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    • The killer feature of the Loupedeck+ is editing in Full Screen. No keyboard or mouse can do this. While the photo fills up the entire screen in the Lightbox, I can still edit it! 

      All of the adjustments knobs and buttons work like in normal editing mode. I can even move on to editing the next photo in Full Screen by pressing the right arrow key. On a dual-screen setup, it isn’t as mind-blowing as it is on a single screen.

    • When editing on an ultra-wide monitor, I like to toggle on the Before / After mode. This way, I can see the original and the edited version of the photo. Having an original as a reference keeps me from going overboard with excessive editing. 

      Pressing fn + Before / After also works in the Fullscreen Mode toggling between the original and the edited version.

    • The are many more functions and modes such as adjustment brushes and graduated filters that are also accessible with buttons and knobs on the Loupedeck+ that I haven’t covered in this review.

      Deeper dive in the Loupedeck Configuration Software (Mac and PC compatible) highlights its incredible customization options.

    • Buttons and knobs customization is straightforward and intuitive. All of the available options are listed groups of tasks and functions.

    • I use Loupedeck+ only for Lightroom editing, but it also works with After Effects, Audition, Aurora HDR, Capture One, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.

    • Loupedeck+ is a second generation of the Loupedeck originally crowdfunded on Indiegogo in 2016. This newer version has improved on the overall build quality while adding a few more knobs, buttons, and functions. There is also a brand new Loupedeck CT (Creative Tool) selling for $550, which is fantastic, but it is an overkill for my Lightroom workflow. I can see it being useful for music and video editing with its incredibly deep customization.

      For my Lightroom editing needs, Loupedeck+ is perfect. 

      If I could only suggest improvement in the next version, it would be to add a light indicator for each knob. The same light indicator already used on the Loupedeck+ for changing color channel modes would do fine. This way, I could see at a glance which knobs have adjustments. This indicator would be super useful when pasting adjustment settings between different photos. 

      Please feel to ask any questions about the Loupedeck+, and I would happily answer them here. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this review and learned a new way of editing Lightroom fun again!

      P.S. All of the photos in this review were edited in Lightroom using a Loupedeck+ 😉

    • Great Review Vilen, Looks impressive. I can see how that would be a great help. Guess it take a little gettig use to but once you are you'd fly thoguth edits with that, the full screen edits would certainly be a great advantage. Have fun with it.

    • Thanks for the review! I've seen the original Indiegogo campaign, but by the time it shipped, I was already out of my photography cycle and couldn't justify spending on a tool that would just sit in a drawer. But as a former event photographer, I can see very well how efficient it can be, and if I ever find myself doing any serious shooting, I will definitely consider getting one.

    • Nice work on the review. I looked at it a while ago.

      But I've been using Photoshop since V1.1 and I just prefer working in PSD to Lightroom.

      If I *had* to use Lightroom I'd be all over that Deck.

    • Very interesting @Vilen - I know nothing about this device, but it seems to offer physical knobs and buttons for on screen sliders of the basic editing sliders. I also see a Color/BW knob - is this for choosing the color profile for each image?

      The ability to edit in full screen is quite appealing, although I can see full screen images fairly quickly by pressing the F key currently.

      Does it offer a means to alter the Luminosity Curve and and its RGB values?

      Does it offer the various Adjustment Brushes with the Color and Luminosity Range controls also? I looked for these but did not see knobs for either of them, or am I just a noob who over looked them? How do you alter your brush sizes?

      Can you use the LoupDeck on files that you ship out Photoshop for selective editing too? Or do you need to switch to a keyboard for that?

      I do appreciate the time crunch for event shooters who need to provide a large number of final images very quickly - controlled lighting and jpgs to the rescue for some of them....

      We have chatted briefly about the frustrations with LR with many large files, - I suspect many of my delays are with some drive activity in the background when I see the colored beach ball I can hear my Promise Raid huffing in the background doing something - not sure what, since my external Adobe editing drive space is on my 1 Tb boot SSD

    • Great review, Vilen. I don’t know how I spend so much time in photography and yet I had never heard of a Loupedeck. I’m still having problems envisioning how cropping works but it sounds like they figured it out.

      I’ve been watching reviews of the new CT version on YouTube. Seems smaller because they made several buttons electronic and thus more quickly switchable to different functions.

      I’m a heavy user of Premier and I can see how this would simplify life. A lot.

    • I’m struggling to understand how I’d use it much with Photoshop but I’m buying a CT, so I’ll find out. Maybe I just lack vision. The killer tool with Photoshop, in my opinion, is a Wacom tablet.

    • Loupedeck + works in Photoshop. It may not be as customizable or robust as the Loupedeck CT but here are the things you could do with it in the Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (info from their site):

      - Categorize images with stars and colors

      - Faster navigation – no need to search panels and functions

      - Easily run smart filters with Loupedeck+’s configurable buttons

      - Color correct images using HSL scrolls that work seamlessly with Adobe’s HSL-adjustments tab

      - Fine tune your images with tone curves, details (sharpening, noise reduction), split toning, lens corrections, effects (vignette, grain) and use camera calibration to fix tones

      - Edit raw images effortlessly with Loupedeck+’s simplified workflow

      - Quick, clear and simple navigation between Camera Raw’s complex panels

      - Make quick and easy color, shading and other adjustments with just the turn of a knob

      - Greatly improves the editing workflow for Photoshop usersBoost raw images with Loupedeck+ before editing them fully with Photoshop

    • Great questions @Pathfinder. Let me see if I can answer them to the best of my knowledge:

      I also see a Color/BW knob - is this for choosing the color profile for each image?

      The Color / BW button turns the photo into a Black and White, so you can quickly see what it will look like. You can then also play with scroll wheels for each color channel to boost certain tones like skin or darken the sky.

      Does it offer a means to alter the Luminosity Curve and and its RGB values?

      Dedicated knobs for adjusting highlights, shadows and blacks already change the shape of the luminosity curve (as far as I understand). You could turn on the button for editing Hue, Saturation or Luminosity, which works per specific color channel. Am I understanding your question correctly?

      Does it offer the various Adjustment Brushes with the Color and Luminosity Range controls also? I looked for these but did not see knobs for either of them, or am I just a noob who over looked them? How do you alter your brush sizes?

      Yes you can use Adjustment Brushes right on the Loupedeck+ by pressing an L1. When brush mode is activated the Control Dial is used for adjusting the size of the brush while the D1 controls the feathering.

      Can you use the LoupDeck on files that you ship out Photoshop for selective editing too? Or do you need to switch to a keyboard for that?

      I haven't used it in Photoshop, but I would imagine that it would work since it already supports editing in Photoshop directly.

      I found Loupedeck+ Manual to be incredibly useful for discovering hidden shortcuts and tips.

    • Yes, thank you for the link to the manual - adjustment brushes are available

      BUT - Loupedeck supports Lightroom version 6 and Lightroom Classic CC v 7.4 or higher, BUT Cloud Based Lightroom CC is not supported. -

      Took me a minute to parse Adobe's naming system , but the web based LR mobile is not supported, but standard subscription based Lightroom CC Classic is supported. Correct?

      Interresting device, Loupedeck +. It might grow on me yet. Christmas is coming...

    • For video editing Loupedeck CT makes more sense even though it is double the price. Each hour saved in productivity is worth it. I didn’t get a Loupedeck CT only because I need it for the Lightroom and occasional Photoshop edits. @Chris I would recommend the CT for you too.

    • it looks great, intuitive to use, if only I was stationary I would be all over it...a little too big for my lifestyle sadly.

      Love the idea of being able to edit in a full screen