This article covers the basics necessary to start loading and creating profiles. For a more in-depth look at what you can do with Palette profiles, see this article.
- What is a Profile?
- Creating a Profile
- Quick Start Profiles
- Assigning Modules
- Saving & Managing Profiles
What is a Profile?
Simply put, a profile defines how each Palette module controls your target application.
PaletteApp can accommodate up to 15 profiles at any given time. Profiles can be saved and shared among Palette users.
When working between multiple applications, PaletteApp can automatically switch to a corresponding profile as you switch apps.
You can also create multiple profiles for a single application. This offers you multiple functions per module. See Profile Switching for details.
Creating a Profile
To create a new profile, simply select the plus (+) sign at the top of PaletteApp, then choose your target application from the list. A quick start profile will load automatically if available.
Palette integrations such as Lightroom Classic and Photoshop are listed first. Running apps without a Palette integration will show up at the bottom of the PaletteApp window or after selecting "Open Apps" from the left sidebar. You can still create profiles for these applications, using keyboard shortcuts and system-level Media functions to control them.
To see all running applications, scroll to the bottom of the PaletteApp window and select "Update app list".
Windows: Ctrl+T or Ctrl+N creates a new blank profile
Mac: Command+T or Command+N creates a new blank profile
Quick Start Profiles
Quick start profiles help you quickly set up Palette for a variety of apps and workflows.
There are multiple for each of our most popular applications, divided by type and by the size of Palette kit.
- How to Open: a quick start profile will automatically open when creating a new tab (as long as one is available for the target app). Select any app icon or press the + sign at the top of PaletteApp to create a new tab.
- Profile Switching: Most quick start profiles leave one button unassigned and highlighted in Red. This is to allow for the easy assignment of global functions like Function Switching > Next Profile.
- Select another Quick Start profile: To open a different quick start profile in your current tab, select the Quick Start icon at bottom centre and select any profile.
- Open in New Tab: To open a quick start profile in a new tab, select the Quick Start icon at bottom centre, hover over your desired profile, and select the + button at right.
Whether or not a module is currently assigned, clicking on it will bring up the Module Settings window.
From here, you can re-assign it. A typical module settings window for Lightroom (Classic & 6) is shown below.
- Assignment Mode: Palette integrations such as Photoshop CC will default to showing pre-configured functions in Application Mode. Customize the response of each module with Sensitivity (Dial) and Range (Dial and Slider) accessible under the Advanced drop down.
You can select other modes to change how each module is assigned individually. For example, Keyboard Mode allows you to send keyboard shortcuts with a Palette module.
- Function List and Search: Select your desired function from the list. Functions are grouped according to their type—for example, functions corresponding to the Basic, Tone Curve, and HSL panels in Lightroom.
- Name and Color (Optional): Help remember the assignment of each module by choosing a color for its LED ring. The Custom Name field allows you to change how each module is named in PaletteApp.
- Clear All and Done: Select Clear All to remove any existing assignments from a module. Select Done to save a new assignment.
Saving & Managing Profiles
There are four icons at the bottom left of every Palette profile: Rotate, Save, Open, and Share.
- Rotate Setup: If the physical orientation of your Palette kit doesn't match what's shown in PaletteApp, click this icon to rotate the on-screen layout 90º clockwise at a time.
- Save Profile As: Keyboard shortcut Command+S (MacOS) or Control+S (Windows). Save your profile locally as a .plp file.
- Open Profile: Keyboard shortcut Command+O (MacOS) or Control+O (Windows). Open a locally-saved profile.
- Upload & Share Profile: This will submit your profile to the Palette team to be uploaded to our Community Profiles page. Please note: these uploads are synchronized with website development and may not be visible until the next site update.
Read More: Working with Profiles