Tip #80: Compact mode of MagicSquire

Shrink entire MagicSquire panel into a small icon of your current Photoshop brush. When your cursor hovers this icon the panel automagically expands back to full brush groups. Click MagicSquire menu -> Compact Mode to activate this mode and save screen real estate for your art.

 

MagicSquire Compact Mode
MagicSquire Compact Mode

MagicSquire is a professional brush group manager for Adobe Photoshop.

MagicRefs 1.1 update: insert images from panel back into Photoshop document

MagicRefs 1.1 update: insert images from panel back into Photoshop document
MagicRefs 1.1 update: insert images from panel back into Photoshop document

NEW IN v1.1:

  • NEW FEATURE! Insert images from the panel into Photoshop document using new “Insert into document” button
  • Optimized display of the images when there are 1000 assets and more
  • Improved image naming on Windows
  • Fixed linking images with Photoshop documents on CS5 and CS6
  • Fixed random problem with scrolling of large images when zooming in
  • Fixed UI behavior in various scenarios
  • Still supporting Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018, CC2019

Update MagicRefs to v1.1

Read more about MagicRefs, the advanced reference image asset organizer in Photoshop

Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts at anastasiy.com

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2018 sale
Black Friday Cyber Monday 2018 sale

Get massive discounts up to 50% at anastasiy.com. All following Plugins for Adobe Photoshop (and Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud) are on sale for a limited time!

MagicPicker, the advanced color wheel and color picker for Adobe Photoshop

MagicRefs, professional Image Reference manager

MagicSquire, brush and tool preset group manager

MixColors, the physically accurate color mixer

DiskFonts, font manager for Adobe Creative Suite

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Anastasiy's Extension Manager 3.0 for Adobe software
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Tip#78: Advanced Brush Stroke display in MagicSquire

Brush Stroke in MagicSquire (Photoshop)
Brush Stroke in MagicSquire (Photoshop)

Display Photoshop brushes in 5 different advanced styles to distinguish them better, with MagicSquire. Double-click the brush in the group to choose the stroke style from the dialog. The strokes are auto-generated in high resolution and show precisely how the brush would look like on the canvas. Renders precise opacity, texture, mixer brush tips, tilt etc – all advanced properties of any Photoshop brush. Supports 4K and 5K monitors.

In addition to standard Photoshop functionality the dialog also allows you to update current Brush properties.

MagicSquire is a professional brush managing panel for Adobe Photoshop

 

MixColors 3.0 brings keyboard shortcuts, auto-gradient groups, more!

MixColors 3.0 is out!

MixColors 3.0: Keyboard Shortcuts for color mixing, auto-gradient groups, more!
MixColors 3.0: Keyboard Shortcuts for color mixing, auto-gradient groups, more!

NEW IN v3.0

NEW! Smart Color Groups – next generation of color swatches. Auto-gradient between Photoshop
foreground & background or between any colors! Easily get colors inbetween. Smart resizing of the groups
so you have only the swatches you need. Shift+click to mix to current color.

NEW! Clear Color History, Undo/Redo colors with Keyboard Shorcuts
NEW! Quickly add color swatches to the mix with Shift+click! Drag’n’drop swatches to the mixing area,
single-click to set current color
NEW! Easily assign Keyboard Shortcuts using integrated Keyboard Shortcuts dialog wih new features:
– Add new Color Swatch
– Add new Color Group
– Create new Smart Color Group
– Add Foreground Color into Color Mix
– Clear Color History
– Undo/Redo Color (Navigate Color History, click to get back to older colors you chose for Photoshop Foreground)
– Pick Color from Color Mix into History
– Turn on Mix Eyedropper mode
– Toggle Auto-Sync mode
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color (no matter if Auto-sync is on)
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with Photoshop Foreground (no matter if Auto-sync is off)
– Load colors into each of 3 Mixers
– Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color and then update mixer with this color
– Open/Close MixColors panel
All shortcuts are assignable straight inside MixColors Settings in an easy-to-use dialog (one click away settings).
Follow our tutorials for troubleshooting and additional details:
http://tutorials.anastasiy.com/?info=mixcolors-keyboard=shortcuts

NEW! Right-click menu allows you to edit swatch color, edit name or quickly assign background, foreground or
main color to the swatch.

NEW! Increadibly fast UI – uses new MagicPicker framework. Faster resizing, faster redraws, very responsive
NEW! Hide upper part of the panel with mixers and use only swatch grouping
NEW! Rearrange groups with drag’n’drop!

Drag’n’drop swatches between groups greatly improved
Improved compatibility with all recent Adobe updates including CC2018
Improved CloudSync – sync color swatches with our servers
Improved panel behavior and fixed all visual, drag’n’drop and other issues by your feedback
Color History is now scrolled to the end of the list when new color is chosen
Color History scrollbar is now smaller to clean up screen real estate
Fixed click problems with eyedroppers under color mixers
Improved design of the panel by your feedback
MixColors 3 features slightly modified modern-looking icon
Improved “delete swatch” button behavior in various scenarios

Upgrade MixColors here

Get MixColors – color mixing plugin for Adobe Photoshop

Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to MixColors functions in Adobe Photoshop

Starting from MixColors 3.0 you can set up keyboard shortcuts through MixColors Settings dialog (from the panel’s menu):

MixColors - assign keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop
MixColors – assign mixing keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop

Click on the empty field next to the function description and press the key combination. That’s it! Works on Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018+.

You can also adjust steps for every feature. For example you can adjust brightness by value of 5 or 10 or even 17.

Here’s the list of MixColors functions that you kind bind to your key presses:

MixColorsShortcutsInfo - Add new Color Swatch
 - Add new Color Group
 - Create new Smart Color Group
 - Add Foreground Color into Color Mix
 - Clear Color History
 - Undo/Redo Color (Navigate Color History, click to get back to older colors you chose for Photoshop Foreground)
 - Pick Color from Color Mix into History
 - Turn on Mix Eyedropper mode
 - Toggle Auto-Sync mode
 - Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color (no matter if Auto-sync is on)
 - Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with Photoshop Foreground (no matter if Auto-sync is off)
 - Load colors into each of 3 Mixers
 - Mix colors from each of 3 Mixers with main color and then update mixer with this color
 - Open/Close MixColors panel

Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS4 troubleshooting

Due to limitations on older Adobe products on Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS4 you can assign keyboard shortcuts using Photoshop Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts… dialog. In the dialog locate File -> Scripts menu and assign keyboard shortcuts to “(MC)…” scripts.

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