Illustrator Calligraphy Pen Pressure not Working

Explorer ,
Sep 21, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Hello,

my computer lost it's battery during the night yesterday, and when I went back onto Illustrator after recharging my computer to draw, the calligraphy pen tool that I was using did not respond to any pressure from my drawing pen, and it would only create a line of just one thickness, just like in that 5pt. or 15pt. pen default mode. I restarted my Wacom pad, and also tried the calligraphic pen tool in Photoshop, which worked by the way, but still did not work on Illustrator. I have also tried opening and closing the file again. I am working on a time sensitive project, and it's really frustrating that this issue is happening to me now.

I'd appreciate any help,

thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 22, 2017 Sep 22, 2017
You could try if resetting the preferences helps in this issue.How to set preferences in Illustrator Use the method of renaming the folder in order to be able to reverse the action.

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New Here ,
Jun 20, 2020 Jun 20, 2020

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Hello Monica 

I'm having the same problem my tablet is xp pen g640s and i am using illustrator 2020, win 7, the pressure option isn't available as in the photo above can you help me

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 20, 2020 Jun 20, 2020

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Have you tried everything that has been mentioned in this thread?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 23, 2019 Jul 23, 2019

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Hi Mark,

Thanks for reaching out. According to this page Star 06 Wireless Painting Drawing Pen Graphics Tablet|XP-PEN, this tablet should work with Illustrator, however, the version is not specified.

As Monika suggested, I would request if you can try increasing the slider value and let us know if that helps.

Regards,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Hey Mark,

you might have to change the variation of the size. When you select the presure option it appears on its right, increase it to the maximum and try. I faced the same problem too.

 

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New Here ,
May 09, 2020 May 09, 2020

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Hi, 

 

 

I'm new to using Illustrator and I do not have much knowledge about exactly how it works but I have been troubleshooting for a few hours with no positive results. I am using a Macbook Air with another tablet and I downloaded the appliction from the Adobe Creative Cloud application and there are no Wacom files that i can find to reset or fix in any way. I will very much appreciate any type of help with this dilemma. Thankyou

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 10, 2020 May 10, 2020

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First of all: Pleaase create a new thread. Don't answer in this one. I could hardly find your post in this utter mess (which is not your fault).

Please tell us which version and system you have

Which graphic tablet it is

Did it ever work?

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 14, 2019 Apr 14, 2019

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I know this is 2 years too late, but i had the same problem, and i found that if i just restarted illustrator it fixes it. I plugged in my wacom tablet after i had illustrator opened and it didnt recognize it so then it wouldnt give me the pressure option. but restarting illustrator fixed it.

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New Here ,
Jan 06, 2020 Jan 06, 2020

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restarting illustrator worked for me too, and I have the star G430s tablet

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2018 Nov 17, 2018

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I had the same issue when creating custom calligraphic brushes, but later realized I had “Variation” set to zero. You (of course) need to set a value greater than 0, as well as size to “pressure” in order for it to work.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019

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The solution to this problem is to make sure the application you are using is added to your tablets settings. I have a Wacom Intuous Pro,  as soon as I added Adobe applications to the tablet settings I was able to change the pressure sensitivity of brushes through Illustrator.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019

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Maybe I liked this response a bit prematurely as I haven’t tried it yet, on laptop with no tablet connected, but my gut tells me that this is a eureka moment to a common issue for many Wacom users. One solve has been just to restart Illustrator, which sometimes worked, sometimes not, very frustrating when it didn’t. This must be it ...

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2019 Oct 09, 2019

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It really works. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2019 Dec 20, 2019

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hi im using the hp spectre laptop and pen and the pen pressure on the calligraphy pen wont work im not sure f its just the model of the laptop but ive looked at the preferences and pressure is grayed out

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2020 Jul 26, 2020

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How do you get to this screen?  Where is it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2020 Jul 26, 2020

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"How do you get to this screen? Where is it?"

 

This thread is 3 years ols and unfortunately it's not possible to tell to who you replied.

 

So please tell us your system, version and the model of your Wacom and then tell us the nature of your issue.

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2020 Jul 26, 2020

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MacOS Catalina, version 10.15.6

MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2015

Memory 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

Wacom Cintiq 16 (1660)

I'm trying to create a new calligraphic brush with pen pressure sensitivity (like I'm seeing in a you tube tutorial where a person is actually creating it and it's actually working), but when I try to do it, pressure is greyed out.  I've tried:

Restarting, reinstalling the cintiq drivers, putting illustrator into the wacom pen settings application box

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2020 Jul 26, 2020

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Did you properly install the latest Wacom driver?

Did you set it up according to the Wacom documentation (which includes some system settings)?

Did you in the Illustrator preferences try and to deactivate "Wacom" and activate "Live Preview" (I know that sounds weird, but it helped some people).

 

Does it work when you use the brushes from the Wacom 6D brushes library?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 23, 2019 Jul 23, 2019

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Having Pen pressure problems as well.

Huion KAMVAS Pro 16

Latest version of Illustrator

Works fine in Photoshop but the pressure option in illustrator is grayed out. Not able to use it no matter what I set the sliders to.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 23, 2019 Jul 23, 2019

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/shannon+spillman  schrieb

Having Pen pressure problems as well.

Huion KAMVAS Pro 16

Latest version of Illustrator

Works fine in Photoshop but the pressure option in illustrator is grayed out. Not able to use it no matter what I set the sliders to.

Please install a Wacom driver on top of the original driver

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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Tried that. Doesn't work

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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Does not work!

Reinstalled Drivers 4 times. Reinstalled AI 4 times. Had Adobe tech support taking my computer over and trying...not working!

Works well with PS not with AI.

It is a bug and they need to fix it ASAP

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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I finally got my Huion Kamvas Pro 16 to work today. I have tried everything I could think of for the last week. Finally today I started up Illustrator, openEd the file I wanted to work on then plugged in my tablet and sure as shit it worked! Finally!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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mine still not working...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 26, 2019 Jul 26, 2019

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Hi Chana,

Have you tried the steps I shared on this thread: Pressure sensitivity in Illustrator is grayed out for Calligraphic brushes on macOS Mojave?

I have sent you a DM as well for the case details, please check and reply accordingly.

I would also request all of you to upvote this issue here: Brush Pressure Option Unavailable – Adobe Illustrator Feedback

This is the best way of communicating with the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases.

Regards,

Srishti

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2019 Jul 26, 2019

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I did and I also posted it on Linkedin last month. This is not the issue.  The Mojavi issue is the general drawing with the tablet. I am talking here about the pressure sensitivity in the Calligraphy brushes in AI.  The pen is working! the Pressure is beautiful in Photoshop. In AI not working!

Send a bug post in the prerelease. Had an almost 2 hours session on line with Himanshu Kapoor and he kindly did all the steps again and again for ever! still not working!

All the steps you mention were done ! Not working.

Thank you!

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