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Prepping a Surface Pro for Photoshop and Cinema 4D

I've been interested in a pen-able tablet interface for Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator since seeing a very expensive desktop model at my old job. When the Microsoft Surface Pro came out, it showed a lot of promise but did not sell well. I picked up a used 128 gig version at a very reasonable price and immediately started to experiment. I wish it was an inch or two taller but other than that, it's a great little machine for doing work out in the field. In stock form, you'll need a mouse and keyboard but I wanted it to be fully contained, using just my fingers and a pen for input. Through the following processes, I think I've come up with a working solution that is a lot more affordable than the admittedly more powerful Wacom Companion.

Now if only Apple would come out with an iPad that is Wacom pen compatible (not the mushy crayon, foam tip style they have now but a real pen with a fine point) and able to run full Photoshop, Illustrator and Cinema 4D or any other artistic software you'd care to throw at it.

Creating a Recovery Partition

How to create a Recovery Partition on a thumb drive so that you can erase it off a Surface Pro and gain some more storage.


Installing Wacom Pen Driver

How to download and setup the special Wacom Driver for the Surface Pro. This allows a greater degree of pressure adjustment when using Wacom Feel pens.

Wacom Feel driver is located here:


The Fujitsu Digitizer 2 button pen with eraser is perfect for the Surface Pro. Surfaceproartist.com turned me on to this and I highly recommend you go to his site for further information about the Surface Pro and other touch/pen interface tablets. This site provides so much information that I bought the Fujitsu pen from a link on his site and I highly recommend you do the same. Show you appreciate his hard work.


I also show you how to setup a resizable virtual keyboard that has a number keypad that is important for certain graphics software.


Remapping Wacom Eraser

How to remap the Wacom Pen eraser to create a much needed hardware button. This will allow the pen to have 3 buttons and the Surface Pro to have 3 hardware buttons for a grand total of 6 mappable buttons.

Here are the links you'll need to perform this operation:




Finish Setup - AutoHotKeys

Last bit of setup for the Surface Pro and how to download AutoHotkeys.



Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to set up Maxon's Cinema 4D on a Wacom pen display.


Cinema 4D Setup on a Surface Pro - Intro

How to reprogram the Volume and Windows buttons on the Surface Pro with AutoHotKeys for Cinema 4D and set up a .bat file on your desktop to start everything with one click.

This is the code you'll need to paste into AutoHotKeys (you will need a working copy of AutoHotKeys for this to work) to remap the Volume Up and Volume Down rocker switch on the Surface Pro and the Windows touch button on the screen bezel of the Surface Pro.






If you want a pre-made .exe file then click below:

Cinema 4D AutoHotKeys .exe file


The code below is what you'll need to save as a .bat file to open both Cinema 4D and the above AutoHotKeys .exe file to remap the Surface Pro buttons.


@echo off

start "C4D_64" "C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R14\CINEMA 4D 64 Bit.exe"

@echo off

start "C4D" "C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R14\C4D.exe"


NOTE: If you have a different version of Cinema 4D, then please edit the above code to reflect that. Make sure the file path in the above code matches the file path of your setup; otherwise, the .bat file will not work. See video for full instructions.

If you want a pre-made .bat file (which you may need to edit), then click below:

Cinema 4D .bat file for your desktop


Cinema 4D setup on a SurfacePro - Part 1

Part 1 of creating an easy to use Master Template for Cinema 4D specifically for use on a touch/pen tablet interface.


Cinema 4D setup on a SurfacePro - Part 2

Part 2 of creating an easy to use Master Template for Cinema 4D specifically for use on a touch/pen tablet interface.

If you do not wish to create your own layout from the video instructions, you can download the files needed below:

Cinema 4D .l4d Layout File

Cinema 4D .prf Layout File

NOTE: Make sure the files downloaded are .l4d and .prf. You may have to rename them to the proper extension.

The .l4d and .prf file will need to be installed in the

Maxon\Cinema 4D R14\library\layout

file location (your location may be a different version of C4D). You'll probably have to do this as an administrator (you'll be asked to enter your password to do so).

You'll also need to download the master file I created:

Cinema Master .c4d File

Either make a duplicate of the Master file and open the duplicate (safest method) or open the Master file and IMMEDIATELY "save as" in order to preserve the Master. Remember to avoid the DEFAULT CAMERA and use the Camera I created in the Master file as your editor camera.

Please watch the video for more in-depth instructions.

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