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I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch screens.

Does anyone know a way to make Photoshop CS6 work with touchscreen monitors?

It's so frustrating not being able to use touchscreen in Photoshop, especially now that I'm getting used to using it in Illustrator. Not to mention every other program I've tried works with it no problem.

My laptop is an Asus Q500A 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop.

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This is a good question. There are lots of pen / touchscreen tablet PCs capable of running design software, plus, graphics tablet manufacturers are increasingly including touch. They would be brilliant for productivity - if Adobe weren't so absurdly slow off the mark (or, if someone could find a good workaround). – user568458 Jun 11 '13 at 21:46
that's interesting that touch wouldn't work. Windows translates a touch into click and dragging with finger into a mouse drag for free unless you're doing something to specifically block it. They have released Photoshop Elements as a start screen app for windows 8 that should be touch enabled. – Michael Brown Jun 13 '13 at 2:45
At this point I'm not really willing to spend $99 on a weaker version of photoshop just for touch ability. I have creative cloud, so I'll just wait for Adobe to get their act together. It's crazy to me that a company that's supposed to be at the cutting edge of technology in their field would make such a huge oversight. Sure touchscreen laptops are still somewhat new to the market, but they are(or would be) the perfect tool for graphic designers. You'd think Adobe would take advantage of that and lead the way. They must just be sitting on there hands to see whether or not they become popular. – moss Jun 13 '13 at 14:11

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As you mention, touch screens are not supported in CS6.

I found a couple of positive ideas, though! One in this Adobe Community thread:

In order to draw with my finger or a pen, I need to select outside of the boundary of the canvas and drag inorder to draw.

So might be worth a try. The answer to that question mentions compatibility issues between APIs, and says that a 'poor' driver had been created for the N-tig hardware that uses the other API, however it wasn't working well (I couldn't find it, will keep looking).

This other thread also mentions a possible hack:

This is a bit awkward, but until I find a real solution, this works just fine: when you want to use the touch screen for CS6, hold down the mouse button. You may have to use the mouse to tap the tools you want, but at least there's a temporary solution.

Also, I don't see this as off-topic. We have plenty of questions about tablet compatibility. It might not be exactly 'graphic design', but it's still in scope according to our question history.

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Yeah, I did find that when the canvas is 'fit to screen' or smaller you can drag in from outside the canvas and it will work just fine... except that you end up with all these lines leading in from the edges. Perhaps alright for continuous contour exercises, but not a reasonable workaround in the long run. ;) I tried the 'holding the mouse button' hack as you suggested, but it did nothing for me. Thanks for taking the time to look into this. I've been trying to figure this out for a week. I contacted both Adobe and the manufacturer of the laptop(asus) with no success. – moss Jun 12 '13 at 0:13

I dont know what type of laptop you have but have you looked into Adobe Photoshop Touch? It does interact with a few tablets and small devices. I haven't used Touch but heard about it. I know there is a tablet that can run Photoshop but I will have to find more info. It's not a full blown version of Photoshop but it does have pressure sensitive brush features.

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Thanks, but Adobe Touch apps won't work on laptops. I already looked into it. I'll go ahead and add my laptop details to the question. – moss Jun 12 '13 at 14:10
Last time I looked into it, Photoshop Touch was an instagram-like toy app for tweaking photos taken on mobile devices before putting them on Facebook. Maybe it's got better, but last time I looked it had little to offer designers – user568458 Jun 13 '13 at 17:59

As for holding the mouse button you have to start tracing with your stylus or finger and then click the mouse button while you continue to move. Awkward at best.

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Touching the pen to tablet with one hand lets me draw with stylus in the other hand on screen.

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What pen to what tablet? – moss Dec 17 '13 at 18:11

it's a temporary solution, but I already use every photoshop version. photoshop cs4 support touch screen laptop, i don't know the older version work or not. but the newest version exactly won't support with my laptop (asus tp500l). Try it. it's work perfectly to me. i found the solution 15 minutes before i post this solution.

double tap and drag, if i just tap once and move my finger it wont draw any

glad to wait for another solution

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