My Huion Tablet Pen Won't Reach Max Pressure!
Published: April 15, 2019
Your pen is broken. Either the nib is bad, or the pen itself is.
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 right, 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.
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:
- Some of the nibs provided were warped/damaged at some point or weren't manufactured properly
- 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.
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.
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