14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2014 5:27 PM by jeremybawcom RSS

    How do you disable pen pressure?

    Dougefresh091 Community Member

      I'm on a Mac, 10.6.8 and PS CS5 12.0.4 with a Wacom Intuos3.


      I select a hard round brush and turn off the Transfer > Opacity Jitter > 'pen pressure' option. However as soon as I thouch the tip of my pen down pen pressure turns back on. This is annoying when trying to do a detailed cutout in a layer mask as it leaves behind opaque areas that aren't always visible right away.


      Even if I create a new preset with pen pressure off, it comes back on once saved. So how do I get around this? There must be a way to turn off pen pressure while using the Wacom tablet. Am I missing something?



        • 1. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
          markerline Community Member

          On Windows the Wacom tablets have their own control panel.  Is this the case on MacOSX?

          • 2. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
            Sharon Huang Community Member

            Did you try unchecking the Transfer category all together? Also do you have opacity and flow set to 100% in the brush settings on the top?

            • 3. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
              Dougefresh091 Community Member

              Yes there is a Wacom control panel on the Mac. There are options to change the tip feel from softer to harder, but nothing to disable it completely. Good idea though, I hadn't thought to check there.


              I read somewhere else to uninstall the Wacom drivers, but doing that makes the tablet pretty much usless. i.e. the pen moves slooooooow, and on a 24" monitor it's practically unusable.

              • 4. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                Dougefresh091 Community Member

                I did try unchecking it. It gets re-checked all by itself once the pen tip hits the canvas.


                Turning the opacity to 100% is another good idea, but again, when I touch the pen tip to the canvas it goes back down to zero, and the pen pressure option is reactivated.

                • 5. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                  Sharon Huang Community Member

                  That is very strange; it's never happened to me. Did you try resetting the preferences on your photoshop and reinstalling the tablet?

                  • 6. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                    Noel Carboni Community Member

                    This is a complete shot in the dark, but probably worth trying as it's fairly easy...


                    1.  Turn off the pen pressure setting.

                    2.  Exit/quit Photoshop so that the settings get saved to disk.

                    3.  Restart Photoshop.  Check that the setting is still off.

                    4.  Test.



                    • 7. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                      Dougefresh091 Community Member

                      I'm in the middle of a work day, so I can't trash my preferences at the moment. But I did try resetting the tools preferences and that seems to have worked. (Hold cmd + option + shift on startup; alt + ctrl + shift on PC) I guess something I did with my brushes settings at some point made things funky. Now I can uncheck all the Brush Tip Shape options and use the tablet no problem.


                      Thank you all for the help and sugestions. I appreciate it.

                      • 8. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                        Heimdaal Community Member

                        Two things that I can think of:

                        1) If you are using a custom brush, then you should be aware that any changes you do to the brush (such as turning off pen pressure or adding radial scattering) won't be saved unless you define your settings as a new brush preset.

                        Tiny triangle icon at the brush panel (right click on canvas when brush tool is selected) > Define new brush preset


                        2) This is just a guess, but it is possible that some pen tablets come with drivers (or software) that overrides other software. This is common practice with graphics cards but I've seen this trend on other types of hardware as well (such as keyboards). Is it possible that your pen tablet software/drivers are overriding whatever settings Photoshop tries to change? You can try this out by uninstalling your tablet drivers and let windows pick some default drivers for it - then try out Photoshop and see if the problem is still there.

                        • 9. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                          AngelOfWolves Community Member

                          OK i have windows but i hope this will work for you too (and others that might read this ):


                          !Before turning on the computer, don't have the tablet connected.


                          1. turn on computer

                          2. open photoshop

                          3. plug in your tablet

                          4. draw


                          For some reason (at least for me), if the tablet is connected after you open Photoshop, the program doesn't recognize pen pressure anymore.


                          Hope it helps, let me know ^_^

                          • 10. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                            R_Kelly Community Member

                            If that happens again check the override settings in the tool options bar.

                            One overrides Opacity and the other overrides Size if they are enabled.


                            I guess i missed seeing this question when it was posted.




                            • 11. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                              RoyBooth7 Community Member

                              We're having the problem that the button on the toolbar shown above has no effect, pressure sensitivity is on all the time no matter whether the opacity button is on or off.

                              • 12. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                                ramakrishnr Community Member

                                Thanks Angel!

                                It works everytime when I follow as you described.

                                Thinking it is time for Adobe to pay attention.

                                Others have reported they only see this problem only in Photoshop...

                                • 13. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                                  gordon1hr Community Member

                                  Plug tablet after opening the Photoshop.

                                  Then disable opacity and tablet control in the toolbar.

                                  That fix the problem for me, after some agonising hours.

                                  • 14. Re: How do you disable pen pressure?
                                    jeremybawcom Community Member

                                    I was experiencing the same thing. I recently migrated to a new work system so have been having fun tracking down new quirks.


                                    At some point, the "Pen Pressure" option had been checked in the Shape Dynamics box. Switching that and every other option to "off" seemed to resolve my issue. Looking at your screenshot, the Shape Dynamic option doesn't seem to be a factor but this could be helpful for others nonetheless.