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tablet + pen pressure + illustrator CS5 issue

May 5, 2010 12:37 PM

Hello all,

 

   I just installed Illustrator CS5 and I can't get the brushes to recognize pen pressure from my graphics tablet (intuos3).

 

I have tried all the combos of brushes, strokes, etc.  It looks like all the 6D options (bearing, tilt, pressure) are greyed out. Thus, the ap doesn't recognize when I am using my pen.

 

Oddly, the pen works great in Photoshop CS5.

 

I am working on Windows 7.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks!

 

_Todd

 
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    May 5, 2010 1:49 PM   in reply to Todditron

    Calligraphy brushes only.


     
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    May 5, 2010 2:01 PM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    I can get my Intuos 3 to work with art brushes and pattern brushes as well.

     

    see here: http://www.vektorgarten.de/img/tut/intuos-art-pattern-brush.png

     
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    May 5, 2010 2:44 PM   in reply to Todditron

    I have an intuos 4 and pressure works just fine.  Maybe look into driver updates, other than that I don't know.  If you have the current driver, try reinstalling it anyway.  I have to do that at least once every few weeks because something goes squirrely on my system.


    Also Larry, with CS5 you can use pressure on brushes other than caligraphic.  It is fantastic.

     
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    May 8, 2010 5:36 AM   in reply to Todditron

    Re-installing the driver doesn't fix some problems with preferences and other things the Wacom driver establishes on your system. I had trouble  with that some months ago. If you contact Wacom, they can give you advice how to delete anything that belongs to the driver and re-install from scratch. Maybe they have posted that information somewhere on their website as well, but I didn't have the time to search for it.

     
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    Sep 24, 2010 8:47 PM   in reply to Todditron

    I am having the same issue with my Monoprice Professional Tablet.  (yes, I am a cheapskate)  I have tried downloading drivers, restarting, and everything else I can think of, but all of the pressure settings for the calligraphy brushes remain greyed out.  Can anyone help?

     
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    Sep 24, 2010 9:31 PM   in reply to IndianapolisWebDesign

    Many other brands aren't tested to work with anything other than Photoshop. And often, even with Photoshop the other brands won't allow all the dynamics.

     

    If it's not a Wacom, you should contact the manufacturer to ensure your tablet is designed to work with Illustrator.

     

    That being posted, there's no reason an Intuos 3 shouldn't work. I used one for years. You should be getting dynamics for all the brushes in AI. If not, try trashing your AI preferences/settings.

     
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    Dec 23, 2010 9:17 AM   in reply to Todditron

    Hello all.
    I seem to be having the exact same problem! i cant use the pressure option on illustrator, i cant seem to get it to work on photoshop either. 
    I use mac, cs5 and bamboo fun & pen. Did anyone find a solution to the problem?

     
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    Dec 23, 2010 3:24 PM   in reply to Todditron

    Double click on the brush you want to use to open up Brush Options, set the preference from Fixed Width to Pressure, and adjust the sliders to what works for you.

    Hope this helps.

    Intuos 3, OS X 10.5.8.

     

    Edit: Oops, looks like you all knew that.

     

    Message was edited by: Mowchek

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:45 AM   in reply to ehmahh12

    I'm with Todditron and the others with lack of pressure problem.

     

    I'm on a Mac running OSX 10.6.6, with a Wacom Graphire4.

     

    Pressure works in Photoshop CS5. In illustrator, pen works-making lines and scribbles as directed, but no variation with increased/decreased pressure. In the Brushes panel, I can double click on selected brush, opening an Art Brush Options window, and change width, roundness, etc from "fixed" to "pressure," but those qualities remain fixed, regardless of my pressure.

     

    Wrote to and heard back from Wacom Help Desk. Followed their instructions..

     

    "I would recommend removing your current driver by opening your Applications folder and double clicking on the Remove Wacom tablet icon or the Wacom tablet utility icon found in the Wacom tablet folder there.  Inside that removal utility you’ll want to click on the remove tablet software button and then enter your password to remove your current driver.  Once the driver has been removed you’ll then want to repair your disk permissions before installing the latest.  To do this if you open your Utilities folder at the bottom of your Applications folder, in there will be an icon for Disk Utility that you’ll want to double click on.  In the Disk Utility you’ll then want to select your Macintosh HD on the left hand side and then click the repair disk permissions button towards the bottom.  Once the permissions repair is complete you can then download and install the latest driver for your tablet from our website."

     

    to no avail. Tried the process again, restarting the computer after repairing Disk Permissions and reinstalling newest tablet driver. No go.

     

    Wrote Wacom Help Desk again. Will follow up here once I hear back.

     

    -F

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:11 PM   in reply to Francis92104

    Got it!

     

    At least I think I got it working on my iMac running OSX 10.6.6.

     

    I heard back from Greg, a Sr. Customer Care Technician@ Wacom and carefully followed his directions (I'm paraphrasing)..

     

    • Go to APPS > Bamboo folder (may be Wacom on your machine) > Bamboo Utility
    • Click REMOVE button under the Tablet Software
    • Restart computer
    • Download and reinstall latest driver from Wacom
    • Restart computer
    • Go to Illustrator and get busy with the brushes

     

    It may have worked earlier (see previous post), but I might not have noticed Illustrator reading pressure variances from the Wacom until I adjusted a specific brush's pressure settings enough.

     

    For example, when I set the Pencil brush width from FIXED to PRESSURE 150%, I didn't notice the change. When I changed PRESSURE to 300% I did notice. Similar situation with other brushes' diameter settings.

     

    Hope this can help someone out.

     

    -F

     
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    Jan 31, 2011 4:58 PM   in reply to Francis92104

    Wow I was having the same problem with the pen pressure and I figured it all out on my own by accident by just clicking on a new tab in the brush tool bar on the top.  Its Very Very Silly that adobe had no idea what the probelem was.  I feel bad for Wacom having to deal with this.  It has nothing to do with your driver, just this tab that overides your tablet.  Picture 7.jpg

     
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    Jan 31, 2011 5:24 PM   in reply to sirsnuggles

    This is the Illustrator forum, that's a Photoshop screen shot.

     
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    Apr 27, 2011 1:31 PM   in reply to Todditron

    I had this problem & it was driving me MAD, but fotunately I found a solution prior to postal.  FYI: Runnning Creative Suite 5 with Windows 7 , intel i5 @ 2.5 +/- GHz, 6GB RAM, gobs of storage.  Posted plea for help with Wacom, they'll take 3 days to get mack to me.  Speedy, what?  Checked drivers @ Wacom, found mine might be out of date.  This even though W7 said I had the latest driver.  Tried the new Wacom driver.  This brought the "Pressure" variable live in the blob brush properties menu, but even then I had trouble getting the brush to respond.  I found the brush unresponive until raised the variation variable to about the size of the brush. 

     

    Also:  This forum is supposed to be moderated, and I haven't time or patience to wiggle through all of Adobe's little sign-ins, authentication, registration BS, but notice my "screen name"  It's about the 4th or 5th on I've had.  I've been an Adobe customer, registering each copy, and duly registeringon forums  since Photoshop at least Photoshop 5.1, and a photoshop user via employer licenses since 2.5 and early Pagemaker.  I have more names, monikers, etc. at my registration email than, to use an old phrase, Carter has liver pills.    It's because every time I go to sign in the security doesn't like my responses. 

     

    It hasn't been a good day.  All I've done is battle this stinking problem.

     

    Robert

     
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    May 1, 2011 3:35 PM   in reply to sirsnuggles

    Thank you for posting this screenshot! I can't believe something so small could cause so much trouble!!

     
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    May 2, 2011 8:42 AM   in reply to Todditron

    you do not have any settings for variations in the brush options so hence there is novariations occuring.

     

    sethe brush options properly and it will work the way you would like it to as long as you have the right settings

     
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    May 2, 2011 9:15 AM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    Sorry I was reading fro my Android and did not read the screen shot well I see it is not available and then you have to rash the settings folder first quitting Illustrator uninstalling the driver and then trashing the settings folder and then reinstalling the drivers then restart the computer and then launching Illustrator.

     
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    May 13, 2011 5:52 AM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    I didn't quite understand what you wrote — looks like a text with all the usual typos, etc. Can you clarify? What settings folder? Where? I am having this same problem (thanks Adobe, yet again, for buggy software!) and don't have time for a non-fix.

     
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    May 27, 2011 11:45 AM   in reply to Todditron

    I figured it out!

     

    I went to Wacom Tablet Preferences File Utility, then clicked "Remove" under All User Preferences.

     

    Then I opened Wacom Tablet Properties and then clicked "Options" and unchecked the box next to "Pressure Combatibility" and low and behold all of the 6D functions were now available!

     

    I hope this helps!

     

    Geoff

     
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    Jan 6, 2012 2:14 PM   in reply to Jobenn

    Hi, Geoff

     

    Your solution seem to be very reasonable and working, but unfortunatelly I cannot find my Tablet Preferences File Utility. Can you help me with this?

    I recently got a Wacom Pen and Touch, and I'm also using windows 7 is thats any help.

     

    Thanks very much in advance.

     

    Etti

     
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    Jan 6, 2012 2:27 PM   in reply to etti3

    On the Mac, it's in the program folder in a subfolder called Wacom or Tablet or Wacom tablet

     
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:37 PM   in reply to Todditron

    I realize this is very old post, but I just had the same problem. I had installed a new, Intous 5 tablet. I noticed some of my AI brushes did not have Pressure option, other were set to pressure, but if I swtiched to "Random" pressure became grayed out. Reinstalling the SAME driver version fixed the problem. Weird!

     
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    Oct 30, 2012 9:29 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    Having the same problem with Illustrator CS4, I suddenly can't get the pressure to work with the blob tool, using the Wacom. Funny, because I had it working in the same image file yesterday. Baffling.

     
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    Oct 31, 2012 5:54 AM   in reply to lloydart

    Try reinstalling the Wacom driver. It worked for me.

     
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    Nov 8, 2012 5:57 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    I reinstalled the wacom, still can't get pressure to work.

     
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:16 PM   in reply to Francis92104

    I tried the solution posted by @Francis92104 and I did EXACTLY as it says:

     

    • Go to APPS > Bamboo folder (may be Wacom on your machine) > Bamboo Utility
    • Click REMOVE button under the Tablet Software
    • Restart computer
    • Download and reinstall latest driver from Wacom
    • Restart computer
    • Go to Illustrator and get busy with the brushes

     

    I'm working on a Mac OSX 10.8.2 using a Wacom Intuos4 wireless tablet and Illustrator CS6. I have the same problem described above - Pen Pressure works fine in Photoshop, however Illustrator doesn't even give me the option to select pressure when I go into brush options. It's greyed out. Same thing when I try to create a new calligraphic brush, pressure, stylus, tilt, bearing, and rotation are not available selections.

     

    I have the installed the latest Wacom driver, and my mac OSX environment is all up-to-date. Has anyone figured this out?

     

    Update: I also just deleted my illustrator preferences, and still have no luck.

     

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

     
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:10 PM   in reply to 123Wacom

    Okay - none of the above tips unfortunately worked for me (Mountain Lion, Bamboo Touch and Adobe Illustrator CS6). I googled myself silly, and this problem has been known for seemingly countless versions. Most suggest something along the lines above.

     

    However, looking at a Youtube video, which also did not solve the problem, I found this comment:

     

    Juan Coleman

    On Mac OSX Lion. Still no pressure sensitivity for the brushes in Illustrator ONLY! Greyed out and un-adjustable.

    Found a work around...

    Go to BRUSHES PANEL, look for the tiny dropdown menu in the top right hand corner of the pane, click this and OPEN BRUSH LIBRARY. Find WACOM 6D Brushes, select this, a brush panel shows up with these brushes. DOUBLE CLICK one to take it into the BRUSH PANEL, double click it here again... When editing the WACOM 6 D brush you will now have pressure´╗┐ sensitivity

     

    It works!!!

     

    All thanks to Mr Coleman - unfortunately, the other brushes still don't work, but at least we have something. I hope it works for you guys too!

     

    (I thought I repost it here, so hopefully people in the same boat will find it.)

     

    Message was edited by: VeryFirstDenis to remove some weird formatting...

     
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    Jan 17, 2013 7:30 AM   in reply to VeryFirstDenis

    VeryFirstDenis thank you for your post so much. It works!

     

    then I discovered, that if you double click on brush (dont have to be wacom 6D) in BRUSHES PANEL, you can set a "pressure" (default is "fixed")on the roll panel next to "Size" (Also you have to set the "Variation" panel to more than 0). After that work pressure for every brush. This work on Adobe Illustrator CS6.

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:52 PM   in reply to Todditron

    You choose your brush in the brush window

    Double click on it

    choose the thing you want your pen pressure to have effect on (in my example; diameter)

    And put a variation number (from your setted diameter, how smaller it can get)

    Here's a screenshot

    brush-pressure.jpg

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 7:00 AM   in reply to Todditron

    Pressure worked fine in CS4 until I upgraded to Mountain Lion - 10.8.2. Now those options are greyed out. I've tried many of the suggestions above to no avail. The 6D brushes work fine though. I guess that will have to do for now.

     
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    Mar 1, 2013 1:29 PM   in reply to Kevin Betker

    Mountain Lion has munged all sorts of stuff, including my pressure options in Illustrator. But tonight I came across a suggestion to install an *old* driver for the Intuos 5. I went for the 6.1.7-5, listed as for OS X 10.4-10.6 Intel. I figured that qualified as "old." Hey, I was desperate.

     

    And, to my amazement, it worked, and restored the pressure features in Photoshop and Illustrator. But I realized later that it didn't support the Touch features of the Intuos 5 Touch. I didn't miss the feature, because I don't care for trackpads. But you might love it.

     

    So, to restore your pressure options and keep the Touch, try the WacomTablet_6.3.1w2 driver instead.

     

    It's stuff like this that shoots an evening that was supposed to be devoted to production. Grrr. Arghh.

     
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    Dec 17, 2013 12:55 AM   in reply to Todditron

    I'm having the same problem!  This is annoying the hell out of me tonight!  What will fix this???

     
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