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From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List

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From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
The most obvious computer peripheral that an animator would need is a graphics tablet. Graphics tablets can come in any number of price ranges, from the SuperPen Tablet for a mere $49.99 to the WACOM Cintiq starting at a whopping $2499.

Some features to consider when shopping for a tablet are price, pressure sensitivity, and working area. For instance, you can get an Adesso CyberTablet 12000 with an enormous 12"x9" working area for a surprisingly low cost of $119.94, but you sacrifice pressure sensitivity and quality--as while the CyberTablet is a fairly good tablet and fine for everyday use, there's still a noticeable difference between that and a higher-quality Intuos or Graphire. Both tablets have smaller working areas and a higher price tag--but also higher pressure sensitivity and a smoother interaction between the pen and the tablet surface.

Shop around before buying a tablet; sites like Amazon.com and PriceGrabber.com have a wide range of listings from many manufacturers that will let you compare features and prices.

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