The tradition goes on! The 84th tutorial (this time on MagicSquire, my brush manager) just came to life!

Don’t miss my huge tutorial database on MagicPicker color wheel, MagicSquire professional brush manager, MixColors color mixer, MagicRefs reference image manager and other plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (and more).



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Just published BIGGEST update to MagicSquire ever! Tags! Keyboard Shortcuts to individual brushes. Group Collections. Store and sync brushes to Cloud(s), Rotate brush/tool tip with keyboard, more Keyboard Shortcuts, Capture color, even more!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • NEW! Assign Tags to brushes and then filter them using Search - with Instant Suggestions. Filter out brushes that you don’t need in current project, instantly.
  • NEW! Collections allow you to combine several groups to a collection, and then switch between group combinations with one click or keyboard shortcut. Use Collection Editor from the menu.
  • NEW! Keyboard Shortcuts for individual brushes. Also keyboard shortcuts to following new and old features of MagicSquire:
    • Rotate Brush/Tool tip (works with Clone Tool too)
    • Turn current Brush into Eraser (and back)
    • Increase/Decrease Load for Mixer brushes
    • Switch brushes and collections
    • more! New shortcuts dialog is accessible from the menu.
  • NEW! Relocate data folder and put it on Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive or any other 3rd party Cloud service. Back up and safely auto-sync your brushes between computers!
  • NEW! Disable size capture for tools, switch between brushes and tools while keeping size
  • All features available now for Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018, CC2019+
  • more

Upgrade MagicSquire here

Read more about MagicSquire brush manager for 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

New tutorials for MagicPicker… 57 of them!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 Under Tips&tricks, color wheel

Change Fill & Stroke colors with MagicPicker

Change Fill & Stroke colors with MagicPicker

The tutorials for MagicPicker, the Photoshop (and Illustrator) color wheel panel just updated! Recent tutorial #57 describes how to quickly change colors of vector shapes and text in Adobe Photoshop with one click.



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