Palette Gear: modular alternative to Loupedeck for Lightroom, Photoshop and Co.

Palette Gear is a modular mixer for Adobe programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop as well as for Final Cut Pro X and Capture One Pro. Due to the structure in the form of modules and the connectivity with many different programs, it is a good alternative to Loupedeck. loud deck I already introduced you at the end of last year; it is also a control panel - albeit with a fixed structure and primarily designed for Adobe Lightroom. It's still not available, which is why this is supposed to be Palette Gear. An interesting concept, but one that also has a few negative points.

The individual modules of Palette Gear: Core, Knob, Knob and Slider. Source: manufacturer's website
The individual modules of Palette Gear: Core, Knob, Knob and Slider. Source: manufacturer's website

Edit photo and video with faster workflow

If you edit photos and videos as a hobby, then you can actually already stop reading. Because this tool is basically only for the professional workspace; So for people who want to improve their workflow profitably. Because laypeople and hobby photographers could certainly use the Palette Gear Modules well, but they are quite expensive. After all, you already pay 239,99 euros for the Palette Gear Starter Kit. Individual modules then cost from 39,99 euros upwards.

Compatible software

Der laut Manufacturer site functions, controls and shortcuts of the following programs can be assigned to the individual control units:

  • Lightroom CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Premiere Pro CC
  • After Effects CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • InDesign CC
  • Audition CC
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Capture One Pro

Theoretically, however, there are also a myriad of others Apps and programs can be operated with the controllers. Because the individual control units of the Palette Gear can be assigned key combinations, so that simple cutting, pasting and copying is just as possible as calibrating the saturation or zooming in on an image or a video section. Incidentally, the sliders are an exception to keyboard shortcuts, but they can be used for system settings such as brightness and volume.

What about Serif's Affinity Photo?

As with Loupedeck, the setting options in Palette Gear are primarily focused on Adobe products. Sure, they are market leaders in the professional field of photo and video in use. However (in my opinion) software like Affinity Photo by Serif not be left out. The serious alternative to Photoshop has the same functions and similar menus. In the future, I see Affinity Photo as a serious competitor to Photoshop, as it offers the same functionality for a much lower one-time price.

Recommended reading: A hobbyist's quick comparison of Photoshop and Affinity Photo

Buy Palette Gear Kit and Buttons

Of course, this professional support for the creative workflow in Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Co. is also available on Amazon. If you want to buy a Palette Gear Kit with core, rotary control, slider and buttons, then I have put together different sets for you:

Expert kit
In addition to the core, the Palette Gear Expert Kit comes with two buttons, two sliders and three rotary knobs. So if you want to shorten the seven functions that you use all the time, this is the tool of choice.
Professional kit
The Palette Gear Professional Kit includes the computing and control unit as well as four buttons, four sliders and six rotary units. At the beginning it is best to write down which module does what - but after a while you will be so quick to use that the investment is (possibly) worthwhile.

Your opinion?

Do you make a living from editing photos and / or videos? If so, what do you think of Palette Gear - a great way to speed up work, or expensive bells and whistles? Feel free to leave your opinion on the Palette Gear as a comment;)

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