Black Friday Deals for Designers & Artists: Adobe, Apple, Corel Painter, Wacom & more

Some Black Friday deals may have been running all week – but today’s the day when you’ll find the most deals from the most retailers. Our experts have been scouring the thousands of sites offering deals to find the best ones for professional designers and artists – and we’ve put only those great deals here. 

So grab a cuppa, settle in front of your computer and take a look at these best deals for designers, artists and illustrators across the UK and US, including discounts on Adobe Creative Cloud, Corel Painter, font bundles from Wild Ones and Apple’s iPad Pro and Macbook Air.

We’ll be looking to update this feature throughout the week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so make sure you keep checking back in with us to get the best deals for you. Last year we saw slashed prices for plugins and presets such as FxFactory and PSKISS, as well as Wacom, Apple, Microsoft, Canon, art supply retailers and book publishers, so keep your eyes peeled.

To learn about spotting the best deals for tech, check out our Back Friday explainers on our sister sites, Tech Advisor and Macworld for the best Apple deals.

Here are the Black Friday deals we’ve discovered so far.

Deals across the UK and US

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018

Continuing from last year, Adobe is giving 20 percent off its Creative Cloud 2018 (which includes new apps such as Dimension) for new and existing customers whose membership has expired until November 24, with major discounts for students and teachers and individual plans, but not for the Photography plan.

See our roundup of features new to CC 2018 announced at Adobe Max in October.

Individuals: £39.95/US$39.99 per month for the entire collection of creative apps.

Students and teachers: £16.24/US$19.99 per month for the entire collection of creative apps.

If you buy a Wacom Pro product from Amazon between October 1 and March 31, 2018, you’ll be able to claim a three-month membership licence to Adobe Creative Cloud, including all individual apps. If you’ve bought one of the selected Wacom products, see how you can redeem the offer by registering with a personal voucher code. The promotion is valid until stocks of Adobe codes last. This offer is for the UK only. 

Microsoft

Microsoft Store

Surface Pro i5 128GB (includes black type cover): £849 (save £254)/ US$899 (save $229).

You’ll also get a free three-month trial of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, with 1TB of cloud storage with purchase.

Laptops Direct

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 256GB: £1349.97 (down from 1539.97).

MacPhun

Macphun is offering special Black Friday deals on its Luminar 2018 & Aurora HDR 2018 until November 29.

Luminar 2018 (for Mac and Windows): £64/US$69 & bonuses (value of $130) or an upgrade price for Luminar users at $49 with bonuses (value of $130).

The bundle includes: Luminar 2018 for Mac & Windows, Urban Preset Collection by Contrastly, Creative Look LUTs Collection, The Ultra-Wide Landscape ebook by Ian Plant
Aerial Photo & Video training by Matt Granger.

Aurora HDR 2018 (for Mac and Windows): £80/US$89 (regularly $99) or upgrade price for Aurora HDR users $49 & bonuses ($90 value).

The bundle includes: Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac & Windows, Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video, Realistic HDR preset pack (40 presets) by PresetPro, Powerful Imagery Ebook by Mitchell Kanashkevich & Photzy.

Smartmockups App

Create digital projects mock-ups in different environments and marketing images easily with the Smartmockups app for Windows and Mac, for now even cheaper with its own Black Friday deals. Create GIFs and apparel mockups (in Beta) as well as digital and print mockups using Smartmockups.

To get 35 percent off the app, buy it one-off for £29/US$32 instead of £44/$49 from November 22 to November 29. This will give you more than 500 mockups, unlimited exports, advanced features and future updates.

If you’ve never heard of the Smartmockups app before, learn more about its features and how it works, otherwise download a free trial.

Wild Ones Typography

We often feature typefaces designed by Wild Ones in our free fonts round-up, but they also create a bunch of beautiful typefaces for purchase.

The Wild Ones Black Friday Font Bundle for £18/US$24 (rather than £197/$260) features 15 fonts (including Mona, Avenue, Cornera, Entra and more) six templates and three mockups, bringing your saving to a massive 91 percent off the original price for 24 products.

Corel Painter

Artwork created in Painter 2018 for our review by Tom Bagshaw

As part of Corel’s Black Friday deals for the US and UK, you can save up to 50 percent off Corel’s best products, including Painter 2018, ParticleShop and Essentials 5 for both Windows and Mac users.

Corel Painter 2018 (save 30 percent): £251.99/US$299 for first time buyers or £124.99/$159 for an upgrade.

Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 (save 30 percent): £62.99/US$39.99 for first time buyers or £48.99/$29.99.

Corel ParticleShop (save 20 percent): £34.99/US$39.99 for first time users.

AfterShot Pro 3 (save 50 percent): £39.99/US$39.99 for first time buyers or £26.99/$29.99.

Painter Essentials 5 (save 30 percent): £23.99/US$34.99.

Here’s our review on Corel Painter 2018.

Astute Graphics

Astute Graphics is offering different plug-in Black Friday deals every day in the lead up to its weekend final deals, beginning with 20 percent off the plug-in Phantasm (now £47.20 excl VAT/US$61) – for vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator.

You’ll have to check back every day to see what new plug-in has been announced.

PSKISS

PSKISS is taking 50 percent off all its presets, profiles, brushes and curves including Lightroom and Photoshop presets individually or in a bundle until Wednesday November 27. Use the coupon ‘bf-17-50’ on checkout.

FxFactory

Get 20 percent off all visual and audio effects and plugins for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Adobe Audition and DaVinici Resolve until November 28 from FxFactory.

Palette Professional Kit

You can edit in Photoshop, Lightroom, or Premiere Pro using Palette’s Professional Kit or Expert Kit of dials.

For Black Friday you’d get two bonus dials as part of the Professional Kit for US$499.99, or one bonus dial as part of the Expert Kit for US$299.99.

The Professional Kit includes 17 modules, four buttons, six dials (plus two bonus dials for Black Friday), four sliders and one core with colour screen. You can return for a full refund within 30 days.

The Expert Kit includes 9 modules, two buttons, three dials (plus one bonus dial for Black Friday), two sliders and one core with colour screen.

Red Giant

Not strictly Black Friday, but still saving you money, Red Giant is taking 40 percent off everything in the Red Giant store – including the new Trapcode Suite 14, Magic Bullet Suite 13 and PluralEyes 4 – in a sale from December 5 for 24 hours only You’ll just need to use a code that will be available on the website from December 5.

The sale discount is for everything in the Red Giant store, including full licenses, upgrades, full suites, individual products and the academic store.

Trapcode Suite 14: Usually US$999. Get it on sale for $600.
Universe 2.2: Usually $99. Get it on sale for $60.
Magic Bullet Suite 13: Usually $899. Get it on sale for $540.
PluralEyes 4: Usually $199. Get it on sale for $120.

UK Deals Only

Wacom

Wacom Intuos Pro tablet

Wacom store

Wacom has announced its Black Friday weekend deals for the UK and EU only, a few days later than Amazon’s Wacom tablet deals, mentioned below.

Wacom is offering up to 35 percent off its MobileStudio Pro tablets and Intuos Art and Draw tablets as well as selected Wacom pens from November 24 to 27, with free shipping above £50.

Save £100-£150 off each Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13-inch 64GB, 128GB and 256GB tablet.
Save £13 off both Wacom Intuos Art (small) and Intuos Draw (small).
Save £9 off the Bamboo Ink Stylus for Windows Ink.

Amazon

is notorious for Black Friday deals, but hopefully in a good way for anyone trying to save some cash (aka everyone).

Amazon has announced its first Black Friday deals last week, with opportunity to save on Wacom tablets already.

If you buy a Wacom Pro product from Amazon between October 1 and March 31, 2018, you’ll be able to claim a three-month membership licence to Adobe Creative Cloud, including all individual apps. If you’ve bought one of the selected Wacom products, see how you can redeem the offer by registering with a personal voucher code. The promotion is valid until stocks of Adobe codes last. This offer is for the UK only. 

Wacom Cintiq Pro 16-inch Tablet with Pro Pen 2: £1,299.99 (down from £1,399.99).

Wacom Cintiq Pro 13-inch Full HD Pen Display: £764.99 (down from £899.99).

Wacom Intous Pro Medium (with pen): £279.99 (down from £329.99).

Wacom Intous Pro Large (with pen): £379.99 (down from £449.99).

Wacom Intuos Pro Small Tablet: £149.99 (down from £199.99).

Wacom Intuos CTH-490AK-S Art Pen and Touch Graphics Tablet: £76.49 (down from £89.99).

Styli & accessories

Wacom CS-321 Bamboo Ink Smart Stylus for Windows Ink: £49.99 (down from £69.99).

Microsoft

If you’re in the UK you can buy a Microsoft Surface Pro from Amazon cheaper than Microsoft’s own Black Friday deals.

Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3-inch Tablet 128GB (with Surface Pro Type Cover): £649.99 (down from £949.99). 

Apple 

Make sure to check on our sister site Macworld for the best Apple deals.

iMac

Refurbished Apple iMac OS X 10.12 Sierra desktops are going for £1579.97 (saving £460) at Laptops Direct for its Black Friday Sale, with up to 70 percent off all its tech products (not just Apple).

MacBook

MacBook Pro 15-inch 2017 with Touch Bar 256GB: £2349 (£200 off with ‘APPLEMAC200’ code) from Currys until Monday. See our review here

MacBook Pro 13-inch 2017 256GB: £1299 (£150 off with ‘APPLEMAC150’ code) from Currys until Monday. 

Refurbished MacBook 2016 12-inch 256GB (Gold): £859.97 (down from £989.97) from Laptops Direct.

Refurbished MacBook 2016 12-inch 256GB (Rose Gold): £889.97 (down from £1189.97) from Laptops Direct.

Apple premium reseller KCRS has up to 42 percent off all Apple’s Macbook Air. Take a look at all prices here.

iPad

New iPad 9.7-inch 32GB: £329.97 from Laptops Direct.

There are UK deals for the iPad Pro from KRCS, saving you at least 25 percent off each iPad Pro, including the 10.5-in iPad Pro WiFi 64GB or 256GB, and 12.9-in iPad Pro WiFi 64GB or 256GB.

If you’re still weighing up whether the iPad Pro 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch is for you, see our review

iPad mini 4 128GB: £364 (down from £469) from Amazon. 

Udemy

Udemy is great for online classes for design, development and art. We often feature Udemy in our best online tutorial roundups.

Udemy is giving away more than 55,000 of its courses  for £10, but only for the next 12 days, so get in quick.

Academy Class

Academy Class runs training courses either in person throughout the UK (London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds or Vilnius) or online – that can be made bespoke for your skills – for Adobe Creative Cloud apps, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro. Academy Class also covers working in 3D, with tutorials of industry leading software such as Cinema 4D, Autodesk, Maya and 3d Max.

There’s also sub brands such as coding, mobile development and video, so it’s definitely worth finding out if there’s something there for you.

Although Academy Class isn’t strictly hosting Black Friday deals, for the whole of December you’ll be able to get 50 percent off all courses with the coupon code ‘December50’. If you enquire here, Academy will let you know what’s available.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Save £50 by buying the 10-in, 64GB, black tablet from Currys now. This Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) powered tablet will cost £399.99 if you buy from Currys now, ahead of the Black Friday rushes.

Buy the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10-in tablet from Currys.

Dell

Dell announced its Precision 5520 laptop for designers and artists in January, and the sleek powerful design is one of their best yet, and an iMac rival.

You can buy the Precision 5520 15-inch workstation with 7th Gen Intel processors from Dell for £1,654.57, saving you £709.10 off its original price.

Nikon

The Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera is available for £374 (was £449), a massive 75 percent off when you use the code ‘NIKONDISCOUNT’ at the online checkout at Jessops, or the code ‘CAM75’ at Currys.

Canon

Canon UK has announced its Black Friday deals, unveiling your chance to save on a number of DSRL cameras such as the Canon EOS 6D and one of the last chances to get your hands on the legendary EOS 5D Mark III (body only) for £1,799 while stocks last (it’s normally £2,059).

Take a look here to see Black Friday deals on Canon DSLR cameras, lenses and body.

East End Prints

East End Prints

Get 20 percent off East End prints online (excluding special edition collection) until November 26 with the company’s ‘colourful week’ deals, instead of Black Friday. Use the code ‘COLOUR20’ to save on A2 framed art or normal prints, with free shipping over £50 (UK only).