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.


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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. 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.



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