Palette Tips: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Kit’s Potential

By: Kaylee Lock-O’Connor

How do you maximize your potential with Palette?

If you’ve set up your kit and made a profile or two you’re already on the way, but you might be missing out on some opportunities to improve your workflow even further.

It takes time to find the perfect layout for your kit, let alone to decide what adjustments you want to devote each module to. By utilizing our Profile Switching feature, you won’t need to compromise.

For example, your Lightroom workflow probably incorporates several distinct stages. There’s culling — combing through your latest shoot, making decisions on which photos to keep and how you’ll use them. From there, maybe you’ll rough out levels in the Basic panel or perhaps make some finer tweaks and local adjustments. If you edit video, Premiere’s non-linear workflow often means you’ll be jumping back-and-forth between assembly, colour grading, effects, and audio mixing.

As you can imagine, trying to accommodate every unique stage of your work with one set of controls is not only difficult, but it would take dozens of modules — the majority of which will go often unused while you handle other tasks. There’s a better way.

By using multiple profiles, each dedicated to one of these stages, it’s easy for your Palette profile to complement your stage of workflow, while exposing only the tools you need at any given moment.

Use a button assigned to “Next Profile” or dial assigned to “Cycle Profiles” to navigate between each profile. Set your core’s LED color and profile name for easy identification of each profile. Switch efficiently between profiles by enabling the preference “Skip profiles of other applications” — now Palette will only cycle through profiles that are targeted to your current app.

RC created a great video if you’re looking for more information on profile switching.

RC Conception explains how to use Profile Switching to get the most from his Palette kit

Palette’s modularity and custom colours are only the beginning of the customizable features. Dials and sliders now have “sensitivity” and “range” functions, respectively.

Here’s an example for photographers using Lightroom to straighten an image — while cropping photos, we find that the full 90 degrees of range can be excessive, by adjusting the range you can set it so that it’s only +/- 5 degrees, resulting in a more sensitive slider adjustment.

Similar application for exposure, the full +/- 5 stops can be excessive. If you tend to only go +/- 2 stops, under the advanced settings of Exposure in the PaletteApp, adjust the values as needed.

Likewise, our Sensitivity control allows you to change each dial’s response independently. Do you heap on certain adjustments but tweak others sparingly? Use a high sensitivity setting to max out adjustments within a turn or two, while low sensitivity allows maximum precision for smaller adjustments.

Check out our video on Range and Sensitivity for Premiere Pro for potential video use cases.

Not to be forgotten, sensitivity can also be adjusted for keyboard shortcuts!

Palette Advanced Features: Range and Sensitivity for Premiere Pro

Now as fun as it can be to spend a day editing photos and videos, Lightroom and Premiere are only two potential applications of many you may use.
Just because you may be done working in an Adobe app doesn’t mean you need to pack up your Palette. There are profiles available for other apps like Google Chrome, Spotify, and Final Cut, but there’s more.

Keyboard mode lets you use a dial or button for a shortcut of your choice in ANY APP — in the case of a dial, three shortcuts. Personally, I find that using Palette modules while working in Google Sheets and Excel makes tedious work more enjoyable. The satisfying click of a button while copying and pasting values or turning a dial to activate a macro stops the internal groan caused by tedious repetitive actions.

Bringing it back to the creative space, there are many applications we want to natively integrate with, but without SDK access, our team is limited. While we develop those relationships, you can use keyboard mode with your Palette button and dials for those applications. For example, lots of Palette owners use Photo Mechanic with our keyboard mode, adding the same ease to culling and tagging as they enjoy when developing in Lightroom.

We have a keyboard mode video as well, but you’ll notice it’s a bit outdated, it was released before PaletteApp 2.1. We’re working on creating a new one though, if you subscribe to our YouTube channel and enable notification you’ll know as soon as it’s released.

Using Palette’s Keyboard mode to control any software (Note: old PaletteApp)

Give these features a try and let us know how it goes! As always, if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, send us an email at support@palettegear.com

Cheers!

Palette is building a new generation of personalized peripherals. Magnetically connecting sliders, dials and buttons for faster editing. Partnered with Adobe.