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

It’s that time of year again where you’re allowed to go crazy with online shopping, thanks to the enormous amount of Black Friday deals piling up ahead of the official day, November 24.

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 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.

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 ‘November Savings Event‘ for the US and UK, you can save up to 20 percent off Corel Painter 2018, ParticleShop and Essentials 5 for both Windows and Mac users.

Corel Painter 2018 (save 15 percent): £304.99/US$359 for first time buyers or £152.99/$189 for an upgrade.

Corel Painter Essentials 5 (save 20 percent): £27.99/US$39.99 for first time users.

Corel ParticleShop (save 15 percent): £37.99/US$41.99 for first time users.

Here’s our review on Corel Painter 2018.

UK Deals Only


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 today, with opportunity to save on Wacom tablets already.

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

Apple 2015 iMac OS X 10.12 Sierra

Refurbished Apple desktops are going for £1579.97 (saving £460) at Laptops Direct for its Black Friday Sale, with up to 90 percent off its tech products.

With an i5 processor,27-inch screen and 8GB RAM, this desktop offers a beautiful online experience. This desktop also features a range of connectivity options such as WiFi, Bluetooth and USB ports, Intel Core i5 and 5K Retina.


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.

Apple iPad Pro

They will surely be more Apple deals as we draw closer to Black Friday itself, so make sure to check on our sister site Macworld, but here we’ve got the 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

Apple Macbook Air

Again KCRS has up to 42 percent off all Macbook Air laptops, including 128GB and 256GB.

Take a look at all prices here.


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.


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.