Photoshop: Multi-Touch support for Windows 8

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I'd love to have decent Multi-Touch support for Windows. I bought a tablet PC (HP 2760p) with a built-in capacitive touch screen and a Wacom digitizer, hoping it would work perfectly with Photoshop. The digitizer works like a charm, but I can't use pinch to zoom, or move the canvas with my fingers. These small adjustments would greatly improve the Photoshop experience on Tablet PC's.
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I agree. I'm using a T901 Fujitsu, and I was quite disappointed to find that there was no multi-touch support in CS5 for Windows.
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Ahren Paulson

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It's actually made even more annoying by the fact that support exists for Macs already.
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Agreed (samsung slate). My Adobe CS5 applications are about the only ones which don't support touch panning and pinch zoom... Adobe, and premium professional software in general, shouldn't lag behind on things like this.
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In CS5 touch screen computors acted as wacon pads....only more sensitive. Great for selections, clonijng etc. CS^ has a fault and does not allow touch screen to work. In effect CS6 is not fit for purpose and stops me working. When will the bug be fixed

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
touch screen selectiosn.
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s there any Adobe Photoshop, Creative Suite software for Touch Screen computers... I saw there was for a tablet, and Ipad but is there any for the computer alone. I bought the Windows 7, Samsung 32 inch touch screen all in one computer... and while I installed my Adobe CS2 on it fine. I couldn't help but wonder if Adobe has matched Corel in its software for the computer.

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Computer, not tablet, touch screen software? for photoshop or creative suite?.
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I recently bought a Lenovo touchscreen desktop. I installed Photoshop CS6 on it last night and it works fine with the mouse, but when I try to use the different tools using the touchscreen it doesn't work. For ex I chose the paint brush and started drawing on the screen with my finger and all it does is move the picture around. I googled this situation and other people have had this problem too. They have said it is a driver issue. So I called Lenovo and after a bunch of hassle finally got someone willing to help but he wanted me to confirm photoshop cs6 is compatible with a Lenovo touchscreen desktop. Chat support won't help me and I thought posting here might be faster than a 30 minute or more hold time on the phone. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Photoshop cs6 wont work on touchscreen desktop.
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I'm desiring the same. I have a planar touch display on the PC - windows 7 with the latest updates to Photoshop.

currently running what photoshop reports sys-info as:
Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0.1 (13.0.1 20120808.r.519 2012/08/08:21:00:00) x64

Would LOVE to use this as if it were a waacom tablet.
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multitouch displays don't have that much resolution (nor do your fingertips).
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You're right, the resolution isn't as great as it could be - certainly a limitation but - The screen comes with a USB plugin which has separate connectivity to the screen itself. This USB plugin interfaces with the built in tablet drivers.

To that effect, there are greater resolution higher capability multitouch screens made by companies such as PQ Labs. These are overlays which can be used on screens with a greater level of resolution.

The heart of this entire thread is this: If we can touch it, we want to draw with it. The tech has touch and interaction capabilities that we'd like to harness. Will this be a near-future implementation? Pretty please?
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Oh also, the planar interface has capabilities which interface with non-finger touch type devices. The very same which can be used on other devices such as the ipad, iphone, android and so-on.
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I completely agree. I bought a Surface Pro because it was able to run Photoshop. After I installed Photoshop on it though I discovered that the multitouch gestures don't work. This makes it really hard to use Photoshop for drawing purposing on the tablet. When using such a wonderful graphics program on a high powered tablet I expect to be able to use it correctly. I then found out that the Mac version of Photoshop has these gestures in it, even though the ipad can't even run the full version of Photoshop. Sadly for all my tablet drawing I had to switch programs. It really is a shame. If Photoshop would add this feature into the windows version I'd happily go back to using Photoshop for all my artwork.
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I am surprised to see this topic has been idle for 3 months. I just purchased a Wacom Cintiq Companion, and was, frankly, stunned by the lack of touch support in Photoshop - not even the most basic touch actions such as pinch-zoom, pan/scroll, or rotate. Manga Studio 5 EX, which costs a tiny fraction of Photoshop, has these options built-in.

As Sara above said, I expect to be able to use Photoshop correctly - as it is, I feel like I have to take a step back to use it on my new device. For as much as we pay to use Adobe products, this seems like a no-brainer. With most new computers being sold with Windows 8/8.1, and touch monitors dropping in price, I hope that Adobe can correct this oversight in the very near future.

(I also can't help but notice that no one from Adobe has responded here. Are they even aware that users find this to be a problem?)
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We read all the posts, but don't always respond to every one.

We have been working with Microsoft for a while now to resolve bugs and problems in Microsoft's tablet/touch APIs. When we have news that we can share, we will let you know.
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Same request here... I have a Wacom Cintiq Companion and I was really unhappy to discover that not only are there no multitouch features (like pinch to zoom, or panning, which would be the obvious one), but every time my finger touches the screen, the canvas shoots to the bottom right corner. It's made Photoshop virtually unusable on the Cintiq Companion unless I first disable the touch screen, which eliminates the point of the tablet...
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Official Response
Go to ~34:00 of this video: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/p... to see a demo of upcoming 2x User Interface support on Windows, as well improved pen & gesture support for Win 8.

Note: Windows 8 will be required for improved pen & gesture support.
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Ahh now that is excellent. Exactly what I am wishing for! I am looking forward to that update when it comes out. Thank you!
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Hello! I have Vaio Fit 15A. I'm installed last update of Photoshop CC, but multi-touch zoom, pan and rotate is not work! Is it required to tune some options or install drivers?
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@Jeffery thanks for a relevant and precise post. When is this update expected to be released?
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Thanks for the tip! I enjoyed watching it.
However I still do not have the ability to pan and zoom with multitouch gestures on my slate PC with the PS CC 2014... :(
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Yes, this was a very exciting update. But sadly, it didnt add multitouch at all. :-\
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop use on touch screen laptops.


Can you please make an update to photoshop that will allow the use of touchscreens. As of now I notice that I can not use the touch screen on my laptop to draw on photoshop which is actually a really big deal. I don't know if you've ever tried drawing with a mouse (and lets not even talk about using a mouse pad for drawing) but it can get hard to make thinks look the right way. It would be a lot easier if people could use not only there drawing tablets but also there touch screen laptops to be able to draw in photoshop. Can you please make this an update if you can I'm sure it would make using photoshop easier for many people and if not at least make it easier for me. Thank you :)
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This is damn annoying. Wacom knows very well that a lot of its user base use Photoshop regularly, and even mentions it in their product overview. Adobe also knows that this is desired, and the fact that both companies charge a lot for their product makes it even more shocking that this basic feature is not built in on the win versions. I just ordered a Cintiq, and now it will have to sit on the shelf, because I might as well use an Intuos. I was given the impression touch was one of the reasons Cintiq would be more efficient, but both companies seem to look the other way. Really disappointing.
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What issue are you having with your Cintiq? They use their own driver for touch and pen support on their devices.
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Official Response
Details on Touch Gestures in Photoshop CC 2014.2.x:

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usin...
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Doesnt help me much unfortunately as I use Windows 7 and doesnt have the luxury of CC yet
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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If you're on a Cintiq, Wacom uses their own driver for touch and pen support on their devices.
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It still doesn't respond to touch gestures in Photoshop
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Digital Ink / Stylus Support / Touch Support.

I want to work with my Stylus Pen on my Touch Display in Photoshop. That would be great.
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Official Response
Additional gestures have been added in Photoshop CC 2015.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi...

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