Anastasiy Safari

MagicPicker 6.3 - Faster, better, mightier!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Sep 25, 2018 Under Adobe, Tools, Tips&tricks, color wheel, panels, photoshop

I updated my professional color picking plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

MagicPicker 6.3 - professional color wheel panel

MagicPicker 6.3 - professional color wheel panel

WHAT’S NEW:
– NEW! Slight color adjustment with Shift+click on the inner side of color wheel (box, triangle, etc). The color pointer moves towards the cursor.
– Significant UI performance boost (new framework) on Photoshop/Illustrator CC, all versions. Especially on CC 2018+
– UI improvement in Keyboard Shortcuts dialog on Photoshop CS6
– Improved Black & White button behavior in BIG colors mode
– Fixed problem with clicking Background color swatch in BIG colors mode
– Fixed problem with wrong CMYK values on Illustrator in some scenarios
– On Illustrator CC and higher currently selected color swatch is now correctly displayed on the top
– Improved panel title display in Compact Mode
– Greatly improved and optimized Compact Mode in different scenarios, especially when quickly moving cursor aroud the panel
– Improved LDT Cube behavior when using eyedropper in some scenarios
Upgrade MagicPicker here
Read more about MagicPicker, the Professional Color Picking plugin for Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator


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Just updated my color mixing plugin for Photoshop!

MixColors 3.0: Keyboard Shortcuts for color mixing, auto-gradient groups, more!

MixColors 3.0: Keyboard Shortcuts for color mixing, auto-gradient groups, more!

What’s new in MixColors 3.0:

NEW! Smart Color Groups – next generation of color swatches. Auto-gradient between Photoshop
foreground & background or between any colors! Easily get colors inbetween. Smart resizing of the groups
so you have only the swatches you need. Shift+click to mix to current color.

NEW! Clear Color History, Undo/Redo colors with Keyboard Shorcuts
NEW! Quickly add color swatches to the mix with Shift+click! Drag’n’drop swatches to the mixing area,
single-click to set current color
NEW! Easily assign Keyboard Shortcuts using integrated Keyboard Shortcuts dialog wih new features:
– Add new Color Swatch
– Add new Color Group
– Create new Smart Color Group
– Add Foreground Color into Color Mix
– Clear Color History
– Undo/Redo Color (Navigate Color History, click to get back to older colors you chose for Photoshop Foreground)
– Pick Color from Color Mix into History
– Turn on Mix Eyedropper mode
– Toggle Auto-Sync mode
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color (no matter if Auto-sync is on)
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with Photoshop Foreground (no matter if Auto-sync is off)
– Load colors into each of 3 Mixers
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color and then update mixer with this color
– Open/Close MixColors panel
All shortcuts are assignable straight inside MixColors Settings in an easy-to-use dialog (one click away settings).
Follow our tutorials for troubleshooting and additional details:
http://tutorials.anastasiy.com/?info=mixcolors-keyboard=shortcuts

NEW! Right-click menu allows you to edit swatch color, edit name or quickly assign background, foreground or
main color to the swatch.

NEW! Increadibly fast UI – uses new MagicPicker framework. Faster resizing, faster redraws, very responsive
NEW! Hide upper part of the panel with mixers and use only swatch grouping
NEW! Rearrange groups with drag’n’drop!

Drag’n’drop swatches between groups greatly improved
Improved compatibility with all recent Adobe updates including CC2018
Improved CloudSync – sync color swatches with our servers
Improved panel behavior and fixed all visual, drag’n’drop and other issues by your feedback
Color History is now scrolled to the end of the list when new color is chosen
Color History scrollbar is now smaller to clean up screen real estate
Fixed click problems with eyedroppers under color mixers
Improved design of the panel by your feedback
MixColors 3 features slightly modified modern-looking icon
Improved “delete swatch” button behavior in various scenarios

Upgrade MixColors here

Get MixColors – color mixing plugin for Adobe Photoshop



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Anastasiy Safari

Added 75th tutorial on MagicPicker

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Jul 3, 2018 Under Tips&tricks, color wheel

I can’t believe it was 75 posts ago I started tips&tricks for my extension panel plugins! The first tip was published on Sep 5th, 2011 - about 7 years ago (and on the 3rd year after MagicPicker’s birth). The twitter page was launched in March 2010 (yeah I was quite slow, spending most of the time coding MagicPicker).

MagicPicker color wheel 75th tutorial

MagicPicker color wheel 75th tutorial

You can enjoy all the tutorials for MagicPicker, the Photoshop color wheel on my project’s blog



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Anastasiy Safari

Tutorials on MagicPicker

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday May 22, 2018 Under Tips&tricks, color panel, color wheel, photoshop

The tutorial/tips/tricks/hints database for MagicPicker with recent addition of Tip#74 about new PRO Mode in MagicPicker is almost out of beta!

Tip#74: MagicPicker PRO Mode

Tip#74: MagicPicker PRO Mode

Enjoy structurized database of MagicPicker tutorials.

Still working to bring all the most useful information on MagicPicker, Illustrator and Photoshop color wheel plugin together in a form of the best, easy-to-use interface.



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Continuing on with the series of tutorials for MagicPicker, MagicSquire, MixColors and DiskFonts!

Exchange transparency with color for vector shapes

Exchange transparency with color for vector shapes

Tip#68 is up for MagicPicker Photoshop color wheel and I didn’t even cover all of its features yet!



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Anastasiy Safari

MagicSquire 2.0 is superfast! Brings new features!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Oct 10, 2017 Under Tools, Tips&tricks, brush organizer, photoshop

I finally updated MagicSquire to 2.0. Took around 6 months to deliver new speeded up engine that allows to change Thumbnail Size, brings New Horizontal Mode, PRO Mode to hide UI out of the way, add Shapes and all Tool Presets to groups, more!

WHAT’S NEW:
– New horizontal layout! First of a kind in Adobe Photoshop
– Scale Thumbnails with Scaling Slider. Make them tiny or make them huge!
– Support for Shapes and all Photoshop Tool Presets! Organize any Tool Presets in groups: Rectangle, Crop, Eyedropper, Custom Shape, Round Rectangle, Ellipse, etc. Any of them all of them!
– Recent Tool History list! Kept between Photoshop sessions
– Unique PRO Mode – hide all buttons and UI elements out of the way
– Superfast new engine rewritten from scratch – much faster UI and brush handling: create brushes faster, load .abr files faster, faster drag’n’drop and faster handling of very large collections (1000+ brushes)
– Large .abr files (4GB+) and file collections support
– Compact Mode improved on CC2017
– Various bug fixes
– Improved display of the circle on size-only brushes for newly created brushes
– Significantly improved drag’n’drop on CS6
– Proudly supports Photoshop CS5, CS5.5 CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017+

You can upgrade MagicSquire to v2.0 here

Read more about MagicSquire, tool and brush group organizer in Adobe Photoshop



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Recently updated my MagicSquire Photoshop brush group manager to version 1.5

– Click new button the top right for two new Brushes/Tools display modes: Detailed list view with Brush/Tool names and adaptive multi-column list
– Direct editing of Brush/Tool names by double-clicking them
– Now you can assign arbitrary colors to the groups by editing MagicSquire.json in Documents folder. Change “colorCode”‘ value to a hex RGB color like “#3197FF” (in quotes)
– Improved handling and displaying of Pencil presets
– Improved UI on CS5, CS5.5 and CS6
– Improved panel behavior when there are many groups of brushes on CS6
– Panel now supports more .abr types
– Various UI improvements and speedups

Also updated and published more tutorials for MagicPicker, the Illustrator and Photoshop color wheel panel



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I published the new version of MagicSquire, my plugin panel for Adobe Photoshop that allows to manage groups of brushes and tool presets. And here goes the video tutorial for new features:



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My new plugin lets organize brushes in smart and intuitive groups. Check out video tutorial:

Brief list of features
- Create brushes from scratch or load from .abr files
- Organize brushes in colored groups
- Drag’n'drop of brushes and groups
- Renders hires brush images automatically
- Much more!

Check out the MagicSquire panel - plugin that lets your organize brushes in groups in Adobe Photoshop



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Anastasiy Safari

MagicPicker 5.1 update emerged!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Aug 23, 2016 Under Adobe, Tools, Tips&tricks, color panel, color wheel, photoshop

MagicPicker 5.1

MagicPicker 5.1

MagicPicker, my advanced Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop color wheel-based panel just updated to v5.1!
New version improves changing Fill & Stroke colors for vector shapes and text, enhances Tone Lock that lets keep color in the same range, Color Temperature Wheel and K-Lock, that lets keep K value of CMYK on the same level. Improves Interactive Help and YUV color space mode.

MORE:
- Improved UI on hi-res displays
- Improved Color Temperature Wheel behavior
- Improved and expanded Interactive Help
- MagicPicker now correctly detects if shape is selected in all possible cases
- Fixed oversized text behavior when changing text color in Photoshop with MagicPicker
- Fixed problems with oversized Tone Lock icon
- Improved K-Lock behavior with eyedropper
- Improved and speeded up animations
- Improves YUV color space mode on calibrated screens
- Speeded up various parts of MagicPicker interface on CC2015/2015.5
- Improved performance on CS6, CS5, CS4 and CS3



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