Tip#36: BIG color swatches

MagicPicker color wheel - BIG color swatches
MagicPicker color wheel - BIG color swatches

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).

MagicPicker color wheel and other panels

New updates to MagicPicker!

Recent updates to MagicPicker – 4.1 and 4.2 improve color wheel behavior, fix a couple of issues with tablet pressure and clicking on the color wheel. Bring new feature – you can quickly switch between Color Temperature Wheel and other Color Wheel types by alt-clicking on the color wheel type button! Fix an issue with color schemes on CC and lower, improve performance for a couple of scenarios on Mac and PC, improve UI performance for HiDPI and Retina displays.

MagicPicker 4.1/4.2 updates
MagicPicker 4.1/4.2 updates

Upgrade to MagicPicker 4 color wheel/advanced color picker

Here you go! MagicPicker 4.0 upgrade brings full CC 2014 support, more features!

MagicPicker 4.0 with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 support, new color wheel, new features
MagicPicker 4.0 with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 support, new color wheel, new features

Happy to announce new MagicPicker 4.0 – our most innovative update to the Color Wheel/Color Picking panel. Rewritten from the ground up MagicPicker supports new Adobe CC 2014 platform (Photoshop and Illustrator), brings new Color Temperature Wheel for separating cold/warm colors. Brings (optional) BIG color swatches for better color perception and new color engine optimized for speed. Tone Lock 2.0 lets you keep color’s tone while changing hue or saturation and now works with sliders. Color schemes improvements, more features – all supported across CC2014, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 and CS3 platforms.

Upgrade to MagicPicker 4.0 color wheel/advanced color picker

What is MagicPicker?

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

MagicPicker 3.1 update – keyboard shortcut, Illustrator improvements, new features!

MagicPicker 3.1 color wheel & color picker update!
MagicPicker 3.1 color wheel & color picker update!

– Link to assign keyboard shortcut from inside the panel (fly-out menu -> Keyboard shortcut…)
– Press, hold and move mouse on numerical HSB/RGB/CMYK boxes to quickly change the numbers
– Improved CC support, improved Illustrator support
– Improved loading performance!
– Small UI fixes
– Fixed a small glitch on selected ATI Radeon cards on Windows
– Improved speed and behavior of the color pane in HSB and RGB modes
– Improved HSB/RGB modes behavior with eyedropper

Upgrade MagicPicker, Illustrator and Photoshop Color Wheel here

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#30: Secondary color on the color wheel

Select/pick secondary colors on the color wheel
Select/pick secondary colors on the color wheel

This is our 30th tutorial where I’ll show you the 3 ways of picking secondary colors on the color wheel in Illustrator and Photoshop from MagicPicker panel. You asked many times how to do it and here it is.¬†You can 1) Ctrl(Cmd)-click, 2) right-click or 3) double click the secondary color automatically calculated by MagicPicker. You can do it with any color scheme – complement, triad, tetrad, anagogic or accented analogic.

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#29: 12 basic colors on a RYB color wheel

In new MagicPicker 3 you can show and hide 12 basic colors in a Traditional Color Wheel (RYB) mode. Go to MagicPicker’s fly-out menu, then Settings and check “Show 12 colors”

Show 12 basic colors in Traditional Color Wheel (RYB) mode
Show 12 basic colors in Traditional Color Wheel (RYB) mode

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

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

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#27: Smart numbers on HSB/RGB sliders

You can easily refer to precise values of the colors you pick with RGB/HSB sliders in MagicPicker color wheel panel. Click small triangles to display the smart rulers with numbers. Hide/show them individually. The rulers display more information as you resize the panel! #PS and #AI compatible.

Smart numbers on HSB/RGB sliders
Smart numbers on HSB/RGB sliders

MagicPicker color wheel panel – supports Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3 and Illustrator CC, CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3