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How to Use GIMP Pressure Sensitivity With Tablet Input Devices

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Published on 24 May 2018 / In Science & Technology

If you've ever wanted to have better precision in GIMP or paint more like you're using a real brush, a tablet is the way to go. A tablet is basically a pen and drawing surface which interacts with your computer like a mouse. This allows for more precise selections and movements and is extremely helpful when working with graphics. Most tablets also sense pressure (how hard you are writing) which makes painting/drawing in GIMP much more realistic.
If you don't have a tablet, pressure sensitivity won't really work in GIMP, but if you do and don't know how to enable Pressure Sensitivity, here's how:

-Plug in your tablet before opening GIMP
-Open GIMP, click Edit and select "Preferences"
-Select the "Input Devices" tab then click "Configure Extended Input Devices"
-You should see a list with your main mouse (mine is "Core Pointer") followed by a few other listings. Select ones that have "Tablet" in the name. Depending on what type of tablet you have the name will vary, but pick the one that looks like your specific device.
-The "Mode" will likely be set to "Disabled", so change it to "Screen" or "Window"
-Now your tablet should be set up and GIMP will make a darker line when you write harder
-If it doesn't work, try restarting GIMP
-Experiment with the different Dynamic options (on the bottom left) to get the effect you are looking for

Wacom Tablets http://www.wacom.com/en/Produc....ts/Bamboo/BambooTabl
GIMP http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

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