I want to know is there any way to simulate pen pressure for Photoshop without a tablet? A plugin? some sort of brush? Can someone link me a tutorial or something. I just want to doodle in Photoshop. I don't want a career in graphic design.

  • Many ios and android drawing apps do this thing where both ends of the line are narrowed and some may even use speed. Slow = Heavy line. Fast = Thin line. This is the best you can do without actual pressure sensitivity. I don't know if any desktop apps do this. Still, even without pressure sensitivity or any of those tricks, stylus is always better for drawing. It's like comparing drawing with a pencil and a mouse sized rock. – Joonas Jun 14 '15 at 20:00
  • There are some cheap drawing tablets out there, but $10 seems like asking too much. There are some excellent bang for the buck drawing tablets, but I'd say the starting price is somewhere around $25-60. At that price pretty much any one of them is good for it. What it comes down to is small things, like: Size. A4 is a good size, but a5 will do in a pinch. Pressure levels. Anything above 1k should suffice even for pro's. Tilt feature. If that floats your boat. Accessories. Againt, if that's somethign that matters. – Joonas Jun 14 '15 at 20:01
  • If you want a cheap tablet... you will get a cheap tablet. – Rafael Jun 16 '15 at 0:04
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    Is there a way to travel 35mph without a vehicle? Sure. Is it easy, effective, reliable, and sustainable? Probably not. Photoshop has the Fade feature for brushes, that's about as close as you'll get. Won't read pressure but will fake variations at the ends of strokes. – Scott Jun 16 '15 at 0:27

If you don't have a presure sensitive device, the options that come to my mind are:

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