Help - how to set opacity of brush tool to tablet pressure?

hevonen

Posts: 9

6 years ago

Hello,

Pixelmator's brushes seem to only allow mapping pen pressure to parameter called "flow" - which is totally useless. In the end it makes all brushes act like bad airbrushes.

How to make proper Photoshop-style brushes (where pressure sets stroke opacity instead of some annoying flow rate)? I believe this is my own stupidity because if this is not possible then Pixelmator can not be fluently used for sketching and painting and I can not really understand why anyone would design a software like that (unless maybe they don't use pen tablets?).

Any help appreciated!
rmasoni

Posts: 3

6 years ago

I also failed to find a way to activate tablet pressure controlled brush opacity. This is one of the things that keep me away from using this app.
Betsie

Posts: 2

6 years ago

The same thing I have. Any ideas how to do it?generic levitra
Ausra

Posts: 1429

6 years ago

In the Brush Editor sheet, click the triangle next to the diameter, scatter, or flow to adjust Pressure or Speeding options.
pritikin

Posts: 2

5 years ago

Helllo Pixelmator folks,

This topic comes up often. I would very much like to bind the opacity to my tablet pressure. Are you there? Hello? Is this thing on? What is your opinion? Will this happen? Thanks.
Ausra

Posts: 1429

5 years ago

pritikin,

Yes, it's on. I've described how to access the pressure settings in the topic above.
Support Manager @Pixelmator Team
pritikin

Posts: 2

5 years ago

Future Readers: I've had an offline conversation with Ausra where she admits that "diameter", "scatter" and "flow" are not equivalent to "opacity". She reports that: "Oh, sorry. It's how Pixelmator's painting engine works at this moment, but the developers are currently working hard to improve it."

It isn't clear to me that Pixelmator actually understands the problem or if Ausra is referring to general improvements to the engine vs this specific improvement. I hope they get it. Good luck everybody.
maracuya

Posts: 2

5 years ago

after 4 months.. I can't belive there isn't a fix to have the opacity controlled by pen pressure, it's a basic feature!
I'd like to have an official answer from the staff about this.
thanks!
thelemonpeople

Posts: 1

5 years ago

Hi guys,

I have just purchased a MBP and bought Pixelmator for all my GFX editing needs. (illustration & game textures)
I have stumbled upon the Opacity problem and would like to add my 2 cents worth if I may.

It seems to me the Flow option actually does function like the Opacity would in software such as Photoshop BUT rather than linking the pen pressure to the opacity (flow) itself, it seems to move the threshold at which the flow kicks in.

After playing with the settings I wasn't able to get the Flow working like I would expect it to namely: the heavier the pressure, the more opaque a colour.
This linear behaviour works just fine for size, I am puzzled as to why it doesn't for Flow.

I understand from previous posts that the code team is looking into this. Could you share a progress report or maybe just some feedback on whether this will be adressed or not?

I am willing to provide beta testing if needed, as I find Pixelmator quite the capable graphical editor aside of the aforementioned problem.

Thank you,
swanigin

Posts: 1

5 years ago

+1

I've owned Pixelmator for about a year now and have used it in conjunction with my Wacom Bamboo Create. It works fine for basic line art, but for fully developed coloring, Pixelmator really hurts without this feature. I'm sure there are other people out there with a tablet that could use this feature. I too have played with the flow settings to no avail.

Tablet users unite! It's time to get this feature in the next version of Pixelmator!!
danmondy

Posts: 7

5 years ago

+1 I just started using pixelmator and this is will prohibit from buying the full version. I am a software engineer and this is such an easy fix. There is no reason for this option to not be added. Please allow the opacity to adjust according to the pen pressure, it allows for soft strokes which essential to any free hand art. Please do it fast!
yoz-y

Posts: 8

5 years ago

Ever since I started using pixelmator for stuff more complex that resizing and cropping images I bump into this kinds of problems. Very basic actions are missing. How can this not be implemented?
Yanko

Posts: 2

4 years ago

+1
I've owned Pixelmator for two years now, and still the ability to control the brush opacity with tablet pen pressure is something I miss the most. Please, do something about it!
Narancs

Posts: 1

4 years ago

I am in the same situation as others around here. I have Pixelmator since two and a half years now (since I have a mac). Now signed up in the forum as I see no news related to this since last summer to also add my voice for this feature request as it is very important to me. It is the only thing which keeps me from using Pixelmator for drawing with a tablet (one of the most important tasks I have for Pixelmator in my case, in everything else it does its job perfectly). This tiny, but sadly annoying issue. I am anxious to hear news about this. The day this will be served, I am going to start a drawing frenzy with Pixelmator, as it the day it became perfect for me. :)
SKR Imaging

Posts: 26

4 years ago

hopefully the devs are looking into this.. would be great to have pen pressure to affect opacity. please make it happen in 2.2.1... long overdue... keep up the great work with this great app.
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odisant

Posts: 9

4 years ago

Just want to bump this thread up again; I'd love to leave Adobe in the dust, but this is a feature that prevents me from using Pixelmator as a full replacement. 2.2.1 pls?
alexakaruda

Posts: 1

4 years ago

I agree. This REALLY needs to be fixed. I kept thinking that my drawing style had just gotten heavy-handed, or that my tablet wasn't working well, but from this thread, I see now that it's a problem with the program. PLEASE add pressure-sensitivity options for the opacity of brushes.
UsernameGoeshere

Posts: 1

4 years ago

Can I just say that I just made an account here just to post on this thread. I'm going to have to go out and buy an entire Adobe Creative Cloud subscription JUST so I can get this feature. Please, please, PLEASE add this.
maracuya

Posts: 2

4 years ago

I had high hopes to find it in 3.0 version but actually there isn't.
it's quite an embarrassing and inexplicable omission for pixelmator, probably it is the most used feature by most of the people.
I'll keep updating but not using the software.
Jezuz

Posts: 4

4 years ago

I feel really tricked by this app and I feel I have wasted my money. From Ausras response, it is clear that the developers do not even understand the issue.

Pressure control for OPACITY (not flow or other parameters) is NECESSARY for a drawing application. It is almost impossible to use for e.g. drawing shading without this feature.

I believe the problem is that there drawing engine is fundamentally flawed. Drawing multiple times on the same spot does not lead to a less opaque color on that spot, so I have a hard time believing that it would be possible to add support for varying opacity in a single stroke in the current engine.

A reply from some of the Pixelmator Team with any news or updates of plans about adding this feature would be very welcome. As for now I will try to contact Apple support for a refund for the app, as it is definitely not useful as a drawing application.
recklessftw

Posts: 2

4 years ago

I just need a checkbox in pixelmator to set my pen pressure to control opacity. Digital painting is SO MUCH harder without this. Photoshop has this feature and it's the single most important thing I use when painting digitally. The solutions posted in the forums here are ok but cannot mach pure opacity mapped to pen pressure.

I found this after I bought Pixelmator.... I may need to request my money back from the app store because this kills the usefulness of pixelmator to me. That makes me super sad because everything else about this program freaking rocks.
solr

Posts: 1

3 years ago

I've just started using pixelmator and I've noticed that the sketching feels off compared to other editors I've used. I think that the opacity control is probably the culprit. Seems like this has been an issue for a long time now. I just wanted to bump this thread since I'd really like to see this fixed!
pg_design

Posts: 4

3 years ago

I am so close to leaving Photoshop behind forever but Pixelmator has to get tablets working naturally. Want to do digital paintings in Pixelmator but can't. Please fix!
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nyctopterus

Posts: 1

3 years ago

I keep buying versions of Pixelmator in the hopes that this feature will be added, and I will actually be able to use it. Alas, it's still not working -- which seems crazy, for such a basic painting need.

I'm not going to another version until I know this is in there.
jiggywig

Posts: 4

3 years ago

Indeed, what's up with this. The other apps I use can (and typically by default do) map pressure to opacity or "strength". This seems like an obvious omission. It doesn't work naturally. Please fix!
hevonen

Posts: 9

3 years ago

Wow, three years later and it's still not there.

There must be a sheer ocean of ignorance about basic digital workflow behind this decision.

To reiterate:
Having brush opacity controlled directly by stylus pressure is the single most necessary feature of a digital brush. Apart from being able to make some stroke with it. What is so hard about this?

Software is not just a bullet-point feature list of dubious claims, it's the behaviour of basic tools which make any work possible.

Interestingly, similar misfeature plagued GIMP years and years ago. But that was fixed.
pg_design

Posts: 4

3 years ago

Agree with hevonen - don't include a feature if the feature does not meet minimum requirements.
phillipgoredesign.com
danmondy

Posts: 7

3 years ago

Bump. FYI - I have contacted support twice over the past year and a half and they won't even promise this feature. They say they are too busy with other features, some that have been waiting for more than the 3 years this thread has been around. I honestly think they just don't understand the HUGE market they are missing and how much they would gain by adding one SIMPLE feature. They could end dependency on Photoshop for so many people. They are crazy. I created an account just to ask for this feature too. I keep coming back here to see if they have done anything. @Motiejus if you're seeing this ESCALATE THIS to someone who would understand. Alas, it seems no one there does.
danmondy

Posts: 7

3 years ago

@Support @Marketing @Anyonewholistens : These artists will sell your software for you. Their amazing art will be a freaking billboard for your software. They will teach each other how to do it with tutorials. Pixelmator will light up youtube.... but not without this feature. @Management You are sitting on opportunity and wasting it learning SWIFT and Yosemite graphical updates.
hevonen

Posts: 9

3 years ago

Well, whizzbang features and good looking marketing are the gloss that reads "hey like PS but cheap!"
It sells, even while basic features are not implemented.

Of course, it's a nasty job to make an image editor nowadays when the only competition is decades old behemoth. Still, they should've started from the basics, and it's hard to imagine something more basic than a brush in an image editor.
hgr

Posts: 1

3 years ago

REALLY?

The most obvious pressure control is for opacity, and this is not implemented in Pixelmator?

It has been over two years since this was reported the first time, why are you spending time on an iPad version, in stead of fixing this very basic behaviour?

There are so many good things in pixelmator, but it makes you wonder if the company behind pixelmator have tried to do retouching with a pen and tablet at all?
nicholas

Posts: 3

3 years ago

+1 I can't believe its been years and this still isn't fixed. It's really disheartening every time i see an update to Pixelmator and this isn't on the list of changes
danmondy

Posts: 7

3 years ago

Solution: FireAlpaca. It's free and made for tablet artists who like photoshop. I love it on my mac.@ Support, it just goes to show that if you are rude and let threads sit unanswered for three + years people move on.
Maulerr_NL

Posts: 6

2 years ago

BUMP :-) Pen pressure (Wacom tablets) for Pixelmator, please.

I said "please"... so... :-)
DDSLfuck

Posts: 2

2 years ago

There are so many good things in pixelmator, but it makes you wonder if the company behind pixelmator have tried to do retouching with a pen and tablet at all?
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silvenon

Posts: 1

2 years ago

The "pressure" value for flow that's closest to (my) desired effect is 10-12%. Those are the ones where you don't have to press the pen too hard and you gain some kind of opacity variety. I don't know why it works in such a weird way, but there you have it.
lunarmustard

Posts: 1

2 years ago

BUMP! Kindly requesting Pixelmator Developers to integrate Pen Pressure with the app. It is really strange that the Pen Pressure is not included since 2.0, right now I am using Pixelmator 3.4 and still no sign of Pen Pressure.
Grazone

Posts: 1

1 year ago

Wow.
I'm waiting for this feature to buy the app.

Free software can do this.
I can't seriously advocate this app to people until it's a paint/raster app that works properly with tablets.
TKR

Posts: 1

11 months ago

Is this seriously not a feature after five years? It's a pretty basic feature.

Given that creating digital paintings is really dependent on this, what are some of your suggestions for software alternatives?

It's a shame, because apart from this, I do really like Pixelmator.
Ilikewaffles

Posts: 1

6 months ago

Guys I have the idea!
if you use a Wacom tablet go to
System preferences >Wacom tablet > Pen then swipe the tip feel to soft and there ya go!
Pomgk

Posts: 3

5 months ago

I just want to leave this here because I'm still waiting on this feature...

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