Tip#71: Advanced export of Brush/Tool Preset Groups with MagicSquire in Photoshop

Recent MagicSquire 2.3 introduced Advanced Export of Brushes and Tool Presets Groups to .ABR/.TPL files in Photoshop.

MagicSquire 2.3: Advanced export of groups to .abr & .tpl
MagicSquire 2.3: Advanced export of groups to .abr & .tpl
  • You can click MagicSquire menu -> Export group to .ABR or .TPL… to export presets from currently selected group into .ABR or .TPL file on your hard drive
  • MagicSquire will automatically cross-convert your existing Tools or Brushes into desired .TPL or .ABR file type if needed. You can export the same presets to .ABR or .TPL
  • If you you use Search then MagicSquire will export only currently filtered results
  • This is supported on Photoshop CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018+

MagicSquire is the advanced Brush/Tool Preset Group Manager in Adobe Photoshop

MagicSquire 2.3 is out now!

Magic Eraser – turn any Tool into an Eraser, Advanced Group Export to .tpl/.abr with cross-convertion, new Color Picker for Groups, more!

MagicSquire 2.3 adds Magic Eraser, Advanced Group Export, more!
MagicSquire 2.3 adds Magic Eraser, Advanced Group Export, more!
 – Alt-click now works with tools! Use saved Pencil as Mixer Brush and vice versa!
– Magic Eraser: click on the new “Turn current Tool into Eraser” button to use any Brush or Tool Preset you select as an Eraser. Instantly switches to Eraser mode keeping brush shape and other parameters intact. Alt-click on Magic Eraser to switch it permanently.
– With Advanced Export groups can be exported and converted to brushes and back (depending on a target format). Easily convert betweet .tpl and .abr Tool Presets! Exports filtered results when using search.
 – Performance boost on Photoshop CS5/CS6!
– Improved list mode
– Fixed a bug with loading specific .ABR files on Photoshop CC2018+
– Fixed a bug when size of the brush wasn’t properly saved on Photoshop CC2018+
– Fixed loading of Photoshop CC2018+ brushes when sometimes they weren’t loaded as tool presets
– Fixed “consistency” error that some users faced on CC2018+
– Small bug fixes
– Speedups and optimizations
– Optimizations to UI and drag’n’drop on Photoshop CS6
– Added panel loading progress on Photoshop CS6

Tip#66: Simplify MagicSquire’s interface with PRO Mode

Activate MagicSquire’s new PRO Mode to hide buttons, menus etc – and work with brushes and tools directly! This mode also hides all closed groups on the panel.

  1. Go to MagicSquire fly-out menu
  2. Click “PRO Mode”

Works in Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2015, CC2015.5, CC2017, CC2018.

MagicSquire 2 brush/tool organizer - PRO Mode
MagicSquire 2 brush/tool organizer – PRO Mode

MagicSquire 2.0 is superfast! Brings new features!

New MagicSquire 2.0 is out! Speeded up, extended, visually enhanced! Change Thumbnail Size, New Horizontal Mode, PRO Mode to hide UI out of the way, add Shapes and all Tool Presets to groups, more!

– New horizontal layout! First of a kind in Adobe Photoshop
– Scale Thumbnails with Scaling Slider. Make them tiny or make them huge!
– Support for Shapes and all Photoshop Tool Presets! Organize any Tool Presets in groups: Rectangle, Crop, Eyedropper, Custom Shape, Round Rectangle, Ellipse, etc. Any of them all of them!
– Recent Tool History list! Kept between Photoshop sessions
– Unique PRO Mode – hide all buttons and UI elements out of the way
– Superfast new engine rewritten from scratch – much faster UI and brush handling: create brushes faster, load .abr files faster, faster drag’n’drop and faster handling of very large collections (1000+ brushes)
– Large .abr files (4GB+) and file collections support
– Compact Mode improved on CC2017
– Various bug fixes
– Improved display of the circle on size-only brushes for newly created brushes
– Significantly improved drag’n’drop on CS6
– Proudly supports Photoshop CS5, CS5.5 CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017+

You can upgrade MagicSquire to v2.0 here

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Tip#64: Load multiple brush & tool preset files at once into groups

With MagicSquire 1.7 you can automatically convert a group of your brush files (.tpl/.abr) into groups of brushes in Photoshop with a single click!

MagicSquire: load brush files into groups
MagicSquire: load brush files into groups

Select MagicSquire menu -> Add brushes from .ABR or .TPL and select multiple brush files with Shift, Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ (Mac). MagicSquire will automatically create new separate groups containing new brushes or tool presets!

MagicSquire, brush group organizing agent inside Photoshop

MagicSquire 1.7: Performance boost up to 5x, more default group colors

MagicSquire is 2x-5x faster with the new update!

MagicSquire 1.7, faster, new group colors, load multiple brush files
MagicSquire 1.7, faster, new group colors, load multiple brush files

What’s new:
– Various optimizations and speed improvements to UI & loading brushes, in many scenarios speed improved by 5x, especially on Photoshop CC 2014/2015/2017
– Loading of multiple brush (and tool presets) .ABR/.TPL files at once is now supported
– New default colors for groups!
– Fixed Compact Mode on Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 and above
– Fixed messaging
– Small bug fixes

Upgrade MagicSquire here

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With new 1.6 update to MagicSquire you can rearrange multiple brushes in groups

MagicSquire brush organizing panel 1.6 update
MagicSquire brush organizing panel 1.6 update

New MagicSquire 1.6 is here!
– Drag’n’drop and deletion of multiple brushes is now supported
– Fixed a bug connected to Photoshop’s bug with “sample data not found” message when loading .tpl files
– Fixed varios UI conflicts connected to dialogs
– Improved drag’n’drop on CS5 and CS6 for Wacom, Huion and Ugee tablets
– Improved compatibility with .tpl files
– Multiple performance improvements

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MagicSquire, brush group organizing agent inside Photoshop

OMG! MagicSquire 1.2 finally delivers Tool Presets/.TPL support in Photoshop!

Now you can organize and group Brushes, Mixer Brushes, Erasers, Smudge Tools, Pencils, etc.! You got it! MagicSquire 1.2 panel now supports Tool Presets and .TPL files. Still supporting Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017.

MagicSquire 1.2 supports Tool Presets and .TP:L files
MagicSquire 1.2 supports Tool Presets and .TP:L files

– Supports Tools Presets and advanced brushes: Brush, Mixer Brush, Smudge, Eraser, Pencil, etc.!
– Add, organize, drag’n’drop, move between groups, assign colors to the Tool Presets the same way you did it with the brushes
– Load .TPL files and to add various Tools from files into Photoshop (in addition to .ABR files support)
– Another performance boost.  Close/open/hide/show panel with unprecedented speed!
– more!

You can upgrade here to MagicSquire 1.2

MagicSquire is the advanced organizing panel for tools and brushes in Adobe Photoshop.

Tip#59: Move all brushes from Photoshop’s Brush Presets into MagicSquire groups

You can quickly move all your brushes from native Adobe® Photoshop Brush Presets into MagicSquire panel colored groups.

Move brushes from Brush Presets into MagicSquire groups in Photoshop
Move brushes from Brush Presets into MagicSquire groups in Photoshop
  1. Click on Brush Presets menu and then click Save Brushes…
  2. Export brushes into .ABR file
  3. Now you can remove all your brushes from Brush Presets (highly recommended to improve performance!)
  4. Load this .ABR file into MagicSquire using menu -> Add brushes from .ABR…

That’s it! Now you can rearrange your brushes to different groups using color coding inside MagicSquire! Works in CS5, CS6, CC, CC2015 and CC2017+.

New panel for organizing brushes in groups for Photoshop! MagicSquire is out!

MagicSquire is the new plugin for Adobe Photoshop that lets you organize brushes in smart and intuitive groups. While picture is worth a thousand words, the video is always worth million pictures, so see it in action, below!



The brief list of features includes:

  • Your brushes organized in colored groups in Photoshop! — Puts your brushes in easy-to-use folders collections. MagicSquire structures your brushes so you don’t need to look for them every time in neverending piles
  • Lets you rearrange brushes and brush groups with drag’n’drop
  • Create brushes from scratch — Just click the New Brush button to add current brush to the panel. Edit and update brushes. Click Update to update parameters from Photoshop, no need to recreate them
  • Be creative! MagicSquire automatically generates brush images with additional stroke types, never seen before in Photoshop: long, short, medium and brush texture. That lets you differentiate brushes visually
  • Supports custom .ABR Loading existing brush collections from .ABR files with one click! Supports very large files of 200M and above. Supports loading of thousands of brushes from one file. .TPL support is on the way
    Versatile Groups can be collapsed and rearranged with drag’n’drop
  • Complete Photoshop brush types support: Mixer, physical, textured, patterned, ordinary – ALL OF THEM
  • Captures all brush parameters: brush size, flow, blend mode, opacity, etc. – you name it!
  • Combines all power of Brush Presets, Tool Presets and Liraries in one single panel. With new features essential to digital art
  • Full Photoshop Color UI Themes support
  • High resolution rendering of brush images with beautfiul detail. In addition supports Retina dn HiDPI displays. Supports Wacom Companion, Microsoft Surface, Macbook with Retina Displays, 4K, 5K and 8K displays
  • Supports Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015+

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