Best Cyber Monday deals for designers and artists 2018


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Black Friday is over but the deals aren't as they continue into Cyber Monday - huge offers now on include new Shutterstock bargains, savings on iMac and iPad Pros, plus Adobe Creative Cloud, Corel Painter, Nuke, Anime Studio - and a whole lot more, including Faber Castell and Derwent stationery.

Cyber Monday 2018 is on! Here's everything you need to know to find the best deals on creative tech, design software and more in the UK and US (and some worldwide deals too).

The Black Friday weekend starts earlier and earlier every year - now it's not just one day but almost a fortnight of flash deals on everything from smartphones to empty boxes. A lot of these deals have continued into Cyber Monday as part of the Black Friday weekend, with new ones announced in time for today on sites like Amazon and more. 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 are scouring all of the Cyber Monday sales - 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're updating this story with deals multiple times every day - so bookmark this page and check back regularly to find the best bargains before they disappear (as some are limited-time offers or have only a set number for sale). You can also keep an eye on on our sister sites Tech Advisor and the Apple-centric Macworld.

Cyber Monday Adobe deals

Extended until the end of Cyber Monday, Adobe is still offering its Black Friday deal of up to 38% off Creative Cloud subscriptions if you sign up for the full suite of products including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD and all of the video and animation tools.

If you're in the UK, Africa, Brazil, Japan or the Middle East, you get the full 38% off (that's down from £49.94 to £30.34 per month for your first year). Get the deal here.

Creatives in the Americas (including the US, but not Brazil) can still get a more modest (but still substantial) 25% off until the end of today. Get the deal here.

You can only take advantage if this is your first 'Adobe Creative Cloud for Individuals All Apps' subscription. Full terms are listed on Adobe's Creative Cloud offer page.

Adobe users who are simply looking for plug-ins to round out their set should head over now to FX Factory for 20% off their entire catalogue of visual and audio effects for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion, Logic Pro, Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve and more. Get the deal here for one week only.

You can also pimp your Photoshop with the very popular BrushBox preset plug-ins for 33% off. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday Apple Deals

Apple is doing its usual Black Friday deal by offering US & UK customers gift vouchers for four days; we recommend getting the iPad Pro with its free £80/$100 Apple Store Gift Card. Get the deal here - same one link for UK, USA and Canada customers.

The iPad Pro (10.5", 64GB) is on sale at Curry's for 50 quid less. Get the deal here.

John Lewis is offering £50 off most of their iPad Pros - with £130 off the 2017 model. Get the deal here.

If you're looking for normal iPads to gift then head over to Argos for their lowest ever prices on 6th generation iPads. Note this sale is UK-only. Get the deals here.

For the latest Macbook Pro, Apple Store are offering a £160/$200 gift card with purchases. Get the deal here - same link for UK, USA and Canada customers.

American readers can get over 10% on the Macbook Pro over at Jet. Get the deal here.

Finally, John Lewis are offering a £100 off on all 2018 Macbook Pro models. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday Anime Studio deals

Smith Micro are putting software like 3D maker Poser and 2d classic Moho (formerly Anime Studio) on sale for 30% off - but with the code BLACK40 you can get 40% off in total. Sweet! Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday Pantone deals

Number one colour brand Pantone is offering 15% off site wide on products like light booths and colourful flasks, with 20% off on graphics bundles. Get the deals here.

Cyber Monday 2018 creative software deals

US and UK creatives will be happy to know they can now save 30% off Corel Painter 2019 and Corel Painter Essentials 6 until the end of Cyber Monday. Get the deal here.

Good news for VFX creators also as Boris FX is having its biggest sale of the year from now until the end of Cyber Monday. You can get 50% off product bundles like Sapphire/Continuum/Mocha plug-ins, and 25% off individual products. Get the deals here.

Video editors meanwhile would do well looking at the latest deals from VEGAS, lasting until December 2nd. You can get up to 70% off on the VEGAS PRO 16 suite, along with 40% on the Movie Studio 15 family. Get the deals here.

Photo editors will like DxO's latest deal of 50% off its entire catalog of advanced photo editing software. The Nik Collection 2018 stands-out the most with its plugins for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. Get the deal here.

Until 2019, Foundry Nuke is offering 15% off new Nuke Studio seats and a mega 40% off new Hiero licences starting from today. Get the deal here.

Skylum is also celebrating Cyber Monday, with Luminar photo editor on sale for £53 and Aurora on sale for £99 - bonuses included with each, meaning you save over £210 with each bundle. Get the Luminar deal here and get the Aurora deal here.

Astute Graphics are offering the Elite Bundle for 60% less this Monday, including the brand new VectorFirstAid v2 and Phantasm plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator. Get the deal here.

Other software deals ending today include Topaz Labs offering 25% off site wide, and the Go Pro bundle for half off. Get the deal here.

Any looking to get Rebelle on the cheap should head over to the Escape Motions site now for 30% off on everything (including Rebelle 3 papers.) Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 laptop and tablet deals

The best deal for the Surface Pro 6 128GB SSD can be found on the Microsoft site where it's included in a bundle deal with a Platinum Type Cover for £749/$799 (better than Amazon, which charges for more sans accessories). Get the UK deal here and the US Microsoft deal here. American readers note that this deal was mentioned last week as part of their Black Friday sale which confusingly they're now touting as finished - despite running a new link and banner for Cyber Monday that features the exact same deals (!) Befuddling stuff, but our link will land you there safely.

You can also shop at AO for deals on Microsoft's latest Surface devices, including the 16GB RAM, 1 TB SSD Surface Pro 6 at 200 quid less for £1949.

Laptops Direct has the 5th generation of the Pro (the Surface Pro Core) for under a grand, £330 less. Get the deal here.

Dell are still offering deals for UK and USA customers, with the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and XPS 15 both at 15% off (and both with 16GB). Get the deals here if you're in the UK. US readers can grab 10% off the 16GB model of the 2-in-1 - get the deal here.

There's over 20% to be saved on the Razer Blade PRO V2 17.3-Inch, a powerful laptop on sale now at Amazon UK. Get the deal here.

Anyone looking for deals on Wacom drawing tablets would best be served by our look through the worthy and less worthy Wacom bargains currently out there. 

Cyber Monday 2018 monitor deals

UK readers looking for a monitor with high visual specs are advised to check Dell's ongoing Black Friday deals on monitors, with the fantastic 2016 Dell UltraSharp 27 model now almost 30% cheaper. Get the deal here.

US readers can get an UltraSharp 27 for over 20% off. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 computer accessory deals

UK shoppers wanting an external hard drive head over to Curry's now to get almost 30% off Seagate Expansion External Hard Drives. Get the deal here. 

Palette have not only put their Gear kits on sale but they're also throwing in a free slider to boot. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 camera deals 

Canon are offering lower prices on cameras - but be wary as those tagged 'Black Friday low price' are less of a bargain than those labelled Black Friday Sale. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 print and poster deals


Print from Made By Folk

Good news - East End Prints are offering 15% off all their gorgeous prints, including limited edition works. Get the deal here.

Made By Folk are still continuing their Black Friday deal, with a whopping 50% off litho and screenprints and 25% off all other prints until November 28th. Get the deal here.

We Built This City are offering what they call a Christmas sale that's ending at the finish of Cyber Monday. With the code WEWILLROCKYULE you can Get 15% off all gifts and art prints - like a very tasty looking and very limited Hattie Stewart print of Mr. Freddie Mercury. Get the deal here.

Lumas are offering 20% off everything including prints and gift books until the end of today - get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 art supplies deals

Amazon is currently offering up to 40% off pencils, pens and pastels from leading brands Faber Castell and Derwent in the UK. Get the deals here.

Another brand included in the offer is PIN - get an 8 pack of drawing pens for almost 70% less here. 

Sharpies are now on sale on Amazon UK, with two 12 and one 24 packs of permanent markers all on sale for under £10 - the 80s Glam set for example is over 50% cheaper. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 sketchbook deals

Save over 40% on Amazon UK when shopping for Moleskine ruled and plain notebooks, ranging from pocket notebooks to the large and extra hard sort

Cyber Monday 2018 stock library deals

Shutterstock will be announcing Cyber Monday deals at some point today - keep an eye here for those.

Featuring royalty-free music to graphics templates, WordPress themes and plugins to video templates, digital creative markeplace Envato is offering 50% off on over 500 creative assets. Get the deal here.

Smartmockups is worth a look now if you're looking for digital and print mockups, as they've cut 25% off annual plans form now until November 28th. Get the deal here.

HDRI Hub meanwhile is offering from Friday a 40% discount on all its HDRI skies, backplate photos, stock movies and textures - just use the code HDRIBLACK18. You can get the deal here.

SwiftIcons are offering 50% on almost 3000 icons. Get the deal here.

You can grab 50% off all design templates, UX and more, at Nice Very Nice. Use the code you see here.

Prototypes are now 20% cheaper at Protopie until November 29th. Get the deal here.

Hungry JPEG is offering 50% off various assets. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 font deals

We know typography fans out there love their fonts - why not head over to WildOnes to download 33 fonts for a bundled price of £20/$24, saving 95% off? Get the typeface deal here.

MyFonts are offering discounts on a load of font families and foundries. Get the deal here.

Cyber Monday 2018 course deals

Udemy are offering from today a buy one get one free online video course. You can get the deal here.

Skillshare are offering Skillshare Premium 99 cents/77p for 3 months - but you'll need to sign up straightaway on their site to enjoy. Get the deal here.

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 above. In that same spirit we also offer you this guide to Black Friday Weekend 2018, making sure you're prepared for when everything kicks off this week.

What and when is Black Friday?

Black Friday always falls the day after Thanksgiving in the US, which means this year Black Friday is on November 23, and Cyber Monday is on November 26. 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 last year £1.4bn was spent on online sales in the UK for 2017'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 (November 26) 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.

Read next:  Early Black Friday 2018 tablet deals - Wacom bargains and more are already here

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