I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. In Photoshop CC 2020 if I hold the pen down in one place for too long a circle forms and the pen cursor doesn't move until the circle is complete. It is quite annoying and gets in the way of using the pen properly.

I have found that if I disable 'Use Windows Ink' in the Wacom tablet properties this problem goes away, but so also does pen pressure functionality.

I have also tried another suggestion found via google which is to disable 'Show visual effects' in the Windows Ink settings but this makes no difference. I have tried the other settings there enabled and disabled one by one but nothing makes a difference.

Is there a way to remove this annoying circle behavior without losing pen pressure functionality in Photoshop CC 2020

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  1. To turn off the circle thing, open Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound, then Change Pen Tablet Settings

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    Then Pen Action > Press and Hold > Settings > turn off Enable Press and Hold. This will turn off the circle thing, but you still are going to get modifier keys under cursor, slowdowns and sometimes freezes — those are bugs of Windows Ink inside Photoshop.

  2. If you're turning off Windows Ink, you need specify a different tablet driver for Photoshop — Wintab. For that

    • go to %appdata%\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\Adobe Photoshop 2020 Settings
    • create a new text file PSUserConfig.txt there
    • put this line in it: UseSystemStylus 0
    • restart Photoshop

    note that Adobe is going to abandon Wintab soon and if you're using the latest PS version (2020.1) there are already bugs in it because of that.

  • Thankyou. I did indeed still get some freezes after disabling press and hold, but turning off Windows Ink using the config file did work. I don't know if I'm imagining it but the responsiveness and accuracy feels ever so slightly better with Windows Ink enabled (UseSystemStylus 1), I will spend some time to see what I can get used to.
    – MrVimes
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 14:49

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