Using Apple Zoom with your Wacom Intuos4 Toggle Ring.

One of the very few frustrations I faced when unplugging my mouse from my mac and having only my Intuos4 on my desk was the fact that I didn’t have the Apple Zoom (control + scroll up and down on the mousewheel or ⌘⌥= (Zoom In) ⌘⌥- (Zoom out) function at my finger tips.

I jumped into my google machine and found nothing to help me. I couldn’t figure it out until I asked one of the knowledgable guys at Wacom if he thought it was possible. Well, yes it is.

Lets have a look at how we do it.

1. Jump into your system preferences and then choose Universal Access. Now we’ll need you to turn Zoom off for now. The reason for this is that when we try to assign the keystrokes to our toggle ring it activates the zoom function and does not register as keystrokes.

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2. Go back to the main window of the system preferences and now click on the Wacom Tablet Icon.

3. Choose your Tablet: “Intuos4” your Tool: “Functions” and your Application: will be “All Other” and finally make sure you select “Touch Ring”. I’m going at assign the Apple Zoom function to the second toggle ring option which by default is set to “Cycle Layers”.

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4. Click the drop down menu for the second toggle ring function and choose Keystroke…

5. Select each window and hit “Clear” to remove the current keystrokes. In the top window hit the keys ⌘⌥= and in the bottom window hit ⌘⌥- Now name the function “Apple Zoom” and click OK.

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6. Now go back to the Universal Access options from the system preferences and turn Zoom: back on.

That’s it! You’re done. Now when ever you’re in an application that does not have that particular function of your toggle ring assigned to something else you can use your Apple Zoom. So, touch the center of your toggle ring to get to the Apple Zoom function and scroll away!

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The above technique applies to changing any of the functions on your toggle ring to anything else you like. For example, Inside Photoshop I set the same function we just set to something different. I set it to Cycle Blending Modes as I would always zoom with Photoshop and not the Apple Zoom. If you want to do this, repeat the above steps but make sure when you choose Application you choose Adobe Photoshop (You may have to add it if it isn’t there, just hit the “+” key and add it.) Now just assign ⌥⇧= and ⌥⇧- as your keystrokes and name it “Cycle Blending Modes” . This is a great way for me to quickly preview how the layer looks with different blending modes. Now, whenever you’re in photoshop that same function of the toggle ring will cycle your blending modes instead of activating the Apple Zoom.

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Hope this helps.

Joshua Jones.


The not yet professional retoucher.

Sunglasses Retouch for before/after and photographer credits.

This is the first of hopefully many posts.

My name is Joshua Jones. I’m 25 and I live in Sydney Australia. I work full time at Wacom as a Sales & Marketing executive. In my spare time I like to retouch photographs. Visit my retouching site here. I hope to turn this hobby in to a profession. This blog is about how I’ll go about this. Now, from my 12 months or so of reading forums such as and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are an absolute shit load of ‘professional’ retouchers out there. Most of which are very nice and happy to help. If you ask them about how they obtain a certain ‘look’ in their images, or how they retouch skin so wonderfully they’ll more then likely help you out. Which is great! So, participating on these forums and watching retouching DVD’s will certainly help you develop your retouching skills but, does this mean you’re a retoucher?

No. It certainly doesn’t. Yes, you can retouch a photograph… Perhaps you do it quite well. The question is, are you being paid for it? This is where I am currently. I feel like I can retouch a photograph, but I’m not being paid to do so. So, how does one go about becoming pro? The question that has been asked many times. If you jump in to your google machine you’ll find there maybe quite a few articles on how people got to where there are now. One I can recommend is from professional retoucher Pratik Naik written for link. Visit Pratik’s website. Now that is how you retouch.

The above mentioned article is extremely helpful and is the inspiration for my blog. I came to the conclusion that there would be many articles like this, but who is talking about their journey to becoming pro? Who is going to put the above mentioned suggestions In to practise and then summarise whether they worked or not? I am.

Let me start by briefly summarising what I plan on talking about in the future…

  • Where I am in terms of skill level as a retoucher and how I got here.
  • The plan of attack to becoming ‘pro’.
  • What works and what doesn’t.
  • Retouchers that will inspire.
  • Tute time! Wacom and retouching related tutorials.
  • Summaries of events that I attend on behalf of Wacom.

I’m very excited about sharing my experiences and thoughts with you on how someone like myself becomes ‘pro’. I hope to help anyone in a similar situation, let me make the mistakes for you. Lets get paid to do something we enjoy.

Joshua Jones.