What's the best way to use a tablet with Photoshop on Windows 8 or later?

On Windows 8 or later, Photoshop CC 2014 or later will use Windows Ink—a Windows system stylus API—to control the interaction of Photoshop and a stylus device. Using Windows Ink will give you better stroke results and allow you to use your tablet PC or convertible device without having to install a driver.

For Wacom tablets:

Enable Windows Ink in the Wacom Control Panel. To change press and hold functionality, use the Pen and Touch control panel.

See the Wacom support site for more information.

For other tablets:

If the tablet uses a WinTab driver that does not have an option to use Windows Ink, or if you encounter other issues (see below for possible issues), you can force Photoshop to use WinTab by performing the following steps. 

1. Create a text file in a text editor such as Notepad.

2. Type in the following lines:

    UseSystemStylus 0

3. Save the file as a plain text file named PSUserConfig.txt in the Photoshop settings folder: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings\

To turn off the reversion to WinTab in Photoshop, do one of the following:

  • Delete the PSUSerConfig.txt file.
  • Change the lines so they read:

          UseSystemStylus 1

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Overview of possible issues

Issues on Wacom tablets can mean that you need to perform the steps above to use the WinTab implementation include the following:

  • To display context menus, if you don't want to move the styles while pressing the right-click switch.
  • If you need stylus wheel support when using the Airbrush stylus. 

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