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Wacom Stylus Pressure Not Working?

This will show you how to check if your tablet pressure is working in Photoshop. It can be tricky to tell if your stylus or pen is not working or if it is just that brush, especially with fancy brushes that seem to change as you paint with them. This test will account for that.

TLDR: In short, If you can vary the pressure and or transparency of your brush strokes while painting with the default hard round brush and pressing harder or softer on your stylus, then the pressure from your stylus is being successfully sent to Photoshop.

This first test will start you off with a basic brush, enable pressure and then test to make sure Photoshop is getting pressure data from your stylus.

Note: This video has subtitles available in about a dozen languages Click on CC to select

Here’s a similar test, to check using transparency

Just make sure you have Opacity pressure set to “on” Watch the tutorial below to see how it’s done

Summary:
Wacom Pen not working? If a line drawn with your mouse looks identical to a line drawn with your stylus while varying the pressure you apply to it with your stylus, and the “opacity pressure” box is checked, then Photoshop is not getting any pressure signal from your pen, stylus or tablet. 

turn on 'use pressure' checkbox for pressure opacity
Make sure this box is checked ‘on’ if you want your pen pressure to affect the opacity of your brush stroke

The easiest and most successful solution is usually just to reboot. Especially if your stylus pressure was working fine just a few minutes before. If that doesn’t solve the problem then it is almost certainly a tablet driver issue and you should check for the latest appropriate driver for your tablet.  

If you are using a Wacom tablet on Windows, you can try to restart your tablet driver before doing a full reboot. If the tablet drive has stopped working you can restart it by going to the Windows Start search bar, type Services and open the “Services app. Scroll down until you see “Wacom Professional Service” Right click on it and choose “restart” 

Windows services panel with 'restart Wacom service' selected to restart tablet driver without rebooting
You can usually restart Wacom Tablet driver in Windows without rebooting

For more problem solving tips, including very common Windows Ink issues and to download Wacom tablet drivers go here

Huion Tablet Driver downloads are here

Yiynova tablet driver downloads are here 

Feel free to leave additional questions in the comments and I’ll answer if I can. 

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