Arts and crafts stores aren’t the only places where artists can find tools for their work. Now, artists and creatives can head to Best Buy or the Apple Store to get their art supplies. You might be surprised to find out that many artists have gone digital. In fact, some of your favorite works of art may have been created with digital art tools. According to ABC News, the last two years has seen an explosion in the sale of digital artwork, which have fetched prices ranging from a few dollars to the tens of millions.
If you’re an artist looking to expand your repertoire, check out some of these digital art tools.
1. iskn Repaper
The iskn Repaper is a graphic tablet you can use with any pencil and any piece of paper. Simply slide the Repaper Ring onto your favorite pencil and attach a sheet of paper of your choice to Repaper. Then download the Repaper Studio app, start drawing, and watch your creation come to life on screen.
The augmented interaction technology transcribes your drawings using different pressure levels. All you have to do is apply pressure to your pencil to thicken or darken your strokes. The Repaper Studio app can also record every step of your creations, so you can share your creations as time-lapse videos. Repaper can be used with smartphones, tablets (Bluetooth), PC, or Mac. With “no screen” mode, it can also be used independently running on battery life. Then you can import and view your creations on the device of your choice.
2. iPad Pro
Digital artists know how valuable iPads are for drawing and sketching designs. If you want the best of the best, the iPad Pro is the way to go. The Liquid Retina XDR display delivers true-to-life detail, great for viewing and editing photos and videos. The long battery life means that you’ll have plenty of time to dive into your work without needing to find an outlet. It’s also light enough that you won’t have to struggle with carrying your tech from place to place. The incredible color accuracy offers an amazing experience when viewing paintings and photos on screen.
3. Apple Pencil
Of course, you’ll need an Apple Pencil to pair with your iPad. According to Apple, Apple Pencil sets the standard for how drawing, note‑taking, and marking up documents should feel. On iPad Pro, Apple Pencil hover shows you exactly where your Apple Pencil will touch down on your display. This means you can write, sketch, and illustrate with even greater precision. With the second-generation Apple Pencil, you’ll get wireless pairing and charging, pixel-perfect precision, tilt and pressure sensitivity, and imperceptible lag. It also attaches to your iPad magnetically, so you don’t have to worry about losing your pencil when you need it most.
4. Adobe Acrobat Pro
Another amazing tool for artists and creatives is Adobe Acrobat Pro. You’ll be able to keep your projects moving by easily making changes, merging documents, and cropping images directly inside your PDF. Collaborate with others by sharing comments, highlighting text, typing, or using freehand drawings in the file. The best news is that Acrobat Pro works seamlessly with other apps and services, including Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator. They also offer different plans and price points for your needs, such as student and teacher discounts.
5. Adobe Creative Cloud
If you love Acrobat Pro but want a little extra, look no further. With Adobe Creative Cloud, you’ll get over twenty creative apps, including Photoshop and Acrobat Pro, plus admin tools, tech support, business integrations, team libraries, and more. If you’re an artist with a small business, Creative Cloud will help bring your brand to life and make collaboration a breeze. You can also send links to your design files and get comments right inside your Creative Cloud apps. Adobe offers multiple team plans depending on your business needs.
6. Artograph Opaque Art Projector
If you’re a fan of more old-school art tools, you might still use art projectors. The Artograph EZ Tracer® Opaque Art Projector is an easy-to-use, lightweight, and silent light box for tracing artwork. The tracer enlarges flat artwork from two to ten times the original size onto any wall, canvas, or other vertical surface. It features a 163 mm optical glass lens for displaying images onto walls or canvases. The 5.5-foot-long charging cord with a standard 120V plug makes it easy to use at school, work, or art studio. Artograph also offers other projector options for all of your art needs. If you need to print out your designs, learn how to wireless print.
7. Fovitec Photo Studio
As an artist, you know how important it is to share photos of your amazing artwork with your audience. To do that, you need a state-of-the-art photo studio. The Fovitec Continuous Lighting System Photo Studio is a complete photography studio starter kit with softboxes, very long muslin backdrops, light and backdrop stands, and lamps. Whether you’re taking studio portraits, large product photography, social media posts, or TikTok videos, this studio is perfect. The backdrops are 10 by 20 feet and arc smoothly down to the floor for a seamless edge without shadows. The studio is easy to set up, so you can quickly customize your studio for your needs.
Small business tools for artists
If you’re getting ready to launch a small business for your artwork, Quantum Fiber has all the tools you’ll need to get started. Learn how to prepare your small business for the holiday rush. If you plan on having a physical storefront, you will need small business WiFi for customers and a POS system that’s easy for both you and your customers. For more advice and information, check out the Quantum Fiber blog.