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Get Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 Working in Newer Versions of Windows

Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Summary

Increase the page file size in Windows. Then it should run.

Introduction

This guide was written for Windows 7 64-bit. I'm not sure if it'll work on Windows 10. If you try it in Windows 10 and it does work, please let me know so I can make a note!

Guide

Ever wanna install old software on a newer OS but can't? Yeah, I know, it sucks! That's what I experienced when I tried to install a copy of Photoshop Elements 2.0 I picked up recently. It may strike you a bit odd I'd want to use such an old version, but I only really need Photoshop for a few functions and Elements 2.0 does everything I need. No reason to pay a monthly fee when this is good enough for me, y'know?

Anyway, I fully expected I'd run into issues, and sure enough, I did. For starters, the autoplay application was broken.

Clicking the "Installation" button just didn't do anything. So instead, you have to explore the CD, go to the "Adobe Photoshop Elements" directory, and run "Setup.exe."

Easy enough workaround, and it installed with no issues! But, we're not done yet. Upon launching the installed program, I was greeted with this:

Insufficient virtual memory? Considering I'm running Windows 7 with 8gb of RAM and plenty of disk space, this should hardly be an issue. Regardless, I decided to try increasing the virtual memory. To do this, open the Windows System pane, which you can easily do by opening the start menu, then right-clicking on "Computer" and selecting "Properties."

From here, you'll want to select "Advanced system settings" from the left-hand pane, which will open the "System Properties" window. From there, click the "Advanced" tab, and then the "Settings..." button in the "Performance" section. Then, click the "Advanced" tab (again), and then the "Change..." button under the "Virtual memory" section. This will allow you to alter how much virtual memory is allocated for the system.

See how we've got that "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" button checked at the top? Yeah, well, apparently PSE 2.0 doesn't like that all too much. Therefore, we'll want to:

  1. Uncheck that box.
  2. From the "Drive" list, select your drive/partition where Photoshop Elements 2.0 is installed.
  3. Click the "Custom size" radio button, and enter how much you want to allocate in both the "Initialize size" and "Maximum size" boxes. I chose 12099 as that's what was suggested in the "Total paging file size for all drives" section at the bottom of the window.
  4. Click the "Set" button. In the list above, you'll see the "Paginging File Size" change from "System managed" to the values you specified.

Here's what mine looked like when I was finished:

Cool! Now, click "OK" for all the open windows and fire PSE 2.0 back up. You should, hopefully, see it start properly. If it still complains, try restarting your computer. If that doesn't work, either, try increasing the value for the page file size.

We're bringing back 2002, baby.

Addendum

I'm really not sure why you have to do this. I came up with a possible explanation once, but I forgot what it was. I think it was something like: PSE2 checked to see if your page file is 1.5x the amount of RAM you have, but since we have so much RAM now the page file generally isn't set to that by default. Or, something like that. Anyway, this made it work, so I can't say I really care too much.

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My Huion Tablet Pen Won't Reach Max Pressure!

Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Summary

Your pen is broken. Either the nib is bad, or the pen itself is.

Guide

I recently picked up a New 1060 Plus drawing tablet made by Huion. It's a really nice tablet! Well, it was, until I realized there was an issue with the pressure. No matter how hard I pushed the pen down, I couldnt reach 100% pressure. This is bad, as many programs like Photoshop do not let you adjust the sensitivity within the software itself.

Furthermore, the tablet driver settings do not let you heavily modify the sensitivity curve. You can only select how hard (+) or soft (-) you want it to be. Check out the example below to see what I'm talking about:

Left is default curve, right is softest. If it was working correctly, you wouldn't see the box on either side.

As a result, I found myself getting inconsistent shades and having to double down on all my strokes to put out completely opaque colors. Great way to wear your wrist out.

Anyway, after reinstalling the drivers no less than 500 times, I finally realized it was the pen itself that was giving me issues. I lucked out because I also bought a Giano (WH1409) at the same time, and they, by some stroke of luck, happen to use the same pen. I tried the Giano pen on the 1060, and bam, it worked.

To be 100% sure, there's a little test in the driver settings that lets you monitor the pressure as you push the pen down. Basically, max-pressure point in the meter went from this:

Bar comes close, but not all the way to the top. Not good.

To this:

Bar reaches the top. Hey, baby!

Notice how the meter fills all the way. This is proper behavior. If it doesn't, something is wrong. Anyway, I'm not sure the exact point of failure in the pen, although I have a suspicion. Somebody on a message board suggested I take out the nib and re-insert it. This didn't work, but their advice inspired me to try inserting one of the other nibs supplied with the tablet, which did work! But then I tried another new nib, and... it didn't work. So either:

  1. Some of the nibs provided were warped/damaged at some point or weren't manufactured properly
  2. The pressure-sensing spring in the pen is faulty

At least, those are my assumptions. Whichever it may be, I'm not sure, as I'm a software dude, not a hardware dude. At any rate, you should try switching the nibs. And if that doesn't give you long term success, I'd say get a new pen altogether.

Hopefully that helps. Even though it seemed ridiculous that nobody would notice, I was initially scared that Huion's new 8192-pressure-sensitivity models were inherently faulty. Fortunately, that wasn't the case at all. They still work fantastically. Hopefully this will help you not cry when your new tablet doesn't work right. Well, at least until it's some other nonsense.

Addendum

Couple quick notes. First of all, I stuck with the New 1060 Plus over the Giano. I don't draw much as it is, and I tend to like doing linework on paper more, using the computer for applying fairly simple colors. As such, a huge tablet isn't really necessary for me. If I actually intended to regularly produce illustrations directly on the computer, I probably would have chosen the Giano.

The real truth, though, is that I actually didn't go with the New 1060 Plus. I went with the H1060P, which is literally the exact same thing but the pen doesn't need to be charged. It uses the whole electromagnetic resonance thing that Wacom has been using for a while now. Which is obviously awesome, because having to charge things sucks.

Of course, all this would be moot if Wacom decided to produce the Intuos 3 again, AKA the greatest tablet ever made. I suppose one can dream.

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