Seems like a lot of people I know run a Cintiq off an iMac. I’m lucky enough to have such a setup. The problem? When painting on the Cintiq, I had been wasting all that real estate on the iMac. It would be full of iTunes and Firefox and Adium and a bunch of other horrible distractions.
I caught friend and co-worker Shyh Chai using the following trick, and it’s gonna change my dual-monitor habits for the better. FOREVER.
I’m talking about Photoshop’s “New Window for…” feature. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? If not, this is what it does: you open up a document. In the “Window” menu, under “Arrange”, you’ll find an item called “New Window for [DocumentName]”. Click that, and Photoshop makes a new, second window that shows the same document as the one you have open. You can work on either and see the results in both windows.
What I do now is drag one window to each monitor and full-screen them both. On my Cintiq, I can dig down and noodle about and paint and draw. I leave the full, zoomed-out view on the second monitor. Not only do I get to easily view the entire canvas (very handy for keeping things in perspective), but it blocks out my browser and other apps and my distracting Christina Hendricks desktop pictures.
VICTORY. CHALK ONE UP FOR PRODUCTIVITY.