This is a recurring issue with smoothing creating a "shoelace" effect. I'm on a brand new mac, and a brand new Cintiq. I've tried reinstalling drivers, installing older versions of photoshop, and toying with smoothing settings. As far as I can tell, if I want to use smoothing, it generates these artifacts at the end of my strokes.
I've used photoshop for a couple of decades professionally, but I'm at a crossroads with whether I will bite the bullet, cancel my Adobe subscribtions and switch to Pro Create or another product. Fix this.
Wacom tablet has a control panel. The pen's pressure profile can be adjusted to reduce (possibly eliminate) the shoelace tail. The profile can be customized on a per device tool and per application basis. Here's a rough profile that will reduce the shoelace effect:
chad.rolfs • Adobe Employee, Jan 13, 2022Jan 13, 2022
Unfortunately this is just the pressure fall off Photoshop gets from Wacom. Some things you can fiddle with to make this better: In Wacom settings Options, uncheck Tip-Up Assist, In Wacom Pen Setting set Tip Feel to more Firm, In Photoshop smoothing options (gear icon): uncheck Stroke Catch-up and Catch-up on Stroke End, In Photoshop use a brush that doesn't use pressure, or simply paint slower with a brush that does (not a great options I admit). You can also try lowering the smoothing and adj...