Poll: How do you lefties use a Wacom tablet?
2008 at 04.20 pm posted by Veerle Pieters
I’m currently testing a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. I’ve never used a Wacom or any other tablet before, and I’ve always wondered how this would work for me as a left-handed person who is used to work with a mouse right-handed for more than 15 years now. I’ll write down my thoughts in more detail later, but first I want to pick your brain if you use a tablet as a lefty too:)
My situation is a bit complicated I guess. I am left-handed, but I do certain things, such as writing and cutting with a pair of scissors, with my right hand, because teachers taught me to do so when I was little. Drawing happens with my left hand as well as playing tennis or bowling for example.
Jono from I Love Typography actually gave me the idea to do a poll. There are a few questions that are keeping me busy while testing this tablet:
How is your display set-up when you are using a Wacom with built-in display? Is your computer display the main screen? Or do you move the Finder menubar to the Wacom display?
If you use a tablet with built-in display and your computer display is rather big, let's say 24" or 30" inch. On which display do you work mainly? When do you decide to switch?
Are there any left-handed people like me that are using the mouse with their right hand and use the Wacom with the left hand? Any tips for me on how to overcome the learning curve?
On the Wacom you have these Touch Strips and ExpressKeys that you can configure to use as keystrokes (and other options). Mine are configured for the command, shift and option key. I use the combination of these keys a lot while I'm designing in Photoshop or Illustrator. E.g. I need to horizontally duplicate an object. So I need both shift + option key to do this. I also have to press the command key because I usually have another tool selected at that moment. It means I have to use the Pen with left hand while pressing all 3 buttons on the Wacom with the right hand (see picture below). What's your experience with these kind of situations?
Some questions are aimed to left-handed people, but if you are right-handed don't hesitate to share your tablet experience as well.