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Setting up the tablet for handedness

From: Wacom Essential Training

Video: Setting up the tablet for handedness

If you're left-handed, like I am, then you are familiar with living in a world biased against us. We often have to buy items like scissors that are specifically designed with the lefthander in mind, and often at a higher price. Wacom Tablets are reversible, so that the controls can be on either the left or right hand side. Just rotating the tablet won't automatically change the orientation on the screen, everything will be backwards and upside down by default. Fortunately, there is a simple way to correct this.

Setting up the tablet for handedness

If you're left-handed, like I am, then you are familiar with living in a world biased against us. We often have to buy items like scissors that are specifically designed with the lefthander in mind, and often at a higher price. Wacom Tablets are reversible, so that the controls can be on either the left or right hand side. Just rotating the tablet won't automatically change the orientation on the screen, everything will be backwards and upside down by default. Fortunately, there is a simple way to correct this.

I am going to begin by playing like I'm a right-hander, and so in a normal right-hand orientation, I would be using, obviously, my right-hand to paint and draw with, and the control surface over here on the left would be easy for my left hand to address. However, I'm left-handed, so I want to have the controls on the opposite side, so I need to turn the Tablet around. Now I can address the Tablet and the proper orientation is here for my express keys.

But look what happens. Everything is upside down and backwards for me, and I can tell you from experience, it's not a very fun way to try to draw. So, I need to fix this situation, and I've done this enough, I can actually do it using this reverse orientation, but if you're not used to that you might want to use a mouse for this just so you have the correct Orientation. What we need to do here is go to one of the pens, and this will address both of them in this case. I'm going to go ahead and go down here, and you can see right now, Orientation is set for ExpressKeys Left.

However, we now have them on the right. So, we want to open this and select ExpressKeys Right. Now I can draw and paint and my Orientation is correct, and I can address the various buttons with my right hand. So, this is the orientation for workflow that is going to give me the most efficiency. With the ExpressKeys on the Right side and the Tablet Orientation usable, a lefty can now use the right hand to address the control surface.

Unfortunately, you'll still have to purchase the optional left-handed stylus. I'm kidding!

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
      48s
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
      44s
    2. Drawing freehand
      2m 37s
    3. Tracing an existing image
      3m 17s
    4. Vector illustration
      4m 11s
    5. Using the tablet as a photo-retouching tool
      4m 28s
    6. Expressing yourself through painting
      4m 1s
  3. 12m 52s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. A short history of the computing input devices
      2m 17s
    3. Understanding relative versus absolute positioning
      1m 47s
    4. Introducing the six axes of motion
      3m 15s
    5. An overview of the Wacom product line
      5m 8s
  4. 13m 52s
    1. Working with the Intuos: Symmetric and asymmetric placement
      2m 11s
    2. Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
      3m 41s
    3. Working with multiple displays
      3m 28s
    4. Going wireless
      4m 32s
  5. 36m 3s
    1. Intro
      27s
    2. Using the Wacom property pane
      2m 26s
    3. Setting up the tablet for handedness
      2m 20s
    4. Taking advantage of ExpressKeys
      5m 12s
    5. Utilizing the stylus side switch buttons
      5m 39s
    6. Using Precision mode
      3m 12s
    7. Improving application interaction with the radial menu
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Touch Ring
      5m 30s
    9. Saving multiple settings with the Wacom Tablet Utility
      5m 8s
  6. 17m 7s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. The standard Grip Pen
      3m 40s
    3. The Art Pen
      3m 49s
    4. The Airbrush
      3m 30s
    5. Utilizing the eraser tip
      2m 23s
    6. Nibs: Tires for your stylus
      3m 20s
  7. 13m 0s
    1. An intro to tablet calisthenics
      44s
    2. Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises
      3m 16s
    3. Tablet calisthenics: Intermediate exercises
      3m 58s
    4. Tablet calisthenics: Advanced exercises
      2m 38s
    5. Tablet calisthenics: Master exercises
      2m 24s
  8. 12m 35s
    1. Setting up the Cintiq
      2m 57s
    2. Positioning the Cintiq for your working style
      2m 7s
    3. Optically aligning the Cintiq
      2m 44s
    4. Color calibrating your Cintiq display
      3m 32s
    5. Utilizing the hardware keys
      1m 15s
  9. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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