Tip#34: Use a different way of mixing colors with MixColors

A different mode of mixing colors (Photoshop)
A different mode of mixing colors (Photoshop)
Tip#34: The secondary mode of mixing colors is improved in new MixColors 1.2. Quickly mix colors, change amount of colors mixed and preview the result with MixColors in Photoshop. Turn Auto-sync off (the button on the top right) and then click, hold and move your pointer anywhere on the main color. You will also see current Photoshop’s color on the small box on the bottom of the panel. Click this box to apply color immediately.

Tip#32: Click and drag to change HSB/RGB/CMYK values

New MagicPicker 3.1 adds a hidden, but still very important feature.

Click and drag to change numeric values
Click and drag to change numeric values

You can change numeric values of HSB/RGB/CMYK color components by clicking on the individual values and then dragging your mouse or stylus up and down. Up increases the value and down decreases it. This way you can alter values very quickly and precisely.

MagicPicker 3.1, color wheel and advanced color picker for Photoshop and Illustrator

Tip#31: HSB/RGB sliders flexibility in new MagicPicker

Sliders variability in MagicPicker color wheel
Sliders variability in MagicPicker color wheel

New MagicPicker 3 increases flexibility of HSB/RGB sliders. Now you can scale them down to thin subtle lines that don’t obscure or block you from picking colors on the color wheel! Or scale them up to the big bold rulers. While having a precise color picking instrument in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Click and drag the divider between sliders and the color wheel/color picker to increase or decrease the size of the sliders.

MagicPicker 3 – Photoshop and Illustrator Color Wheel and color picking panel

Panels Tips & Tricks: Open MagicPicker with a shortcut

This time I will tell you how to toggle MagicPicker color wheel panel with a shortcut. You can open and close the panel with the same keyboard shortcut!
This is a Photoshop solution currently, we’re working to make it for Illustrator as well!
1) Download this script
2) Unpack and put file MagicPickerToggle.jsx into Presets/Scripts folder
3) Now launch Photoshop and click Edit -> Keyboard shortcuts… and assign a new shortcut for File / Scripts / MagicPickerToggle

*Note – in Photoshop CS3 you can skip steps 1,2 and assign shortcut to File / Scripts / Run MagicPicker

Works on Mac and Windows. Enjoy!

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#28: Hide unnecessary infos

Make your MagicPicker minimalistic with only necessary information visible. Enlarge MagicPicker and click on the double arrow near HSB/RGB switches to hide color wheel/color pane/RGB/HSB buttons. Click again to unhide it

Hide unneccessary info
Hide unneccessary info

Our new panel gets highlighted

Take a glimpse on our new upcoming Photoshop panel – Ethereal – in this episode on a weekly US show The Grid. Ethereal will allow you to tune our MagicPicker color wheel and draw with your bare fingers/hands/pencils/brushes in the air! (Starts at 14:55) The future is almost here!

MagicPicker 3.0 update is here!

New MagicPicker 3.0 features:

Color box mode for color wheel
Diamond mode for color wheel
Sliders can now display scales by clicking small triangles
Now you can switch on/off 12 basic colors in Traditional Color Wheel mode
Adobe Illustrator Support
Leap Motion support (requires Ethereal) – change colors in the air with your fingers
OH BOY! Speeded up! Color picking now is at its maximum speed!

Faster RGB/HSB sliders
Fixed small bug with RGB/HSB sliders
New behavior when hiding/showing sliders and numerical boxes
Sliders now can be scaled down to a thin line
Fixed issue with color preview
Fixed a very rare crash on Photoshop CS6
Sliders now open outside, expanding MagicPicker’s boundaries
Fixed small bugs, improved performance and various parts of the UI
Optimized behavior of the panel when it’s very small
Fixed problems with resizing panel on Photoshop CS3/Illustrator CS3
Improved panel design on Photoshop CS3/Illustrator CS3
Improved Compact Mode on CS3 software
Dramatically improved opening time on Photoshop CS3/Illustrator CS3
Fixed problems with Photoshop x64 on Windows

MagicPicker 3.0 - color wheel panel for Photoshop & Illustrator
MagicPicker 3.0 - color wheel panel for Photoshop & Illustrator

MagicPicker 3.0 – complete color solution for artists (color wheel, color picker and more)

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#24: All tools of MagicPicker

The beauty of MagicPicker is in its freedom. From a simple color wheel to a complicated color picking solution – MagicPicker can be what you want it to be! Easily configure Color Schemes, Traditional (RYB, or Itten’s) color wheel, Color Sliders, Color Boxes, HEX picker, Color Box and many other panel’s tools.

All tools of MagicPicker - color wheel, color schemes, color sliders, HEX, CMYK, RYB, Itten's wheel, color picker and more
All tools of MagicPicker - color wheel, color schemes, color sliders, HEX, CMYK, RYB, Itten's wheel, color picker and more

Ethereal – draw in the air with Photoshop and Leap Motion

Imagine you could draw in the air with your bare hands…. but oh, now you can! Together with Crispy Driven Pixels, Inc we developed a new panel which connects to the Leap Motion device and allows you to paint with your fingers in Photoshop! If you own a Leap device please contacts us – we need beta testers willing to manifest their imagination from the air!
Works best with our MagicPicker Photoshop color wheel panel

Ethereal – draw in the air with Photoshop

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#23: Background picking mode

Switch from foreground to background picking by clicking the appropriate color box on the MagicPicker color wheel panel. You can always switch back by pressing foreground color box.

Background color picking in MagicPicker color wheel panel
Background color picking in MagicPicker color wheel panel

MagicPicker, Photoshop color wheel and more