MagicPicker 4.3 features increased performance with realtime 64 fps refresh rate in CC 2014*, when picking colors and dragging sliders. (Speed is much higher on high end GPUs). New update also features bug fixes and improvements across all platforms: CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CC and CC 2014 in Photoshop and Illustrator.
* as it was benchmarked on Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel Iris 5100 Integrated Graphics card in Photoshop CC 2014.2.2.
MagicPicker 4 introduces new mode for the Tone Lock.
With new Tone Lock 2.0 you can easily build a uniform and natural palette within the gamut of your choice. Change hue (and now saturation!) of the color and MagicPicker will automagically find the closest matching colors with the same percieved brightness (or tone). Works on color wheel and with the regular color box picker.
Color size does matter! For better perception of color you can at last increase swatch size from MagicPicker’s fly-out menu! Switch between big and small swatches. (Works in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. New in MagicPicker 4.x).
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.
New MagicPicker 3.1 adds a hidden, but still very important feature.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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