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How to fix Photoshop Pen Pressure not working

How to fix Photoshop Pen Pressure not working

Is your adobe photoshop pen pressure not working? If you’re getting the Photoshop warning sign or exclamation mark ‘!’ in pressure settings, then this is the fix you need to follow.

To fix your photoshop pen pressure not working on your Wacom, Huion, or XP-PEN you need to first refresh your pen pressure. To do this, replace the “PSUserconfig.txt” file in photoshop files. Next, turn “windows Ink” option off and back on under tablet properties. If your photoshop pressure still isn’t working, then take the stylus nib off, and push it back on.

If you’re using a standard tablet (like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy) and not a Wacom, Huion or XP-Pen, then you can fix the pen pressure not working in photoshop by making sure you’re using an ‘active stylus’ and not a ‘capacitive stylus’. 

An active stylus allows pressure sensitivity, whereas capacitive typically does not allow pen sensitivity in photostop.

See the 9 Best Surface Pen & Slim Pen Alternatives (Surface Pro Pens)

Active third-party pens or cheaper alternative apple pencils don’t always allow for full compatibility with drawing apps.

Have the right drawing tablet? If you’re unsure, see: 7 best drawing tablets for photoshop & illustrator

1. Refresh pen pressure activation by replacing the PSUserConfig.txt file in photoshop.

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The first thing you can do if the pen pressure sensitivity is not working in photoshop for your drawing pad is to refresh its activation. To do that, all you have to do is replace a file called PSUserConfig.txt. Let’s have a look at the steps you can follow to get rid of this problem:

  • Exit photoshop: if you have the application open, you won’t be able to manipulate any files)
  • Locate ‘My Computer’, then select Local Disk (C). 
  • Enable hidden items: At the top menu, you can find this option by pressing view.
  • From the available folders, click on Users > your PC name, then select app data. Make sure you have hidden files enabled (check step 3). 
  • Go to Roaming → Adobe and locate the latest Photoshop version you’re currently using (i.e., Adobe Photoshop 2020). 
  • Go to ‘Adobe Photoshop 2020’ (or the version you’re using) settings and right-click inside the folder to create a new txt file.
  • Rename it as PSUserConfig.txt, then paste the following text inside your new file and save: # Use WinTab UseSystemStylus 0 WarnRunningScripts 0
  • Congratulations! you’re photoshop pen pressure should be working

If the PSUserConfig.txt file is already in your Photoshop folder, you can delete it. Then, try to restart or reinstall photoshop.

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It’s possible the issue could be associated with an outdated digital pen. In this case, updating to something like the Adonit Note+ has the potential to solve the problem (and improve your precision). I personally prefer using the Adonit Ink or surface pen for windows devices:

2. Turn “Windows Ink” off, then re-enable it again under the tablet’s Properties/settings.

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If you are a Windows user and your stylus’ pressure sensitivity isn’t working correctly (or not working at all), restarting “Windows Ink” proves to be a reliable solution for many users. This is a common problem for Wacom users. All you have to do is follow some simple steps: 

  • Exit Photoshop and locate ‘Start’, then ‘Search’.
  • Type Wacom Tablet Properties (or PenDisplay for Huion users) to open the tab’s settings. 
  • From your drawing pad’s settings menu visit ‘Applications’ to find Photoshop.
  • See if the “Use Windows Ink” option is enabled in the photoshop menu. 
  • If it is enabled, turn it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it on again. If it is disabled, just enable it.
  • Success! Open Photoshop and see if the pressure sensitivity problem is fixed. 

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3. Pull the nib out and place it back on the stylus pen (exclamation mark warning sign)

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This following quick-fix has helped a lot of users whose photoshop pen pressure stopped working. 

Photoshop checks your pen before enabling the pressure sensitivity check. To be more precise, if the nib isn’t well placed inside the pen, there is a chance for the software to identify it as a non-pressure sensitive stylus. 

Thus, if you receive the message “! Pen Pressure: Requires a pressure-sensitive…”, all you have to do is:

  • Pull the nib out of the pen.
  • Replace it with another nib or place it back on the stylus.
  • Make sure to put a little extra pressure while placing it.
  • Check if the warning sign has disappeared.  

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4. Re-install drivers for Wacom, Huion or XP-Pen to fix photoshop pen sensitivity.

Reinstalling your drawing pad’s drivers is a smart solution when it comes to pen sensitivity issues. To uninstall the device’s drivers from your computer, follow the steps below:

For Windows Users:

  • Disconnect your drawing pad from the computer.
  • Open the Control panel.
  • Go to Programs and features.
  • Find the Drivers of your device (Wacom, Huion, or XP-Pen applications) and click Uninstall.
  • Restart your computer.

For Mac Users:

  • Disconnect your drawing pad from the computer.
  • Go to Finder → Applications.
  • Find your device’s Drivers (Wacom, Huion or XP-Pen application). From the app’s menu, go to Utility and click Uninstall. 

Now that you have successfully uninstalled the pad’s drivers, it is time to download the latest version from your device’s website. Depending on the tab’s brand, follow one of the links: Wacom, Huion, XP-Pen. From that point on, all you have to do is install the drivers and see if the problem is solved. If this doesn’t work, too, then there is only one thing left to do.

If you’re using a Logitech mouse for photoshop and it’s not working, then see our post on How to Fix a Logitech Mx Master 3 Mouse Not working on Mac

5. Re-install, then Update Adobe PhotoShop for a pen pressure fix.

If you tried all the mentioned solutions but you still can’t fix your photoshop pen pressure sensitivity feature; then you can also uninstall photoshop and install it again. This process is pretty straightforward due to the Adobe Cloud desktop app. All you have to do is:

  • Open the Creative Cloud desktop app
  • Click the Apps tab to display all the apps you have installed.
  • Go to Photoshop and click the three dots next to the open button. 
  • Click Uninstall.

Once the app is Uninstalled, reboot your computer. When you are ready, go to the Adobe Creative Cloud website and download Photoshop again. Install the app via Adobe’s cloud, and you are good to go. This may works tfor those using the Apple Pencil 2 since the iOS is a different system than windows.

What if Wacom Pen Pressure isn’t working in Adobe Photoshop?

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If the Wacom pen pressure is not working in drawing apps such as Adobe Photoshop, then you either have Photoshop settings that aren’t set up properly or an issue with windows link as mentioned earlier.

You may also have a software driver issue; which is quite common when it comes to drawing on a laptop with a drawing tablet.

Essentially, you need to re-install and then install your Wacom driver again by visiting Windows or Mac OS driver pages.

If you don’t feel like doing this immediately without a purpose, then you can check whether the Wacom software driver is the issue or not by seeing if the Wacom pen pressure isn’t being recognized by photoshop below:

  1. Ensure that pen pressure is enabled in adobe photo shop by selecting the brush tool impressing at five on the keyboard.
  2. Under ‘shape dynamics‘, select pen pressure under the control drop down which should be slightly to the right side of the screen. This section is also called the ‘jitter’ section.
  3. If you see an Exclamation point (!) next to the drop-down menu, select it.
  4. Next, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall your driver from Wacom. The reason for this is because updates of occur often as technology advances.


To sum up, It’s quite common for those with a new wacom, huion, or xp-pen to have their photoshop pen pressure not working. Numerous possible fixes promise to help you solve pen sensitivity issues.

Most users start by replacing the ‘PSUserconfig.txt’ file in their Photoshop files. If that doesn’t work in your case, you could restart the Windows Ink feature to ensure this is not the problem. Then, you should check that the stylus’ nib is installed correctly by pulling it out and placing it back on.

If you’re having any doubts about your Drawing pad there’s always the iPad: iPad vs. Wacom: Which is better for Digital Art?

If you can’t solve the problem through those four fixes, all you can do is reinstall your tab’s drivers. However, if the problem is only for Photoshop and the stylus sensitivity feature works fine for other drawing apps, reinstalling Photoshop is the best way to go.

If you’re pen pressure still isn’t working in photoshop, see our post on the best tablets for note taking.


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

An other way to fix the problem that worked for me (huion kanvas pro 22 (2019)) . The problem comme from the file WinTab32.dll. Check the huion support Issues with WinTab32 DLL File.

Paul Michael

Friday 22nd of September 2023

This is helpful, thanks I'll update the blog with this!


Thursday 27th of July 2023

On Huion tablets the text should be:

# Use WinTab UseSystemStylus 0

same file name but only include this text in the file for kamvas 16 pro huion tablet if you are using PS 2023

Also, save the file as PSUserConfig as a .txt file --

Save the file somewhere because it gets lost every time you update.

Paul Michael

Thursday 27th of July 2023

Thanks for contributing this – very helpful!


Saturday 29th of April 2023

Awesome article! Thanks so much!

Paul Michael

Saturday 29th of April 2023

Glad it helped, if you have any other issues let me know I'll try to research it, test it, and find a fix!

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