6 Accessories You Can Buy to Improve the Way You Use Photoshop

6 Accessories You Can Buy to Improve the Way You Use Photoshop

6 Accessories You Can Buy to Improve the Way You Use Photoshop

Photoshop Config for Logitech G600
My Photoshop profile for the Logitech G600 mouse


Gaming Keyboard or Programmable Gameboard

Are you a Photoshop speedster? Have your own set of custom Photoshop actions and keyboard shortcuts? Advance to the next level with a gaming keyboard or programmable gameboard. These keyboards have extra buttons to store your hotkeys and can even record a sequence of keystroke actions on the fly. You no longer have to remember the hotkey to your saved actions or custom keyboard shortcuts. If you work on multiple computers or need more keys, get a programmable gameboard like the Logitech G13 or Razer Orbweaver. They give you more keys and is more fashionable to transport than having a full-width keyboard stick out of your backpack. For my gaming keyboard, I’ve set the extra buttons to my most frequently used keys that I’ve customized with the Keyboard Shortcuts tool (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).

Photoshop Config for Logitech G110
My configuration on a Logitech G110 keyboard


Keyboard Stickers

Still learning your hotkeys? Get some keyboard stickers to help! They are the best way to train yourself to using hotkeys. Many times, we avoid using hotkeys because it is too much work to find out what the hotkey is. These stickers let you look down on your keyboard to remind you of the hotkeys that you want to use. There are several vendors to get your Photoshop keyboard stickers and we’re using the ones from Shortcut Stickers.

Photoshop Shortcut Stickers
Shortcut Stickers


iPad

Adobe has several apps that complements Photoshop; Eazel, Nav, and Color Lava. These three apps are currently only available on the iPad (Sorry Android folks!). My favorite is Adobe Nav which lets you control Photoshop using your iPad. It lets you use your iPad as a custom toolbar, document selector, and can even let you transfer images directly from iPad to Photoshop. Next is Adobe Eazel. This app lets you create paintings on your iPad and transfer them wirelessly to Photoshop. The last app is Adobe Color Lava. This app lets you mix colors like fingerpainting and create swatches that you can transfer to Photoshop. I never use Eazel or Color Lava but Adobe Nav is always running on my iPad.

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29 comments on “6 Accessories You Can Buy to Improve the Way You Use Photoshop”

  1. Nice tutorial! I was looking for a mouse especially photoshop mouse. The Gaming Mouse is really looking the best for it. It has a lot of features. I will buy this in a couple of months. Thank you!

  2. Check out the programmable Logitech Craft Keyboard, which has profiles for Photoshop, and now Lightroom.

    1. Adobe discontinued it a long time ago... not sure why. I really liked it and although it was simple and had connection issues, it was useful.

    1. Logitech G602 is a great mouse for Photoshop too. It came out after we wrote this article. The main difference is the sensor location. If you look at the bottom of the two mouse, the G700S is near the front where your finger tips are. The G602 sensor is located in the middle where your palms are. The G602 is better for gaming precision but the G700s sensor location gives you more freedom when moving the mouse in diagonal motions. If you find yourself rotating your mouse to move it in a diagonal motion, then the G700S is better. If you don't, the G602 will work fine.

  3. You can also try a new product called Palette (palettegear.com). It let's you program its modules and works really well with any Adobe product

  4. The plain black g700 mouse is discontinued but they still sell it on amazon.com for less than the g700s

    1. Click on the link in the article it brings you right there to the G700. But I recommend G700s because it has an upgraded and better optical sensor (so long as you don't mind the looks). The G700s has 8200dpi sensor and not sure what the G700 is but it's lower. Probably not noticeable though... the G700 is already really high DPI.

    1. I suggest that you create it yourself and customize it to what you use the most and what you're comfortable with.

    1. Now that Logitech has finally released their Logitech Gaming Software for Mac, I would recommend the Logitech G700. It is the best mouse you can get. Comfortable, smooth, and accurate. The gaming software is used to configure the keys.

  5. I'm curious to why Adobe didn't make their iPad apps for Android. Didn't they have something against Apple because of Flash?

    1. I just memorize them. Takes a few days to get the hang of it and a few weeks for it to become second nature. Try it out.. it's the best thing you can learn :)

    2. For the G-13 I took a tiny square of transparent tape and stuck it to the center key (G11). So now I don't even have to look down when I put my hand on the keypad. It's the same reason that your "F" and "J" keys on your keyboard have little raised areas on them. It's a way to quickly set your hand if they go astray.

    3. You can also screenshot your setup screen and either print it out or drag it to your second monitor if you use dual monitors. The functions are listed right on the setup screen.

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