Loupedeck’s new Photoshop plugin makes controlling Adobe’s app a gratifying yet efficient experience

Loupedeck, the developer of custom consoles for photo and video editing has released a new plugin for Adobe Photoshop based on Adobe’s Unified Extensibility Platform (UXP). It provides an enhanced editing experience with Loupedeck CT and Loupedeck Live. The plugin is now available in the Creative Cloud marketplace across all regions, at no additional cost to Loupedeck users.

The plugin works with Photoshop version 22 and higher. If you use a Loupedeck CT or Loupedeck Live, you’ll experience faster overall performance as well as feature improvements, including the ability to add adjustment layers and control corresponding parameters with dials and the wheel, reset individual adjustments, control Font settings, and scroll through and view the history panel with a dial or the wheel.

Before you can do all of that, you’ll need to make sure the Loupedeck plugin loads in Photoshop. From the Plugins menu, there’s a panel specifically to make sure Adobe’s app does. Once that is OK, you can start working with the Loupedeck Live or CT — I tested with the CT as that one obviously gives you the most options.

As this was the first time I controlled Photoshop with a Loupedeck CT, I was really impressed with the ability to control both foreground and background colours with the wheel; it’s so much better than doing it with a mouse or a Wacom Intuos even, that it makes your heart jump.

The new plugin offers much control over pretty much everything, but one example I use often is Curves. Here it works out in the ability to adjust colour channel curves and control curve points separately. For example, adding a point on the curve involves pressing one of the touch buttons to add the point and then turn on the associated dials to change the curve around this point. The whole process is akin to what you see in film colour editing software like Da Vinci Resolve and, as users of those applications will tell you, it gives you much more control than is possible with anything else.

At the time of writing, though, some of the controls weren’t documented yet and it takes some experimenting with the Loupedeck CT to understand which of the device’s controls do what in Photoshop.

The Loupedeck now also offers smoother control over Brush settings and Zoom In/Out functions. Especially the Brush settings are sweet: you push the third round button on the CT while clicking the left mouse button and up pops the Brush settings menu. Turning the associated dials lets you set the opacity, hardness and size of the brush.

With a Loupedeck, you can create macros — a set of actions, shortcuts or other commands that run in a sequence and are living under a button, dial, or the wheel. This now becomes possible for Photoshop users as well by combining Photoshop actions within the Loupedeck software. I didn’t try this out, but I’m sure it’s as user-friendly and simple as it is with other apps.

The new plugin allows users to exert full control over Layer Properties and the Quick Actions that Adobe introduced in Photoshop 2020. There’s also better performance with Camera Raw workflows with a separate workplace reserved for these in the Loupedeck CT setup.

The Loupedeck Creative Tool is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online store and Amazon.com for $549.

The Loupedeck Live is now available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online store and Amazon.com for $269.

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