Photoshop Pencil Tool Won't Draw


I've been struggling with this for some time now. The tool is set to pencil tool. The color is set to black. The layer is at the top of the layer stack. But still it won't draw a simple line.

Interesting thing though: if I bump up the size of the pencil tip and draw back and forth, I get some random bits drawn in.

Using CS5. Thanks for your help.

6/20/2013 9:59:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You can try cleaning the controls:

In the brush menu, choose Clear Brush Controls. You will need to do this with the tool set to pencil (and also to brush if you are having trouble with both):

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6/20/2013 10:16:00 PM

Make certain the Blend mode for the Pencil Tool is set to normal. Check the Control Bar. Painting tools can have a blend mode set specifically to the tool.

blend modes