Video: How to Use Your Tablet for Editing

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Video: How to Use Your Tablet for Editing | Emily Moore

Using Your Tablet

If you have been following me for a while, then you know that I am always singing praises about my Wacom tablet. I try to stress that even though it’s difficult to learn house to use your tablet for editing, you will never want to go back once you get the hang of it! However, I feel that I have failed you, friends. I recently realized that I’ve never explained how I use my tablet to increase my editing speed. Because of this, I have received a lot of requests for a video that demonstrates how I use my tablet for editing. Last week, I was finally able to put this together for you all! In this video, I’m showing you a few different ways you can position your keyboard with your tablet for optimal comfort. These techniques will hopefully help you to speed up your workflow!


Check out my “Importance of Having a Workspace” post to see what my desk normally looks like!

Programming Your Express Keys

In the video, I mention that you can program the buttons on your tablet to do different things. Even though I don’t personally use this, it’s a great feature that could be beneficial for a lot of people! So if you want to learn more about how to program those buttons, you can click here to visit one of Wacom’s blog posts with tutorials explaining how to do that. They also have some other great tutorials in the post that you may be interested in, so make sure you check it out!

Keyboard Commands

One of the reasons my tablet has helped speed up my editing is because I heavily rely on keyboard shortcuts. This technique is particularly helpful when you use Photoshop for editing. However, Lightroom shortcuts are just as effective! If you’re ever unsure about what a tool does in Lightroom, you can hover over it to see if there’s a shortcut. So, for example, if you hover over the crop tool, a box will pop up that says “Crop Overlay (R)”. Since that can get tedious and slow down your workflow, I’ve put together a cheatsheet just for you! This guide includes some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for Lightroom. Feel free to pin this image for safe keeping!

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  1. Hilary says:

    What a helpful post! I love when tutorials are easy to understand and well explained. You did a great job of making this helpful and easy to understand!

  2. Emily says:

    I used my wacom for many years when I focused on newborns. The brush and being able to control the opacity with pressure was my favorite part when working on clearing up baby skin blotchiness! I don’t use it as much now that I do lifestyle photography because I do a lot less retouching, but any time I retouch, I use it. Thank you for sharing this video! I love your set up with it! It never occurred to me to have the button commands on the opposite side.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Ohhh I love this! So many useful and wonderful tips on this post. Thank you so much for sharing your cheat sheets for Lightroom! I’ll give them a try today!

  4. Emily says:

    These are so helpful! It’s also written so I was able to follow them easily. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. I’ve never heard of this tablet so I had to go and check it out. Wow, amazing! You covered a great deal with your tutorials, and I know they’ll help those that have this tablet.

  6. I’ve never even considered buying a tablet to use with editing photos, but the way you showed in the tutorial video makes so much sense for that type of work! So many possibilities, it’s definitely worth taking the time to learn new things when they can speed up the workflow so much 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Oh yes yes thank you! I can never remember these lightroom shortcuts!

  8. Flor says:

    Super helpful. And you are right, my life is so much better since I got the tablet. I love the cheat sheet too.

  9. Laura says:

    Holy moly, this is helpful. I couldn’t imagine editing photos from my tablet. I will definitely have to try your shortcuts.

  10. Ali Rost says:

    I’m always so curious about other people’s editing workflow. Thank-you for walking us through it and especially for creating a video. Also, I’ve been meaning to set up some keyboard shortcuts, and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Admittedly, I’ve never thought about doing edits on my tablet, but after your post, I’m not going to shy away from it anymore. x

  11. Sarah M Holladay says:

    Thanks for the great info on the Wacom tablets! I have an intuous 4, and confess, I’ve never even set up my express keys. Yikes!! They are totally game changers for editing though… I don’t know how designers and graphic artists would get by without one!

  12. Anna says:

    Wow! This is very useful information. I’ve never tried editing on my tablet because I’m so used to using a mouse, but I’m sure your guide will be of help to many people.

  13. Alyssa says:

    i’ve heard so many people say they love their wacom tablets! i’d really love to check one out some day. also that cheat sheet is amazing, thank you!!

  14. Ali says:

    This was so helpful! I didn’t realize you could do all of this. Thank you for the tips

  15. Heather Scott says:

    These are all great editing tips! Using a tablet would be so useful while traveling!

  16. Hayley says:

    This is so awesome! I never even thought about being able to do this and you made it look so easy!

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