Photoshop idea, new tool

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Hi everyone,
I had an idea few months ago and wanted to know if there's an email or portal to share it with adobe.
The idea is to create a tool wich will interact with Photoshop (and other adobe programs but I have not thought this part completely through) in order to be faster in editing, more precise and for the artists, do something you can't actualy. The few people I show it to are very excited about it.
I have of course a blueprint and a presentation, just searching who to send it to.
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Kevin
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You could do this using the Photoshop connections API/SDK -- something similar was already done for tablet apps to drive Photoshop.
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This Forum is the place for Photoshop Feature Requests and is being monitored by Adobe personnel.

But quite frankly I fail to understand your request so far.
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I'd like to create au prototype, the mechanical part is not a problem but its interaction with photoshop is beyond my knowledge (coding) and I think it's not possible (software security) without their help.
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What are you trying to achieve?
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To make it simple, to create a tool (like the image upper) which will allow (like mixing table for the sound) to modify multiple layers, parameters (by example levels) at the same time, not one by one. I'm putting an example below
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I see little benefit in that what with non-destructive approaches (like Adjustment Layers) and automation capabilities (like Scripting) in place already.
But I may be missing your point ...
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Are you only going to have 4 sliders that you can reconfigure quickly to adjust whatever you want at a particular moment or you are going to have hundreds sliders, one value that has been adjusted for each layer of a particular document?

How would remember of what slider does what?

Are these sliders in a physical box with wires that connect to something on your computer, or are they an onscreen overlay of some sort. If physical, then how would you configure what slider was bound to what adjustments, and if an overlay what happens when the screen is full of sliders and you can't see your document to adjust it?

Additionally, I don't understand about "at the same time" in your Levels example. Do you mean to adjust the Input Blacks and Whites and Output Blacks and Whites levels simultaneously to the same value--which makes no sense since you don't want the blacks and whites all the same value as it would lead to a single-color document, or do you mean you'd want to adjust a particular Levels value, for example the Blacks value in Levels, on multiple layers at the same time, where A is the Blacks of Layer 1 and B is the Blacks of Layer 2, etc.

What is a real-world scenario of using this device to control PS? Are you on stage with a Photoshop document on a big screen behind you, your band members are jamming away, and you're under the effects of chemical substances you've smoked, ingested or injected so cannot be bothered with precise mouse movements? Or is this physical interface for someone without hands, that can more easily move sliders with other body parts that have been pre-configured by an assistant to map to PS control values?
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Hi,
Firstly thank you for your reply, I will try to answer at my best (I'm not a native in English)

I choose 4 sliders because for most of the editing, that would suffise. For each situation (you can save profils) you will be able to decide wihch one do what but by default it would be simple. Here's two examples :

-You have four layer, wiht different blending mode and you want to change the opacity of each one to get the perfect result. Actualy you have to do one after the other, sometimes restarting with the first one and so. With this tool, you select the four layers and ajust the opacity simultaniously (top layer will be the first sliders, second the second and so...).
You will be faster, more precise and even discover things you couldn't expect (for artists)

-You want to add a color balance layer
With the scroll you'll be able to change from midtones to other
With the first three sliders, you'll modify the color.
Like before, you'll be able to change each color at the same time, providing efficiency.

The sliders would be attach to a box, similar to a control panel for music mixing and connected to the computer by USB. I'm right handed so I was seeing, the mouse at my right, the keybord in the front and this tool near my left hand.

For the level example it's about the same. Of course there's no point in moving the maximums at the same time. But You could move the black, the white and the central cursor at the same time.
Why? to do a special effect, cuting out hair, modifiying a clipping mask based on color chanel and so....

Finally, about a real-world scenario of using this device, I do a lot of creative work this would help a lot in term of speed but the important part is going further, testing things we can't actually do (even if you modify the opacity of the four layers one by one, to find what you really searching for would be left to luck).
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