It should seem pretty obvious that a digital artist’s equipment will affect the quality of finished art work more than the actual artist’s efforts. With so many options on the market for digital art today, it can be difficult to know what to choose. Before spending a huge amount of money on something that is not a good fit, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages. Here is a comparison of a touch screen monitor and a Wacom.
Pros and Cons of a Wacom Tablet
Wacom has been a popular tablet choice for artists, but thanks to new developments in touch screen technology, they are becoming a growing choice for smart phone artists as well. The combination of the touch screen’s special sensor matched with the special design of the device allow for a greater variety of special features, such as a built in eraser and hover actions.
One of the biggest annoyances for digital artists is their palm getting in the way or not being able to rest their palm comfortably while drawing. With the Wacom, palm rejection can be set up to allow you to rest it comfortably as you draw, so your art can be that much more accurate. Wacom has an abundance of pressure sensitivity, and some devise boast over a thousand pressure points!
Unfortunately this desirable device comes with a couple of disadvantages. Be prepared to spend more money if you need to buy a Wacom compatible device, which are not as common as other choices. In order to use all of the offered pressure points, the program must be coded to recognize them. This could mean the purchase of specially designed apps. The hardware is expensive, so you will only be able to buy and repair them at high end stores.
Pros and Cons of a Touch Screen Tablets
Nearly everyone has encountered a touch screen monitor by now in their daily life. They come for many uses, but unlike Wacom and digital tablets like it, art is not a specific use. In fact, since it is only touch screen, art would barely be able to evolve past the stick figure due to the inaccuracy of the finger and the lack of features that a stylus would alternatively be able to offer. Beyond this limitation, a touch screen tablet is only as limited as the software loaded into the system allows it to be.
With this being said, an ATM machine will only do just those features; deposit, see balance, and withdraw cash. A smart phone, because of the complexity and variety of the software loaded, acts just like a handheld computer. The advantage to this is convenience since it is even more portable than a laptop. Although it is not suitable for digital art, they are still useful for multiple other aspects of your life, such as surfing the web and listening to music. In fact, as far as artists are concerned, a touch screen tablet would be a great way to view digital art on the road in order to get inspired when you get back at your Wacom device to work again!
Comparing the Wacom and touch screen tablets is a little bit like comparing apples and oranges. They both operate differently, including how they receive input. Choose wisely on your product if you want to pursue digital art as either a hobby or a career choice.