CS5 brush suddenly goes dark and thick.

New Here ,
Jun 08, 2010 Jun 08, 2010

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I never had this problem with CS2 and CS3. I usually lay down my construction lines using really light strokes but all of a sudden, the lines become thick and dark as if I applying the usual pressure I do for the final ink stage. Kinda makes it look like my tablet started blotting. I didn't make my stroke any harder. Is it just me? Brush preference? Tablet driver?

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-Photoshop CS5

-Windows XP

-Wacom Bamboo Fun

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2010 Jun 09, 2010

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Certainly a problem with teh tablet driver in combination with the old operating system and CS5. Other users have reported similar issues with suddenly losing pressure sensitivity. you can only try to reinstall the tablet driver, but beware: The latest Wacom 6.15 driver does seem to only make things worse, so use the same version you have now for the reinstalls.

Mylenium

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New Here ,
Jun 09, 2010 Jun 09, 2010

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I'll give that a try. Here's hoping it helps. Drat the fact that I'm really liking CS5 that I can't bring it to myself to go back to CS3.

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2010 Aug 10, 2010

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I have the exact same problem, reinstalling the drivers didn't work either. I got it first on Vista and it disappeared after I installed Win 7, but now It's back again. Hella annoying.

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New Here ,
Nov 21, 2010 Nov 21, 2010

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I have the exact same problem on my new pc with CS4

I use:
Windows 7 64bit,

Intuos3, Photoshop CS4,
All  with the newest drivers and updates.

I ask the Wacom suppot about this and they suggested to erase the global wacom preferences. Didn't worked for me.

Still every 5th line painted losses pressure sensitivity.

Maybe it could be a collision issue with some Windows 7 background programs? just guessing
Really annoying issue

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New Here ,
Dec 25, 2010 Dec 25, 2010

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Using windows 7 64 bit, Photoshop Cs4, Wacom intuos 3 and having all sorts of problems with pressure sensitivity not working. works for a few lines then only thick lines. Downloaded latest drivers- no difference, tried using photoshop 32bit- no difference.

Solution= changed the USB input. (a friend suggested Bus conflict with mouse in rear USB).

Hope this works for everyone else having same problems.

Cheers

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LEGEND ,
Dec 26, 2010 Dec 26, 2010

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Wacom has apparently got a driver bug they're actively working on this issue.  Some folks report downgrading to older Wacom drivers is the problem, and others report a complete removal of the drivers fixes the problem.  This is the first I've heard of selecting another USB port correcting it.  Interesting...  Maybe the driver installation on the new port is initializing something that's not being initialized properly in other cases.

-Noel

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2010 Dec 26, 2010

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Great news that the problem is being worked on. USB port conflict does seem to be an odd solution and may depend on individual computer builds. I'm now sticking with the port that I know works!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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Noel,

Just thinking here, but often USB (and FW) ports are ganged onto a single controller chip. On my workstation's MoBo, I have two sets of USB ports (2 each), and each "pair" goes to one controller chip. Were I to have any form of conflict, the first thing that I would do is spread the "load" over the two chips. I also have a FW-800 PCI card, that also has a chip for the one USB connection, though only a single. This allows me to address any possible conflict by using another USB port, with another chip.

Similar can happen with FW. For instance, video cameras want to be the sole device on a particular chip. I am not talking about daisy-chaining here, as few video cameras will tolerate that, but say having 2 FW devices on the same chip. Many video editors run against this, where they will have a FW external and their camera on the same chip. Usually, the external will function fine, but the camera will have issues. Again, the solution is to split the FW devices over separate chips. My MoBo has two chips, and my FW-400 card has 4, one for each connector.

Again, just thinking here, and maybe a USB guru will shoot that theory down, but it's something for those, having these issues, to try, as a test.

Good luck to all,

Hunt

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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Bill wrote:


Just thinking here, but often USB (and FW) ports are ganged onto a single controller chip. On my workstation's MoBo, I have two sets of USB ports (2 each), and each "pair" goes to one controller chip. Were I to have any form of conflict, the first thing that I would do is spread the "load" over the two chips. I also have a FW-800 PCI card, that also has a chip for the one USB connection, though only a single. This allows me to address any possible conflict by using another USB port, with another chip.


I dunno, you just don't see all THAT many USB conflicts in the general case.  And I find it hard to imagine that a tablet driver would drive a USB controller harder than, say, an external hard drive.  People have been known to plug in a couple of external hard drives and not think too hard about what controller they're ganging up on...  But alas I'm no USB expert myself.

The simple fact that people are able to get the older Wacom drivers to work kind of says it seems like just a good ol' fashioned bug.  It seems surprising they haven't dealt with it yet, though.

Haven't got myself that Intuos 4 yet, but soon...

-Noel

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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I'm not sure. The general feeling is that one should not plug in, say a printer with the same controller chip as an external HDD. Many shun USB hubs, due to conflicts with the peripherals.

Still looking for a USB chart from some years back, suggesting which peripherals could coexist on the same chip, and which ones were not advised. Have yet to find that, but it was some years back, when USB was a bit less common.

Even so, if the older Wacom driver fixed things for the OP, there is no argument. Go with what works, and let Wacom sort things out with the next release.

Hunt

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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This Thread starts Jun 9th 2010 and the problem is still not solved!!! I am a professional Illustrator and face this problem every working day!

@Adobe: Do something. Talk to Wacom.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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Have you checked Wacom's site lately?  Maybe they have fixed it.

People report correcting brush pressure problems from time to time...  Usually they get there by fully removing their Wacom driver and installing the newest one.

-Noel

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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I recently updated my driver for my intuos3, and since then I'm having the problem. I used the "pro616-7_int.exe" driver for Windows 7 that messed it up. So, still not fixed

Now going to try to use older drivers.

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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FIXED (for me at least..) here's what I did:

Uninstall current tablet driver

restart pc

download and install the pro614-3.exe driver from the official wacom website.

I hope this works for others as well.

So it is indeed the newer driver software.. stupid.

I only tested this version, maybe one version higher also does the trick.

If anybody wants to take up the task, try around and see which versions have the issue and which ones don't.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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Thank you for reporting your success. Some times, the newest driver is not the best. About a year ago, nVidia issued two video drivers, that launched two 3D, extreme-gamer modules, 3D StereoVision, and PhysX. Those conflicted badly with Adobe programs. It took a bit to track down what was happening. About the time that those two modules were identified, nVidia had released a newer series of drivers, and those modules were disabled by default, though were still available to the gamers, if they needed them.

Over the decades, Wacom has been very, very good with their drivers, but anyone can release one that is less than perfect.

Hope that your report will help others, as it does appear that there are several with similar issues.

Good luck to all,

Hunt

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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You're welcome.

I really hope people with this problem find this topic. It took me a while to find it.

And as a lot of people just have basic "pen pressure not working" issue, if you try to ask a question on most boards about pen pressure, people facepalm and skip to the next topic, thinking you just forgot to turn on the pressure sensitivity. And if they indeed answer it's often "install the newest drivers" which is in this case a particular bad suggestion.

Wacom should fix this soon, as it is a really annoying problem, and as suggested above, you don't often go looking for older drivers to make it work.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011

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As there was a similar issue, posted here not THAT long before yours, I linked to this thread, in hopes that your "fix" works for that poster too.

Good luck, and thank you for reporting,

Hunt

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Explorer ,
Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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Hi, I've tried all the "fixes" stated here, have the latest Wacom driver, turned double click all the way to the right, checked 3rd party software running but still have this issue.

 

It's really annoying and it's not happening in TV Paint so it HAS to be photoshop.

I'm running the latest Photoshop (21.1.3)

iMac late 2013 version, Mac OS 10.14.6

3,2 GHz Intel Core i5

24GB 1600 DDR3

SSD drive

NVidia GeForce GT755M 1 Gig

 

Wacom Cintiq 22

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Explorer ,
Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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Oh and it's now 2020... a decade after this thread started... 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2020 Jul 06, 2020

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I was just thinking that. Its ridiculous that we're still having issues. Ive had to disable both finger buttons on my pen to work around it. Unreal. 

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May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021

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Happy anniversary of Adobe shitting on artists!  😛

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