Custom keypad puts Photoshop toolbar at your fingertips

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DIY Photoshop keypad by 3dDecors
A screen doesn't have to separate you from your Photoshop toolbar.
Photo: 3dDecors

Once you learn the task behind each symbol, the toolbar in Adobe Photoshop becomes a natural extension of a photographer’s creativity. Stylistic flourishes are just clicks away.

Now, the toolbar can be physically at your fingertips.

A designer from Ukraine has transformed the iconic on-screen toolbar into an actual keypad he sells on Etsy.

The creator behind 3dDecors hasn’t done anything new. As mentioned by the photography website PetaPixel, customizable counsels, including Pallete and Loupedeck, have been on the market providing alternatives to the mouse or touchpad.

But those more sophisticated commercial counsels come with unfamiliar buttons, dials and sliders. Each would require a learning curve. The 3dDecors DIY toolbars assign each key the identical icon of each task. There are encoder dials that allow you to adjust brush size or toggle through some of the options of each individual tool.

DIY Photoshop keypad by 3dDecors
Also available in a number pad layout if you prefer.
Photo: 3dDecors

Two styles of keypads come in black, white or aluminum. One has two rows of keys and looks more like the on-screen toolbar. The other had the boxy look of a number pad.

Design news website Yanko Design, which first featured the keypad, and PetaPixel showed off both styles. For now, it appears 3dDecors Etsy shop has only one of the styles in stock for $170.