Anastasiy Safari

MagicTints 2.1! Faster LUT, up to x128 export

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Wednesday Apr 21, 2021 Under Adobe, MagicTints, color correction, color grading, update

WHAT’S NEW

v2.1
– Now correctly works in the environment with two-byte characters (like Chinese)
– LUT 128×128x128 is now possible! Now correctly exports large LUTs of 64×64x64, 72×72x72, 128×128x128 etc..
– LUT generation is much faster
– LUTs are now much more precise, especially on big sizes (fixed problems with desaturation and banding)
– Now there are no limits on source image size when creating a LUT
– The GPU icon on the top is now less visible when GPU processing is disabled – to distinguish between sates
– Fixed a problem with partial color matching on AMD GPUs
– Fixed a problem with some LUTs (like 17×17x17 and 128×128x128) not opening in Photoshop and 3D/Video software

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MagicTints 2 creates LUT from just one target image, more!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Mar 30, 2021 Under Adobe, MagicTints, color grading

MagicTints 2.0 update is here! Color Grading Revolution! No need to spend hours to create LUT, just specify one target image with reference colors and that’s it!

MagicTints 2: LUT from two images, REALTIME speedup 7x-10x, much more!

MagicTints 2: LUT from two images, REALTIME speedup 7x-10x, much more!

WHAT’S NEW:
– NEW! Incredible speed improvement.
Greatly improved color matching speed on macOS and Windows – especially for high resolution images of 4000×4000px, 6000×6000px etc and higher.
Now works up to 50x faster.
– Image processing is much faster
– Image loading is much faster
– Uses newer CPUs parallel features of Intel (Core i5, i7, i9), AMD (Threadpiper) and Apple M1
– Uses GPU acceleration of NVidia, AMD and Apple videocards for unprecedented speeds
– Easily processes images of high resolution
In addition:
– Better GPU and advanced CPU detection are now clearly visible on the panel
– You can see how speed is improved by hovering your mouse over those buttons
– You can click on the GPU icon to disable GPU acceleration

– NEW! Color-grading revolution – MagicTints now exports LUT tables.
– 1-click Primary Color grading is now possible
– Pick an image as color reference and create a Color-Lookup-Table (LUT) to convert any image to that color
– Click new “Generate LUT” button on the toolbar to generate a LUT from selected images
– Use created LUT in Unity, Unreal Engine, Premiere, Final Cut, AfterEffects, Lightrom, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve – any software that supports LUTs
– Apply result from MagicTints to the whole Video Footage or a batch of images
– Or use it in hardware LUT Boxes
– Works both for Video Production and color grading of still images
– Exports .CUBE and unwarped .PNG (for Unity/UE)
– Supports arbitrary LUT sizes: 17×17x17, 25×25x25, 16×256 etc.
– Enter any LUT size in Settings

– NEW! New advanced color grading algorithm now can apply contrast from color reference
– Click new “Apply Contrast” button on the left to “Apply” button to activate this mode
– In this mode MagicTints will apply contrast of the source image to the selected layer
– Transfer look from print to negative or from a high-contrast image to low-contrast automagically
– Combining this with LUT export you can apply contrast in your Video Editing software on the whole footage

– NEW! Better color matching to Swatches. If you use plain color swatches as color source you will see much better results
– Easily assign 1,2,3 or more predefined colors to the image, now works much better
– NEW! Paste color references from Clipboard.
– Use Settings to assign it to a Keyboard Shortcut
– Advanced option to relocate Data folder from Settings (by clicking Browse)
– “Create new layers” button now lights up on panel start if it was activated before
– “Add new image” button is now consistent with Photoshop UI on CC2020/2021+
– Improved inserting images from Photoshop on some international platforms
– Improved Keyboard Shortcut handling with multiple Photoshop Workspaces
– New updated and speeded up modern UI framework, that supports all modern GPU features
– Optimized for better power management on laptops, Surface devices and MacBooks
– Optimized to run on older computers
– Supports Adobe Photoshop CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2019, CC2020, CC2021+
– Better support of Surface Book and Surface Pro
– Better support of non-Wacom tablets
– Improved UI performance in different scenarios
– Fixed various minor UI problems
– Optimized to work with macOS Big Sur, new Windows 10 updates
– Correctly works with XDR and HDR displays (on OpenGL supported GPUs)
– All improvements implemented by real-life users’ feedback

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MagicRefs 2.0 is here! PACKED with new features

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Mar 2, 2021 Under Adobe, MagicRefs, Noise, update

My new MagicRefs, the reference image organizer 2.0 is here!

Rotate, resize, move images in Comic Strip mode, direct import of Boards from Pinterest, insert Layer from Photoshop document, Tag & Search images, Collections of Groups, drag Full Image with mouse, Paste from Clipboard more!

MagicRefs 2.0 reference image manager for Photoshop: import from Pinterest, move/resize images, more

MagicRefs 2.0 reference image manager for Photoshop: import from Pinterest, move/resize images, more

WHAT’S NEW:
– NEW! Directly import Pinterest boards to groups
– NEW! Directly import Google Drive images to groups in MagicRefs
– NEW! Pan/scroll Single image with click-to-move
– NEW! Rotate enlarged Single image with new button on toolbar
– NEW! Zoom in Single image to the point with double-click on it
– NEW! Add current layer from document to the panel as an image – new button on toolbar
– NEW! Tags – assign tags to images and then filter them using Search (new button on the bottom) –
with Instant Suggestions. Filter out images that you don’t need in current project, instantly.
+ Search and filter by style, type, project, workspace, team, file, type of work or any other
favorite criteria you create by yourself.
+ Searches in closed/open groups when needed.
– NEW! Collections:
+ Combine several groups in a collection and then switch
between group combinations with one click or keyboard shortcut.
NEW: Use new Collection Editor from the menu -> Collections
– NEW! Comic Strip mode now allows direct operations with images:
+ Move (click on image and drag),
+ Rotate (click on bottom-left of image and drag) and
+ Scale (click on bottom-right of image and drag)
+ The state is saved and restored for every group of images.
+ The layout can be reset to original state with new button on the bottom
– NEW! Copy Image from Clipboard to MagicSquire image now supports more image formats
+ (use MagicRefs menu -> Keyboard Shortcuts to use it)
– NEW! Added option to reset data folder location to default

– New updated MagicRefs manual
– Improved: Insert images from the panel back into Photoshop document
– Improved Drag’n’drop behavior of folders and images on the panel, also better visual feedback
– Fixed a problem when ref image wasn’t fully visible when added to the group
– Improved handling of URLs with images – more modern URL types are now supported to add remote images
– Improved handling of groups linked to Photoshop documents
– Fixed various UI problems
– Improved Keyboard Shortcut handling with multiple Photoshop Workspaces
– Improved compatibility with OneDrive sync and Windows
– Improved zoom mode when clicking on images in History section
– Image scroll/zoom is now kept between image clicks
– Fixed problems connected to Full Image display
– Fixed conflict between Full Image and Settings dialogs
– Full Image zoom scroller on the bottom now correctly reflects zoom state
– Fixed a problem when Full Image wasn’t re-displayed after closing/re-opening Photoshop
– Fixed various UI problems when adding/displaying images with different aspect ratios

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New Year, New MagicSquire!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Jan 12, 2021 Under MagicSquire, update

Just updated my brush managing plugin. Version 4.4 brings major polishing to all recent features: Auto-close panel on selecting brush, duplicate groups & presets, new eraser from brush, HUD Popup under cursor, “Sticky” brushes…

MagicSquire 4.4: Improvements, fixes, speed ups and better brush support in Adobe Photoshop

MagicSquire 4.4: Improvements, fixes, speed ups and better brush support in Adobe Photoshop

WHAT’S NEW:
- Apple M1 support improved
- Fixed problems with brushes disappearing from HUD
- Fixed rare problem with MagicSquire data folder errors on CC 2018 and above
- Improved loading animation on CC 2021 and higher
- Minor improvements to UI here and there on CC 2021 and higher
- Switched servers, now HUD can be downloaded from China, Turkey and more countries
- Available now for Photoshop 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, CS5, CS6, CC
- much more

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Photoshop and Creative Cloud extension panels updated

Photoshop and Creative Cloud extension panels updated

New MagicSquire 4.3 is here:

– Improved keyboard shortcut handling in Photoshop CC 2021 and above
- Minor UI speedups
New MagicSquire, brush organizing panel for Photoshop

New MagicRefs 1.4 is here:
- CC 2021 support
- Fixed problem with international characters in image names and paths
- Fixed a problem when MagicRefs was creating empty document on start
New MagicRefs, life is easy with reference images in Photoshop

MagicTints 1.4:
- CC2021 support
- Improved handling of trimmed layers
New MagicTints, 1-click pro color correction and color grading in Photoshop

New MagicPicker 7.2 is here:
- Fixed problem with linking colors in some scenarios on Photoshop CC 2020 21.1+
- Fixed problem with changing background color in some scenarios on Photoshop CC 2020 21.1+
- Fixed a problem with using keyboard shortcuts on Illustrator on macOS Catalina for international users
- Better support for Adobe CC 2021
New MagicPicker, advanced Photoshop color wheel panel

MixColors 3.2:
– Improved UI performance
- Better support for Adobe CC 2021
New MixColors, Photoshop color mixer

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MagicSquire 4.2 – new features in right-click menu

MagicSquire 4.2 – new features in right-click menu

WHAT’S NEW:
– Revamped right-click menu:
+ Duplicate Tool Preset – duplicates current selected tool(s)
+ New Eraser with same shape – creates eraser(s) from currently selected tool(s)
+ Duplicate Group (also works on right-click on the group’s title)
NEW! Option to auto-close HUD immediately after choosing brush
– Duplicate multiple presets with right click
– Fixes and improvements, database errors neutralized, performance boost
– Available now for Photoshop 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, CS5, CS6, CC
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– Improved visual performance
NEW! Load multiple .abr or .tpl files into a single group
NEW! Smart Search now gives you option to search closed groups
NEW! Unique HUD Mode! Popup MagicSquire anywhere on the screen under your cursor.
– Displayed via a keyboard shortcut (defined in Settings) & stylus/button click
– Click “HUD Mode” button on the panel
– Interactive and fully functional HUD! All MagicSquire functions work
– Sticky Mode (optional) show up on key down and hide on key up (also by stylus buttons)
– Go to MagicSquire Settings to activate Sticky mode for HUD
NEW! Sticky Brushes – completely new mode in Photoshop
– Press keyboard shortcut to activate brush and release to immediately deactivate it
– Allows you to switch to and switch back from your frequent brushes very fast
– Activate from New/Edit Brush Dialog -> Sticky
NEW! Duplicate Tool Preset by right-clicking it
NEW! Reset path to MagicSquire brushes folder to defaults (from Settings, using “Reset” button)
NEW! Number of hidden Collections is now displayed under “Collections/more…” in fly-out menu  NEW! Now you can activate brushes/tools in History from hidden Collections
– much more

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MagicRefs 1.3 – better CC 2020 compatibility, new features

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Jan 21, 2020 Under Adobe, MagicRefs, image references, plugin, update

MagicRefs 1.3: Life is easy with Reference Images! Quick switch between Full images, better CC 2020 compatibility, various issues fixed, more!

MagicRefs 1.3: improved reference image management in Adobe Photoshop

MagicRefs 1.3: improved reference image management in Adobe Photoshop

WHAT’S NEW:

– Now you can navigate between previous/next images in full image mode by using buttons on the toolbar or keyboard shortcuts
– Now MagicRefs remembers the last image selected when opening the panel again
– MagicRefs window now stays active after adding images using file dialog on Mac
– Fixed an issue with inserting images from MagicRefs into document on some Windows configurations
– Fixed issues with Compact Mode on all configurations
– Improved compatibility with Photoshop 2020
– Improved Keyboard Shortcut detection for various keyboard layouts
– Fixed problem with first brush stroke’s pressure/opacity when using keyboard shortcuts
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MagicTints 1.3 update brings precise color matching to Adobe software

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Tuesday Jan 14, 2020 Under Adobe

MagicTints 1.3, 1-click AI-based color matching

MagicTints 1.3, 1-click AI-based color matching

WHAT’S NEW:
– Improved compatibility with CC 2020, fixed file open dialog
– Improved UI performance
– Improved Keyboard Shortcut detection for various keyboard layouts
– Fixed problem with first brush stroke’s pressure/opacity when using keyboard shortcuts

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MagicSquire 3.4 is out! Photoshop CC2020 support improved, more!

Posted by Anastasiy Safari on Monday Jan 6, 2020 Under Adobe, MagicSquire, update

MagicSquire, the Professional Photoshop Brush Manager with Tags and Collections is updated to v3.4: fixes for Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 issues, pen pressure with keyboard shortcuts, minor UI fixes for Brush Tags and Collections

MagicSquire 3.4 update: Stability and CC 2020 improvements, fixes, more

MagicSquire 3.4 update: Stability and CC 2020 improvements, fixes, more

WHAT’S ARRIVED:

– Improved Photoshop 2020 compatibility
– Improved Keyboard Shortcut detection for various keyboard layouts
– Fixed problem with first brush stroke’s pressure/opacity when using keyboard shortcuts
– Various UI fixes and improvements by your feedback!

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