How to: Get pressure-sensitivity in Photoshop with the Surface Pro Pen

In five minutes or less, get pressure-sensitivity working in third-party apps on the Microsoft Surface Pro/Pro 2

If you use the Microsoft Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 , you might not be able to get pressure-sensitivity working in third-party applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (We discovered the problem in Elements.)

There is currently no official solution to this. We expect Microsoft will push something out in a future Windows patch. If you want pressure-sensitivity now, it's a simple fix: you just have to download a driver from Wacom's US website.

• You can find the driver you need at us.wacom.com/en/support/legacy-drivers.

Tip: Make sure you go to the US site as linked above: Australia/New Zealand users going to wacom.com will be automatically directed to the Asia-Pacific site, which does not have the required driver.

• From the first drop-down box, select 'Tablet PC'.

• From the second drop-down, select 'Windows 8'.

• You should be presented with three or more options, as pictured here:

At the time of writing, we chose the newest version of the 'TABLET PC - Enhanced Tablet Driver', version 7.1.1-16 from 30 July 2013. If there's a newer version when you read this, we suggest you try that instead.

Ignore the 'Tablet PC - Enhanced Graphics Driver' options - they won't help you.

• Click 'download' next to the driver of choice, then choose 'run' or 'open' (depending on your browser).

• Follow the instructions on screen.

• At the end of the setup process, you'll need to restart your Surface Pro.

Upon starting Photoshop Elements after the restart, we found pressure-sensitivity worked correctly.

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