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Wacom Intuos5: Express Keys and Touch Ring

Here’s the second post about the new Wacom Intuos5 tablet.  While my original intent was for these videos to just be reviews, I figured I’d make them more of a tutorial style.  If you’re looking for a review of the new features, I’ll just be up front and tell you that there’s really nothing I don’t like.  In my opinion, Wacom hit it out of the park with this tablet.  I’m really pleased with it.

I tried to show how to customize the tablet in one video, but it ended up being over 30 minutes long.  Since most of us have trouble sitting still for that long these days, I figured I’d break them up.  This one is on the Express Keys and the Touch Ring, while the next one will be on the Radial Menu.  The third one will be all about the new Touch features on the Intuos5, saving the best for last.

So here’s the first video, hope you like it.  It’s all technical stuff, but if you’re using Photoshop and a tablet in your work, this might give you a couple of tips and tricks to customize your tablet and get the most out of it.  Probably best to watch it at full screen, too.


4 thoughts on “Wacom Intuos5: Express Keys and Touch Ring

  1. Monty, I have 2 suggestions regarding Express Key and touch ring programming. First of all, instead of ctrl-z for undo, use ctrl-alt-z (or mac equivalent). Ctrl-z in photoshop is a toggle so you can only undo 1 step. Ctrl-alt-z is more like step backwards. The second suggestion is to program the touch ring with autoscroll/zoom-brush size-autoscroll/zoom-brush size. You said you don’t use the others, so this way you would toggle between the two functions.

    1. Both are excellent suggestions, Glenn. I’m definitely going to make those changes. Thanks a lot.

  2. The function “brush size” does not work for me, I use a MacBook Pro with PS 5.5 and a Intuos 5 with default settings for the touchring. Any idea why..?

    1. Hmmm. Without seeing your actual settings, it would be tough to figure out, especially if it’s the default setting. You might want to update your drivers on the Wacom site. Depending on when you bought it, there’s likely a newer version of the software and sometimes that’s all it takes to fix any bugs. Good luck.

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