Photoshop won't let me draw

Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2013 Jun 01, 2013

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I cannot find anything on the internet or even here about it. I have tried everything and it still won't let me draw.

This website is so confusing and it took me half an hour to get here....Has anyone else had the same problem and fixed it? Or is having the same problem and know what I'm going through...

I have an assignment due very soon and I need all the time I can get to complete it but this is happening...


HELP ME!!!

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Adobe Employee , Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013
Hi there VAnJL.A couple of things could be happening here...1: You have an area selected and need to deselect it Do you see the tiny shape of marching ants in the image below? If you have any selections on your canvas—even as small as a pixel or two—you will only be able to draw/paint inside of the selection.To deselect any selections on the canvas, hit command D, or go to Select > Deselect. You should then be able to paint anywhere on the canvas.2: You have a buggy tool and need to reset it Som...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 01, 2013 Jun 01, 2013

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You need to provide system information and a better explanation of what you are trying to do. Your post is pretty generic and it is unclear what you are trying to do or how you do it. Explain the exact steps you are taking, your document settings, what tools you use and so on.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013

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I open photoshop, make a new document, click the drawing tool and proceed to draw. When I do that, either I can't see the line I just drew, or I see it then it disappears like someone is pressing undo. I made completely sure that I was doing everything right and I'm not accidently pressing something or I haven't got any un-needed things marked.

I use a wacom tablet, even without that plugged in I still can't draw with my mouse.

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Guru ,
Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013

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the drawing tool

And... what tool is that? There is no "Drawing Tool" in the Photoshop Toolbar. Do you mean the Pen Tool?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013

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Hi there VAnJL.

A couple of things could be happening here...

1: You have an area selected and need to deselect it

Do you see the tiny shape of marching ants in the image below? If you have any selections on your canvas—even as small as a pixel or two—you will only be able to draw/paint inside of the selection.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 7.19.18 PM.jpg

To deselect any selections on the canvas, hit command D, or go to Select > Deselect. You should then be able to paint anywhere on the canvas.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 7.21.45 PM.jpg

2: You have a buggy tool and need to reset it

Sometimes something simply goes wrong with a tool. When it happens, you can select the tool, click on the tool's icon in the upper left corner of the window, then click on the gear in the subsequent window that opens. From there, choose, reset tool.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 7.27.54 PM.jpg

3: You have a buggy tool and need to reset your Photoshop preferences

To do this, follow the directions outlined in the video below. Resetting your prefs will usually solve any strange tool behaviors.

I hope one of these methods solve your problem!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013

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I figured out the problem. Thanks for trying to help me though

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Jun 02, 2013 Jun 02, 2013

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If you don't mind me asking, what solved the problem? It could help users in the future.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2013 Jun 03, 2013

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I ran out of trial, and it didn't tell me at all... Kind of embarrasing really

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I had to close and reopen the app.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 03, 2013 Jun 03, 2013

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Hello! Very good explanation, Erica!

If I may suggest, to reset tools, I think that it is way easier for beginners to right-click on the Tool Icon the Option bar to get the following menu:

resettools.png

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2013 Jun 03, 2013

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I'm not necessarialy a beginner~
This website just confusing me and it's all I could find to write something about my problem 😕

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New Here ,
Jun 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017

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I have the exact same problem and nothing has worked to fix it

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2017 Jul 31, 2017

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I have the same problem and none of those will fix it. Anyone know anything else?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 31, 2017 Jul 31, 2017

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Show us a screenshot of your workspace please including your layers panel & tool properties.

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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New Here ,
Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2019

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My pen nib gets stuck !! I just push it in and wiggle it around for a sec then I can draw again, dunno why but nothing else was wrong with the tablet / program I was using. Check your pen nib ! Worked for me.

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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Other programs work fine unfortunatly for me. 

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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I could not get my Lenovo Active 1 touch screen pen (which has a Wacom driver) or my Huion Inspiroy H620X (which just had its pen replaced) to draw in Photoshop on my Lenovo Yoga 720 15IKB. The mouse worked and the pen and tablet were were choppy in Krita.

 

I was sure nothing was selected.

 

I reset the Brush tool.

 

I could not find the correct driver for the Active Pen 1 but I had an old one installed that was working okay. I know if I need the right one soon I'm going to have to really dig again for it. I have also had to disable my touch screen because it broke today, so I won't be doing that test any time soon. I will update this comment when I get the screen replaced and don't have to worry about keeping peace with my digitizer.

 

After uninstalling both the Wacom and Huion drivers, restarting, reinstalling just the Huion driver, and restarting again the tablet began to work fine.

 

I have read once or twice that Wacom doesn't play well with other drawing device drivers, even if it's another Wacom device. The latter was never a problem back when I had the correct driver for my Active Pen 1 and my Wacom tablet installed.

 

Hope this helps.

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