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At 1:58 onwards, he talks about setting up the brush so that the harder you press on your tablet, the darker the colors get, and the lighter you press, the lighter the colors get.
He shows how he set this up by going to the brush settings, then choosing "Pen Pressure" under the "Opacity Jitter" slider.
I did the same but I'm not getting anything like his.
Regardless of whether I press down hard or soft on the tablet, the output is still the same tone.
Do I need to setup other stuff to get this effect? Like opacity or flow?
I'm using Photoshop 7 (shouldn't be a difference) and Intuos 4.
The brush I'm using is the hard round brush.
It should work with those settings. One thing you can check, is double check your brush's spacing. If it's set very small, the color can build very quickly, and may appear to be coming out full strength. You can try changing the spacing to see if that helps, or you can also set Flow to pen pressure as well, which will make a light touch have less opacity and flow, and thus build even slower.
It's also possible it's an issue with the pad's settings or driver install, so double check those as well. For example, if it's set too sensitive, even a light touch may read as a much heavier one.
Maybe he adjusted the pressure scale, on my Intuos 1 computer it's really easy to adjust it since the drivers support it and I had to do it for Photoshop because the default pressure is very hard.
See this thread:
Last edited by Portus; June 27th, 2010 at 08:40 PM.
Maybe you should post a screenshot of your brush settings? It's been a while since I've seen Photoshop 7. Are there any triangles with exclamation points in them in your brush settings? Do your brush settings show a brush preview and if so, does it look as though the opacity is changing in that preview.
I've attached a file that shows what I mean. In one opacity is controlled by pressure (and the brush preview reflects this) and in the other it doesn't.
Otherwise I'd do what J Wilson suggested and grab the latest drivers from Wacom. I've got an old Graphire tablet lying in work and for some reason every now and again it loses pressure and I have to unplug it and plug it back in again.
Thanks for your replies. I've tried the suggestions but it's still not working. No matter how lightly I press or how hard, the stupid thing still outputs the same kind of tone.
Below are all my Photoshop 7 settings screenshots and also my Wacom Intuos 4 screenshots:
This is a brand new Intuos 4 and I've downloaded the latest drivers.
Pls advise. Thanks!
It appears pressure isn't working on your Intuos in Photoshop, is it just Photoshop or it happens in all programs?
A couple of other things to try.
1) Click on 'Options' in your Wacom settings. If the Pressure Compatibility button is unchecked then check it.
2) Run the Wacom Tablet Preference File Utility and use it to reset your tablet prefs
3) Back up any custom Photoshop stuff you have (modified keystrokes, workspaces, custom brushes, etc.) and launch Photoshop while holding ALT+SHIFT+CTRL down. This will reset Photoshop to defaults.
4) Uninstall the Wacom drivers and then reinstall them
I've just tried it on CS4, and IT WORKS!!!!
SHIT, I'm so happy! Apparently, PS7, being an older version, doesn't seem to detect pressure levels regardless of what settings I put.
And I was so scared that my tablet is a faulty one.
Thanks for all your help!