Tip#122: Persistent Color Wheel HUD popup with MagicPicker 9

💡 Keep unobtrusive, transparent pro-level HUD equipped with color sliders that hides/shows the same place on keyboard shortcut.

Click MagicPicker 9’s Settings menu → Pin HUD to same place

Save clicks and screen space!

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Tip#121: LDT Cube – quick color wheel picker based on color perception

Use MagicPicker 9’s Cube 🔮, new color picker designed for quick digital art.

LDT stands for Lights, Darks, Temperature. And it’s much more than that.

When you move pointer vertically along cube sides it preserves perceived color lightness (same as Tone Lock in MagicPicker). Horizontally – keeps saturation, for any hue!
– Left side is darks
– Right is lights
– Top is temperature

To switch into the mode click “Color Wheel Triangle/Box/Diamond/etc” located on the top right of MagicPicker under Tone Lock button.

Created in collaboration with leading art studios

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Tip#120: Input values and 🎯 snap rulers for color sliders in MagicPicker

Arrow buttons under MagicPicker color wheel activate rulers and numeric inputs – for quick color accuracy and 🎯 snaps.

Click upper arrow to show/hide rulers (and use ctrl-click to snap to values)

Click rightward arrow to show/hide numeric boxes to input exact color component values

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Upgrade MagicPicker to at least version 9 to get this functionality

New MagicPicker 8.3 for Photoshop: delete select CMYK sliders, K-Lock, more!

– Fixed problem with CMYK sliders and gradients in various scenarios
– Improved UI localization when activating panel, added link to license retrieval
– Improved activation on macOS Monterey
– Fixed: K-Lock was turning on when deleting individual C,M,Y or K sliders

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Tip#110: Using MagicPicker Transparent and Crystal HUD modes

Use new MagicPicker’s 🧿Crystal HUD mode or see your fantastic artwork through transparent panel.

  1. Change HUD Opacity in Settings or
  2. Enable background Blur
  3. Adjust HUD transparency 0-100
  4. Quickly call HUD with a shortcut
  5. Resize HUD the way need

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MagicPicker 8.2 update: better sliders scaling, CMYK values, transparency

⚡ MagicPicker 8.2 brings better scaling of new gradient Lab / L*c*h / Temperature / etc. color sliders. Fixed assigning of transparent colors to vector shapes, colorize multiple vector shapes, CMYK values, improved. Better CMYK/K-Lock, more for Photoshop & Illustrator:

– Fixed transparency indication on vector shapes (Photoshop and Illusrator). Now when clicking between Foreground and Background swatch transparency is displayed correctly in all scenarios
– Fixed problems with assigning transparency with Ctrl/Cmd click to colors
– In K-Locked mode color wouldn’t change in Photoshop after using Saturation/Brightness/Hue Keyboard Shortcuts – fixed
– CMYK sliders display correct values in all scenarios, when using different color spaces, RGB/CMYK document modes etc.
– Now sliders and color wheel can be accurately resized to its minimum in all scenarios
– Correctly assigns fill/stroke color to shapes if multiple selected on CC2021+
– Improved UI localization
– Available now on Photoshop and Illustrator 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, CS5, CS6, CC
– much more

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Tip#109: Use new combinations of color spaces and sliders in MagicPicker

In MagicPicker 8 you can add any combination of any color spaces under the color wheel. These color spaces are added in the form of sliders that you can interact with and adjust colors.

Have HSB/CMYK/Lab combination, or HRB combination, or use new L*c*h color space that allows you to keep Hue in the same perceived brightness (same way as Tone Lock works). etc!

1) Click on the “Add Color Space” “+” button near sliders on the bottom
2) Choose any color space to add: Lab, F/B Gradient, HSL, L*c*h, CMYK, Grayscale, CIE Luv, HSB, RGB, Temperature
3) After adding color sliders you can remove any of them by dragging by its label
4) Rearrange sliders by dragging

New MagicPicker 8.1 fixes L*c*h, Lab sliders, improves transparent color wheel HUD, blank panel fix, more

Here’s what’s new:

– Fixed a long standing problem when panel was blank sometimes, immediate after starting Photoshop
– Fixed Lab sliders’ L position
– Fixed a problem with h* slider of L*c*h color space. When moving this slider color preserves brightness and saturation of current color now. Only hue is changing like it’s supposed to work
– Fixed various issues with HUD
– On macOS HUD now should start as expected
– Now HUD runs on Adobe Illustrator in all scenarios
– Fixed various UI issues on Adobe Illustrator
– Improved Chinese UI translation

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MagicPicker updated to v5.1

New version improves Tone Lock, Color Temperature Wheel and K-Lock (that lets keep K value of CMYK on the same level) when working with the Photoshop’s eyedropper. Improves Interactive Help and YUV color space mode. Changing colors of Fill & Stroke of Vector Shapes in Photoshop got better and more straightforward!  

MagicPicker 5.1
MagicPicker 5.1

Detailed list of improvements:
– Improved UI on hi-res displays
– Improved Color Temperature Wheel behavior
– Improved and expanded Interactive Help
– MagicPicker now correctly detects if shape is selected in all possible cases
– Fixed oversized text behavior when changing text color in Photoshop with MagicPicker
– Fixed problems with oversized Tone Lock icon
– Improved K-Lock behavior with eyedropper
– Improved and speeded up animations
– Improves YUV color space mode on calibrated screens
– Speeded up various parts of MagicPicker interface on CC2015/2015.5
– Improved performance on CS6, CS5, CS4 and CS3

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Tip#54: Find colors with the same brightness but different temperature

It’s easily possible with MagicPicker! In the Color Temperature Wheel mode switch on Tone Lock and start shifting the slider on the wheel. This option lets you quickly find corresponding colors having the same brightness for lights and shadows or for foreground and background. Or keep the same brightness level across the surface when editing textures.

Change color temperature while keeping color's brightness
Change color temperature while keeping color’s brightness

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