I'm sorry for posting about this again, but I'm still having this very frustrating problem and may be able to describe it better.
The picture I included is from an old photoshop file where I have drawn a lot of circles. The lighter circles on the lower portion are from the old file, and the darker circles above them are circles I drew today. As you can see, the darker circles from today look jagged -- like they are made of small straight lines instead of a smooth curve -- while the lighter circles from months ago are completely smooth and fluid. It's almost as if my tablet has a lower polling rate than it used to. My thinking by now is that it is more of a Windows issue, but maybe someone has experience with this issue or a suggestion on how to fix it?
What I have tried:
I have updated photoshop, restarted the computer countless times, fully uninstalled and reinstalled tablet drivers, tried my best to kill windows ink, messed with photoshop settings, Made a PSUserConfig file with system stylus settings, messed with tablet related services, changed tablet settings.
Windows PC with i5-7600k and Nvidia GTX 1070, 32 GB ram. Wacom Intuos Tablet. The program runs well so I don't think it's a lag issue.
Pathetic Cry For Help
Please help. I'm desperate at this point lol. I really really want to draw normally.
I turned smoothing on and it fixed the issue. I'm a little confused that at 0% smoothing it fixes the issue. Is it just normal for tablets to report each point so far apart that it creates these lines? Then the software just guesses at the real shape of the stroke? Sorry that I didn't try smoothing but I assumed 0% smoothing was the same as having it disabled, and I wasn't trying to artificially smooth the lines. I'm glad that it's fixed but now I'm confused and interested in how these tablets/photoshop work. Here's a picture of a circle and then a circle with nothing changed except for enabling smoothing at 0%
Anyway, thank you so much. I hope this post can help someone as dumb as me figure out that to get a smooth line, perhaps use smoothing.