Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working With Wacom Tablet

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm having a problem which apparently used to be very common. Maybe not so much anymore since my software is now a bit on the old side. Anyway, I'm using Photoshop CS6 with MacOS Sierra, and El Capitan, along with a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. The tablet used to work fine in Sierra with PS CS5. But upon "upgrading" to CS6, the keyboard shortcuts are very frequently (though not always) unresponsive while I'm using the Wacom tablet (though they show no problems when using just a mouse). I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling CS6, and have also tried the "White Window Workaround" plugin, all to no avail. The keyboard shortcuts remain unpredictable, and often unresponsive.

 

Wacom was kind enough to send detailed instructions of which com.wacom files to delete from my Mac's Library folder, and steps to follow to uninstall and reinstall the Wacom driver, hoping that might help. Unfortunately it didn't.

 

As a final idea, Wacom suggested that I reset my Photoshop settings. They recommended contacting Adobe for help with this. But of course CS6 is no longer supported, so I'm appealing to the Adobe community here for any help with how to safely do this.

 

Or if you have any other suggestions that might fix the Wacom-related keyboard shortcut issues in Photoshop CS6, that would be appreciated. As many of you know, it's pretty hard to work without those shortcuts functioning reliably.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working With Wacom Tablet

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm having a problem which apparently used to be very common. Maybe not so much anymore since my software is now a bit on the old side. Anyway, I'm using Photoshop CS6 with MacOS Sierra, and El Capitan, along with a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. The tablet used to work fine in Sierra with PS CS5. But upon "upgrading" to CS6, the keyboard shortcuts are very frequently (though not always) unresponsive while I'm using the Wacom tablet (though they show no problems when using just a mouse). I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling CS6, and have also tried the "White Window Workaround" plugin, all to no avail. The keyboard shortcuts remain unpredictable, and often unresponsive.

 

Wacom was kind enough to send detailed instructions of which com.wacom files to delete from my Mac's Library folder, and steps to follow to uninstall and reinstall the Wacom driver, hoping that might help. Unfortunately it didn't.

 

As a final idea, Wacom suggested that I reset my Photoshop settings. They recommended contacting Adobe for help with this. But of course CS6 is no longer supported, so I'm appealing to the Adobe community here for any help with how to safely do this.

 

Or if you have any other suggestions that might fix the Wacom-related keyboard shortcut issues in Photoshop CS6, that would be appreciated. As many of you know, it's pretty hard to work without those shortcuts functioning reliably.

 

Thanks in advance!

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I moved your post over from the poorly named "Using the Community" forum, which is for getting help using this forum system, to a better forum.


I hope this helps. Best of luck to you.

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Thank you! I sure appreciate that.

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You can reset your Photoshop preferences by holding Ctrl+Opt+Cmd+Shift when you open the app. It should come up with a window asking if you want to delete your prefs.

Kevin Stohlmeyer Adobe Community Professional/Adobe Certified Instructor

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Thank you so much for sharing that info! I put it to use and it worked like you said. Unfortunately, the problem with the keyboard shortcuts persists. But I still appreciate the help.

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To clarify - if you disconnect your Wacom tablet, the keyboard shortcuts work as expected?

Kevin Stohlmeyer Adobe Community Professional/Adobe Certified Instructor

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Yes, that's correct. In fact, whether the Wacom tablet is connected or disconnected, the keyboard shortcuts seem to work perfectly when just using the mouse. The problem definitely appears to be specific to using the Wacom tablet with Photoshop CS6.

 

Additionally, the tablet appears to work fine with non-Adobe apps.

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Not sure if this still works but you can try this solution:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/photoshop-tablet-bug-keyboard-shortcuts-temporarily-won-t-w... 

Kevin Stohlmeyer Adobe Community Professional/Adobe Certified Instructor

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Thank you so much for that link. Yes, I'd already checked out that discussion and installed the "White Window" plugin according to the instructions. Unfortunately that didn't eliminate the problem either, even though it apparently worked well for some other users. I sure appreciate the suggestion though!

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I just came across your situation as I've been working on the exact identical problem for 2 days now - about to give up!  Saw your post and thought I'd reach out and see if you ever solved this issue.  I think it's because I have the disk version and not the subscription but really have no clue.  I've - like you - tried everything thrown at me and nothing worked - as soon as my pen touched the tablet it was totally unpredictable and unresponsive.  

 

So if you ever did find a solution I'd sure appreciate it - I've rebooted my computer more times in the past 2 days than I do in a years time.  Surprised the Mac is holding up!

 

Thanks in Advance for your time if for nothing else!

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Hi. Thanks for checking in on this. The update is that nothing has changed, so far as I know, regarding the keyboard shortcuts not working reliably with Photoshop CS6 combined with Wacom Intuos Pro. Thanks for letting me know you're having similar issues.

 

I say "so far as I know" because I've largely stopped using PS CS6 due to this recurring problem. However, I've installed PS CS5 and the keyboard shortcuts work fine in there. There are unfortunately some other drawbacks to running CS5 on my Sierra OS. So I've taken to working between CS5 and a third party app which is similar to Photoshop to get my work done (relying most heavily on the other app).

 

Another course I'm thinking of trying is having Mountain Lion OS installed on an extra hard drive and using PS CS6 there. Perhaps using that ancient OS (along with an old Wacom Intuos II I have lying around) might be a way to get CS6 to run smoothly. I think Mountain Lion wouldn't be compatible with Intuos Pro, nor would Sierra be compatible with Intuos II. Whether having a smooth-running CS6 would be worth having to work with an entirely vintage setup, I'm not sure. It's strange that CS5’s keyboard shortcuts work better with Sierra + Intuos Pro than CS6’s do. But that seems to be the case, at least in my situation.

 

Hope these observations might give you some ideas you could try as well.

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