Tip#77: MagicPicker fly-out menu

MagicPicker 6 fly-out menu
MagicPicker 6 fly-out menu

With the updated fly-out menu in MagicPicker 6 you can access the following functions easily:

Just click on the fly-out menu button on the panel in Photoshop or Illustrator!

MagicPicker is the professional color wheel panel for Adobe Photoshop

Tip#76: MagicSquire – detailed Photoshop Tool/Brush History

Enjoy detailed and long Photoshop Tool/Brush history with new MagicSquire panel. Shows tool types, sizes along with group colors. Click bottom button to display it. Works the same in Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018

MagicSquire brush manager - detailed Tool History in Photoshop
MagicSquire brush manager – detailed Tool History in Photoshop

MagicSquire is a professional Brush/Tool Group Manager for Adobe Photoshop

Tip#75: Pantone Color Number display on the MagicPicker color wheel

Click on the three dots on the left bottom of MagicPicker color wheel to display current color’s Pantone (new to MagicPicker 6!), RGB, CMYK, HSL, Color Name, HSB, YUV, YCbCr, XYZ, L*C*h values.

Works in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018+!

MagicPicker: Pantone, Color Name, CMYK, RGB, HSL, HSB, YUV, YCbCr, XYZ values display for current color
MagicPicker: Pantone, Color Name, CMYK, RGB, HSL, HSB, YUV, YCbCr, XYZ values display for current color

MagicPicker is a professional color wheel extension for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator

Tip#74: The simplest color wheel – MagicPicker in PRO Mode

MagicPicker 6 - uncluttered UI in PRO Mode
MagicPicker 6 – uncluttered UI in PRO Mode

Unclutter MagicPicker’s interface with the new PRO Mode. Click MagicPicker menu -> PRO Mode and enjoy interfaceless, most easy-to-use color wheel! Works with any mode, including Color Temperature etc.

From series of tutorials for MagicPicker, advanced Illustrator and Photoshop color wheel

Tip#73: Turn any Tool into Eraser with MagicSquire in one click in Photoshop

With new MagicSquire you can quickly use any Adobe Photoshop tool as an Eraser with one click using new Magic Eraser button!

MagicSquire: Turn any Tool into Eraser in Photoshop with one click!
MagicSquire: Turn any Tool into Eraser in Photoshop with one click!
  1. Select any Tool that is brush-based, like Brush, Pencil, Blur, Sharpen, Art History Brush, Dodge, Burn or any other
  2. Then click the button on the top right of the MagicSquire panel inside Photoshop UI

Alt-click Magic Eraser to turn this feature on permanently and turn any tool you select automatically into the Eraser.

MagicSquire is the advanced brush group manager for Adobe Photoshop

Tip#72: Change color brightness/temperature/hue etc using new Keyboard Shortcuts in MagicPicker

MagicPicker 6 introduces new Keyboard Shortcuts that allow you to change color temperature or brightness/hue/saturation (and more) with one press of a button! Assign them in the easy-to-use MagicPicker dialog. Click MagicPicker menu -> Settings to enter Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.

You can use advanced keyboards’s keys and Wacom’s keys.

Works in Photoshop and Illustrator.

MagicPicker Keyboard Shortcuts to change color hue/brightness/temperature
MagicPicker Keyboard Shortcuts to change color hue/brightness/temperature

Here’s the list of functions that are available for key binding in MagicPicker 6:

  • Increase/decrease Color Temperature
  • Increase/decrease Color Brightness
  • Increase/decrease Color Saturation
  • Toggle Color Scheme
  • Toggle Tone Lock
  • Toggle K-Lock
  • Toggle Compact Mode
  • Toggle RGB/HSB
  • Switch between Color Wheel Triangle/Box/Diamond/Color Temperature/LDT Cube modes
  • Copy current color’s Hex value to Clipboard
  • Switch Color Wheel / Color Box (Pane)
  • Toggle MagicPicker panel on/off

MagicPicker is an advanced color wheel and color picking panel for Adobe software

Tip#71: Advanced export of Brush/Tool Preset Groups with MagicSquire in Photoshop

Recent MagicSquire 2.3 introduced Advanced Export of Brushes and Tool Presets Groups to .ABR/.TPL files in Photoshop.

MagicSquire 2.3: Advanced export of groups to .abr & .tpl
MagicSquire 2.3: Advanced export of groups to .abr & .tpl
  • You can click MagicSquire menu -> Export group to .ABR or .TPL… to export presets from currently selected group into .ABR or .TPL file on your hard drive
  • MagicSquire will automatically cross-convert your existing Tools or Brushes into desired .TPL or .ABR file type if needed. You can export the same presets to .ABR or .TPL
  • If you you use Search then MagicSquire will export only currently filtered results
  • This is supported on Photoshop CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018+

MagicSquire is the advanced Brush/Tool Preset Group Manager in Adobe Photoshop

How to fix freeze, stutter, lags, slowdown and stylus pressure problems in Photoshop (MagicPicker and other panels can be affected)

This only affects Windows/Adobe Photoshop CC Users that have installed Windows Creators Fall Update. The symptoms in Photoshop CC may include (but not limited to):

  • The stylus is lagging when you click and press on the panel
  • You can click and select a color with it, but you can’t drag the sliders
  • The plugin won’t recognize the stylus when pressing and moving across the color picking areas
  • If you click on the panel with Wacom pen then the color updates. But if I press and drag the panel does nothing. You can only tap
  • When you want to pick a color and move it with Pro Pen on Cintiq then you can’t move it. Only double click works. Also it still works with mouse
  • You loose pen pressure sensitivity on Photoshop

All those problems are connected to Photoshop CC’s bug with stylus and tablet, in most cases it’s a Wacom tablet-only problem but it affects other tablets as well.

The good news it’s very easy to fix! Please do the following (the fix bellow applies to all versions of Photoshop you just need to replace Photoshop’s version in the path):

PSUserConfig

1) Go to your Wacom preferences and disable “Windows Ink” or “Windows Freehand” (the name depends on your Wacom drivers version)
This is not all! After this step you will probably lose pen pressure sensitivity, so follow next steps to avoid it:

2) Go to C:\Users\“YOURNAME”\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC2018\Adobe Photoshop CC2018 Settings\ and modify a file called PSUserConfig.txt (create a new file if ot doesn’t exist). You need to add the following lines:
# Use WinTab
UseSystemStylus 0

3) Restart

That’s it! Those simple steps will make sure you will keep pressure sensitivity on your tablet while fixing the problem with Adobe Photoshop.

Exporting brushes as tool presets in MagicSquire 2.3 on Photoshop CC2018+

While exporting your brush presets as tool presets in Photoshop CC2018 and above you may face the message from MagicSquire asking you to answer “No” in the “Would you like to create a brush preset instead?” dialog:

'Would you like to create a brush preset' dialog
‘Would you like to create a brush preset’ dialog

Please do the following:
1) Click on the “Don’t show again” checkmark to make sure it’s checked
2) Click “No” in the dialog

This will help MagicSquire to export your presets without any hassle. The reason to this message is that new Photoshop (starting from version CC2018) can keep your Tool Presets in Brushes panel. If you answer “Yes” you won’t be able to export Tool Presets anymore but you’ll be able to export Brush Presets from MagicSquire.

Tip#70: Auto-complementary background color in Photoshop (Illustrator).

Auto-complemetary color in MagicPicker
Auto-complemetary color in MagicPicker

It’s easy to automatically get complementary color in background swatch in Photoshop with MagicPicker!
1) Alt-click on one side of the color wheel to set background
2) Click on the opposite side of the color wheel to set foreground color to the complementary color
3) Click “Link” next to color swatches on MagicPicker

That’s it! Now after you rotate the wheel background color will automatically be kept complementary to the foreground color.

*Works in Adobe Illustrator too! Works with Adobe CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018.

MagicPicker is the advanced color wheel for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator