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Working with multiple displays

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Video: Working with multiple displays

As hardware has become more powerful, it's become common to have a working environment in which multiple displays are used to increase screen real estate. The second display can be used for a variety of things. For example, have your email client up, have a web browser open, or in our case, use it to display reference images to refer to while painting or drawing. The operating system generally treats multiple displays as one large screen spanning both displays. Wacom Tablets and Pen displays provide for this situation.

Working with multiple displays

As hardware has become more powerful, it's become common to have a working environment in which multiple displays are used to increase screen real estate. The second display can be used for a variety of things. For example, have your email client up, have a web browser open, or in our case, use it to display reference images to refer to while painting or drawing. The operating system generally treats multiple displays as one large screen spanning both displays. Wacom Tablets and Pen displays provide for this situation.

Let's take a look at this on this Cintiq. So, what will happen if we look on my second display, I have got my cursor all over here on the left, and I am going to start to bring it across the screen. Now I am going to stop right at the edge here, and notice that we're only about one third of the way across from here, that's because both displays are mapped to this single amount of space, which is the tablet area as well.

And so as I continue on, now it's showing up on the Cintiq display, but its offset and it's only going to match up when I get all the way to the end here. So, you've got a situation that is very difficult to work with, in fact it's got unusable. So, what we want to do is correct this, and there are a couple things we need to do. One thing I want to show you, I am going to hold down the information key here, this brings up a little display that shows how our settings are.

The third button is set to Display Toggle, and before you would attempt to do this, you want to make sure whichever Tablet or Display you're using that you do have this Display Toggle set somewhere where you can toggle it on or off. So, we've got it set to our third button here. The second thing we're going to do is bring up the Wacom panel, and when you've got a Cintiq in this case, it's going to have this Display Toggle set up, and you'll see by default what it's set to here is Pen Display to Desktop.

That's where it's going to just bridge both displays on one tablet surface. And in this case we're going to switch it to, the pen display, to other displays. Now let's go ahead and close this and you'll see now my cursor is in registration with my pen on this Cintiq, and if I used the display switching button, now I'm over here on the second display. So, I can easily be in this display, a single button click, and I am back over here.

So, in this case I would set this up to perhaps use it to display various images, and then I might want to go through looking at images till I find one that I may want to work on. And in this case, I chose this image, now I could go ahead and put this in fullscreen mode, and I've got this as a reference, and then I can work over here, and continue in this case, to work on this image. There a multitude of hardware combinations that the Wacom Tablet Pen Display can be attached to. Because of this you may have to play with specific operating system settings in order to get this to work.

Once you do, you'll find one-click display switching invaluable.

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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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