I'm an illustrator and I use photoshop to create my work on a flat surface. At least there, I can zoom, pan, rotate my illustration to completion.

How the heck do you pan zoom rotate the viewport while drawing in blender use the pencil tool?

I use a stylus and have a pen display and I freehand draw with my right hand. how can I pan zoom rotate the canvas with my left hand?

Are there any hot keys? or do I have to drop my stylus just to press the numpad?

  • $\begingroup$ Blender's navigation is heavily dependent on the middle mouse button. I map the bottom button on my stylus to the middle mouse button, so I can use the keymaps @susu describes just a bit easier. $\endgroup$
    – user74875
    Jul 19, 2020 at 2:43
  • $\begingroup$ I map the bottom button to right click, the top one to middle button. After a few minutes it becomes quite easy to navigate. $\endgroup$
    – susu
    Jul 19, 2020 at 3:13

1 Answer 1


What works for me using a wacom tablet is to enable "emulate 3 button mouse".

That way I can draw with one hand, and with the other I press Ctr+Alt and press and move the sytuls to Zoom in or out.

To rotate press Alt and press on the stylus.

To pan press Alt+Shift and move by pressing the stylus.

Pressing Ctrl will let you erase without changing the tool.

To roll the view you need to create a new keyboard binding so that you can use Ctrl+Shift and the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Read: https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/15051/92768


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