I've recently began using a drawing program that requires the use of macros / keyboard shortcuts to really be efficient. I use a Wacom tablet to draw with but due to my stature, reaching over the tablet to press the necessary keys is rather cumbersome and annoying.
My plan is to make a set of switches, preferably at least eight, that can be programmed to register as keys on your average keyboard. I don't need the keys to light up but I would like to add a RGB strip to the bottom of the piece, this strip will really only be a solid color or a fading / chasing rainbow effect (Whichever lends itself to be easier / simpler).
I would like to use Cherry MX Switches as I have a package of ten already. Otherwise everything else is up for grabs. If the switches I have aren't compatible then I am willing to replace them as well.
This being my first Arduino / Programming related project I figured it'd be best to come here for some assistance on what board(s) would be necessary and so on.
I've watched a few videos on how to make these boards but none showcase an added rgb light strip. I'm looking to keep this system as compact as possible as well.