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Hey! Two years on I'm gonna make an edit. Paint tool SAI does not require purchase. The trial is good, too. However, if you've found a way to download it for free, I cannot assure you it'll work, hence me emphasising on the SAI MUST BE BOUGHT stuff. lol XD

Sometimes you dig too deep. SAI is sometimes a very complicating and annoying son of an apple, but maybe you're looking too far into it. As suggested some users said, "Unplugging my tablet, restarting my computer and re-plugging my tablet works every time!" just don't forget to save.

If that doesn't work, you truly are in a shazaam and you're probably gonna have to do this stuffs 

Good luck :3

Now, there has been a lot of problems over this I'm gonna tell you what to do with some handy screenshots.
It gets really annoying when you lose pressure sensitivity and you're in the middle of drawing and that is because sometimes SAI can lose you're settings, after you have been told to remove all preferences and that, you, like me, may get no response from your pen but only when you press hard on it. I have found a great solution.
This might not work for all users, because of the type of laptop and the type of tablet because it has no sensitivity installed on it at all., but I hope that this will work for you.
Note: Before we go on I forgot to say that you need a tablet, Wacom [preferably] and you also have to have [purchased] SAI.
Without Pressure...:
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So, that's what it looks like. yours might be different though, but the next steps will help. Go to Others - Options - DigitalSupport
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Your settings should be at 0%, if it is at 100% then that is why you have to press so hard, if it is other than 0% then set it to that.
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Before you fiddle about with SAI, you still mustn't, for smoother lines go to Advanced settings and change your Quality to 4 (smoothest)
Size and Dens ticked. Come out of SAI (if in the middle of project save as a .sai)
Close then re open SAI and feel free to draw!
Any questions ask and I'd love to know that I've helped you ^^
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This will also work with trials, there are no more possible ways to download SAI so you must buy it ^_=

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sunInSkyXLoveInAir Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist
I have neither a wacom nor a bought version (cracked : p), but I tried it firstly on my notebook (didn't work), than on the notebook of my friend and well, it worked on hers.

Changed the thing you wrote about  and it worked on my notebook too. *yeaaah!* But then I tried the same stuff (+ the 'solution') on another notebook and were back to a fail again.

Conclusion: I think it depends on some 'registration editor'-stuff or a certain command in the system, rather than the type of tablet (though sure, a new one is better) or the SAI version.
xYoungShadowx Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a Kanvus tablet virtuoso 5001 and it doesn't move on sai. It works everywhere else but sai. I have tried going into options on sai, making sure the usb is connected before opening sai, reinstalling the driver, I need help.
SomethingSimsy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
If this doesn't work, try going to your tablet and deleting user preferences (if it's Wacom, at least), then restart Sai. This always works for me :3
AnnKristel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My tablet is called Kanvus 54 and YES. I don't have a Wacom tablet.
It does not work for me...
NoOnAcHaN Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2015
thanks a lot <3 it was 0 on my sai ><" but it worked then stopped :(
Myo-Senpai Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pen was working fine yesterday but now when I try to draw it makes these awful thick block lineart and I have no idea how to fix it
z0mdee Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Check to see if your tablet service is running. Like if you have wacom tablet or something, go to your start menu and search for "tablet" or "wacom" and there should be a wacom tablet properties or something. If it says it isn't running, that may be your problem. You're tablet is running from like super default settings (yeugh).

You can just right click on "Computer" > Click Manage > Services and Applications > Services > Then look for wacom service and turn them on by right clicking the service and choosing "Start" from the menu

It might not be exactly the same as above, as I have a wacom tablet, and windows 7 computer. But they shouldn't be TOO different.
kage-niji Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I just tried this after looking all over the internet, I restarted the Wacom Services and now it works again! Thank you so much for this <3
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I tried everything...nothing works.
ThisSoul Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this just makes my tablet stop working at all while using sai. cant even click anything with the pad. but its just the Pen tool that pressure dosnt work on. rest of the tools works just fine. 
Nightshade-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Hello ThisSoul! I had the same problem a few days ago!

What you wanna do is click on Others (O) where all your menus are (You know, where File, Edit, etc. all is)

Go down to Options (O)

Go to the Digitizer Support Tab

In the box next to Click Detection Pressure, set it to 100%

Click okay and it should fix that problem!
ThisSoul Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
well I already fixed the problem but thanks a lot anyway :D
Nightshade-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
LoL okay then. Have a good day :P
racles Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2015  New Deviant
sometimes it's not sai fault. it's wacom driver fault. Just try type 'services' on windows menu, then search 'wacom proffesional services'. 'stop' the services, then 'start' it again - i usually also press dat 'restart' button, just to make sure.

Hope it works. cause this is the most often problem dat i usually face.

don't forget to set like DynamoAlchemist said.

ScarletTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
This comment helped so much! Thankyou!! ^^
Meowberries Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've tried so many things, and nothing's worked.
I'm so done with SAI as I've had SO many problems with it in the past. .-. It's super buggy for me.
I'm just gonna start using Firealpaca zz.
CrossedChaos Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, this made it worse and I don't know how to fix it.
FukariNari Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Do any of you have Windows 8 or 8.1? That could also be a factor. Some programs that worked fine with Win 7 stop working with Win 8/8.1 
pomarril Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thaaank youu c:
Ungen333 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mine still doesn't work :cc
SpiritWolf2468 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here :/
Sekhmet-Ra-Ptah Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Yay! You are a life saver!
frostedsummers Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah... Mine just doesn't work :(
CooltigerzXx Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Thank you!! I love youuuu ^-^ 
eliariellis Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
what do i do if everything with pen pressure works fine but my binary brush doesnt work with pressure?? ive tried the advanced setting and it has the pressure turned on
DynamoAlchemist Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The binary tool will not allow pen pressure. It's more for pixel art. Like when you use MS Paint :) 
eliariellis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much! :D
ParanoiacMercenary Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You saved me! Thank you!
Syraana Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope...Still doesn't work for me...I ALWAYS have to reboot my PC when this happens, which is getting annoying as shit lately.
DestinyofInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg this helped me SO MUCH THANK YOU
You have no idea how grateful I am to you
shermenny4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it doesn't work for me... and it was the same thing that you show there...
shermenny4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
never mind, i just have to close it and them reopened WHO'S A CUTE WIDDLE PIRATE FOX? (Chat Icon) 
So you pressure sensitivity won't work unless you buy the license for sai?
Echo-The-Alpha Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no. It also works on the trial.
CharlieAscende Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Didn't work on my intuos5. the problem still remains even though I tried every method of it.
iAMSTiTch3s Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had this issue.
What worked for me was first unplugging my tablet, closing SAI, plugging my tablet back in, and opening SAI again.
Worked every time.
BIurryface Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  New Deviant
Let me marry you
iAMSTiTch3s Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, gg :P
BIurryface Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  New Deviant
gg wp commend
iAMSTiTch3s Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha xd
shadow-andthe-shade Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I wasn't expecting it to work. I was wrong. Thanks so much <3
iAMSTiTch3s Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, no probs :3
IzMeow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god thanks, that actually worked x3
iAMSTiTch3s Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, np :3
JinxTheKillerCat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Doesn't work. At all. I have the trial, I turned it to 100, then switched it back again, both ways didn't do shit. Now my goddamn brush tool won't even appear on the canvas when I try and use it, so I'm fucked because nothing works!
Stuff987 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
dosnt work..
tried to reinstall the latest driver too and didnt work
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