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Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad: Setting up Your Intuos5 Tablet for Your Non-Dominant Hand

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In this excerpt from The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, 2nd Edition, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis shows you how you can easily change the orientation and set up your tablet for right or left-handed users.

Copyright © Cher Threinen-Pendarvis. Excerpted from The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, Second Edition, published by Peachpit Press.

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Setting up for your non-dominant hand. When you installed your Intuos5 tablet, you were asked to choose an orientation for a right-or left-handed user. The orientation that you choose determines the tablet’s default settings. You can easily change the orientation and set up your tablet for right or left-handed users. The ExpressKey and Touch Ring settings automatically reconfigure when you change the handedness setting. Open the Wacom control panel, click the Pen icon and then select Mapping. For instance, I paint with my right hand. While I’m drawing, I can use my non-dominant hand on the buttons on the left side of the tablet.

For instance, the second key from the bottom by default is set to Alt/Option. While painting with a brush in Painter or Photoshop, I can press this key to toggle from the brush to the Eyedropper to sample color from my image as I work.

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The Orientation options menu in the Mapping window.

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PHOTOGRAPH: MELINDA HOLDEN

Using the stylus wheel on the airbrush pen to control the flow of media while painting

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Airbrush Hard Round strokes (from left to right), button near to forward, midway, and all the way back

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