How to Use a Cintiq Tablet With Photoshop

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Wacom's Cintiq tablet is a computer monitor that works like a drawing tablet for your PC. You use the stylus to interact with the monitor and control the computer cursor, similar to using a touchscreen. Touching the stylus to the face of the Cintiq is the equivalent of a left-click on the mouse. By keeping the stylus on the screen you can draw in graphic design programs, such as Photoshop. Once you have installed the Cintiq, it can work as a second monitor on your computer and Photoshop will automatically detect it.

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    Turn on your Cintiq monitor. If you have properly installed the Cintiq, it will display a second computer desktop. It will also detect the tip of the stylus as a mouse controller when you bring the stylus near to the screen.

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    Launch Photoshop on your computer. By default, the program will open in your computer's primary monitor screen.

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    Click the "Window" button from the top-right corner of the Photoshop window if the program is not already running in windowed mode. This will allow you to move the Photoshop window freely.

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    Left-click and hold on the top frame of the Photoshop window and drag the window from your main monitor into the Cintiq monitor screen.

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    Release the mouse button to place the window in the Cintiq monitor. You may need to click and drag on the sides of the window to resize it to fit the display.

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    Drag the Photoshop toolbars and any other windows into the Cintiq monitor. These windows move individually and will each require placement in the second display.

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    Click the "File" menu, then click "Open" to open an existing file or "New" to create a new blank canvas. You can use the stylus to select these options on the Cintiq screen.

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    Select a drawing tool from the toolbar, such as a pencil, pen or paintbrush tool. You can choose the drawing tool size, opacity and colour from the toolbar settings.

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    Stroke the tip of the stylus pen over the surface of the Cintiq monitor. This will draw a line on the image or Photoshop canvas, similar to drawing on a piece of paper.

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    Erase any part of the image by using the reverse end of the stylus, like a pencil eraser.

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    Click "File," then click "Save" to save the changes to your digital art when you are done.

Tips and warnings

  • If you shut down Photoshop normally while it is still in windowed mode on the Cintiq screen, it will remember this placement and open in the Cintiq monitor by default the next time you launch the program.

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