Photoshop CS6: tablet full pressure strokes

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Since upgrading to CS6, I have had a problem with brush strokes randomly going full pressure, rather than picking up the pressure sensitivity from my Wacom Cintiq tablet. This is not a problem that occurs in my previous version of Photoshop (PS 7), Paint Tool SAI, Alias Sketchbook, or any other program I've used with the tablet- so it is difficult to believe that it is purely a Wacom driver problem (Even the latest ones from 2 days ago did not address the problem). Searching Google for solutions to this problem yields a lot of results with other people having this issue, but no real resolutions to it, as far as I've found.

As I use PS primarily for painting and drawing, this problem makes the program frustrating to the point of being borderline unusable.

I've considered that it is possible that my computer may simply not be fast enough to handle the additional load of CS6 and that is what is causing the issue, but the efficiency indicator says it is running at 100% efficiency, and changing the amount of RAM that PS can use doesn't seem to effect the problem one way or another.

For the record, I am running Win 7 64bit on an i5 3.2Ghz dual core with 8 gigs of RAM.

If I need to upgrade, so be it- I just want to be sure that doing so will actually fix the problem. If I were to spend a lot of money on a new computer and it didn't resolve the issue, I would be incredibly upset about having thrown all that money down the drain.
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Chris Cox

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Have you installed all the updates for Photoshop?

We haven't heard of other users having this particular problem.

The only other thing I could think of is the mouse moving while you're working -- and the mouse is treated as if it were at 100% pressure.
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Yes, I run the adobe application updater at least once a week to see if it will fix this problem, to no avail. It always just says it's up to date as of a minute ago.

I very much doubt moving the mouse would be the problem- as I said, this is not a problem in other programs, nor in PS7. If that were the case, it would be a problem with all programs. I've used PS7 for 10 years, and this issue never occurred using it (in fact I find myself having to keep using it for the time being, because of this.)

Other users with the same problem below- some blame Windows (I went through all the steps suggesting how to fix it on that route, which didn't help), some blame Wacom's drivers...but the fact that the problem only appears in PS is pretty baffling; if that were the case. It may be that it's Windows and PS and the Wacom drivers interacting together in some weird way causing the problem, I don't know.

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1034949

http://forum.wacom.eu/viewtopic.php?f...

http://community.wacom.com/forums/ill...
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I have no idea what that other factor is. I don't have a system that shows the problem. Again, other people aren't reporting this - it could be just your system...
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What is interesting to me is that people have been complaining about this problem for years now and it still hasn't been fixed.
This guy here says that nobody else is reporting this but you can easily google for this problem and people have been reporting this to wacom, photoshop and other forums since 2003 ( that I could find ).
Its a big problem when you work 5-8 hours, and having to undo every 10th stroke becomes frustrating.
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We hear about similar problems - and always solve it by updating the Wacom drivers, or disabling other software that interferes with pressure usage. This is not an ongoing problem.
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So can you tell me please what can cause this problem.
I wasn't been able to solve this problem a couple of years now since I bought a Cintiq 12wx.
The thing is, I did a fresh install of Win 7 64bit and after installing all the necessary drivers I tried PS CS5 and the problem was still there.
So It can't be some other software, on other programs it works fine ( art rage, paint tool SAI ).
Ah! I'm used to it by now, its just that it would be great if it worked flawlessly.
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We have seen multiple causes: bugs in drivers, bad pens, bad tablets, bugs in OS utilities related to tablets, etc.
You have to remember, tablet input is working just fine for a million other users.

Yes, it can be software, or drivers, or hardware even if other programs appear to work -- other programs don't use the APIs the same way Photoshop does.
If you continue to have problems with your Cintiq, you really should talk to Wacom -- they're good at tracking down the cause of these problems.
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Clicking the 'Remove' button in the Wacom Tablet Preferences File Utility and then reentering my preferences one by one did the trick! The other stuff did not work(drivers, windows settings etc). This seems to be the solution for now(only time will tell..even though I just drew hundreds of lines without having the problem to test this)

This solution works, at least for me