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What I'm using. (Sorta)


I'll admit that I'm a sucker for gadgets and accessories, especially when they promise to streamline my workflow. I've had my eye on Palette for a long time so when I got a chance to try it out, I was super excited. This was a pricey purchase so if you're thinking of giving Palette a try, there are a few things to consider. 

Firstly, the design and build quality of the hardware is great! They are really enjoyable to use and feel very sturdy.  Second, this can be used with multiple Adobe apps and is totally customizable. Each button, knob, or slider can be snapped together in a variety of ways to fit your workspace and are programmable to perform different functions. For instance, you can have your slider control the opacity of a shape in Illustrator or have it scale the canvas up and down. Or you can have the buttons take the place of the redo and undo shortcuts on your keyboard. Personally, I found that to be pretty handy!


As much as I like using this tool, its been way too buggy to incorporate into my day to day work. I use Adobe Illustrator for almost everything and I've read other complaints about Palette not working well with that program. However, this does work well with Photoshop so it'll be a tool I hang on to but doubt I'll use often.

I can see this being very useful for a photographer who is doing a lot of editing or someone who is doing digital art in Photoshop. Even though Palette has a lot of pros, the cons, coupled with the price, makes this a bit of disappointment. When it works, it works great! But, having to unplug and plug it in over and over makes it more of an annoyance than a time saver. That said, if youre used to working with Photoshop or Lightroom, this might be the editing tool you're looking for, but if the majority of your work is done in Illustrator, you might wanna wait for Palette Gear to work out the kinks before you plunk down over $200.

Sean Miller