 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, making it much easier to adjust the line thickness when you draw. The screen itself is made of glass, which feels slightly different from the more paper-like screens of Wacom monitors and helps the pen travel smoother. The tablet comes already covered with the anti-glare screen protector too; with it, no smudges or scratches will be left on the monitor.

There are no express keys on this drawing tablet but it appears that it is compatible with the Wacom's remote if you're not comfortable with using a keyboard for shortcuts. The pen has two express keys for you to customize, though.

It looks like Huion has handled one particular issue they had with their previous models of drawing monitors. We're talking about the devices warming up after long work. The GT-191 seems to be free of this problem, it stays pleasantly cool to the touch even after some long hours of drawing.

Another good thing in this model is a very sturdy and convenient adjustable stand. You can set the drawing tablet the way you want it and it enhances comfort, especially if digital art is your main job and you spend your whole day at the monitor.

The one thing to keep in mind, though, is that several customers noted the problem with compatibility between the Huion drivers and the Wacom ones. We hope this issue will be addressed soon but for now, it seems there is a need to choose.

The PE330 pen is the newest digital pen model, it has somewhat stronger nib compared to before and a battery that will operate longer. When not in use, the pen goes to a special pen stand where you can put your PE330 either vertically or horizontally and it won't roll away. There are 8 nibs in the package.

Huion KAMVAS GT-191 Drawing Tablet with HD Screen Graphic Drawing Monitor in the use

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What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Both the tablet and the stand are light weight, so it's very easy to adjust the height.

Features

Hooking up the unit is easy. Cords were a bit short, but it's just power, display, usb.

Key Specs

I think the pen feels pretty good in the hand. Also its convinient to draw.

Display Parameters

I'm an art student, so being able to have a drawing display like this is fantastic.
 

XP-PEN Artist12

Begin the Creative Journey

The XP-PEN Artist12 puts most mid-range drawing tablets to shame. Using this device, you'll be able to draw however and whatever you want.

First things first, the tech here is superb. The Full HD 1920 x 1080p IPS screen gives you everything that IPS displays are known to provide, including excellent viewing angles, high contrast ratio with excellent blacks, and high color accuracy (meaning that the image will look less washed out).

Add to these things the 72% NTSC color gamut and have no doubt that the presented image will look vivid, featuring vibrant colors and exceptionally detailed imagery to support your artwork with stunning visuals.

At the same time, the anti-reflective coating does an excellent job reducing glare. The screen will look crisp and clear, even when it is bright out.

Of course, as far as drawing tablets go, the pen matters as much as the screen, which is where the company's advanced P06 passive pen comes in. Incorporating this hexagonal form, the pen looks and feels like traditional pencils.

Shape and aesthetics aside though, there's nothing traditional about this advanced pen. The non-slip and tack-free flexible glue grip will let you easily grab, hold, and use this pen, even with wet hands. The partially transparent tip will let you draw with ease, accuracy, and precision.

On these subjects, the pen's tip and the erased located on the other side of the pen incorporate 8192 pressure levels, providing you the precise accuracy required to draw and paint naturally with smooth and streamlined performance.

The pen holder that comes supplied with the package will let you keep the pen and the nibs safe. Plus, you can use this holder as a stand too.

Review of XP-PEN Artist12 11.6 Inch FHD Drawing Monitor

Optimize the Workflow

Now, we're done with the pen. Back to the drawing tablet, there are these six handy shortcut keys located on the slim touchpad. You can customize these shortcut keys however you want, allowing them to access your preferred tools.

Meanwhile, the touch bar can (and, one might argue, should) be programmed to zoom in and out on the canvas, scroll up and down, and complete more commands.

Needless to say, these customizable components will let you optimize the workflow, so you'll be able to create faster and more efficiently.

In addition to the tablet, the company supplies you with this nice little drawing glove and a cleaning cloth. The only issue here is that the "little" remark regarding the glove isn't colloquial. In other words, the glove's pretty small.

In closing, the XP-PEN Artist12 will let you doodle, sketch, and draw with ease, creative freedom, and efficiency. The device is compatible with just about any mainstream digital art software program. Drawing and sketching aside, the product will prove more than suitable for photography, animation, 3D sculpting, architecture design, different fashion facets, and more.

XP-PEN Artist12 11.6 Inch FHD Drawing Monitor in the use

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Wacom Intuos (CTL4100)

Everything You Need to Get Started

The Wacom Intuos CTL4100 is one of the most affordable options on the market today. Considering its price (at the moment, the tablet goes for less than 70 bucks), it goes without saying that this is a no-display model. It doesn't work on its own and you'll need to connect the device to a computer to use it. Fortunately, the model is compatible with systems running on Windows® 7 or later as well as Mac OS X® 10.11 or later, so you shouldn't have any issues pairing with any desktop or laptop.

Now, as you can imagine, this is a budget tablet, suitable mostly for beginners or artists on the most strict budget. But this is still a drawing tablet of Wacom, one of the biggest, most recognizable, and most respected names in the business. Even their budget models are excellent in more ways than one.

For one, in addition to the tablet and the pen, the company includes 3 different creative software licenses. The first one, Corel Painter Essentials 6, will allow you to let out the artist within you with a wide range of painting styles, their award-winning natural media brushes, as well as excellent photo effects. With this application, you'll be able to achieve that authentic, hand-painted look with every single drawing.

Review of Wacom Intuos (CTL4100) Drawing Tablet with 3 Bonus Software Included

The Right Tools for the Job

The second piece of software that you receive with the drawing tablet is Corel AfterShot 3. As you can tell from the name, this is more of an app for photographers than it is for knights of the digital brush. With this program, you should be able to get the most out of your passion for photography. With well-thought-out, powerful presets and robust processing tools, the application allows you to turn a decent image into a great one.

Last but not least, Wacom supplies you with a 2-year license to CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO. Including natural pen strokes, quick and expressive coloring, as well as practically unlimited tones and three-dimensional figure templates, this program includes every tool necessary for a budding comic-book artist or manga aficionado to bring his action to life.

With software out of the way, let's quickly examine the device itself. For the most part, this is more or less your average budget drawing tablet. But there's a thing or two that makes it stand out from the otherwise uninspired crowd. Incorporating 4 customizable express keys, the model lets you put your preferred shortcuts right at your fingertips. At the end of the pen, you'll find a convenient nib removal tool. Using the EMR technology, the pen gives you the level precision and control you'll be hard-pressed to find in any other low-end tablet.

Long story short, the Wacom Intuos (CTL4100) is a solid choice for beginners. With this drawing tablet and the complementary software, you'll be able to jumpstart a career in graphic design, photo editing, animation, digital art, and anything in-between. All in all, this option includes all you need to get creative in the digital world.

Wacom Intuos (CTL4100) Drawing Tablet with 3 Bonus Software Included in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

it's a slight upgrade with the pen becoming hard rubber grip from plastic and the inclusion of Bluetooth wireless.

Features

These tablets last a lot longer and the pens need NO BATTERY. That's amazing, the technology behind these tablets is something you can't find anywhere else.
 

Huion H610 Pro V2

Nice and Smooth Drawings

The Huion H610 Pro V2 is another budget tablet with a particularly attractive price tag. Though the device doesn't have a name like Wacom behind it, there is a lot to like about this gadget. But let's start elsewhere, not with the tablet itself but with the accessories that come with it.

First things first, the product comes supplied with 8 nibs, which is a nice change of pace from Wacom Intuos' 4. The tablet also comes with a pen holder, nothing we haven't seen in some of the more expensive models but it is nice to see it in a budget tablet too.

Now, let's pivot a little, from smaller accessories to the pen. Unusual for such a modestly priced product, the pen incorporates 8192 pressure levels and 233 pen reading speed. With a pen reading speed like that, there’s practically no visible time lapse between the pen touching the tablet and the dot/line emerging on the screen. You'll be able to draw nice and smooth without the usual delay that accompanies drawing tablets in this price range.

8192 pen pressure levels also contribute to that excellent drawing experience, allowing you to create thicker lines and vivid, intense colors. These pressure points add a level of realism that you seldom get from low-end tablets.

Finally, the pen's 5080LPI in resolution means a much more natural drawing experience and its tilt function equals accurate cursor positioning at different angles, so your drawing options will not be limited at all.

Review of Huion H610 Pro V2 Graphic Drawing Tablet with Tilt Function

Large Drawing Area

As far as the actual tablet is concerned, the Huion H610 Pro is as good as any model in its class. Its active area adds up to 10 inches in width and 6.25 inches in height. With a large drawing area like that, you'll have far more room at your disposal to create.

Seldom one of the more important categories but the tablet weighs less than 1.4 pounds, meaning that you'll be able to hold it and draw for longer periods of time without experiencing noticeable hand fatigue.

The aforementioned 16 customizable soft keys will allow you to set the functions as you like and customize the layout the way you see fit. This way, you'll be able to improve your working efficiency and save time in the process.

Before wrapping this whole thing up, let's go back to the pen for a moment. Equipped with 2 buttons, it allows you to easily switch between the Pen and Eraser functions. The driver settings include a left-handed mode, so the tablet is suitable for lefties and righties alike.

To put it differently, the Huion H610 Pro V2 is as close to a professional gadget and set of accessories as anything below 100 bucks will get you. From the comfortable and capable stylus to the functional tablet itself, there's a lot to like about this product and not a whole lot to dislike.

Huion H610 Pro V2 Graphic Drawing Tablet with Tilt Function in the use

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Size overall and size of drawing surface is perfect. Highly recommended.

Features

Came with drawing surface protector that was extremely easy to apply.

Key Specs

The pressure sensitivity of the stylus is excellent for size and fade.

Display Parameters

Incredible build quality with display and nice pen. All in all i happy.
 

What Is a Drawing Tablet?

Nowadays, it's hard to imagine a person who has never used a tablet. Everyone knows that this small gadget helps us a lot in our work, study, and entertainment. And what have you heard about drawing tablets? Well, you won't be able to perform usual actions like surfing the Internet, reading a book or typing a document, but you'll gain something more interesting. Drawing tablets (also known as graphics, digitizing, sketch, art, or pen tablets) are the gadgets that allow you to develop your creativity and simplify working process on the whole (in case you're a graphics designer or photographer). Graphics tablet management is easy, however, it is a bit different from the way we are used to. You work with digitizing tablets using a special stylus, thus, the process of drawing resembles creating sketches with common paper and a pen. Do you want to find out more about the most popular graphics tablets? Read this review and see what these models are.

However, if you need a more familiar device, please turn your attention to Android tablets, Windows tablets, and best tablets reviews, and choose the best gadget for your daily and working routine.

What Features to Compare

Type and Display

There are two types of graphics tablets - with and without a display. Tablets with display depict your images on the very device, thus, they are more functional, and, probably, convenient. Another type of graphics tablets transfers the pictures you draw on a computer monitor. This modification will better suit those who have just started working with digitizing tablets. Besides, these devices are much cheaper.

Now, let’s have a look at display characteristics. First of all, tablet displays differ in size. If you need to carry the device with you all the time, 13" will probably be more convenient. However, if you are going to set a tablet on your desk at home or in the office, you might want to consider bigger sizes - 19" or even 21.5". If you want to buy a tablet with a display, pay attention to its features too. Display resolution, viewing angles, tilt recognition, contrast ratio, brightness, color recognition, and report rate are crucial aspects which affect the quality of your images. The higher they are, the better image quality you get in the end.

Pen

Since a pen is the main tool used in drawing, its peculiarities are of vital importance.

  • Pay attention to pressure sensitivity. High pressure sensitivity provides you with thicker lines and more intense colors. As a rule, there are two pressure sensitivity levels - 2048 in professional tablets and 1024 in amateurish ones. This very aspect adds realism to your pictures.
  • Tilt recognition provides you with the ability to change the position of a pen in such a way that the device will still recognize it as a drawing tool. On average, tilt recognition is approximately 40-50 degrees.
  • The report rate, also called the pen reading speed, is an indicator of how many dots per second the tablet can display (measured in RPS or PPS depending on the manufacturer). Professional graphics tablets usually have 220 RPS while the gadgets for beginners have this measurement at 100-150 RPS. This characteristic also provides drawing smoothness - a high report rate ensures that there’s no visible time lapse in between the time when the pen touched and the dot (line, object) emerged on the screen.
  • The number of additional nibs is worth considering too. They tend to wear out during the drawing process pretty quick, so having some spare at hand would be handy for any designer. Pay attention to the power source of the pen, for if it runs on a battery, its weight will grow bigger and consequently, cause discomfort during drawing.

Interfaces and Compatibility

As a rule, the majority of digitizing tablets are connected to computers via a USB cable. However, most modern, expensive and professional models have additional VGA, DVI, Mini Display and HDMI ports for user's convenience. Some even support a wireless connection. Make sure to consider what OS your chosen tablet is compatible with. Some models may have their own software with its own adjustable settings. We'd also recommend you to get a glimpse of the package. If you don't want to look for other accessories anywhere else, make sure it's got all you need for comfortable work - a special stand, protective case and a pen.

FAQ:

Q: Do I really need a drawing tablet?
A:
That is totally up to you, of course, but if you plan to go into digital art the tablet is a much more convenient tool to use than a mouse since it offers an experience close to that of drawing with a pen on paper, that is, with comfort and speed.

Q: Should I buy a graphics tablet or a monitor?
A:
Graphics drawing tablets are mostly cheaper than those with a proper screen and they still offer most of the functionality an artist will generally deem necessary. At the same time, most professionals today find a drawing tablet with screen to be a better option, especially with how today you can find monitor tablets at more or less affordable prices. Working on a drawing tablet with screen is the closest you get to drawing on paper, after all—you watch your hand with a pen and not the cursor on the computer.

Q: What is this LPI number in my drawing tablet's specs?
A:
LPI means lines-per-inch, and it's literally a number of lines in a single inch the tablet recognizes when you draw. The more this number is, the more consistent the line you draw will be. However, we'd like to point out that for a human eye at a general resolution there won't be much difference between two pictures when this number exceeds 2000 LPI (for example a picture drawn on a 2540 LPI tablet and on a 5080 LPI one). Larger resolutions do matter for those who draw really large-scale images, though.

Q: How much do the pen pressure levels matter?
A:
 Pen pressure levels are the sensitivity of the pen on the tablet surface. The more levels your drawing tablet has, the easier it will be to adjust the line thickness by varying the physical pressure you apply to the pen.

Q: What software do I need to work with a digital drawing tablet?
A:
 Usually, the necessary software comes with the purchase, either on a CD or with directions to the manufacturer's site for download. However, most, if not all, top tablets for drawing can do basic tasks without any additional software—in this case, it will look like working with a mouse.

Q: But I don't want it to replace my mouse, what should I do if I want both to work at the same time?
A:
 You don't really need to do anything, turning your drawing tablet on does not affect your mouse unless you turn it off specifically. It's just that without a software, you'll need to still use the standard menus in your Photoshop or other drawing apps. You'll be drawing with a pen but not with the same comfort. And, of course, you'll be able to switch between the pen and the mouse with no fuss regardless of software installation.

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