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Cintiq Tablet Guide

A quick tutorial on how to use the Cintiq Wacom tablet in B7 of the Library Media Labs

The Stylus


The great thing about the Cintiq tablet is that it allows you to mimic traditional drawing or painting.

  • Hold the Wacom stylus like you would a regular pen or pencil (without pressing either button on the stylus)


  • The pointed tip is the pen side
  • The rounded tip is the eraser side.


The tablet will recognize when the pen is close to the screen so only touch the pen to the tablet when you are ready to draw.


Tap the screen with the pen once to 'click' on anything.


The two buttons on the pen can be programmed to serve as particular functions. See Customizing Controls

Customizing Controls: Stylus

The tablet has three touch-pad buttons on the top right of the screen.


  • Wrench: opens the Wacom tablet options and properties
  • Keyboard: opens a (slightly inconvenient) keyboard on the screen
  • Menu: general tablet options that don't need to be changed (eg. screen brightness)


You can also access the tablet properties from System Preferences:



Choose the device that you want to change the properties for at the top of the window under 'Device'.

Use the dropdown menus for each button to choose the function.

In most cases you will need to change the pen properties within certain programs themselves, like in Photoshop. If you want to make the changes affect how the program will respond, choose the program from the 'Application' list ('All Other' is selected by default so that users don't have to change the properties every use).


You can also change the eraser properties by clicking 'Eraser'.