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Windows Ink + mouse mode in Photoshop = pressure fail

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Windows Ink + mouse mode in Photoshop = pressure fail

Postby wonderland78 » Mon 22. Jan 2018, 00:04

I just upgraded my PC to a new Windows 10 PC from a Windows 8 PC.

My tablet is an Intuos 3.

Problem 1. New drivers would not recognize tablet. So I had to find an older driver.
Problem 2. Those old drivers worked, but pen pressure in Photoshop did not.

I am a professional digital artist and have been using mouse mode for about eight years but in Photoshop CS6 and in versions of Windows that predate Windows 10.

Temporary solution was to: enable Windows Ink and put the tablet in pen mode. But I can't stand to work in this way as I'm having to glide my hand all over the tablet and can't skip the cursor around.

Problem 3. I also get these pop ups which say whenever I press CTRL, ALT or SHIFT, plus, whenever I press and hold the pen, I get a right click menu.

Question: who's at fault? is it the Wacom driver who no longer support mouse mode? is it maybe the age of my tablet? is it Microsoft? or is it possibly Adobe? I don't believe there's a solution to this as I've tried pretty much all of them.

It's incredibly frustrating because I'm a professional artist and I can no longer paint digitally. Like.. at all, unless I revert to Windows 8 and Photoshop CS6.

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Re: Windows Ink + mouse mode in Photoshop = pressure fail

Postby wacom1 » Mon 22. Jan 2018, 09:30

The Wacom driver still supports mouse mode (and you can assign a pen button for 'mode toggle' to toggle between pen and mouse mode, if you want. - The newer versions of Photoshop CC are using another method (Microsofts Windows Ink) to get tablet data. This may not work well in mouse mode sind Windows Ink is expecting pressure only from a pen - I guess. Older PS were using Wacoms 'Wintab' for pressure sensitivity. You can use that also in newer PS versions with the following workaround to revert to the WinTab functionality:

Create a textfile in a text editor such as Notepad.
Type in the following lines:

# Use WinTab
UseSystemStylus 0

Save the file as a plain text file named PSUserConfig.txt, and save the file into the Photoshop settings folder: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Settings\

Or the respective pathnames for your version of Photoshop. Restart PS to make this active.

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