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Photoshop CS6 Brush pressure sensitivity not working on the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Feb 9, 2013 10:25 PM

Tags: #photoshop #brush #cs6 #microsoft #pressure #sensitivity #surface #pro.

I have just purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro in anticipation of running Photoshop on it.  I installed Photoshop and tried to do some sketches.  I created a new file and started sketching.  I Immediately felt like something was wrong.  I checked my brush settings and saw the pressure sensitivity was not available.  Everytine I tried to turn it on it was marked with an exclamation point. 

 

Does anybody know if Adobe is supporting the new pressure sensitive pen from microsoft, or if there is some sort of setting that I am missing?  I have tried sketchbook pro 2011, and that works amazingly well with the pen.  I hope someone can help me along here, because if this tablet can truely run photoshop, it would be a Game Changer.

 
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    Feb 10, 2013 11:08 AM   in reply to rv824

    I was also really hoping to use Photoshop on my Surface Pro, but I'm having the same problem. Illustrator doesn't recognize the pen pressure either. I really hope there is a way to make this work!

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 12:19 PM   in reply to rv824

    I'm having the same problem too and would like to find a solution. Some people (using different tablets) were able to fix this by running the 32 bit version instead of the 64 bit version of Photoshop, but that doesn't seem to work for the Surface. Sorry I can't be of any help.

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:21 PM   in reply to rv824

    Just curious.... has any of you tried the shape dynamics in photoshop and turning on pen pressure?

    photoshop.jpg

     

     

    and in illustrator to modify the size to pressure and variation to maximum? (and of course select that brush preset that you just modified and draw with it using SHIFT+B for blob brush or B for regular brush)

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    I am also interested in purchasing a Surface pro so please report if this helps.

    what I recently discovered in other forums is that Sketchbook Pro works flawlessly in desktop mode. Sketchbook Express in the APP mode doesn't support pressure yet.

    there is no official confirmation that the surface pro uses a wacom digitizer, however a few artist friends of mine have gone to the microsoft store... brought their own wacom pens (cintiq 15x pen - older models that works with general tabletpcs) and the pro recognized it. which means that it is a wacom digitizer. it wouldn't make sense if a wacom pen works with a different digitizer board like N-trig.

    also read in another forum about adobe using wintab and windows 8 wintab drivers are not there yet.

     

    anyway... I'd be glad to know if this works or not

     

    thanks!

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:59 PM   in reply to rv824

    Had the same issue, pressure sensitivity not working in photoshop cs6, but is doing fine in sketchbook, fresh paint and onenote.

    Side note : had a little lag in cs6 with stylus, fixed it by disabling hardware acceleration in ps preferences.

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 3:46 PM   in reply to chatid00

    Yeah, I tried that. I use a Wacom Bamboo with my desktop computer and do not have this problem, but with the Surface in Photoshop the Pen Pressure control has the exclamation point so it's not recognizing the pen, and in Illustrator, the Pressure option is grayed out. The only options I can select there are Fixed and Random, all others are grayed out.

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:46 PM   in reply to rv824

    pressure sensitivity is not working on CS6 ... it will help my design team ... hope there a fix for this soon

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 6:19 PM   in reply to rv824

    This is getting completely ridiculous. I have the new Sony Duo 11 and I came very close to waiting for the release of the Surf Pro in order to get pressure sensitivity for PS/Illustrator/SAI/Painter. I would be soooo pissed right now. I hope that this new cohort of badly served customers gets somebody off of their arrogant butts to do something about it. I know they don't care about the small arts community that don't actually use Wacom tablets or Cintiqs, but at some point, the bad feelings generated starts affecting the 'brand' and opens doors for the competition. If Microsoft doesn't mobilize *somebody* at a reasonably high level of the companies involved, then they deserve a virtual and financial tar & feathering.

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 6:22 PM   in reply to rv824

    Sketchbook and ArtRage recognize the MS Ink API (or whatever it is called) and PS/Illustrator require the WinTab drivers that I believed Adobe collaborated with MS on. N-Trig users have been victimized by the split and circular firing squad blame game between various companies for years, and I'm really surprised that it wasn't resolved before the release of the Surface Pro. What the heck are these executives paid for, to play golf?

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:03 AM   in reply to rv824

    This is absurd. In all those years Adobe has not been able to recognize Ms Ink , having the same trouble in Samsung Slate (on Windows 8, on windows 7 I eventualy got it to work with multiple wacom driver retries and tweaks). Sketchbook has no problems, ArtRage has no trouble and pressure works just fine, is just the damn Adobe products that have these issues. The future is now, mobile workflow with mobile devices is now and Adobe is behind. And then, like all companies like were at top of the world (like rim) will one day wonder what happened, when did the future pass them by and were left down there ?

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 4:35 PM   in reply to rv824

    This particular forum serves photoshop.com, and online portal site (not a forum for Photoshop CS).  I'll move this for you to help escalate visibility of the thread.

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 4:52 PM   in reply to aurelm

    Microsoft is aware of the problem with their driver software.

     

    Many other applications (not just Adobe's) are also affected.

     
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    May 13, 2013 8:10 AM   in reply to rv824

    It's working now!  And it's working beautifully I might add!

    Here's a video: http://pocketnow.com/2013/05/13/surface-pro-digital-artists-dream

    Here's the download for the new Wacom drivers: http://www.wacom.com/feeldriver

     
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    Dec 17, 2013 12:58 AM   in reply to chatid00

    All the variation settings are grayed out!  This won't help me!

     
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    Dec 17, 2013 12:59 AM   in reply to shmeil1

    same problem I'm having. 

     
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    Dec 17, 2013 1:00 AM   in reply to Jorjxmckie

    I have a MAC and I'm having the same problem..... is there a fix???

     
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    Apr 17, 2014 11:53 PM   in reply to rv824

    I'm having the same problem with my Genius tablet. It used to work just fine, but now all of my pressure sensitivity options are grayed out and won't work. The "always use pressure for size" icon is grayed out, and I can't change the "size jitter" in my brush shape dynamics. I used to have zero problems, but now it has stopped working.

     
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    Apr 18, 2014 4:44 PM   in reply to mercurydime

    Contact Genius for driver updates to fix the driver bugs.

     
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