Drawing with the msi wind touchpad

24 Jan

I wanted to know if one can draw with the touchpad of the msi wind. The answer is: yes, but it’s a bit painful. The touchpad is too small for good manipulation of the mouse cursor. Still, if you persist (and use the undo function liberally), you can draw a descent picture.

I made this drawing with my favorite online drawing tool, artpad.com. You basically double tap to put the mouse down and drag with your finger on the touchpad. So doing, you deposit digital paint on the canvas. Unfortunately, when you reach the border of the touchpad (which happens pretty soon, because it’s so small), you’ll get all kinds of unwanted painting results (spilling paint all over, as you can see if you play back the Flash painting of the original artwork). The only solution is the hit the undo, and continue painting.

The best method I’ve found is to draw small patches at a time. Using Windows 7 built-in magnifying glass is also a big help for the finer details. It’s a bit frustrating, but if you hang in there, you’ll actually get something worthwhile watching on your digital canvas. Very crude, but that can have its charms as well.

Drawing with msi wind touchpad

If you want to draw using the wind on a more regular basis, I recommend connecting a good (Logitech or Microsoft Intellipoint) mouse to it. For even better resulst, you could consider picking up an affordable little Wacom tablet, such as the Bamboo One (Amazon link).

See also: direct link to the artwork.

That is all.

One Response to “Drawing with the msi wind touchpad”

  1. mid January 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    If you want to draw, just buy a pen tablet. If you doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a tablet, buy the Volito 2 Wacom. This is a good deal to start with. Set the hardness to 50-70 % and you have a pen sensitive touch like the more expensive ones.

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