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Using a wacom for pressure sensitivity?

Oct 15, 2013 6:00 PM

Which tools will allow you draw shaps/artwork using a Wacom with pressure sensitvity?

 

Thanks.

 
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    Oct 15, 2013 6:20 PM   in reply to StanWelks

    The Blob brush and any brush when used with the Paintbrush tool and options properly adjusted.

     
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    Oct 15, 2013 8:06 PM   in reply to StanWelks

    Double-click the brush and change Width= "Fixed" to "Pressure".

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 2:37 AM   in reply to StanWelks

    Well, DO you have a Wacom connected?

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:34 AM   in reply to StanWelks

    What Monika said.

     

    "Pressure" option will always be grey out if the Wacom driver is not properly installed, even if a Wacom tablet IS attached.

     

    I have had times I was forced to reinstall the Wacom driver to get the pressure option to become active in Illustrator.

     

    Even with the tablet and driver installed, some brushes do not have a direct "pressure" option. I find it curious the "Bristle Brushes" have no "Pressure" option even though they DO appear to respond to pressure. Maybe someone can explain this to me.

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:50 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    The bristle brushes are different than any other brush. They work with a physics engine, analyzing all that input stuff by themselves. And just like your virtual car in Grand theft Auto will burst into pieces when hitting the concrete wall, the bristle brush will draw somewhat like natural brushes do by just analyzing all the parameters the Wacom driver sends to it.

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:53 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    Thanks for the explanation, Monika. The operative word is "somewhat".

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 8:07 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    Of course. And as long as there's no stylus with bristle hairs and paint, it will somehow stay that way ;-)

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 1:12 PM   in reply to StanWelks

    Can you share a screen capture of your brush settings? Make sure you set a different "minimum" and "maximum" width percentage. The default is 100% for both, which would show no difference. Calligraphic brushes are a little different; for them you would set the "Variation" to something other than "0".

     
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    Oct 16, 2013 4:05 PM   in reply to StanWelks

    There is only an 18% spread between minimum and maximum width. This may not be enough to notice on this particular brush.

     
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:12 AM   in reply to StanWelks

    To make it obvious set it from 0% to 1000%

    To see the difference use more appropriate brushes for pressure sensitive input like the calligraphic brushes and set the Diameter and Variation to the same value

     
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