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Adobe Nav connects with Photoshop to show thumbnail view of the opened documents.
Do you need all these gadgets? Which gadget are the most helpful?
There’s all these gadgets and in the end of the day, it comes down to if they help or not. The most useful are my Logitech G600 mouse and G110 keyboard. The precision of a gaming mouse compared to my old laptop mouse is day and night. Not only are they more precise, they have smooth feet which makes gliding the mouse effortless. The extra buttons speed up my workflow a lot and I use them all the time. If you’re not already using a high-quality mouse, you should look into getting one. Having the extra buttons on your mouse and keyboard definitely speeds up your workflow, but you really need to force yourself to practice using them. Like learning a skill, it takes practice.
The next most useful tool for me is the iPad which I use a lot just for Adobe Nav. I no longer have to scroll through the different tabs in my Photoshop workspace to find the right document. With Adobe Nav, I get a thumbnail view of all the documents I have opened and I can just tab on the one I want to open. It can also be used as a tool selector but if you know your Photoshop hotkeys, you won’t be using it.
Finally, it comes down to the tablet, keyboard stickers, and 3D mouse. I don’t have a 3D mouse but it looks promising and I’d like to give it a try. The keyboard stickers are nice to have but and I’ve learnt a few more hotkeys that I never even knew existed. They’re not expensive and I highly recommend them because they’re a great way to learn your hotkeys. As for the tablet, I use a small Wacom Intuos5. Some people use their pen tablets all the time and some people leave it sitting to collect dust. I’m in between – using it only when necessary. Having a tablet does give you access to tools in Photoshop that you can’t use with a mouse. For example, if you have a pen tablet with tilt-sensitivity, you’ll be able to use the airbrushes in Photoshop CS6 - this is great for digital painters. But most of the time, a pen tablet is only useful if you can control it better than a mouse.