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January 8, 2013


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Hey guys, I just wanted to share something that has GREATLY improved my digital painting setup.

For several months now I have been using the Razer Nostromo, a keypad designed for games, specifically for digital painting. It lets me compact all my most-used hotkeys into an ergonomic gadget.

I would consider this a must-have tool for the serious digital painter. I can hardly work without it now.
It was about $50 on Amazon a while back.  Apparently there is also a new model out, but it is much more pricey. I would probably stick with this one.

Note: this may not work for you if you are left-handed :(
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Tanya56 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Artist
Bought one of these a few months's really helped speed up my process. I am never going back!

Thanks for the tip! :)
fotoclipping-Design Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Nicely directed…I got to know now how to create this amazing abstract work… I will definitely try it now……

anbx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've checked the newest keypad of Razer. The Orbweaver.
The amazing thing about is that it has an extra five buttons line.
BUT it lacks the scroll wheel. This killed any desire to acquire the Orbweaver
I will keep using the nostromo in the meantime. Hopefully Razer will release an Orbweaver with a scroll wheel 
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Huhh, that's really odd that they would remove the scroll wheel.  It's one of the best feature I think.  Hopefully our nostromos will last for a long while then.
anbx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
For illustration, the scroll wheel is a must. But for gamers, since they use the mouse scroll wheel, it's an useless feature. 
Somehow i can understand Razers since they want to appeal the Gamer market, but I wish they could turn their eyes to the illustration markek too
LactroX Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Best idea ever! Been trying to use the Logitech numpad for something similar. But never got it to feel right. Also some of the keys where difficult to remap for some strange reason.

Have to get me one of these! Thanks for the tips :D
ianllanas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've been eyeing this up for awhile since hearing Daarken mentioning it in regards to ergonomic set ups. Decided to pick one up after hearing your glowing recommendation. Just arrived from amazon, now the big question is what to bind to what. I'll try out your setup, but I'm planning on brush size->scroll wheel.
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

I referred to Daarken's post [link] when I bought mine. It took me a while to settle on the keys, and a few days to remember where I put everything.
Sickbrush Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i'm a left-handed painter and i hate the world.
KXZXW Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
wow that thing looks crazy
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