Published on March 20th, 2020 at 02:52 pm

With the evolution of technology and the internet, a lot has changed in terms of how people operate nowadays. We’re living in a digitized environment, and this is affecting most things, including how artists showcase and sell their work to the target market. Even the good old auction houses have now started selling their artwork online, and this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, it is increasing annually. If you are an artist or just an individual looking to sell their artwork, you will certainly not lack in finding an online market place or website to work with. However, just like choosing other things, it is important that you identify a website that resonates with your brand. This means that you have to analyze and research on the different options available before settling on the final one. To help you with the search for websites that best fit your artwork, we have created a list of the best sites you can consider for selling your artwork.

Society6

Intro

Society6 is a well-known site whose popularity increased as a result of the growth and evolution of the internet. A flourishing community of independent artists from around the world Society6 is the ideal site for artists looking to have their artwork printed on several different products ranging from pillows to canvas print, amongst others. The site gives artists the ability to manage how they would like to operate as they get to set their own royalties on their artwork. The profits on the site are also pretty reasonable as they can range from anything between $ 1.50 all the way to $ 13.90. Additionally, your artwork can also be featured on Society6’s main shop, which means that there is a likelihood that customers will discover your artwork without necessarily having to rummage through the numerous designs on the website.

Pros

  • It is ideal for artists who do not mind having their work replicated on several different materials.
  • Artists can get to focus on their work and not have to worry about dealing with customers as the site manages the customer service aspect of the business.
  • There are plenty of well renowned artists such as Evie Seo and Andreas live, which means that the site is extremely credible.

Cons

  • There is lots of stiff competition on this site as there lots of artists already using it.
  • Artists will need to grow a following before they can see good results worth mentioning.

ArtFire

Intro

Artfire is a site that has been around for as long as we can remember (almost ten years) and shares a lot of similarities with Etsy. This site is perfect for selling artwork as it has quite the traffic reporting up to three hundred thousand unique monthly visitors. This means that artists can reach a very large number of customers while putting in minimum effort. The site takes care of a lot of the hassles that come with creating a site to sell your pieces. They provide artists with the necessary customer assistance required to get things done. It also offers a community through which artists can get to engage and share skills or learn from each other.

Pros

  • Artists get access to a large number of buyers as the site manages every SEO aspect of the site and has a unique visitor following that is unmatched.
  • There are a variety of packages that artists can choose from depending on what suits them best. For example, the standard shop costs 23 cents for every listing and $ 4.95 monthly.
  • The site grown with the artists, so depending on the size and capacity of your store, your growth will be catered for.
  • The site has various categories, from supplies to weddings, which means it caters to different artists regardless of their work.

Cons

  • We could not seem to find any faults with Artfire as they mostly had glowing reviews.

Saatchi Art

Intro

Undeniably one of the largest art marketplaces on the internet, Saachi Art holds the bragging rights of being home to over 65,000 artists from around the world. If nothing, the number of artists translates into a great boost for artists looking to have their work out there for people other than their usual everyday customers. Saatchi art does an excellent job of supporting their artists as they do more than just sell the artwork. Some of their other engagements include organizing curator groups and art fairs for their artists. They also ensure that as an artist, your work is actively promoted as they highlight new original artwork to their customers. On this site, artists can sell their work to both individuals buying single pieces or collectors who have a love for art and are constantly looking to purchase the next best piece of work.

Pros

  • They have a “New this week” tab, which consists of a number of curated pieces of art highlighting different artists every week.
  • They have over twelve million monthly page views, and their work is sold to collectors all around the globe.
  • Their joining process is pretty easy and straightforward.

Cons

  • The number of artists on the platform may make it hard for a newbie to achieve visibility almost instantly.

Pixapp

Intro

Even though Pixapp have a website, it is more of a social, mobile marketplace, which means that artists need to download the app for them to use it. Pixapp is a selling platform that is a cross between Instagram and Redbubble. Just like on most social platforms, users on the platform can follow their favorite artists, after which the company only gets 10% of what the artist makes form every sale. This type of engagement is perfect for an artist who may not be looking to pay a fee to be part of a site, as is the case with some of the sites. Additionally, artists can also opt to have their designs on some of the products such as t-shirts, canvases, and mugs that pixapp sells.

Pros

  • Pixapp manages the customer service aspect of the business. i.e., once a customer purchases your artwork, they handle everything else related, including shipping and production, until the customer receives the items purchased.
  • It is an extremely budget-friendly option, especially if you do not want to invest in paying several fees to a third-party company.
  • The app’s popularity has been increasing gradually, and with the take over witnessed by social media, it will come as no surprise when it soon becomes oversaturated.
  • The company has plans underway to launch a fully functional website for those artists who may prefer working from a website as opposed to an app.

Cons

  • They are still small, so if you are looking to reach a large volume of people instantaneously, it may not be ideal.

Shopify

Intro

If you are a reputable artist and with an established customer base, you can opt to set up shop independently by selling directly from your website as opposed to using a third-party website. For this purpose, Shopify is the ideal e-commerce website that will help you achieve your dreams. The platform is resonably easy to use and can be designed specifically with your brand in mind, therefore, ensuring brand image continuity across all online platforms. Our favorite thing about Shopify is that it is difficult for anyone outside of an artist organization to know that they are using a platform that has been integrated into the website. Shopify is renowned with over 600,000 businesses using the platform and well over one million active users.

Pros

  • Artists can find comfort in knowing that the platform they are using is being run by experienced hands with the technical know how to elevate their sales.
  • Artists can easily manage the platform and choose the direction that they would like for their work to take.
  • Customers are not limited to the number of products they can list on their Shopify ecommerce platform.

Cons

  • It does require for an artist to either have the technical know-how of executing the integration or one could hire a third party to do it for them.
  • Artists do not have to share their profits with other parties.

Conclusion

The number of online selling options are plenty, and there has never been a better time to introduce a bigger audience to your work. The buzz surrounding online platforms is certainly not about to die down soon, and every artist should jump at the opportunity to present their work. Online platforms typically do not require much work; however, the ease of use will vary depending on the site you choose to work with. The key factor when it comes to choosing a site for your art is identifying the platform that will give you the most traffic and is easy to set up. Do your research so you can be sure that the site resonates with your brand and does not cause utter chaos. Feel free to let us know which site is your favorite place to sell your artwork.

Last updated on March 7th, 2020 at 01:59 am

Photo editing requires a lot of resources that we may not always have on the go. With the exponential development of technology, more powerful laptops are emerging. Laptops are now sufficiently powerful to run programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and other photo editing software with ease. If you’re springing for a powerful machine that can run graphic design software without hiccups, we wrote this article about 10 best laptops for photoshop.

Whether you’re a freelancer, in-home designer or work in a design company, you must know that laptops have become a paramount part of our corporate life. Certainly, it’s nice to keep track of your work on a powerful desktop computer with a large screen, but laptops allow us to do it from anywhere we want, giving us an advantage over people who work on a desktop.

Thanks to powerful processors, scalable graphics processors, more memory resources and swifter storage options, laptops have become nearly as powerful as most desktop configurations and promise great working performance.

With all that in mind, without further ado, we’re going to highlight 10 best laptops for photoshop. We, however, had an emphasis on three models we found fit to the following criteria:

  • Best Overall
  • Best Value
  • Best Budget

If you’re not fond of the three models we highlighted as our personal favorite, there are seven more laptops that may catch your attention.

1.     Best Overall: MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019

New Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch

Apple’s MacBooks have set a standard for sleek and stylish design a long time ago and MacBook Pro 16 is no exception. It’s portable, thin, stylish and has a larger screen than the average of 15-inch laptops. It’s perfect to carry everywhere. You can work on vacation, in a café, in a library, pretty much anywhere. Its large screen boasts a 16-inch diagonal and True Tone technology for more vibrant colors and detailed pictures, making it ideal to edit photos in software like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

It features an improved speaker quality, new and majorly improved keyboard over previous models and breathtaking specs. It is equipped with a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. If you cash a little more, you will be able to run a long-expected i9 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630. It also has a dedicated graphics card – AMD Radeon Pro 5300M for faster graphics rendering and processing.

As about memory and storage, you can choose between 16GB and 64GB as well as between 512GB and 8TB of RAM and SSD storage respectively. The solid-state drive makes for faster access and transfer speed, making it ideal for rendering software such as Photoshop. Although the MacBook Pro 16 has a room for up to 64GB of RAM, you won’t need more than 16GB.

It’s worth noting it’s more expensive than other Windows-running notebooks. Nevertheless, it’s built with durability and reliability in mind. Another minor drawback is that it only has four Thunderbolt 3 ports and no other ports like USB. In our opinion, despite the flaws, it’s the best laptop for photoshop thanks to its colorful and detailed screen and a combination of specs that can handle massive performance and rendering.

Pros

  • Beautiful and vivid display
  • Top-notch performance
  • Large screen
  • Stylish design
  • Large SSD storage

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • There are only Thunderbolt 3 ports

2.     Best Value: LG Gram 17

LG Gram 17” WQXGA Laptop

Whether you use photoshop to add more detail to your photographs, make logos and design new things, you know that the screen size is an essential part of its design. That’s why the best value laptop in our opinion is a 17-inch LG Gram 17, also considered one of the lightest laptops on the market, weighing only three pounds. You won’t have to worry about transporting the laptop, it weighs less than most of the 15-inch machines.

As mentioned above, it’s equipped with a 17-inch screen with 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, producing a crisp and detailed picture with accurate and vivid colors. It’s one of the best laptops for photoshop because its screen size offers the tiniest details crucial for the quality of a picture.

When it comes to performance, it exceeds all our expectations. It offers a respectable 8th generation i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD which should be more than enough for your regular work. The only downside is that it only comes with Intel UHD graphics, instead of a dedicated graphics card in addition to the Intel UHD 620. Another minor flaw of this model is its loud keyboard, but unless you type too much and too fast, you probably won’t even notice it.

Pros

  • Large, bright and vibrant display
  • Lasting battery life
  • High-end performance
  • Stylish and portable design

Cons

  • No dedicated graphics card
  • Loud keyboard

3.     Best Budget: HP Envy 13

New HP Envy 13.3 Laptop

If you’re restricted on a budget, but also like ergonomic models that can easily fit in your bag, HP Envy 13 is worth checking out. It is portable at 2.8 pounds and has an attractive chassis that makes it featherweight. It is equipped with a 13.3-inch screen.

Depending on which option you pick, you may either choose the 1080p version or 4K option, which is better if you do some advanced editing.

Smaller screens may not be everyone’s cup of tea. After all, we highlighted above how important it is for a laptop suited for photo editing to have a large screen that shows the smallest details. Nevertheless, HP Envy 13 has a bright and very detailed panel perfectly suitable for photoshop despite the size. If you aren’t on the go often, you can easily connect it to TV or another monitor to see a better picture of what you’re doing.

Other highlights of Envy 13 include a powerful 8th generation i5-8265U which can reach the speeds of 3.9 GHz in Turbo Boost, 8GB of RAM which is easily expandable to 16GB and 256GB SSD. Additionally, you can squeeze 512GB or 1TB SSD storage for a little higher price. It’s equipped with Intel UHD 620 graphics and Nvidia GeForce MX250. Lastly, the FHD model has a great battery life, reaching nearly 11 hours of use, while the stronger 4K squeezes fewer hours.

Pros

  • Lightweight and attractive
  • Vivid display
  • Great battery life
  • Strong performance

Cons

  • Small display
  • A tad weaker battery life on the 4K model

4.     DELL XPS 15

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The OLED technology from phones didn’t take too long to move to laptops. Dell XPS 15 is living proof. It has a 1080p model and 4K resolution with an OLED panel. It looks stylish and boasts a screen panel sufficiently big and detailed to support consistent photoshop work. The keyboard is also backlit so you won’t have problems working in the dark.

It is equipped with the 9th generation of variations of i5, i7 and i9 chipsets. The laptop can be also suitable for gaming as it’s equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, variations of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB and a plethora of storage options. The laptop may be a little heavier compared to other models we feature, but it’s still sized sufficiently to carry in a backpack without breaking your back.

Given it boasts a powerful graphics card, it’s understandable that it won’t run for longer than three hours, hence its battery life is a drawback but definitely not a deal-breaker. It’s also unreasonably expensive with respect to specs of other laptops we featured.

Pros

  • A great variety of spec variations.
  • Stylish design
  • Vivid and bright screen

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Not the lightest model

5.     Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1

2018 Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga laptops have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years because they are adjustable and customizable. For photo editing, designers are often looking for a combination of both. Lenovo Yoga 730 isn’t just any 2-in-1 laptop you’ll have to take extra care of not to damage. It’s a mix of stylish, durable, high-end performance and not overly priced.

It’s compact and weighs only 2.5 pounds. It has an IPS touch-screen display with good brightness and vivid enough color specter to meet any of your demands. Its performance will, not only provide great photoshop experience but serve well in the day-to-day use, coding, writing and more, thanks to a powerful trackpad and comfortable keyboard. It folds well and has an 8-hour battery life which should be enough to complete all your daily activities.

In terms of performance, it’s equipped with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. There are no discrete graphics, but Intel HD 620 should be more than enough to handle most of your graphics workload. Lenovo Yoga 730 may not be the best choice for advanced photoshop performance, but it’s great for those who are after 2-in-1 experience and sturdy design.

Pros

  • Stylish, customizable and flexible
  • Bright display
  • Decent performance

Cons

  • No discrete graphics card

6.     Asus ZenBook 13

ASUS ZenBook 13

Asus ZenBook laptops gained huge popularity over the last few years thanks to top-notch performance, ergonomic and sleek design. One of the best assets for every designer who is looking for the best laptops for photoshop is that despite the screen is smaller, it boasts a 1920 x 1080 display with near-perfect viewing angles via IPS technology.

It weighs 2.6 pounds which makes it enough thin to fit in a backpack and carry wherever you want. It has an all-aluminum body which makes it more portable and durable in the process. It has various accessories, like Micro HDMI, built-in fingerprint readers and more.

When it comes to performance, it runs with Intel Core i5-8250U, 8th generation chipset with 3.4GHz speed at Turbo performance. It runs 8GB of RAM and 256GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD for faster access and transfer speed. It also lasts a long time and can run the whole day thanks to 12 hours-long battery life.

Although it could boast a larger screen and dedicated graphic card like most of the models we highlighted, we still find Asus ZenBook 13 to exceed all our expectations in terms of finding a dedicated and reliable machine.

Pros

  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Strong performance
  • Various accessories
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Smaller screen
  • No dedicated graphics

7.     Asus ZenBook 14

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The larger sibling of ZenBook 13 has much more to offer. First, it boasts an innovative design with a numeric dual-function trackpad which is something we aren’t used to seeing, as well as a sleek chassis and much more flexible use.

It has a 14-inch screen with wide viewing angles and full HD resolution. It also boasts the NanoEdge bezels which offer more screen size. The keyboard also saw various enhancement like improved typed position which is great for extended times of use. It also boasts a better cooling system for more reliable and extended use and a new audio system.

When it comes to performance, it boasts Core i7-8565 quad-core processor with speed up to 4.6GHz with Turbo Mode. It is equipped with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD which offers spacious and swift performance. The screen is bright and colorful, while performance is powerful and ideal for designers and photographers who regularly use photoshop. It has a powerful battery life and offers a respectable performance of 12 and a half hours.

Pros

  • Stylish and sturdy chassis
  • Beautifully-designed display
  • Powerful performance
  • Innovative

Cons

  • Uses outdated ports

8.     Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft surface notebooks are ideal for photographers and designers, and one of the best laptops for photoshop. They are ultra-thin and slim and perfect if you’re changing locations. Surface Laptop 2 weighs only 2.76 so it’s extremely light and fits anywhere.

Its screen is a masterpiece, boasting beautiful color variations, vibrancy, and bright tones. It is great for editing photos in photoshop, drawing in illustrator and other photo-editing software thanks to the unprecedented details. Its variations include both i5 and i7 processors of 8th generation, 8GB of RAM and 128GB. Its storage isn’t the strongest side, and will mostly require you to get either an external hard-drive or upgrade.

Its performance, nevertheless, is backed by a 13 hours battery life which allows you to work without interruptions the whole day. If you’re using photoshop more for drawing and creating digital art than editing photographs, this laptop is the right one for you.

Pros

  • Slim and compact
  • Sharp and precise display
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Integrated graphics
  • Not many storage options

9.     Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 6

Another Microsoft Surface model offers the versatility of a powerful photoshop workstation and a tablet, with a little more powerful specs. It weighs only 1.70 pounds, being among the lightest laptops we reviewed in this article. Just like its sibling, it is equipped with a vibrant and bright display, ideal for drawing and photo-editing.

It runs 8th Generation Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and runs 256GB of SSD storage, which is a tad better than the model we highlighted above. The only drawback that they share is the lack of a discrete graphics card. You can work on it the whole day, given it runs with an all-day battery which can last up to 13 hours, regardless of workload.

Pros

  • Sleek and flexible design
  • Long battery life
  • Respectable performance

Cons

  • No graphics card

10. HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360-15t Quad Core

HP Spectre x360 takes HP’s laptop performance to the next level as a result of ultra-thin design, powerhouse specs, and sharp resolution. Despite being only 13.3-inches, it offers full HD resolution, as well as UHD resolution depending on a model. Touchscreen also makes a lot of things easier.

Specs-wise, it runs i7-8550U chipset and 16GB of RAM. Depending on which option you choose, you can choose between 256GB and 2TB of SSD, although that will affect the price. Its long battery life in combination with the killer performance is ideal for photographers, but it’s fairly expensive.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Sharp and vivid screen
  • Great performance

Cons

  • Overpriced

Finding the Best Laptop for Photoshop: Things to consider when buying

When on the look for a laptop you’ll use for drawing or editing photos via photoshop, illustrator or similar software there are important factors to consider. We pin-pointed those we found the most crucial.

  • It’s important to look for a larger screen, preferably 15-17-inch, although smaller screens will suffice with the right resolution.
  • Storage is an important factor to consider. However, it’s better to have a 256GB SSD than 1TB hard-drive at low speeds.
  • Preferred graphics should always be a discrete graphics card. Intel’s integrated graphics have reached peak performance over the last years, but they still aren’t as reliable as discrete graphics processors.

Professionals who love doing all sorts of stuff with Photoshop appreciate the importance of owning or using the right laptop. To this end, most experts – including beginners too – do everything in their powers to find the best laptop for Photoshop. Obviously, you can use just about any laptop to Photoshop any photo of your choice. Nevertheless, some laptops do a much better job than others. For this reason, it is crucial that you find the best one. The choice of the laptop also depends on whether you edit photos using Photoshop for fun or for a living.

Know what to look for in a laptop for photo editing first before spending your money on it. Here are reviews of some of the best laptops to buy and use with Photoshop.

Other Possible Choices (Older Models)

11. Lenovo ThinkPad X1

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The 14-inch screen laptop is perfect for any Photoshop work you have for various reasons. It is the ideal laptop because if supports the use of Stylus Pen. The laptop is also capable of folding back on itself. It is eligible for labeling as an Ultrabook. It is a lightweight laptop too. With 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM, it has enough room to store every photo you edit. Furthermore, the laptop is also called the Corporate Notebook. It’s one of the most flexible laptops today. It has some of the most modern, state-of-the-art features you could ever imagine.

Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Amazing keyboard
  • Vibrant screen colors
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Epic endurance
  • Usable in tablet, laptop, or tent modes

Cons

  • Slow SSD
  • Highly reflective panel
  • Stiffer hinge featuring a noisy mechanism

12. Microsoft Surface Pro

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Professionals with a penchant for using tablets or stylus pens while editing photos will find this laptop a great choice. It is amazing that such a small laptop can also be quite powerful. It has outstanding features that make it a worthy choice compared to the rest. An example of these features includes the pressure-sensitive stylus and reasonably impressive keyboard. The laptop’s 12.3-inch screen guarantees you a sharp display. The high-resolution display augurs well for the photos you wish to edit, especially if you are doing such work for clients.

Pros

  • Thin and light design that supports full PC performance
  • Discrete GPU offered through the Iris Plus GPU
  • Perfect replacement or substitute for tablet and notebook
  • MicroSD Card Slot offers room for expanding storage space
  • Impressive battery life
  • Kickstand is capable of folding back
  • Great Surface Pen
  • New keyboard is available as a separate accessory

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Does not come with Surface Pen, which costs $99 separately
  • LTE Option yet to be standardized

13. Apple MacBook Pro 15

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Photographers and graphic designers have loved Apple MacBook Pro for years. One of the reasons for this popularity is the fact the laptop runs on the same MacOS many photographers and designers use on their PCs. Apart from the stylishness of the laptop, it also stands out for many other reasons. It offers raw optimal performance. It now has faster SSDs. It comes with a fingerprint reader too. The laptop’s battery life keeps improving all the time. In fact, the battery lasts longer than ever before.

Pros

  • Retina display
  • Beautiful, high-quality display
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Dual graphic processors
  • Upgradable internal storage
  • Excellent battery life
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • SDXC Card Reader

Cons

  • RAM is impossible to upgrade as it’s soldered in place
  • End-users cannot upgrade internal storage
  • Lacks internal optical drive

14. Dell XPS 15 Touch

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Fewer laptops are as perfect for photo editing as Dell XPS 15 Touch. You will fall in love with it from the first minute of using it. The fact it has a 4K display as an optional feature already makes it a winner in the eyes of many Photoshop lovers. With 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, nothing stops you from storing as many photos as you want on this laptop. Weighing 4 pounds, it is a fairly weighty laptop compared to the competition. Despite the heavy weight, the laptop is smaller and sleeker than its previous versions.

Pros

  • Speedy performance
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Excellent IPS display regardless of the version you use
  • Available in two versions – UHF and FHD
  • Offers a good selection of ports for HDMI, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.0
  • SD Card Slot

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Battery life needs improvements
  • GPU is capable of throttling at exceedingly high loads

15. HP ZBook X2

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What you will notice upon laying your eyes on this laptop is the fact HP has spared no costs in producing a juggernaut fit for all the Photoshop work you wish to do. Its CPU is not only one of the latest but also the most powerful in the industry today. Its GPU is correctly labeled workstation class. It offers a 4K display that ensures your edited photos come out clear for all to see. This high-end laptop deserves whatever you pay for it. The keyboard is removable thus allowing you to convert the laptop into a more convenient to use a tablet.

Pros

  • 4K 10-bit color display
  • Detachable/removable keyboard
  • Two-in-one, as a laptop or tablet
  • Workstation certified graphics
  • 32GB of RAM

Cons

  • Bulkier than many of the other detachable laptops

16. Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch

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Without any shadow of a doubt, this laptop was built specifically for editing videos and photos. Its ultra-high-resolution display – 2880 x 1800 – allows you to show all the fine details your photo boasts of. It has more than adequate workspace you need for all the editing tools and large files. It guarantees super-fast performance through its 256GB SSD. However, you’re free to add an external hard drive in case you need more storage space. The 16GB of RAM allows you to open multiple files all at once without slowing the laptop down.

Pros

  • More than 16 hours of battery life
  • Ultra-high resolution display
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • Two Thunderbolt ports
  • One HDMI port
  • SDXC Card Reader
  • Thin and lightweight

Cons

  • Slow integrated graphics that struggle driving the ultra-high resolution display
  • RAM is impossible to upgrade since it is soldered in place
  • End users cannot upgrade internal storage
  • Difficult to replace the battery, which is glued in place
  • Internal optical drive is not available

17. Lenovo ThinkPad L540

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Lenovo ThinkPad L540 provides you with value for money. It guarantees good performance every time you switch it on and begin using it to edit your photos. Its color reproduction needs more work, however. Despite that, the low-glare matte screen is excellent addition when working under direct sunlight or in brightly lit spaces. The laptop’s 500GB hard drive ensures you have enough space to store all the software and photos you need. The laptop has a few pros and cons as you will see below.

Pros

  • Conveniently quiet
  • Long battery life
  • Superb performance
  • Easy to upgrade hardware
  • Customization is possible while ordering
  • Plenty of accessories
  • Excellent processing speed
  • Windows 7 Operating System

Cons

  • DVD drive never stops spinning the moment you insert a DVD
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Poor color accuracy
  • Non-illuminated keyboard

18. Acer Aspire S7-392-6832 Ultrabook

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Fewer laptops will serve your photo-editing needs better while on the road than Acer Aspire S7-392-6832 Ultrabook. Weighing a mere 2.9 pounds, there is no way the laptop will load you down while traveling. The battery is designed to last around 12 hours, which should offer you plenty of time to edit your photos without recharging or plugging it into the power source. It is the ideal laptop to use when you need to edit photos – and videos – superfast. The laptop’s Intel Core i5 processor allows it to perform exceptionally well all the time.

Pros

  • Super battery life
  • Strong graphics
  • Stunning 1080p touchscreen display
  • Great design
  • Battery-friendly Intel Haswell CPU

Cons

  • Too costly
  • Hidden power button
  • Slow SSD
  • Several undersized keys
  • Performance glitches
  • TouchPad and keyboard need more improvements

19. ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71

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ASUS is renowned for making some of the best gaming laptops in the world. However, what many users might not realize is its laptops are equally suitable for editing photos. The Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor in this laptop makes it capable of performing at the top level every time. The graphics card works discreetly too. The laptop’s SSD guarantees superior load times in addition to faster transfer times. The 16GB of RAM ensures the laptop allows you to multitask with relative ease too. Check the pros and cons below to confirm whether the laptop is for you.

Pros

  • Powerful performance
  • Exceptional screen display
  • Operates cool and quiet
  • Easily upgradable
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Trackpad requires further improvements
  • Speakers do not provide the required level of sound output
  • Slightly heavier

20. HP Envy TouchSmart

HP Envy 17-j130us 17.3-Inch Touchsmart Laptop Left Side
HP Envy 17-j130us 17.3-Inch Touchsmart Laptop Main

The HP Envy TouchSmart is one of the most effective laptops for photo editing. You can install any photo-editing tool or software in this laptop and use it to do some stunning jobs. In many circles, the laptop is considered the most worthy replacement for a photo-editing desktop. The laptop is costlier for many reasons. It possesses excellent specs that make it better than most of its competition too. Nevertheless, this rock-solid laptop will require more effort on your part to tug along since its mostly made of metals and not plastic.

Pros

  • Slim thus does not take too much space
  • Stylish body made of aluminum
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Superfast performance
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Absence of SSD slows the envy down when switching it off and on
  • Isn’t configurable
  • Too heavy for an Ultrabook
  • TouchPad is too jumpy when at default settings

Conclusion

As we reach the end of the best laptops for the Photoshop list, we made sure to highlight the best performing models and showcase their capabilities. When choosing the right laptop for Photoshop, it’s understandable that some important features may be lacking compared to other features. It’s okay to sacrifice specs for the sake of some other feature, like lower storage for a better screen. In the end, the final decision comes to individual consumers and demands they want to meet with a certain laptop.

Therefore, you now possess all the bits of information needed to make an excellent choice. With this information, you should no longer feel confused trying to select and buy the best laptop for Photoshop. As shown above, you have access to a wide array of products you can buy at affordable rates. You could also stop worrying about money and spend all you have on the laptop of your choice if you consider it a must-have for your work. With these laptops, you now have the main tool needed for installing and using Photoshop to impress your family, friends and clients alike.

Last updated on March 7th, 2020 at 02:07 am

With very capable hardware, a high precision stylus and excellent graphic design software, the iPad is now a real alternative to a laptop or desktop for graphics work.

We’ll examine all the iPad models available as of early 2020, along with official Apple iPad accessories, run through their pros and cons and give you some idea of whether an iPad is the right choice for graphic design.

iPad Air 3 (2019) – Best All Around

Best All-Around iPad. Powerful and light, the go-to option for most graphic designers

ipad air

Introduction

The third-generation iPad Air and fifth-generation iPad mini launched side-by-side in 2020, both with identical internal specs, with the six-core A12 Bionic processor, 3GB of system memory, Apple Pencil support and either 64GB or 256GB of storage. The iPad Air is larger though, with a 10.5-inch display as well as being slightly more expensive.

With identical performance, any preference depends on portability and screen size. Some will prefer a larger screen to work on, which is probably better for graphics work and illustration, but the advantage of the iPad mini’s light weight and portability makes it easier to whip out on a long journey and carry on with work. However, weighing just 1 pound the 10.5-inch iPad Air is already an astonishingly light computing device. It’s a tough choice.

One major hardware difference with the iPad Air is the Smart Connector, located along the side, which allows you to hook up Apple’s official Smart Keyboard accessory. That could swing the decision in the Air’s favor.

Pros

  • Best all-round iPad for graphic design
  • Powerful six core A12 Bionic processor
  • 10.5-inch display optimal for graphics work
  • Smart connector available for Smart Keyboard accessory (might be necessary for some admin/office work).
  • Weighs just 1 pound!

Cons

  • Not the most affordable iPad

The New Apple iPad (2019) – Best Value

Affordable, lightweight and more than capable

In the world of iPads the iPad Pro as the most expensive, the iPad mini for  is most portable and the iPad Air is the best all around for most people.  These are all somewhat expensive compared with competing tablets (especially Chromebooks).

That’s why Apple sells a slightly cut-down, more affordable model it simply calls iPad, which received its most recent update at the end of 2020.

Crucially though the 2019 iPad now has the same 3GB of system memory found on the other iPads, and starting at $329, it’s a much more affordable way to own an Apple tablet. The A10 might sound old but Apple’s processors are so advanced the A10 still performs very well. We’d certainly recommend this affordable iPad for light use, as an iPad for children, or older relatives.

Pros

  • Most affordable iPad
  • Now with Apple Pencil support
  • More system memory
  • Laminated display
  • Up to 128 GB storage
  • 3 GB of system memory (up to par with other, more expensive iPads)

Cons

  • A10 Processor is a few generations behind

iPad Pro (2018)

The most powerful iPad has an amazing new design

ipad pro 11 inch

The third-generation iPad Pro introduces a new design that sees the biggest change to the appearance and functionality of the iPad in years. With squared-off edges and thinner bezels, and getting ride of the home button, it almost results in an edge-to-edge display.

On the inside, the iPad Pro uses a six-core A12X Bionic, the same processor found in the iPhone XS, but with double the graphics performance. The iPad Pro is available in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage capacities.

As standard it has 4GB of system memory, more than on any other iPad, but interestingly, the 1TB model is offered with 6GB of system memory, the most in any iOS device ever!

It’s impressively lighter too, the 11-inch model weighs just about 1 pound, while the 12.9-inch model is just 1.4 pounds, which is a highly impressive weight reduction.

Pros

  • Light and slim, powerful
    • Just barely over 1 pound
    • A12x Bionic processor has twice the graphics performance of iPhone XS.
  • Fantastic 120Hz, colour-accurate display
  • Up to 1TB of storage and 6GB of memory, most in any iOS device ever!
  • 12.9 inch screen is largest yet, great for detailed graphic design.

Cons

  • Most pricey of iPads
  • 4th-generation model due sometime in 2020, so may want to wait it out.

iPad mini 5 (2019)

Ultra portable and ultra powerful, iPad mini is fantastic

iPad Mini

Being the lightest (300.5g) and smallest (7.9-inch) iPad, the fifth-generation 2019 iPad mini is in an entirely different class to every other iPad. It’s so small it’s almost pocketable, but it presents the same excellent computing experience you get with the iPad Air, with the same screaming fast six-core A12 Bionic processor, 3GB of system memory, Apple Pencil support and either 64GB of 256GB of storage.

A fifth-generation iPad mini is capable of running even the most highly detailed games, head duty graphics editing applications, illustration and note taking, 3D modelling, audio software and more without breaking a sweat. It’s by far the most powerful mini tablet there is.

Unfortunately, it lacks an official keyboard, unlike the larger models. You’ll have to look at third-party accessories here, such as the backlit Zagg Folio iPad mini 5 keyboard case.

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Same A12 Bionic Processor as other iPads
  • Same memory (3GB) as bigger iPads
  • Apple Pencil Support

Cons

  • Smaller screen not ideal for graphic design
  • iPad mini design remains unchanged since the first version

That’s all we’ve got for iPads, but you may be interested in some accessories to help with your graphic design work.  See them below!

Best iPad Accessories for Artists and Graphic Designers

In order for artists to take full advantage of the iPads or other tablets, they’ll need some accessories.  We’ve gone ahead and wrote up a quick guide to help you make the best decisions, enjoy!

Apple Pencil / Pencil 2

Has Apple reinvented the stylus?

Apple Pencil

Steve Jobs may have dismissed the use of a stylus when the iPhone first launched, but that didn’t stop Apple from later releasing an official stylus for use with iPad, which has raised the bar for stylus performance and quality and vastly improving digital graphics illustration as well as handwriting recognition supported throughout iPadOS.

Apple Pencil is a high precision stylus with just 9ms latency, resulting in exceptionally fluid drawing and writing. Pressure sensitivity as well as a wide variety of brushes supported in Apple’s own apps, such as Notes, add a new layer of functionality to the iPad, making it easy to scribble down notes, make annotations to documents and sign forms, in addition to the aforementioned precise illustration for graphic designers.

Notably, to use Apple’s nifty Sidecar feature in MacOS Catalina that turns your iPad into a second screen for your Mac, you have to use a Pencil as touch interaction won’t work.

The only problem with the first generation Apple Pencil is that it’s a bit clunky. The removable charging tip is easily lost and there’s no easy way to store it with the iPad. That’s why Apple sells a second-generation Pencil 2, for use with the iPad Pro only. It magnetically attaches to the tablet and charges wirelessly, making life a whole lot easier.

Pros

  • High precision, low latency.
  • Great battery life.

Cons

  • Charging tip on first-generation Pencil easily misplaced
  • Pencil 2 only works on iPad Pro

Apple Smart Keyboard / Smart Keyboard Folio

One of the best options for typing on an iPad

Apple Smart Keyboard

Apple’s official Smart Keyboard line comes in three flavours. There’s the Smart Keyboard, which works with the iPad Air, iPad (2019) and previous-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, models which all have a Smart Connector to supply power and data to the keyboard. As well as attaching magnetically to the iPad to hold securely in place, the keyboard folds back behind the iPad when not in use, the whole case offers good rear scratch protection.

Then there are two versions of the Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro (2018), one for the 11-inch model and one for the 12.9-inch model. Slight design changes with the Smart Keyboard Folio improve portability when the keyboard is attached, and the larger keyboard has a bit more physical space, and feel less cramped as a result.

Both Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard are brilliant to type on and don’t add much to the weight or portability of the iPad. Although the keys are made out of a hardened felt-like material, they are laid out with the same satisfying key travel as classic butterfly keyboard design, and really bring a computing-like experience closer to the iPad, which might be useful when working with complex graphic design tablet software.

Pros

  • Great to type on
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • They’re all pricey

Apple AirPods / AirPods Pro

The ubiquitous earbuds work great with iPad too

AirPods

AirPods need no introduction. Chances are you’ve already seen someone wearing them today, a testament to the pervasive nature of Apple’s wireless bluetooth earbuds, which have been an absolute smash hit with consumers all around the world. They pair very nicely with all iOS devices, from the iPhone to Apple Watch, and the iPad is no exception. In fact, as long as you’re signed in to a single iCloud account, your AirPods will simply be picked up by your iPad automatically for immediate use.

The biggest criticism of AirPods is their sound quality, leaving a little to be desired compared with other manufacturers of bluetooth headphones and earbuds. That’s one reason for the pricey AirPods Pro, Apple’s recently launched new AirPods design, which gives a selection of ear tips for an even better fit in different shaped ears, and of course, vastly improved audio quality.

Pros

  • Fit snugly in most people’s ears
  • Work well with all Apple products

Cons

  • Expensive

The hardware and software in Apple’s iPad has evolved significantly since the first model was unveiled exactly ten years ago. Additions such as a high-resolution display, stylus and keyboard support, more storage, better cameras, more memory and considerably more processing power has transformed the iPad into a formidable computing device that is now a valid alternative to a traditional laptop for graphic design.

In particular Apple’s A-series processors are absolute performance beasts, and the processing power of the latest iPads is enough to leave behind the entire range of Android tablets on the market, even overtaking some Intel processors in benchmark tests.

The iPad range now includes four models, differing in screen size, performance and affordability. The iPad Pro stands out with a completely new design, the highest iPad performance and availability in a giant 12.9-inch format, which is fantastic for working on detailed visual work.

Combined with Apple’s exceptionally high quality Pencil stylus and the newfound flexibility added in the latest iPadOS operating system, the iPad is now a great platform for portable graphic design. This is supported by increasingly high quality iPad graphics software. Adobe recently launched an iPad-specific version of Photoshop, and there are also some fantastic alternative graphic design applications on iPad, such as Serif’s Affinity suite, Pixelmator and ProCreate.

Older Options to Consider

Some older options to consider (can be found for cheaper prices and/or refurbished):

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 – Main
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 – All Black
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 – Handy
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 – HD Color
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 – Saturn

Introduction

This iPad is our choice as the best option for digital artists. It’s been tried, tested, and proved capable of handling all types of artistic work. It is the perfect representation of the dynamo-comes-in-small-packages saying.

Artists have the option of buying this iPad brand new or going for a refurbished one. It is smaller than the normal artists’ laptops. However, in the world of iPads and tablets, it is quite gigantic. With a screen resolution of 2732 x 2048, and 264ppi, it’s perfectly fine for most artistic applications.

Pros

A refurbished iPad is cheaper; hence, more affordable to an artist who still has only a few dollars to spend on the best iPad. A brand new iPad has several impressive internal improvements that make it worth spending money to buy.

It has an impressive 120Hz screen. As stated above, notable improvements have been made internally to make it more effective and suitable for artistic work. It has a good battery life; hence, no need for worrying about constantly charging it.

Cons

Arguably, the biggest complaint with this iPad is the price. Whether you want the refurbished or brand new iPad, you will still find the price a bit high. However, the price should not be too much of an issue when you know the iPad will not disappoint.

Apple iPad Mini 4

Apple iPad mini 4 – Body
Apple iPad mini 4 – Camera
Apple iPad mini 4 – Rose Gold
Apple iPad mini 4 – Space Gray
Apple iPad mini 4 – White

Introduction

Apple iPad Mini 4 is one of the fastest tablets on the market today. It is the sort of gadget that any artist would dream having. It has a smaller body than its predecessor ñ iPad Mini 3. Its build quality is just as excellent as any other Apple product you will ever purchase.

You can trust it for a spectacular display. The display is both clear and bright. You will not have to worry about squinting and straining to see images on its screen. It has a smaller battery, which still outperforms most in the market today too.

Pros

One of the biggest attractions with this iPad is the vibrant screen. Everything is clear and looks much better when displayed on the screen. It operates on iOS 9, which is perfect for multitasking, so the artist never has to stop doing any important task.

It performs solidly. Therefore, artists can work in the full knowledge that nothing will go wrong. It has a respectable battery life to prevent the need for charging and recharging the device all the time, which could hamper the progress of any work an artist is doing.

Cons

The iPad has a few cons too. For example, the rotation clock is no longer available. Compared to iPad Air 2, this one falls short in many aspects. It does not perform as admirably as iPad Air 2. Also, mots artists will not be happy that there is only 16GB worth of storage in the base model.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Camera
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Back
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Gaming
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 – Main

Introduction

Undoubtedly, iPad Pro holds the distinction of representing all that artists should expect from tablets moving forward. It performs incredibly. It has the quality that is to be expected of any Apple product. The iPad simplifies even some of the most complex drawing and sketching tasks.

Its iOS is upgradeable to iOS 11. It has a battery that charges quickly. Experts have often described it as the best iPad Apple ever built. Though it is in a smaller and sleeker body, it still delivers a similar level of ìProî like other products.

Pros

It has one of the most fantastic screens. The slim design accompanied with topnotch build quality ensures that artists get value for money from this gadget. It is renowned for the incredible power that it delivers when performing any kind of task.

It also has one of the best iPad cameras ever made by Apple. Artists often need to use the camera when taking photos for inspiration. It borrows a lot from iPad 12.9 and iPad Air 2. The screen is color and vibrant.

Cons

Although the iPad Pro 9.7 is quite effective, it still doesn’t offer the opportunity for multitasking that other gadgets are renowned for. Its RAM is also much smaller compared to the larger models. It also has a cramped optional keyboard.

Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2 – Black
Apple iPad Air 2 – Back 2 Back
Apple iPad Air 2 – Camera
Apple iPad Air 2 – Main
Apple iPad Air 2 – Silver

Introduction

An iPad with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 will not disappoint artists. That is what they can look forward to with this iPad. It has Wi-Fi connectivity. It has 16GB hard disk drive and 2GB RAM. Its 8MP iSight camera is just the best at taking the kind of photos that inspire any artist.

Artists never have to worry about their iPad going off even when far from any source of power. The iPads battery can last up to 10 hours without recharging. Its multi-touch display relies on IPS technology. It is portable and contains excellent features.

Pros

The iPad is easy to use. Any artist can learn to use it in a few minutes. It is portable; hence, the ideal iPad for any artist who travels a lot. It is durable, so the artist never has to worry about replacing it anytime soon.

Its battery lasts long ñ for up to 10 hours. Therefore, artists do not need to concern themselves with thoughts of recharging it while busy finishing their work to beat a looming deadline. With a thin and beautiful aluminum design, powerful ABX chip, and touch ID, make it yours.

Cons

Although the battery lasts 10 hours at a time, it could be better considering what artists derive from other similar products. The mute switch, which was available in its predecessor, is no longer on this iPad.

Apple iPad 10.5

 

iPad Pro 10.5 – Brilliant Colors
iPad Pro 10.5 – Back Front
iPad Pro 10.5 – Color Choices
iPad Pro 10.5 – Main
iPad Pro 10.5 – Camera

Introduction

The tablet isn’t for every person. It is for the artist who knows what is best and is prepared to pay whatever it costs to get it. The iPad still has the basic look, appearance, and design associated with all iPads.

It is bigger, wider, and taller than any other iPad you probably ever owned.

It is well built. It is aesthetically appealing before even considering other factors. It has a 120Hz screen, which is twice what was common with the older versions of iPads. The iPad provides a smooth and fluid experience.

Pros

This iPad is a winner on many fronts. It has the most amazing display. It delivers extreme power all the time. It works brilliantly well with the Apple Pencil, which more artists are using today for their drawings, sketches, and illustrations.

The promise and potential of iOS 11, which this iPad comes with, is something worth waiting for with great anticipation. It also has one of the most amazing cameras. This iPad wasnít designed to work with any iOS from the past. It is designed for the future-focused artist.

It has more speakers, keyboard connection port, and sufficient support for Apple Pencil, better cameras, and a more powerful processor. It is also bigger and faster. It is fitted with a bigger screen too.

Cons

It is still not powerful enough to replace the laptop from an artists life.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad 1
Apple iPad 4
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 3
Apple iPad 5

Intro

As an artist, being able to work on the move is something that we can’t emphasize enough. It means you are able to work when you feel your creative juices flowing and don’t have to wait until you get home. An Apple iPad is an excellent iPad that you can consider adding to your arsenal of artistry tools.

Pros

  • Available in two different styles and sizes
  • Comes in three different colors – Gold, Silver and Space Gray
  • Being the latest iPad model, it comes with some excellent features and has undergone some upgrade making it a worthy investment
  • Work without any interferences thanks to the 10-hour battery life
  • For maximum security and to keep your documents and work safe, this iPad has a touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Ability to record your videos in 1080p quality
  • The Apple pencil is included which means you can easily draw, sketch or take notes using your iPad
  • Boasts of a 9.7-inch retina display and a 20148 by 1536 resolution
  • This iPad is preferred by most artists and has received some positive ratings
  • Besides drawing, this tablet can be used for other tasks such as checking email, notetaking, taking photos and videos as well as for media consumption

Cons

  • Very fragile hence can break even with one drop
  • It doesn’t have the best of speakers

Final Conclusion

Artists depend on wide-ranging tools to do their work. They need these tools to practice, improve their skills, and draw masterpieces. One such tool is the iPad. The choice of an iPad or tablet depends on a few factors. Some of these factors include accuracy, size, and pressure sensitivity. Some artists choose a tablet that enables them to draw for fun while others want the sort of gadgets that enable them to draw professionally. The popularity of iPads stems from the fact that they are replete with all the right specifications an artist needs. Below is a list of the best iPads for artists.

iPads no doubt have a number of benefits and features useful to any artist who is a fan of technology. However, just as with phones and any other electronics, there are things that you need to consider when you go looking for an iPad. Otherwise, you might end up with an expensive piece of technology that doesn’t meet your needs. Check out the iPads discussed above.

Last updated on February 18th, 2020 at 12:03 am

Today, it is much easier to take photos given that we walk with our cameras. Technological revolution has made it easy to use your smartphone’s camera and capture great moments in your life. While your phone can act as good storage for your photos, there are times you will need to have some of them framed and laid out on your wall to act as decoration.

Nowadays, due to the internet, it’s easy to get your photos framed and delivered to your doorstep thanks to the numerous online framing sites that have emerged. These sites not only offer lower prices, quick turnaround and lots of frame finishes to choose from, but they also offer the same high-quality framing services as you would enjoy from a brick and mortar framer.

The best online framing sites exist to eliminate the common barriers that make it hard for people to get art on their walls quickly. However, given that there is a plethora of online framing sites, how do you choose which one to use? Not to worry. Below, we’ve reviewed some of the best online framing sites that you can get your photos framed at. Let’s dig in.

KeepSake

Introduction

KeepSake is a really innovative idea.  While they have a regular website like other framing sites, where they really set themselves apart is the fact that they are an app that integrates smoothly with your phone/camera.

You can browse through all those photos on your phone and immediately send them out to get framed.  You can literally only need your thumbs to get one of your photos framed and shipped within a few minutes.

Pros

  • Couldn’t be simpler. Photo + Shape + Pay & Ship.
  • Both a website and an app.  App integrates seamlessly with your camera phone.
  • Prices very competitive compared to brick-and-mortar framing shops.
  • Frames arrived within a week.

Cons

  • Website is a tad bit clunky, but the app is perfect.

Pictorem

We love Pictorem!  They’ve topped our list for canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic and wall mural art.  They continue their great streak with their framing work.

Print and Frame!

You have the ability to combine both a photo print with a frame, which is super convenient.  This can also allow you to size-up or size-down your frame if you want, which is harder with a preset image size.

Upload your images directly, and they’ll take care of the high quality giclee prints, the high quality framing, and chances are they can send it with free shipping!

100+ Different Frame Options

Choose from an extremely large selection of frame options, different colors, widths and styles.  Including rustic, contemporary, traditional, and ornate.

Excellent Customer Service

Always having superb customer service and excellent reviews, we couldn’t recommend Pictorem more highly.  There is a reason we’ve been recommending them across the custom print spectrum, and it’s because of the amazing feedback we’ve received from satisfied customers.

Check them out!

CanvasPop

With prices starting from $49 and $79 for a framed canvas and framed paper print respectively, CanvasPop is another great online framing site that you can add to your list. They also offer different sizes of frames and are known to pay attention to details when it comes to their customers’ order. What makes the company unique from the rest is that they offer their customers with a personal designer for each of their projects who is able to help them out in every stage of their order. If you are looking for a company that provides both Instagram and Facebook photo printing, you can’t go wrong with CanvasPop.

Read our full Canvas Pop Review here.

Arttoframe.com

Arttoframe.com is one of the longest framing companies that exist in the United States. The company has been framing photos since 1929 helping a lot of people to tell their different stories through each work of art. Given how long they have been around, the company has evolved and uses the latest technology to ensure the memories of its customers are framed in a very professional manner. They also work with projects of all sizes and are your-go-to framing company if you are interested in printing placing high-volume orders. Each order is professionally hand-crafted with high-quality materials that are durable and made in the United States. This way, you are assured that your photos will last a lifetime.

 

Art.com

Art.com is an online framing site that has years of experience in the business. The company was established to see to it that customers get the art that they love. Art.com strives to ensure that customers can easily get access to the art that they want without a single compromise on the craftsmanship. The company boasts of a large art collection in the event you opt to choose an art from them. You can be sure to enjoy good customer service every step of the way as soon as you make your order. In addition, they also have one of the best return policies. Should you order a piece of art on their site and fail to love what gets delivered to you, you can easily return it and have it replaced free of charge. They also do refunds for customers who don’t want their art replaced. Your refund will be issued within two days of them getting the return.

Framebridge

Framebridge’s top priority is to ensure that its customers are nothing but happy. And if they are not, you can trust the company to make things right. In addition, the company was established to provide customers with affordable framing services hence allowing them to keep their most treasured memories. Given how affordable their prices are, this is the best go-to company for first-time framers. They have different size and frame variations for you to choose from. However, what makes Framebridge one of the best sites is the fact that you can choose to upload your preferred photo for framing or mail it to them free of charge and they’ll take it from there. They also don’t charge you to mail you the finished product which means you get to save some bucks. With them, you are able to frame more than pictures. You can frame jerseys, guitar picks, matchbooks, and flags. This flexibility is what makes them a great choice for your framing needs.

Simply Framed

As the name suggests, Simply Framed is focused on simplifying the whole framing business. Similar to Framebridge, you get to enjoy free shipping both ways should you opt to mail your photo. They also have the ability to frame anything from canvases to textiles to the lotto ticket that won you some good money. You can upload images directly from Instagram, Facebook, Google Drive or Dropbox account or from an external hard drive. Their services are not just affordable, but you also get to choose from a wide range of sizes starting from 8 by 10-inches up to 40 y 60 inches. The business has also been featured in several magazines such as Vogue and The New York Times among others. If you are not sure of what piece of art to choose from, you’re able to contact their customer support agent who will make the process easy for you.

Framed & Matted

Now, if you’re one of those people who care about the environment and its conservation and want to get a framed photo, consider Framed & Matted. Why? The company is all about sustainability. This means that their frames are 100 percent made from conservation materials. In addition, they also don’t believe in the wastage of materials. The site is not only easy to use, but it is also straightforward. Customers are presented with different frames to choose from that are categorized by a color couple with a rainbow of mats to choose or not choose from. In total, they have 30 at colors and 14 frame styles for you to pick from which can easily be custom-made to your liking. The best part is that they send your frame with two mat options to ensure you are 100 percent satisfied.

 

Published on February 15th, 2020 at 06:04 am

The tools that you will be using for 3D modeling are all graphics intensive. These programs include Auto CAD, Maya, 3D Max and Revit among others. You will require a good GPU to ensure that the workload on your CPU and your RAM is significantly reduced. Modern 3D modeling software allows you to use multiprocessors making it easy for you to create models in a short period.

While GPU is important, you need a large storage and enough RAM. Again, get a computer with a high screen resolution and a relatively large screen size.

We’ve done extensive research on the marketplace and below are the best laptops for 3D modeling.

1. Asus ROG G752VY

ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop Main
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop Champion
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop Closing
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop L Shape
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop Bottom Part

Intro

This is a powerful laptop designed to get the job done. The choice of hardware and other specifications for this laptop truly makes it amazing. It comes packed with Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and 16GB RAM to ensure it works smoothly without freezes. If you have any modeling software that is RAM and graphics intensive, this laptop will handle it. It is stocked with NVIDIA GTX 980 M.

Pros

Each laptop comes equipped with 128GB SSD making it easy for you to transfer files and load applications. This is on top of the large 2TB SATA HDD. This not only enhances the speed of the computer, but also ensures that you get enough storage. The laptop sports a full HD 17.3-inch screen. Even better, it has USB 3.0, USB 3.1 ports and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity. This computer is the complete package for 3D modeling.

Cons

With a screen size of 17.3 inches, the laptop is quite heavy, but it comes in handy as a desktop replacement.

2. Aorus X5Sv5-SL1

AORUS X5Sv5-SL1,15.6 Main
AORUS X5Sv5-SL1 15.6 Back Right
AORUS X5Sv5-SL1 15.6 Back
AORUS X5Sv5-SL1 15.6 Slim

Intro

This is one of the popular 15-inch laptops for 3D modeling. The laptop is an absolute sensation for rendering thanks to its great graphics. With NVIDIA GTX 980M with 4GB video memory, this laptop takes on any 3D modeling app you use.

It comes with 16GB RAM, which is enough for any software, but you can upgrade this up to 64GB.

Pros

Each unit comes with a 15.6-inch display with 4K resolution letting you design the intricate details of your models. It is offered with 256GB SSD for fast transfer of data and 1TB SATA for large file storage. Aorus has made this laptop easy to use with all features allowing you to use the heaviest software for modeling. Being a brand recognized for gaming laptops, you know the quality is great.

Cons

The microphone and the speaker quality are poor. Again, the unit is almost 6 pounds heavy which is relatively heavy.

3. Vaio Z Canvas

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Intro

This is a laptop affiliated with Sony, and this makes it a trusted brand. It comes with great hardware and other specifications, making it ideal for 3D modeling. For starters, it is powered by Intel Core i7 and 16GB RAM. It has 250GB SSD. For graphics, it is fitted with Intel 5200 graphics card.

Pros

The unit has a 12.3-inch display which is large enough for precision design and small enough to enhance portability. It comes with a digitizer pen making it highly useful as a tablet. It allows great connectivity with USB 3.0, Rj45 Lan and Bluetooth 4.0. This is a compact package with a high definition screen and a powerful processor to offer unrivaled performance. It gives great value for money.

Cons

The laptop does not offer a standalone GPU, something which is frustrating to some artists. If you need depth and power when rendering, this is a minus.

4. Dell Precision M5510

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Intro

This laptop gives you a great balance between form factor, performance, and price. The Dell Precision M5510 will give you all the features you need for 3D modeling and more. It features NVIDIA M1000M graphics chip. It sports Intel Core i5 offering a balance between performance and practicality. Each unit has a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This is an i5 based laptop.

Pros

It is fitted with 8GB RAM, which is just enough for 3D modeling. You can upgrade the RAM. It further comes with 500GB SATA for all your data storage needs. The Dell Precision M5510 is a cost-effective unit designed for 3D modeling professionals. It runs those CPU and GPU intensive applications. It is a well-balanced system with a dedicated card. It is sleek and with a good appearance.

Cons

This laptop would have been better with Core i7 and a RAM of at least 16GB for faster performance.

5. Asus ZenBook Pro

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Intro

Asus has designed great laptops, and the ZenBook Pro is one of them. This laptop sports a great appearance with all the features a 3D modeling professional would need. It is stocked with Intel Core i7, and 16GB RAM, making it easy to multitask. For graphics, it is fitted with Nvidia GTX 960M for graphics intensive software.

Pros

For professionals who use 3D modeling software every day, the perfect combination of features on this laptop will give you all the performance you need. It has a 15.6-inch screen with a great 4K display. With a 512GB hard disk, you can store all your files without a struggle.

This laptop offers the best performance and value for money. It falls under the system requirements of most 3D modeling software and more. Its spectacular 4K resolution enhances the intricate designing.

Cons

The unit sports a glossy finish and its speakers are below par.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot more laptops that are great for 3D modeling. While the minimum system requirements will need much less than the specifications on the laptops above, you will need the best features you can for the application to run smoothly. CAD software will install without a problem in a 4GB RAM software; a 16GB RAM laptop will work better as the applications will run without freezing.

In short, you will need good quality graphics, good memory, and good screen resolution. Most laptops above have a 15.6-inch screen which is great for portability and precision design. A bigger screen will be better, but a screen less than 12 inches will not be ideal.

Published on February 15th, 2020 at 04:57 am

Since its inception in 1999, Inkfarm has maintained its brand as one of the low-cost online ink stores. They exist in order to provide their customers – customers here being both personal and businesses – with quality products that they need to meet all their toner and printer ink needs at an affordable price. Inkfram considers itself as a one-stop shop for all the printing needs of its customers.

At the same time, the company seeks to help people save lots of money when it comes to the purchase of cartridges for popular printer brands such as HP, Kodak, Dell, Epson, Canon and Brother printers among others. Their site is straightforward and easy to use which means customers don’t have to waste time looking for the right ink and toner.

Because they offer and sell original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products as well as compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges, they are able to satisfy both the needs of the different clients who opt to take orders from them regardless of the products they choose. In addition, because of their wide range of products, they are also able to satisfy the budgetary need of all their clients.

In order to protect their interests, Inkfarm offers warranties and refunds on their products hence solidly standing behind the products they offer. This, is important for Inkfarm given that other inks and toner companies don’t have such guarantees. When looking to place an order, you can easily do so by using the Ink and Toner finder feature that is available on the Inkfarm website and input your printer details so that you can find the best product that is suited for your printer model and make.

Why Inkfarm?

Most people purchase them for various reasons, like their ink and toner cartridges. Besides their guarantee, below are some of the reasons why you should consider getting your next ink purchase from them.

Cost

Unlike other ink companies that have hidden costs, Inkfarm is different. To start with, using their site is completely free of charge and all the pricing information is made available to customers. This means that whatever product or item you are looking for, the pricing will be clearly published so that you know upfront what it will cost you. If you redeem a coupon, you will see the initial price and what you will pay after redeeming the coupon making things very easy for customers. In addition, all Inkfarm customers get to enjoy a flat shipping rate of $3.85.

Refund Policy

Inkfarm customers also enjoy a wide range of return and refund options. A customer can return any unopened OEM product within 30-days of shipping if they want a refund. However, they’ll have to part with $5.00 or a 25 percent restocking fee of the original purchase price. For refurbished and compatible inkjet and toner cartridges that are unopened, you can get a full refund as long as you return the items within 60-days of them being shipped to you.

When it comes to a remanufactures and compatible inkjet and toner cartridge that is defective, customers can have them exchanged for a similar or different product. This, however, has to happen within two years of purchase. Two years or 730-days is a good enough policy given that other companies only offer a one-year.

Ensure that any merchandise you choose to return that if free from any defect is in an undamaged and original condition and has an RMA number.

Customer Service

Inkfarm, just like any other business, strives to offer their customers an excellent customer service experience. Besides their email and office phone number, customers can also use the ‘Contact Us’ link that is available on their website to reach out to them. Through the contact options, the Inkfarm team is able to interact with their customers as well as answer any questions, complaints or concerns raised.

Quality Products

Another reason why most customers shop with Inkfarm besides their affordable prices and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee is also thanks to the quality products that they offer. While you may pay less buying your ink cartridge on Inkfarm than when buying an original one, the quality is still as good and reliable allowing you to make quality prints.

Sale Specials

Inkfarm also offers coupons and short-term specials for their existing customers. With the redeemable coupons, customers get to save money by buying the products they need at a lower price than the originally stated price.

Cons

When it comes to Inkfarm, there are lots of mixed reviews regarding the products and service. While there are people that seem to be happy with the quality of the products they have purchased on their website, others seem to be disappointed with them due to the poor experience they had with them. So far, there are about 11 customer complaints about Inkfarm on the Better Business Bureau page.

Of all the complaints, most of their customers have raised issues with their products and services. For some of the customers, the goods get to them in damaged condition with the ink getting spilled on their hands when they open the package. A big issue for most people who have raised complaints is also the lack of feedback from Inkfarm given that their customer service numbers don’t go through and emails aren’t responded to.

There have also been reports by some customers who believe their printers got damaged the minute they installed the ink cartridges that they ordered from Inkfarm. They also don’t seem to give meaningful solutions to their clients, and neither do they offer to replace or refund them.

Final Thoughts

Customers are the backbone of any business. And while Inkfarm has been in business for years, they have areas that they can improve on to ensure that their customers are getting satisfied. In addition, they can do better by responding to the complaints raised by their customers by word-of-mouth can either make or break a company. That said, Inkfarm is still an excellent go-to company for ink products but should you have a bad experience, you can easily opt to make your order from other competitor sites.

Published on February 15th, 2020 at 01:26 am

Are you a drawing enthusiast, novice, professional, or a simple artist and you want to take your skill to the next level? Well, consider the best online drawing classes as an excellent place to start. The online drawing classes are excellent because they are taught by top professionals. Once you invest in a legitimate program, you can expect a host of unique benefits. Among some of these major benefits include access to training media such as downloadable videos, pamphlets, direct support and more. Furthermore, you can also learn at your own pace, and access the learning media from the convenience of your chosen location. While such programs might seem like a contemporary fad, they are highly beneficial, particularly for budding artists.

There are many online drawing classes that you can consider your development needs. Before selecting a given class, consider evaluating the features and its benefits. Some of the best classes for drawing include:

Drawing Classes with BluPrint

You might have heard of Craftsy, an online educational community dedicated to learning about all things arts and crafts.  They recently rebranded as Bluprint, but they still maintain the same wealth of knowledge across a variety of different topics, one of the most popular being painting and drawing.

Their drawing classes cover so many in-depth topics that it would be hard to name them all, but just to name a few, they have:

  • Graphite
  • Colored Pencil
  • Charcoal
  • Pen + Ink
  • Everyday Sketching
  • Mixed Media
  • Floral Art Projects
  • Drawing Kits

And many more!

With dozens of courses and hundreds of videos, you’ll like find exactly what you need with Bluprint.  Find the specific topic that inspires you, and run with it!  One of my favorite parts about this program is being able to get so specific about the details, such as what type of paper, what type of medium, and what type of subject matter.

However, its also great for beginner or are just learning!  They have lots of introductory videos perfect for that as well.

Activate the Canvas with Nancy Hills

Designed to suit the need of abstract artists, Activate the Canvas is perhaps one of the best online drawing classes. The program helps artists deviate from representational art, and explore canvas artwork. The program consists of a five moduled program, that provides information on abstract painting. Furthermore, artists learn to experiment and to try out new ideas in regards to artwork and drawing. According to Nancy, being original and creative is an important aspect of producing top-notch artwork.

Most notably, Nancy Hills is a talented individual who mixes concepts from many disciplines. Aside from being an abstract artist, she is also a practicing psychiatrist. She uses this knowledge to guide the artist through to new perspectives of developing artwork. Furthermore, each lesson comes with written content and as many as seven demonstrations for producing artwork.

Furthermore, the platform also provides access to many subscription packages. While the most affordable package averages at $197, it gives you with one year access to art content. This makes it ideal for both beginners and advanced artists. More so, such a unique approach helps to promote creativity and also to promote bold ideas as well.

Painting Portraits with Mark Carder

With an immense art career that spans over two decades, Mark Carder is one of the artists in the world. He has painted presidents, and he shares his tremendous experience in an all-inclusive online course. Aside from painting big names in society, Mark is also well known for his immense art collection. His online course provides in depth description into his customized techniques. The primary source material in most of his programs is the use of photos.

Furthermore, his online class offers well researched and simple to learn content. Most of the content covers the drawing techniques, use of colors, shading, use of space and more. With well over 8 hours of downloadable content and videos aimed at students, you are bound to take your art skill to the next level. More so, the top quality content offered by Mark is used by various schooling facilities all around the world. Available at a subscription fee of $100 per year, this course by Mark Crader offers an exceptional learning experience.

Visual Arts Passage

Visual arts passage is an incredible mix of learning and fun. The program allows industry-leading artists from around the world, to engage in all-inclusive learning program. More so, the program also acts as an excellent mentorship solution for budding students. The live classes are small, and taught by legitimate teaching professionals. Some of these professionals include Michael Bierek, George Pratt, Jon Foster and more. The applicants of the program can qualify for specific portfolio reviews, and work on in depth training programs.

The visual arts passage program offers an open platform for students and teachers to share ideas. Through this approach, students can learn new concepts and learn to produce artwork based on the appropriate values.

Furthermore, the program does well to provide lessons that are fully interactive and to ensure that each student is active. Taking things to the next level, the art coursework program also entails specific challenges and milestones. These are designed to help take the skill of the artist to the next level and to encourage them to engage in professional artwork.

Figure Boot Camp with Marc Scheff

Developed to suit the need of both beginner and advanced level artists, Figure boot camp is also one of the best drawing courses. Mark Scheff is an award-winning professional, who has worked on various types of projects. For self-taught or novice artist, the program offers unique insight that you can use to take your learning experience to the next level. Hosted by a platform referred to as “smart” school, this program is both fun and exciting.

It is not only designed to contain boring theory and advanced learning concepts, but Mark Scheff also does well to package the program into a fun experience. More so, the program also consists of the basics of drawing, and it’s a rigorous course. In particular, the course contains as many as 14 sets of students learning weekly. Among the most notable of learning resources in the program is the Bargue Cours de Design book. The book offers information collected from top artists from around the world.

Furthermore, Scheff is available on call to respond to the unique queries posted by students. With an exceptional success rate and methods approved by teachers such as Van Gogh, this program offers a great learning experience. The learning classes are also interactive, and offers several useful assignments for students.

Drawing and Sketching for Beginners by Robin Slee

This program by Robin Slee is an excellent way for you to get the ball rolling. The course offers well researched and in depth content on the artwork. Available for 19.99, this online course is a highly affordable solution for any budding artist. Developed and taught by Robin Slee, who is a self-taught digital artist and illustrator, this program offers cutting edge information for your needs. The class is readily available on Udemy, and you can even ask for custom learning products.

The instructor Robin Slee is a highly experienced freelance artist and illustrator. He does well to help novice artists to get started with basic drawing concepts and concepts. Among some of the most important concepts covered include proper use of pencils, drawing templates, practice and more. While most of these concepts seem basic, Robin Slee has packaged the content using an advanced structure. The highly interactive learning sessions are enlightening, and fun at the same time.

More so, the Robin also provides additional support to the student for the learning process. Usually, the course consists of an average of three hours of videos. The videos are then classified into 20 additional categories and consists of other exercises for download. Furthermore, the site has a specific Q & A section where individuals can post and seek feedback for the learning process.

 Figure Drawing Fundamentals with Stan Proko

Discover the excellence of this advanced drawing program taught by Stan Proko. According to Stan, the process of developing art usually involves a specific process or technique. He also goes on to mention that the systematic process for drawing can be applied in any position or for any figure. Furthermore, the program also contains an average of 14 hours of downloadable video content. Drawing students will also appreciate that the program comes with additional learning material such as pamphlets.

The students can even get the chance to consult with Stan Proko for direct feedback and recommendations. For most students, being able to learn along a certified instructor is crucial in the learning process. Having accumulated experience working for platforms such as the Watts Atelier School, Stain is perhaps one of the best drawing teachers in the world. While his passion for art started at a young age, he has maintained a high level of determination all through the years.

It is through this program that he hopes to share useful information with students from all over the world. Developed to suit the needs of both novice and advanced artists, this figure drawing class is an excellent investment. It’s available at a onetime fee of $99, which also comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Similar to all the top notch drawing programs, it also comes with additional content such as pamphlets and downloadable videos. Students can even access their content through various forms of devices. These include laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.

Conclusion

Overall, there is no room for poor decision making or improvisation if you want to become a good artist. Aside from cultivating the appropriate values, you also have to enroll in the proper classes. However, resources such as the internet have made access to such learning resources easy. Within just a few simple clicks, you can be learning about exclusive drawing concepts and content. Before investing in a particular online drawing class, conduct some research and make a good choice. This way, you get the best learning experience and value for your money.

Published on February 15th, 2020 at 12:52 am

Whether you are printing display graphics, artwork or photography, choosing the best paper for art prints is very important. You want to pick a paper that has the right balance between functionality and aesthetics to not only showcase and transport your visuals, but to also preserve them.

Essentially, the first question that a photographer or artist should ask themselves is what type of paper is ideal for their art. This is important as there are different types of art printing papers that are available in the market today all designed to suit the different printing needs for artists.

With an overabundance of photographic and fine art papers to choose from, deciding on a paper can be quite difficult than most people think. So, how do you know which paper is the right one to pick for your art printing needs? Below is a review of a few of the best paper for art prints that you can pick.

1. Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige Gloss Paper

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Intro

The Infinity Baryta Prestige gloss paper from Canson is a paper you can rely on given that it meets the requirements of the ISO 9706 and is a heavyweight paper that you can rely on to preserve your fine art prints.

Pros

• 340 gsm heavyweight paper
• The paper is acid-free and comes with a barium sulfate coating
• Has a look and feel of the silver-halide prints thanks to the baryta classification
• Durable paper that is rich in hues and tonal values
• When used for printing, ink doesn’t sit on top of the paper but blends in well resulting in a lovely look
• Designed for pigmented inks and is also compatible with dye inks
• Unlike traditional glossy paper, Canson Infinity Baryta gloss paper is smooth and doesn’t have the hard surface that is common with other gloss papers
• Can be used with virtually any inkjet printer
• It’s lightweight
• It’s quite impressive when it comes to maintaining the print for years to come
• Produces very rich prints

2. Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta Satin Photo Paper

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Intro

If you are into both black and white and colored photography and are looking for the best paper for your prints that has high archival specs, then the Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta Satin Photo Paper is your best pick.

Pros

• White satin-gloss paper that has a certified achievability
• Suitable for both colored or black and white printing producing high-quality images
• The coating is made of barium sulfate which works together with the ink receiving layer that is microporous to achieve vivid prints of various images
• The paper is not only acid-free, but it’s also alpha-cellulose and has a calcium carbonate buffering
• The FineArt Baryta Satin photo paper has high water resistance characteristics, is instantly dry and doesn’t have any optical brighteners
• The weight (300 gsm) makes it suitable for both mounting and handling
• It can easily and smoothly pass through roll paper and desktop printers
• It has a smooth feel and not a hard gloss hence suitable for use even in the darkroom
• Has an excellent ink receptivity which results in superb reproduction of color and monochrome images
• A lot more affordable compared to the Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige Gloss Paper

 

3. Moab Entrada Rag Textured

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Intro

If you are looking for a printing paper that has a matte surface, consider buying the Moab Entrada Rag Textured print paper. It is one of the best paper for art prints that you can purchase in the market today.

Pros

• The Moab Entrada Rag Textured paperweight only 300 gsm and is free from Optical Brightening Agents (OBA)
• Is made from 100 percent cotton
• It doesn’t have any load issues when placed in printers – meaning it passes very smoothly through printers – unlike other print papers
• Suitable for artists making prints for gallery exhibitions as well as photographers
• Well-priced making it affordable compared to other high-end printing papers available in the market
• The paper boosts the look and feel of an image printed on it as it uses the matter black ink
• Ability to catch the light pretty well when printing
• Excellent for both monochrome and colored images
• Suitable for different types of work
• 25 sheets of paper in each pack

4. Epson Legacy Fibre Semi-Smooth Satin Photo Paper

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Intro

Epson has been known for its quality printers. But it doesn’t end there. The Epson Legacy Fibre Semi-Smooth Satin Photo Paper is excellent for prints and is definitely a must buy especially when you want to print images that are rich in color.

Pros

• Has a smooth satin surface that is made from 100 percent cotton fiber
• Enjoy an image permanence of 400 years for black and white images and 200 years for colored images if printed using the Epson HDX and Epson HD ink
• Similar to other printing papers in our review, it doesn’t have any Optical Brightening Agents
• Lignin and acid-free with a pH buffer
• The paper surface is smooth but not as shiny which means it doesn’t reflect back like traditional glossy papers with a hard surface
• Has a good ink absorption thanks to the advanced microporous ink receptive layer
• While it has gallery weight, it still manages to pass easily and smoothly through printers
• Perfect for printing a mix of colors resulting in a high-quality image

Final Thoughts

There are different types of art printing paper available for purchase today. When looking to buy an art print paper, the first consideration to bear in mind is how smoothly it can pass through your printer. A quality print paper shouldn’t cause any difficulties. Also, ensure that you get a high-quality paper that has a high level or archival ability. This means that your prints will be durable and you can preserve your images for years to come.

Most importantly, consider your budget as art print papers are priced differently. While some packs may have more sheets of paper than others, your needs should come first when settling for an art paper for printing your images.

Published on February 14th, 2020 at 09:23 pm

The internet is filled with many online classes that can be useful for any students. While these types of classes are many, not many are legitimate. Choosing a reliable platform for learning requires some research and informed decision making. However, consider these top 5 online painting classes:

Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)

By far our #1 recommendation for online painting and art classes is Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy).  The depth and breadth of content they have is staggering.  Just to name a small portion of their art video topics, they include:

  • Acrylic
  • Watercolor
  • Color Theory
  • Oil
  • For Beginners
  • Scrapbooks
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Still Life

And the list goes on!  To take a look at the full list of videos they have, check out this link.

Bluprint is an online resource for various types of artwork. The platform offers access to multiple resources that one can use to improve their skills as well. Notably, the platform provides classes that educate on multiple types of crafts and arts. Aside from the videos from industry professionals, the platform also provides access to many art resources for painting. They also provides access to various other forms of art including knitting, drawing, painting, paper craft and more.

The platform has also done well to incorporate useful features on the site such as discussion forums. It is through these forums that students can share challenges, and receive feedback from certified professionals. Furthermore, the additional help is available for free and is only included in the initial subscription fees.

To help new learners, the platform features a special startup library that is useful for learning a new art skill. Furthermore, the platform also encourages a technique referred to as “cross crafting.” This involves mixing various forms of art to become more versatile and producing quality content.

Skillshare

Skillshare is perhaps one of the most popular online painting classes. The site is an open platform where students and teachers can share resources. In particular, the platform has a special focus on creators of artwork. Most of the classes on the platform are taught by highly competent professionals. Furthermore, the courses are designed to suit the different schedules that most learners often have. More so, students can even schedule their classes in relation to other students. Through this approach, the students can share feedback and learn together.

The novice painting students at Skillshare can be paired with advanced learners or students to guide them through the basics. Using this approach is highly effective because it reduces the learning curve of most painting students significantly.

For premium members on the site, you can gain access to a host of art classes taught by professionals. These can even include the use of software such as Photoshop to create high quality painting projects. The site offers an exceptional web experience for new learners. Art students can peruse through the thousands of art classes on the website and “save” for future use.

Shaw Academy

Shaw Academy is also one of the most significant learning platforms online. It provides learners with access to various types of courses for improving practical skills. Through these classes and many recordings, students get to become artists and painters. While you can primarily focus on painting classes, you can also gain access to many other learning disciplines. These include business, language, music and more.

Also, Shaw Academy is regularly researching the top art concepts and information. The information is then consolidated into cutting edge programs that offered to students at affordable prices. Painting Students can even gain access to competent art professionals to guide them through the learning process.

For the painters, you can gain access to several industry-approved learning resources from top professionals. Most of the footage on the site is based on hours of review and in relation to feedback from other top students. However, the platform provides the best access to premium members, who have to pay a monthly subscription fee. The best part is that the site has a 30-day trial to get members acquainted with the learning process.

Lynda

If you want to learn almost any type of skill, then Lynda is also one of the best places to start. Offering access to various types of disciplines, Lynda is a platform that hosts students from all over the world. They have hundreds of excellent courses that offers information on painting. From beginner to advanced painting tips, expect to come across several online painting classes that can suit your needs. They have industry experts who are top professionals to help you learn and progress effectively.

While you have to pay a subscription fee to access the learning material, there is a 10-day free trial to consider. More so, the platform also has the categories of the “basic” and “premium,” which are customized service packages. The customized services make it easy to access to training courses on a budget. Once you select a suitable learning package, you can easily access the art content through any type of device. These include your smartphone, tablet, laptop and more.

Brit + CO

For those who are not aware, Brit + CO is an online class that teaches various types of contemporary kills. In particular, the blog focuses on providing multiple forms of creative art teaching concepts to students. All of the classes are taught by competent professionals and average at one hour. Designed to offer both digital and analog classes, the blog contains the most useful of learning media.  Among some of these commonly used learning media include PDFs, videos, templates, texts, documents and more. Usually, the Brit + CO has professionals that regularly update the media to ensure that students learn top content.

Students can gain access to useful art videos, and tools for customizing artwork templates. Even if the platform provides access to a small selection of artwork lessons, most of them reflect contemporary trends. The classes on the platform are purchased using a one-time fee, and no membership fees are required. If you purchase a class and it does not suit your learning need, then you can consider the chargeback fee.

Tips When Choosing the Best Painting Classes

Before investing in online painting classes, it’s important that you make savvy choices. Consider these top tips:

Choose a Reliable and Popular School

The first important factor to consider when investing in artwork classes is to choose an art school that is both reliable and popular. Through this approach, you increase the likelihood of getting a class that offers the best value for your time and money. More so, a reliable painting class should be transparent with their learning procedures and techniques. All the concepts in the program should also be coherent and help you to enhance your painting skills. Usually, a good painting program is taught by experience and highly competent artwork professional.

Ask for Advice from Mentors and Forums

The next factor to consider is to seek advice from mentors and online forums. Being able to seek advice from such individuals ensures that you gain access to proven solutions. Probe them about their experiences learning online, and tips on choosing online classes for painting. Furthermore, asking for information from popular forums is ideal. This is because you get insight from people who come from all corners of the world. Through the online forums, you can learn a lot about a given painting class and even ask for suitable recommendations.

Consider your Learning Needs

Equally important is that you have to consider how you want to learn how to produce artwork content. Every artist has a unique style and preferences. Furthermore, the range of online artwork programs is immense. Being able to choose a program that suits your needs requires research and informed decision making. An essential part of making good decisions when investing in artwork programs your preferences, hobbies, tastes, culture and more. This way, you choose a program that benefits your learning progress.

Conclusion

Undeniably, painting is perhaps one of the most important innovations in the entire history of humankind. Through painting, people can share ideas, earn a living and demonstrate their passions in life as well. More so, it is a discipline that transcends across almost every society around the world. Since the advent of technologies such as the internet, the level of education has improved significantly. Students no longer have to travel thousands of miles or visit a particular schooling facility to gain access to learning resources. Simply put, the internet is a readily available resource that makes it easy for students to access painting educational programs. Even more, students can access the classes through various types of devices including laptops and smartphones. Most of these legitimate programs are also taught by highly experienced and accomplished professionals.

Painting is an excellent hobby, leisure time activity or even career. However, to become a good painter, you have to gain access to top quality information. The main benefit for most painting students today is that the internet provides access to several reliable learning classes. While you may have to invest before gaining access to the classes, they usually provide the best value for your money. You just have to make good choices when investing in online classes for your learning needs. Online classes such as Lynda, Brit + CO, Shaw Academy and more, are all reasonable places to start. An excellent online class is reputable and provides unrivaled access to various forms of learning material. Furthermore, the learning platform should also provide additional learning support to its students.

Published on February 14th, 2020 at 08:09 pm

Introduction

Gifting is one of the ways through which you can show appreciation to people you care about. Nevertheless, gifting can be an arduous task if you like me never know what to get your loved one. Things begin getting a little out of hand especially if you are gifting an artist. Artists minds tend to work differently from most people, and it is not always obvious what o gift them. More often than not a general use gift will not be sufficient for when inspiration strikes.

You want to give them a gift that will have them prepared and equipped with the right tools to realize their vision. Whether it is an everyday gift, birthday or holiday gift, there are many items you can choose from, if you are not sure what to get your artist friends, below is a list of some of the best gifts you can get that will help inspire their creative juices and make their working process more manageable.

Fun Gift for Artists

Bob Ross the Art of Chill

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Robert Norman Ross was a renowned art instructor, painter, and TV host. This board game is a fun way for artists to enjoy a relaxing time and stir up the creativity as they compete to finish one of Bob Ross’s masterpieces before he does. The artist will earn “chill points” by painting landscape features such as happy little trees and almighty mountains using colors and brushes that they have been dealt with. The game is a lot of fun as bob sets the painting pace as he moves across the easel, giving players chill encouragement and bonus opportunities.

Pros

  • The game is relaxing and a fun and inspiring way for artists to be inspired to creativity as they have to work with elements outside their comfort zone.
  • The game is ideal for 2/4 players which means it is not restricted for artists only as they can engage their friends and family members or even other artists.

Cons

  • It is time-consuming, and some people may find it to be somewhat complicated.

Scribbler 3D Pen

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The scribbler 3D pen is a fun and innovative gift as it enhances an artist’s creativity and gives them a better understanding of three-dimensional objects. The pen enables artists to create unique and fantastic 3-D art straight out of your imagination giving them complete control over all details of their drawing. Regardless of whether the artists is an experienced artist, novice crafter, or exited hobbyist, the scribbler 3D pen will fascinate them and capture their imagination and facilitate giving in to their creative side.

Pros

  • The Scribbler 3D print is easy to use and kid friendly.
  • You receive 3-month guarantee money back guarantee period, which means if an artist doesn’t like it, they can always return it and opt for a different item.

Cons

  • Its durability is wanting.
  • Overly basic. Serious/more advanced artists would be better suited to other types of 3D pens

PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Color Book

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Consisting of 1,755 solid PANTONE Colors, including 560 new market-ready hues this color book is both practical and handy for an artist as they can be up to date with what is happening in the color world. With this color guide from Pantone Universe, any, artist or generally creative person will the envy of other artists as they salivate over the color guide.

Pros

  • It makes for a practical gift that keeps artists updated.

Cons

  • Pantone universe is continually updating their colors, and it is vital that you know what you are purchasing to avoid buying an outdated color book.

Quality Art supplies for Artists (Makes Great Gifts)

Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper

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Art supplies are something any beginner or professional level artist would appreciate. The Strathmore 300 series is a premium quality watercoloring paper, and while it is not the Arches, it is ideal for hobbyists to mid-level watercolor artists. The paper offers excellent grade performance as it can withstand multiple reworks and heavy washes
After all, not everyone can afford to start their journey into watercoloring with premium quality paper, and this makes for a perfect in between gift.

Pros

  • It is affordable and great for beginner to mid-level artists looking to perfect their skills or just about any art enthusiast who engages in watercoloring as a hobby.
  • The wire bonding ensures that the paper is not contaminated by impurities that can be found in bindings; therefore, an artist artwork will retain its actual color.
  • The tooth and roughness of the paper make it great for color mixing, and the watercolor artist will appreciate this.
  • Artists can also draw on the paper using a pen and not worry about puncturing the paper.

Cons

  • It is only available in one paperweight, i.e., 300 gsm which could be problematic for experienced artists.
  • The archival and absorbency capacity while present is not the best.

Fine liner Pens- Dainayw 13 Pcs

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If the artists you intend on gifting is into drawing, art hand lettering, stippling, line artwork, Artist Illustration, Technical Drawing, Anime, and Calligraphy, then the Fine liner pens by Dainayw would be the perfect gift for any budding artist, student or professional. The multi-liner pens allow the artist to draw however they want because they receive 13 pens with different sizes tips in the pack. The pens also come in an organizer pouch that has individual spots to hold each pen; this way you can always keep them neatly organized and ready for use.

Pros

  • The pens use high-quality archival ink and are bleed proof, fade resistant, and do not leave smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers. A characteristic that most artists will appreciate.
  • They are super affordable, so you don’t have to break the bank in order to purchase them.

Cons

  • Some users have complained that they run out of ink quite fast so if you are looking for a gift that will last for a while, then we suggest looking for something different.
  • The lids/tops are a little challenging to open, and artists can find not only to be irritating but also inconveniencing.

Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round brushes

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Da Vinci brushes are generally some of the most revered brushes for artists who are into painting. This is because the brush is made from a male winter Siberian Kolinsky Red Sable’s fur and features seamless, brass-plated ferrules. Any artists can tell you that the performance of these brushes is top tier as the brushes carry water perfectly and have the desired spring-back. The Da Vinci Maestro brushes can be purchased in different sizes so depending on what your artists prefer you can pick it out from the line of brushes offered.

Pros

  • Illustrators, cartoonist, animators it doesn’t matter what kind of artists, the Da Vinci illustrator brushes can be given to literally any artists.
  • The brushes can be used for a lot of techniques such as watercoloring, rendering, gouache, illustration, etc.
  • You are guaranteed an excellent quality brush that will last for quite some time.

Cons

  • They are expensive, and the cost goes even higher as the brush size increases. Nevertheless, if you are not on a budget, feel free to splurge a little your artists will appreciate the gesture.

FineColour’s 63” Art Tripod Painting Easel Stand

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This Easel by FineColour makes for a great gift because not only is portable but it is versatile, and its aluminum alloy construction makes it extremely durable. Artists can be able to carry it around and use it whenever creativity strikes. The tripod is adjustable and can be extended to raise the easel up to any height between twenty-one inches and sixty-five inches. An artist can use it while standing or seated and even on their lap if they convert it into a tabletop easel.

Pros

  • It is nifty and can be used as a tripod or tabletop easel depending on an artist’s preference.
  • The easel package includes a shoulder bag and handles for portability.

Cons

  • Beginners who have never used a tripod easel before may find it challenging to use and will need to follow the package instructions to build the easel as it is not as straightforward to construct.

80-Piece Deluxe Art Set by Darice

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This 80-piece deluxe art set by Darice is ideal for drawing, painting and many other art-related activities. The set comprises of 24 color pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 2 paint brushes, 2 drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser and sanding blocks that can be used by both novices and advanced professional artists. Everything is fitted into a wooden carrying case that makes it portable and keeps the art supplies neat and organized.

Pros

  • The set is extremely affordable and, in our opinion, delivers value for money.
  • The sets versatile and can be used for multiple art techniques all the while helping an artist’s vision flourish.
  • It is portable, and the artist will enjoy that they can use it anywhere when creativity strikes.

Cons

  • Some artists may have a preference for some products such as pastels when they are working and may not have use for all the products.
  • There are better quality products that you could opt for, for the same price as this one.

 

Books and Supplies for Artists

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)

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Some artists enjoy drawing inspiration from practical books that will help them develop their craft. “Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential” is a book by George Lois who has been acclaimed to be a communication master. This book offers artist practical advice, factual notes, anecdotes, inspiration and indispensable lessons that are designed to any artists wakeup call/ does of reality. The book will help any artists with the desire to succeed not only in life but in their business and creativity. It is in our opinion a timeless creative bible that will reenergize an artist’s creative efforts.

Pros

  • It is extremely affordable.

Cons

  • Not all artists are into books, and this may not be an ideal gift for an artist who does not like to read.

Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life

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This book by Alyona Nickelsen is an incredibly thoughtful book for artist looking to develop their portraiture skills and breathe life into their portraits. Through her book, Alyona walks artists through her creative process and what goes into creating realistic portraits using colored pencils. It offers straightforward, step by step solutions to challenges experienced by artists and gives guidance on how they can maneuver the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. This book is a gem that an artist particularly those into portraiture would love and this book as a gift could open their minds to something they would’ve otherwise shrugged off.

Pros

  • It is available both on Kindle and paperback.
  • It is easy to understand, and the step by step guidance make it ideal for artists of all levels.

Cons

  • The book is specific, and you would need to know if an artist has any interest in portraiture; otherwise, it will be a useless gift.
  • Once again it is difficult to gift it to someone who has no interest in reading/books.

642 Things to Draw: Young Artist’s Edition

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This books by 826 Valencia is a collection of hilarious, wacky, and imaginative drawing and is the perfect gift for artists looking around for the next big thing to spur their creativity. It offers guidance to young artists on how to draw simple everyday items. It is ideal for beginner artists who will relish the chance to kick-start their artistic engines as they draw, sketch, imagine, and create.

Pros

  • It is a cheap and affordable gift.

Cons

  • Some of the suggestions are boring and young artists may lose interest very quickly.
  • It is a gift limited to artists of tender age.

 

Final Thoughts

The gifts mentioned above will encourage artists creativity and have them ready to take over the creative world. Each gift is unique, while some can be customized even further. We hope you can find something for the artist in your life.