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How do I set up photoshop to work with a touch screen?

Jun 5, 2013 9:21 AM

Hi,

I just bought a 15.6" Asus Q500A touchscreen laptop with Windows 8. I downloaded photoshop and the 'touch app plug-ins' through the Adobe Application Manager for creative cloud. When I open a file in PS and select the brush(or any other) tool if I use the touch screen to drag it accross the canvas nothing happens. It still works with my mouse though.

 

How can I get this to work properly?

 
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Jun 5, 2013 11:08 AM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Hello!

    The touch apps plug-ins are used to allow the communication between Photoshop and the Touch applications that work on an ipad: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-touch/faq.html#cloud

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Jun 5, 2013 11:50 AM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Sorry; I had to take care of the kids for a minute, I meant that the Touch apps plug-ins are of no use.

    Can you move the cursor with your fingers in other applications?

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Jun 6, 2013 11:16 AM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Maybe is the touch ability limited to pinch to zoom and panning?

     
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  • JJMack
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    Jun 10, 2013 3:42 PM   in reply to HLCarleton

    No Photoshop requires a particular API to be used. Microsoft ink API is not supported by Photoshop.  Microsoft surface pro has new drivers from Wacom that should work with the surface and other pc with windows and some hardware touch support. You need to chect with Asus to see what hardware they use. here the link to the Wacom Drivers. http://www.wacom.com/support/drivers

    http://www.wacom.com/support/driverswacomtablet.jpg

     
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  • JJMack
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    Jun 12, 2013 8:54 AM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Adobe Customer Support is very poor.  Photoshop requires device driver that use WinTab API for pen support Adobe will not support dirvers that use Microsoft Ink API for pen support. Adobe states Ink API lack options used by  Photoshop.

     

    The image I posted shows Wacom feel IT technologies or Wacom Pen based technologies.

     

    I also found this link http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/lenovo-ibm/56782-new-wacom-feel-driver -aka-wintab.html that list some tablets do not know if this list lists all tablets with the correct hardware. I did see one Asus tablet listed.

    Lenovo X-61 Tablet - 1.6 ghz, 4 gb ram

    Gateway C-120X - 1.06 ghz, 2 gb ram (dead)

    Hp TC1100 - 1.1 ghz, 1.5 gb ram

    Ls800 - 1.2 ghz, 2 gb ram

    Eee PC T-91, 1.3 ghz, 2 gb ram

    Ipad 16gb Wi-FI (it does count as a tablet)

    HP Slate 500 - 1.86 ghz, 2 gb ram

    Asus Ep121 - 1.33 ghz, 4gb ram

    Samsung Series 7 Slate - 1.6 ghz, 4 gb of ram

     

    Also found this link http://bamboostylus.wacom.com/compatibility/

     
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  • JJMack
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    Jun 12, 2013 1:43 PM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Please read the links I gave you.  The driver is for Windows 7 and Windows 8.  Why are you concerned with the Graphics Card.  The driver is for the  pen and touch hardware not Video hardware chipset. Also try searching the web for more information.

     
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    Sep 2, 2013 12:12 PM   in reply to HLCarleton

    Hi

     

    on my lenovo yoga convertible ms paint can do 10 brush strokes at the very same time while photoshop does nothing with touch.

    Oh well..  sure a touch screen is nothing like an art tablet thus lacking precision, pressure sensitivity etc.

    But hey, pinch zoom, rotate, and all this up to 10 touch events simultaneously stuff must hold some useful implementations, right?!

     

    Photoshop Touch -  this time for real as in touch with the full desktop app? yeah, signed!

     
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    Feb 23, 2014 4:13 PM   in reply to lyrgh

    If this isn't the single biggest JDI (JUst Do It) improvement needed I don't know what is!!!

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Feb 23, 2014 7:29 PM   in reply to lyrgh

    lyrgh wrote:

     

    Oh well..  sure a touch screen is nothing like an art tablet thus lacking precision, pressure sensitivity etc.

     

    ISTM that it comes down to skill at the end of the day, rather than owning a 24 inch Cintiq Touch.

     

     
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  • JJMack
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    Feb 23, 2014 7:53 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    285,000 brush stroked 5 man weeks of labor miss labeled finger painting timelaps down to  3 minuets 42 seconds quick and easy not.

     
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    Apr 19, 2014 12:38 PM   in reply to JJMack

    Same issue here with Photoshop CC and a Dell Precision M3800.

    It works right on Ms Pain, Lightroom 5.3... but not in PS CC.

     

    Any ideas? Solutions?

     
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  • JJMack
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    Apr 20, 2014 5:40 AM   in reply to JuanBretti

    What issues do you have.  Photoshop does not have touch support programmed in. However Touch drivers often have touch features the can be configured to generate Photoshop Supported events like keyboard keys and others.  Have you look at the Touch Support Dell provides for your laptop and how to configure it for applications.. 

     

    If your Dell has the 15.5  3200x1800 display Photoshop UI must be hard to see. Attaching an external display may help you see Photoshop pallets better.  Just position the pallets on the external display. 

     
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:33 AM   in reply to JJMack

    Hello JJMack, thank you for your reply.

     

    I have this issue (I quote HLCarleton):

    I've been playing around with it to try and find a solution and have found that the brush tool will draw only if I drag it in from outside the canvas. Otherwise it just has a weird panning effect when zoomed in or does nothing zoomed completely out.

     

    So my problem is I cannot paint using the touch screen on Photoshop CC [14.2.1 (14.2.1 20140207.r.570 2014/02/07:23:00:00) x64].

    I only can paint if I start touching outside the picture canvas and then entering the canvas.

     

    Here is a video: https://plus.google.com/109829288088852970215/posts/j26Ce5LPByt

     

    The strange thing is on "Lightroom 5.4" I can use the touch screen to set and paint a "Adjustment Brush".

    Also I can use the touch screen to paint on "Microsoft Paint" and in "Fresh Paint" as well.

     

    Regarding the "3200x1800 display", yes... it´s hard to see, but that's another problem.

     
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  • JJMack
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    Apr 20, 2014 8:48 PM   in reply to JuanBretti

    That does not surprise me. As I wrote Photoshop does not support Touch. It has supports for graphic tablets pens with wintab device drivers. It has support for mice and keyboards. No where do I see touch support documented in Photoshop manual. Here is a link to Photoshop manual search it for touch, http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/photoshop_reference.pdf  The closest thing  I found to touch support is the following:

    ====================================================================== ===========================

    Use the Rotate View tool

    You use the Rotate View tool to rotate the canvas non-destructively; it does not transform the image. Rotating the canvas can be useful for any

    number of reasons, including facilitating easier painting or drawing. (OpenGL is required.)

    You can also use rotate gestures on MacBook computers with multi-touch trackpads.

    1. In the toolbox, select the Rotate View tool . (If the tool isn’t visible, hold down the Hand tool.)

     

    2. Do any of the following:

    Drag in the image. A compass will indicate north in the image, regardless of the current canvas angle.

    In the options bar, enter degrees in the Rotation Angle field. Click or drag the circular Set Angle of Rotation control.

     

    3. To restore the canvas to the original angle, click Reset View.

    For a video on the Rotate View tool and other workspace tips, see www.adobe.com/go/lrvid4001_ps. (Discussion of the Rotate View tool begins at the 5:10 mark.)

     

    Disable trackpad gestures (Mac OS)

    If you have a MacBook computer with a multi-touch trackpad, you can use the trackpad to flick, rotate, or zoom images. This functionality can

    greatly increase your efficiency, but you can disable it if inadvertent changes occur.

    1. Choose Photoshop > Preferences > Interface (Mac OS).

    2. In the General section, deselect Enable Gestures

    ====================================================================== ===============================

     

    My Wacom Intuos 5 Touch device driver has some touch support for some Photoshop features.  I do not try to finger paint I use the Wacom pen for that.  I also do not get the strange finger paint in Photoshop when I use my finger to move the mouse cursor with the Wacom Intuos 5 touch support. Starting outside an image window or inside one,

     

    PS_Touch.jpg

     

    However if I add two finger support add tap to click I can finger paint and also use other tools.  However I'm not into finger paint so I do not configure Touch support that way for Photoshop.

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