5 ways to utilize a touchscreen while designing or editing

Every designer and editor needs to have a computer that is capable of completing the tasks they need. While having a powerful laptop is a must, these professionals need to have touchscreen functionality as well. Touchscreens are becoming a part of the modern setup for video editing and designing. Powerful laptops like the MSI Creator 15 can now have a touchscreen and push what is possible on a laptop.

Since more and more modern laptops feature a touchscreen, it is essential to know how to get the most out of it when designing or editing videos. So, we have written this article to provide you with a few tips when using a laptop touchscreen. Here are five ways to get the most from a touchscreen while designing.

Get the right position when operating a touchscreen

Make sure you get the touchscreen in the right position, as the optimal position provides more efficiency and allows for more creativity. To do this, getting a laptop that is flexible with its angle and a screen that can adapt to the position you like to work in is essential. You should be able to adjust the screen depending on the kind of work you are doing. So if you are designing, you will want to have the screen bent at a 180° degree angle. While editing, you may want the screen at a different angle. The Creator 15 makes sharing easier with 180° lay-flat hinge design and flip-n-share function. The flip-n-share feature allows the screen to flip its orientation without having to turn the screen entirely.

Take advantage of using a stylus

If you are going to be drawing on the touchscreen, then a stylus is a must. If you are trying to make a design with even a small amount of detail or precise lines, you need a stylus. Using your finger usually is not precise enough. A stylus will allow for drawing directly with the screen. It is equivalent to painting a painting with a brush versus your finger. Also, most styluses do not require power to work. So you can start using them without charging.

While the quality of the stylus you use is very important to touchscreen workflows, the smoothness and responsiveness of the display you’re using is just as important. Depending on the display, the ease in which the stylus moves across the screen can vary. Laptops like the Creator 15 have a smooth surface that allows your stylus to glide across the screen. Additionally, the screen is quite responsive to the stylus, another essential feature. You need a screen that can pick up all your commands reliably.

Optimize your software to support touchscreen 

Modern laptops with touchscreen functionality allow you to work efficiently while on the go. However, the laptop you use needs to be powerful enough to run the programs you need to complete your projects. Not only does the laptop need to run the programs, but the laptop also needs to be able to run the programs smoothly and handle the touch commands you are demanding it to complete. All of this can be demanding on your laptop, so be sure it’s optimized to handle touch commands while you design or edit video.

Also, take it to the next level by learning the keyboard shortcuts for the programs you use. Doing this, combined with touch, gives you greater power than either alone. It will provide you with a more excellent creative capability and speed up your workflow.

Use gestures

All touchscreens have several functions you can activate through a combination of touches. For instance, if you pinch your fingers on the screen and open them, the screen will zoom in. Just like using a combination of keys with a keyboard, a gesture will allow you to do more. The multi-touch function with the MSI Creator 15 allows for quick interactions like fast-scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, among others. Get to know the gestures for each program for the most efficient operation.

Scrub and access video assets quickly

Touchscreens can be incredibly helpful when editing video. Touch is a quick way to scrub through a video clip to find the clip’s in and out points. You are then able to drag the clip into the timeline where you want to use it. Editing this way can be much faster than using just a keyboard and mouse. It is quicker and much more hands-on, allowing you to keep your workflow moving and flexible.


Using these five tips, you will get the most out of a touch screen when designing or editing video. When picking which touchscreen laptop, you have to look at several factors. Like we said before, the laptop needs to be powerful enough to handle the work that you are doing. However, it also needs to have many different setup options, allowing you to be comfortable when working. Also, it is vital to have software that works with a touchscreen to keep your workflow efficient. You can do this by learning touchscreen gestures and keyboard shortcuts. When used in combination, you will have much more control over the design and video.

The MSI Creator 15 has the new Intel 10th Gen Core i7, a 15.6″ FHD, IPS-Level, Touchscreen and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. Together, they make the MSI Creator 15 a powerful, capable laptop. Plus, it also can be configured with a 15.6″ UHD, anti-glare wide view angle 4K thin bezel: the Creator 15 4K model. To learn more about the Creator 15 visit https://msi.gm/Creator15Touch.

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