Take Control of Lightroom Using Touch Gestures with ‘The Touch’ App

The Touch is a Mac app created by Arctic Whiteness that allows photographers and videographers to get a better handle on Lightroom and Final Cut Pro X by adding extensive touch gesture functionality.

Using The Touch and either a magic trackpad or the company’s free iPad app, you never have to take your eyes off your work in order to tweak it. You can adjust sliders, move through photos, and even set star ratings without ever glancing down at the keyboard or digging through side panels.

The app allows users to do this by providing a set of preprogrammed one, two, three, four, and five-finger gestures and taps that combine to provide most of the functionality you’ll need when editing in either Lightroom of Final Cut.

If you edit on a laptop, you can already used The Touch with the trackpad built into your MacBook Pro. If, however, you intend on using The Touch on an iMac, you’ll have to have a Magic Trackpad or an iPad handy. Here’s another ad showing off The Touch’s functionality using the company’s free iPad app add-on:

Getting used to the gesture controls will probably take some time, but once you have all the taps and swipes down, you’ll be able to disable the app’s automatic HUD, close those side panels, and start editing your photos fullscreen. You can learn more about the app or pick up your copy for $20 by visiting Arctic Whiteness’ website here.

The Touch [Arctic Whiteness via Cult of Mac]

  • Tim

    It seems to me that what those people really need is a proper tablet.

  • Fanechka Bronson

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  • jones

    i think im gonna hook up my piano to lightroom, press one keyboard and its a brush!!! :)))

  • Håvard Fandrem

    It looks pretty cool, but there’s no way I’ll pay a whooping 20 dollars for it.

  • Tom Blachford

    A super neat idea and good execution but as someone who spends 30+ hours a week in lightroom there is no way this is going to save me any time, the adjustments are too imprecise. For me a combination of +/- to alter exposure (full stop to cycle adjustment targer) and hovering over an adjustment with the mouse and using UP/Down keys is as fast as i need and super precise.

  • G

    Seriously Petapixel, this is pretty much just a marketing blurb! I blog like this might not have the highest journalistic ambitions, but should still have some editorial integrity.

    Not sure I buy it though, keyboard short cuts and a mouse gives me all the control I need (and more precise control), and for the “you never have to take your eyes off your work in order to tweak it”.. come on.. This is a made up problem and just another lame attempt to wow us with the ‘magic’ of gestures.

  • Vincent Zorzi

    The release of The Touch has been met with a hugely positive response, and we’re thrilled that you guys like it. Nevertheless, we want to make it better still – your opinion is really important to us, so please take 30 seconds to respond to our mini questionnaire :

  • honu

    and how do you adjust the tint ?