What to Do When Pen Pressure Isn’t Working in Krita

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Maybe your drawing isn’t coming out quite how you want it to. Maybe the pressure sensitivity isn’t working as it should. Or maybe… everything is just fine, but the brush tip is too small for your liking? If you’re having some trouble getting the pressure sensitivity to work in your drawing sessions, there are a few things you can try.

There could be a few reasons why pen pressure isn’t working in Krita. First, make sure you’re using the right type of pen. Second, be patient. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the right amount of pressure to use. And finally, keep in mind that some surfaces may be more difficult to write on than others.

In this article, we’ll talk about what pressure sensitivity is, how it can be used in Krita, and how to troubleshoot common problems when using it. I’ll also walk you through several different scenarios to give you an idea of where your problems might stem from.

How Pressure Sensitivity Works in Krita

Pressure sensitivity is a feature that allows you to apply different pressure to different areas of the art brush.

For example, if you draw a very light circle with a very light touch, then the circle will be very small. If you draw the same circle with a heavy hand, then the circle will be much larger.

This is what pressure sensitivity is all about – it allows you to control the size of an area of the brush according to how hard you’re drawing it.

That’s the basic idea, but in order to fully understand how the pressure mapping works in Krita, let’s take a deeper look.

Check Your Installation

The first thing you should do is check your installation.

Is Krita set to be the default editor for your system? If you’re running Windows, do you have Krita set as your default program?

To make sure Krita is set as your default editor, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the “Start” menu
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “System”
  4. Select “Krita”
  5. Make sure that “Krita” is your default editor

Sometimes there may be an application that takes priority over Krita. If you have a specific file type you open within Krita, you can also right click and set it to automatically open in Krita.

Make Sure Your Brush Tip is Set to the Right Size

Krita has several different brush tip sizes, and each of these has its own specific pressure mapping. If you’re having trouble getting pressure sensitivity to work, it’s worth checking each tip size and making sure that the one you’re using is set to the correct pressure.

There are a couple of ways to do this. Let’s say you’re using a Wacom tablet and you’re using the default brush size. You can try changing the size to see if this helps.

Another option is to switch to the “Point” mode, which uses a smaller tip. You can hold down “Shift” while you switch modes to temporarily switch back to the default tip size.

Test Your Brush Tip With a Pencil First

If you’re using a new tip, it’s worth testing it with a pencil or other non-art brush first. This will help you to rule out any problems with your tablet or drivers.

Is It Possible Your Tablet Isn’t Sensitive Enough?

Sometimes, it’s possible that your tablet just isn’t sensitive enough for pressure sensitivity. This is especially likely to be the case if you’re using a non-Wacom tablet.

If you’re using a Wacom tablet, then your sensitivity settings should be spot on. If your tablet is working with pressure sensitivity, but you’re still having trouble, then it’s worth checking if your tablet is sensitive enough.

Wacom tablets use an existing technology called “EMR”, which is built into the tablet. It tells the computer how hard you’re pressing with your stylus, allowing Krita to figure out how big a brush stroke you want.

Is It Possible Your Tablet is Too Sensitive?

In some cases, your tablet might be too sensitive. This means that even when you’re not pressing down very hard, Krita still registers the pressure.

If you’re using a Wacom tablet, it’s unlikely that you have a too-sensitive tablet. Wacom tablets are typically very sensitive, and you need to dial back the settings on your pen if you’re having trouble.

If you’re using a generic pen, then it’s possible that you have a too-sensitive tablet. This is rare, but it can happen. In this case, the best thing to do is to try a less sensitive tip.


If you’ve tried all of the above, and your pen doesn’t seem to be behaving as it should, here are some things to try.

Make Sure You’re Holding the Tablet Firmly in Your Hand – Not in Your Arm or Your Lap

If you’re running the application in your computer, but the application isn’t running on your tablet, you need to make sure you’re holding the tablet firmly in your hand. If you’re having trouble getting pressure sensitivity to work, make sure you’re holding the tablet in your hand, not your arm or your lap.

Get a Different Tablet

While it’s certainly not ideal, you can try using a different tablet. If the pressure sensitivity isn’t an issue with your current tablet, it’s probably not the issue. However, if you have a different tablet, you can rule out the possibility that your installation is at fault.


In this article, we’ve gone over what pressure sensitivity is, how it works in Krita, and some things to try if you’re having trouble getting the feature to work for you. If you’re having problems getting the pressure sensitivity to work in Krita, don’t worry. You are not alone.

Sometimes if your project is not in a place where you can stop to troubleshoot, using other apps like Placeit.net can help you continue to make progress. However, with the tips we have outlined above and a little time, you can get your Krita application and pressure to where you need it to be.