Photoshop on a Surface Pro

Photoshop on a Surface Pro - AutoHotKeys

Setting up a AutoHotKeys .exe and a .bat file for your desktop so you can have your custom hardware buttons setup open automatically when you open Photoshop.

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.



;This is the code for the WINDOWS button on the tablet screen. Pressing it fill your selected layer/selection with the foreground color.



;This is the code for the VOLUME UP button. It triggers the ALT key modifier.



;This is the code for the VOLUME DOWN button. It triggers the spacebar, giving you the HAND TOOL.



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


Photoshop 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. You need to put the AutoHotKeys .exe file in the Photoshop application folder in order for the .bat file to work.



@echo off

start "Photoshop" "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Photoshop.exe"

@echo off

start "Photoshop" "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\PS.exe"



NOTE: If you have a different version of Photoshop, 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:


Photoshop .bat file for your desktop


Photoshop on a Surface Pro - The Hack

This is the famous hack to enlarge the buttons icons and menus on any Surface Pro for Photoshop and Illustrator. This was first reported by and the full instructions are located there. This video will show you the before and after and where the files are you need to modify to make the hack work.

Again, full instructions here:

PS on a Surface Pro - Adobe Configurator

Using Adobe Labs Configurator makes it easy to create custom buttons for your Photoshop interface on the small screen of the Surface Pro. This way you don't have to dig through the menus for or attach the keyboard and mouse to access the tools / commands you use the most in your workflow.

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



Photoshop Custom Icon Buttons from Video


NOTE: You'll need to unzip the files before installing.

Put the Left_new folder here:


Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop (your version)\Plug-ins\Panels


(your location may be a different version of Photoshop - this has only been tested with CS6 and CC). You may have to do this as an administrator (you'll be asked to enter your password to do so).

You'll need to restart Photoshop and go to:

Window - Extensions - Left_new

Then you can move the menu wherever you want. Don't forget to save this new workspace!

Please watch the video for more in-depth instructions.


PS on a Surface Pro - Adobe Configurator

Here are two solutions on how to use an iPad as a second monitor for Photoshop on the Surface Pro.

One way is to use Adobe's NAV app on your iPad (only). More information located here:


Another way is AIR DISPLAY by Avatron which is usable on iOS and Android.


This is the code you'll need to create the AD HOC NETWORK on your surface pro so that your iPad or Android tablet can communicate directly with your Surface Pro over WiFi without any router or internet around. This helps greatly in a "noisy Wifi" environment such as a coffee shop, etc where there's a lot of computers fighting for their slice of the Wifi bandwidth pie (oh yeah, I said pie).



netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Surface01 key=YOURPASSWORDHERE

netsh wlan start hostednetwork



You'll need to paste the above into a blank text file, replace YOURPASSWORDHERE with your own password and save it as a .bat file. 

If you would rather download a pre-made one (you'll still need to edit YOURPASSWORDHERE with the password of your choice), click the link below:




Either way, place file you created/downloaded on your desktop and when you need it, right click it and select - RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

Open your iPad or Android tablet and in the Wifi section, choose the network called Surface01. You'll need to enter the password you created the first time you do this and you should be good to go.

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