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#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#50: MixColors 2 and new swatch groups

New MixColors 2.0 is the fastest way to organize swatches in groups in Photoshop.

  • Click on the folder icon to create new group
  • Click on the group name to activate it
  • Click on arrow next to group name to hide/show colors in the group.
MixColors panel with swatch color groups in Photoshop
MixColors panel with swatch color groups in Photoshop

You can move colors between groups and inside one group using drag’n’drop! The feature works across all modern versions of Photoshop from CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6 up to CC 2015.

MixColors, the color mixer and swatch group manager for Adobe Photoshop

Tip#44: Tone Lock of the background color in MagicPicker

Did you know you can quickly change hue of the background color in MagicPicker while keeping its perceived brightness (tone)? Just press ALT + SHIFT while clicking and moving the cursor on the color wheel (or just ALT or your pen’s button with Tone Lock On). That lets you keep background color within the same gamut very easily and achieve constant organic coloration across your painting/design/photography/artwork.

Quickly adjust background's hue while keeping its perceived brightness
Quickly adjust background's hue while keeping its perceived brightness

Works with Color Temperature Wheel and on the color pane in H(SB) mode. In Color Temperature Wheel mode it will let you keep background color’s perceived brightness while changing its temperature.

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

MixColors 1.2 update – improved mixing algorithm, new UI, better CC support!

MixColors 1.2 update - improved mixing algorithm, new UI, better CC support
MixColors 1.2 update - improved mixing algorithm, new UI, better CC support

– New improved design
– Improved color mixing algorithm
– Full compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop CC
– Performance improvements
– Improved panel behavior when it’s very small
– UI improvements for small displays
– UI optimizations

Upgrade MixColors – physically accurate color mixer for Photoshop

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

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#19: Two modes of MixColors

There are two modes for mixing colors in Photoshop with MixColors. 1) When you blend current Photoshop’s color (shown as small swatch box) moving your mouse around central field. Then you set current color by clicking on MixColors’ eyedropper. 2) Photoshop’s color is set immediately to the new blended color. You can blend colors from swatches on the left or bottom. Switch modes with Auto-sync button

Two modes of blending colors in Photoshop with MixColors
Two modes of blending colors in Photoshop with MixColors

MixColors, Photoshop color mixer and more

Panels Tips & Tricks. Tip#15: color history in MixColors

The most handy feature for all the colorists and artists out there! You have automatic access to Photoshop colors history in MixColors panel. Choose a color from the past as a swatch and mix it with the current one with one click! All the good colors you found are kept in a long colors history

Color History
Color History

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