Here’s everything you need to know to find the best deals on creative tech, design software and more in the UK and US.
The Black Friday weekend starts earlier and earlier every year – now it’s not just one day but almost a fortnight of flash deals, a lot of which continue into Cyber Monday as part of the Black Friday weekend. What this all means is a chance to fill up your life with creative ware at bargain prices.
Our team of design and art experts will be scouring every Black Friday sale, checking out all of the major creative software and hardware vendors from Adobe to Wacom, as well as digging through the thousands of deals offered by online stores from Amazon and Currys/PC World to Best Buy and Newegg to find only the best deals for design and art tools and supplies.
We’ve already found some early Black Friday deals on the likes of Adobe, Wacom and Huion which you can find below. You can also keep an eye on Black Friday 2019 deals through our sister sites Tech Advisor and the Apple-centric Macworld.
Early Black Friday Adobe deals (starting November 18 2019)
Adobe Creative Cloud
The Adobe site has jumped the gun and already declared their Black Friday sale as of today; no early Black Friday or Thanksgiving markers here, meaning this deal is as cheap as it’s going to get for 2019.
Until November 29th digital artists can now get 39% off the entire Creative Cloud suite, setting you back £30.34 per month instead of £49.94/mo.
That’s 39% off the full price and lasts for one year before rising as it did last year, so if you took advantage of last year’s deal this is well timed to coincide with when otherwise you’d start paying full price.
Students and teachers can get 19% off – £13.15 per month for one year. Companies using Creative Cloud Teams meanwhile get 29% off – £42.14 per user per month for the next year.
Adobe isn’t showing similar deals in the US yet, but we expect to see them here when the working day begins.
A friendly reminder that Adobe’s new iPad painting app Fresco (as reviewed for us by UK illustrator Hazel Mead) launched with an opening offer that’s still valid.
Until December 31st 2019, any artists that purchase the stand-alone version of Adobe Fresco for iPad (available for £9.99/$9.99 per month) will receive the first six months free at no extra charge.
The promotion begins whenever the customer initiates their purchase, as long as it is done so by December 31st. Once the user’s six-month promotion period expires, the user will be charged for the monthly fee.
Early Black Friday tablet/pen display deals for 2019
Wacom Cintiq 16
US artists can head to the official Wacom store to get a Wacom Cintiq 16 with Pro Pen 2 bundle for $549.95.
Early Black Friday Huion deals (starting November 18 2019)
Huion Kamvas Pro 12
As part of Amazon’s Black Friday Countdown campaign, UK creators can get a Huion Kamvas Pro 12 from now until November 24th at 20% less.
US artists can apply at checkout a coupon of $37 off the Pro 12 for on Amazon US.
Huion Kamvas Pro 13
A pricier option is the Pro 13 model (above), almost 50% cheaper at £216.79.
American artists can apply at checkout a coupon of $20 off the Huion Kamvas Pro 13.3 for on Amazon US; this is a cheaper deal currently being offered on the Huion US store.
Huion Kamvas GT-221 Pro
You can also apply a coupon of $50 off the Huion Kamvas GT-221 Pro on Amazon US.
Huion Kamvas Pro 22
Finally, you can apply a coupon of $170 off the Pro 22 on Amazon US.
Kamvas Pro 20
Huion-heads can also get free shipping plus 10 extra pen nibs – and another PW500 battery-free pen – with any purchase of the brand’s new Kamvas Pro 20.
Early Black Friday Laptop deals
This may have passed you by but two great Dell laptops can be currently found on the Dell site.
Dell XPS 15
The new XPS 15 Laptop can be yours for £1,266 instead of £1,489.00; a great price for a laptop with a fantastic video card, processor and 100% sRGB resolution.
Dell Mobile Precision 5540
Almost £700 off this one; no coupon needed as discount is already applied.
Note that we have seen supposed deals on the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and 6 laptops but they only concern outdated models; buyer beware!
Early Black Friday art supply deals
There is a good deal for art folk of the USA, in that Blick Art Materials (aka Dick Blick) is offering 15% off orders of $45 or more – plus free shipping for orders over $35.
- Use discount code ADOBE19; the code was made available to attendees like us of an Adobe conference, but should be usable for anyone at checkout.
What and when is Black Friday?
Black Friday always falls the day after Thanksgiving in the US, which means Black Friday 2019 is on November 29, and Cyber Monday is on December 2. Black Friday weekend sales will be going on between both dates.
Black Friday was decided by American retailers to fall on the day after Thanksgiving, a time of family, holiday and kinship in the States just like Christmas. Well, if Christmas can be commercial and help to raise sales so that retailers stay in the ‘black’ and not in the red, then why not make Thanksgiving more capitalist too?
Obviously British retailers caught on, and £1.49bn was spent on online sales in the UK for 2018’s Black Friday. Most of the money is spent online these days as supposed to in-store, so we’ll be listing all the best internet deals in the days to come for both American and UK creatives.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday (December 2) is another day of exclusive deals and online bargains, cutting out the brick and mortar shops. There’s always interesting deals based around crafty things like tees and prints, so don’t necessarily assume that cyber means it’s only bargain tech stuff like iPads on offer.
How to get the best Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals
Going online is your best best to find the essential Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but we don’t recommend waiting on Amazon solely to get the best deals on Apple, Lenovo and Wacom products.
Last year’s best deals came from suppliers like Currys, Laptops Direct and KCRS, meaning you don’t need to rely on the commercial behemoth entirely. Of course, that means more sites to be checking, but Digital Arts is listing these bargains and updating this page live as they roll in. That way you’ll be staying in the black, and not in the red, guaranteed.
A Black Christmas?
Note that quite a few retailers do extend their deals until Christmas, but if things get confusing, Digital Arts will clarify with the deals as they come.