Most of us can agree that buying a Wacom tablet is one of the first steps in becoming a digital artist.
But if you only have the basic tablet, you will miss out on the many Wacom tablet accessories that make working with a tablet much easier, faster or comfortable.
Sure, a simple pen and tablet can get you a long way, but today we’ll look at all the other things you might want to buy to complement your Wacom tablet.
Keeping Your Tablet Safe
For many digital artists, their Wacom tablet is like their baby. Any kind of damage or even minor scratches will be a disaster. If you have been using your tablet for a while, you probably won’t be very different.
There are two ways that Wacom tablets commonly get damaged
First of all, repetitive use of your tablet might lead to small scratches on the drawing area. This normally occurs because you either apply a little to much force on your pen or you slipped. These are bad habits you can’t really get rid off. So to protect the sensitive active area of the tablet, most people use a screen protector.
You might also notice some stains and smudges appear on your screen if you use your tablet a lot. This is normally a cause by the small amount of oil and sweat we all have on our hands. To prevent rubbing it all over your tablet, you can used an artist glove to keep the screen clean.
Secondly, many tablets have been damaged during travel because they weren’t protected properly. Especially if you travel with your tablet to busy destinations such as airports, train or metro stations, or even the bus. Especially during rush hour, it is almost impossible to not bump into someone or something. To keep your tablet safe, it’s best to use a case or cover.
Wacom Tablet Cases and Covers
If you are planning to bring your tablet to work, school or anywhere in general, you want to use a Wacom tablet case. A Wacom tablet cover will prevent any damage due to scratches or bumping into things.
Different models have different sizes. You want to make sure to buy the right Wacom tablet case for your specific model, to guarantee a good fit.
The Cintiq 13 hd is relatively big and heavy compared to other tablets. Make sure to buy a durable Cintiq 13hd case that can handle the heavy load and is easy to travel with. We like the Cintiq 13hd case by “Surf to Summit”, which comes with a removable shoulder strap. Additionally, there is plenty of room inside to store some additional Wacom tablet accessories. If you are looking for a Wacom Intuos Pro case, we recommend buying it directly from Wacom themselves.
Wacom Tablet Screen Protector
While a case or cover will protect your tablet while traveling, it won’t reduce wear from consistent usage. The drawing area of a tablet is sensitive and over time scratches may appear on the surface. Especially if you have the tendency to hold the pen tightly and push it down a little harder than normal, the scratches will appear sooner rather than later.
To protect your tablet from the repetitive rubbing of the pen nib on the sensitive surface, you can use a screen protector.
Just like cases, it’s best to buy a screen protector for your exact model. Spare yourself the hassle of cutting one that is too big or combining two small ones together.
The screen protectors can be a little glossy if you are not used to them. You will quickly get used to it after working with one for a while though.
Additionally, the Cintiq 13 HD screen protector, and most other protectors as well, will reduce some of the friction. Allowing you to make lines more smoothly.
Useful Add-Ons To Your Tablet
You might be convinced that your tablet is already perfect the way it is.
But did you know there are some Wacom accessories on the market that might make your table even more amazing?
They will probably make working with your tablet even easier.
Wacom Wireless Kit
Most Wacom tablets require you to plug in the tablet into your computer or laptop. All those cables can clutter up your workspace. Moreover, it will take considerable more time if you are traveling with your tablet to plug and unplug every single time.
Don’t worry. With the Wacom wireless accessory kit, you can easily convert your regular tablet to a wireless Wacom tablet.
The Wacom wireless kit will allow you to work from a 10 meter distance and has a battery life of 15 hours. Definitely enough for most projects.
Simply plug the receiver into your tablet and the receiver into your computer and you are done setting up the Wacom wireless accessory kit.
The Wacom wireless kit works with most Bamboo and Intuos models. Unfortunately, it does not work with the Cintiq. It also can take up to 6 hours to fully recharge the battery.
Wacom Replacement Nibs
The nibs of your pen are just as important as the drawing surface itself. After all, it takes two to tango. Just like the drawing surface, the Wacom pen nibs are certainly not resistant to wear and tear.
You might find that over time the tips start to deform and it’s not strange to burn through several nibs in 1 year.
In this case, the Wacom replacement nibs might be a true lifesaver. It comes with 5 identical nibs and is compatible with most models. No need to buy separate Wacom Intuos pen nibs or Cintiq pen nibs. These nibs are interchangeable with most tablets. But do make sure you don’t end up buying a drawing stylus that is not compatable with your Wacom tablet.