Get More out of Your Tablet When Editing in Photoshop or Lightroom

Are you using a tablet for your Photoshop and Lightroom editing? Yes? But are you getting the most out of your Wacom tablet? Probably not if you are like most photographers. You probably set it up on the first day and haven’t gone back to activate all those remaining features.

First, if you aren’t using a tablet for your editing, you are missing out on one of the most valuable tools for improving your images. For a small investment, you can both simplify and improve your editing. Once you start using a tablet for your editing, you will never go back to using a mouse or touchpad again.

In another terrific how-to video from PiXimperfect, Unmesh Dinda walks you step by step on how to set up your Wacom tablet and pen so you can get the most out of each device. He doesn’t stop at just the tablet and pen, but also how to set up your keyboard with shortcuts that permit you to operate the keyboard with one hand and the tablet with the other hand at the same time. 

The video is a little long at 32 minutes, yet it is well worth spending the time to watch the entire video. I’ve already made several changes to my Wacom tablet and also changed some of my existing shortcuts to new shortcuts for my keyboard. These changes have made my editing just a little easier and a little faster. I’m not sure why I waited so long before making them.

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Doug Turney is a Connecticut based photographer who specializes in non-ball sport types of photography such as motocross, sailing, and cycling. But that doesn’t stop him from shooting other types of photography too. Doug believes photography is photography and doesn’t like to be typecast. Doug loves to travel and often shoots when traveling.

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Would a touch screen laptop negate the need for a Wacom, or does it do extra fancy stuff? 😅 I got one for school but I haven't used it yet.