Anastasiy releases MagicSquire 4.2
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Originally published July 22, 2020. Scroll down for news about the 4.2 update.
Digital painting tool developer Anastasiy Safari has released MagicSquire 4.0, the latest version of its Photoshop brush organizer plug-in.
The update adds a new HUD mode that allows the MagicSquire controls to open under the cursor and make commonly used brushes sticky to switch between them faster.
Create custom sub-palettes for your Photoshop brushes with a quick visual preview
MagicSquire was first released in 2016 and allows concept designers, illustrators, and anyone else who works with a large number of custom Photoshop brushes to organize them into color-coded sub-palettes.
The plugin automatically generates thumbnail images for each brush, with a wider range of line styles than Photoshop itself, to visually distinguish them.
It also works with custom shapes and tool presets, and includes a "Magic Eraser" feature that lets you turn any tool preset into a custom eraser brush.
Users include some well-known conceptual artists such as Marc Simonetti and Craig Shoji.
New in MagicSquire 4.0: Tags, collections and keyboard shortcuts
The changes in MagicSquire 4.0 include the new HUD mode, which was originally introduced in the sister plugin MagicPicker.
It contains all of the controls of the plugin and appears anywhere on the screen under the cursor when the user clicks the pen button or keyboard shortcut assigned to them.
The update also introduces a new Sticky Brushes mode for frequently used brushes.
Once a brush is marked as sticky, pressing a key combination activates it, while releasing the key deactivates it, making it quicker to switch between brushes.
Other changes include the option to load multiple Photoshop .abr or .tpl brush files into a single group and the option to search in closed groups of brushes or tags.
Updated on August 21, 2020: Anastasiy has released MagicSquire 4.2.
The update adds the option to automatically close the new HUD after selecting a brush, and adds new right-click options for general operations, including duplicating brush groups and tool presets.
Prices and availability
MagicSquire 4.2 is available for Photoshop CS5 and higher on Windows and Mac OS X. It costs $ 19.
For a complete list of features in MagicSquire 4.x, see the product website
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