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An indespensible tool for the designer has always been a good graphics tablet, and as far as that goes, Wacom makes arguably the best tablets out there. Tablets are obviously good for digital work, but of course some may say that they prefer the traditional side of doing art with a pen or pencil. The new Wacom Inkling offers users the best of both worlds, being able to capture what you draw on paper digitally.

As with the traditional way of digitising artwork, the artist has to either draw directly on the computer with a graphics tablet or he or she can draw on paper and scan it into the computer. The Wacom Inkling eases this process by capturing every stroke you make with the drawing instrument into a receiver. This data can then be transferred onto your computer for you to edit anytime later.

Wacom says that the device also allows its users to created layers in the digital file while sketching on paper with the push of a button. Works created using Inkling can be saved in JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF files. You can also directly transfer your files into Photoshop, Illustrator, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro/Designer.

Watch the trailer for the Wacom Inkling here.

Captured strokes are rendered in bitmap or in vector, allowing for the easy manipulations of lines on the computer. The artist will never have to worry about the wonky line or mistake, as they can be fixed digitally later on.

The Wacom Inkling is slated for release worldwide in a couple of weeks and will be available in the US in mid-September for US$199.00.

Wow, I have been waiting for something like this for a very long time, as I love doing traditional art as well as digital drawings, but I could never find the perfect harmony for both. I guess I know what I want this Christmas!