Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Anastasiy releases MagicPicker 4.0

MagicPicker in action, in a video from 2010. Version 4.0 of the colour-picking plugin for Photoshop and Illustrator overhauls the software’s core engine, and adds new colour temperature and tone lock controls.

Developer Anastasiy Safari has released MagicPicker 4.0: an update to his colour wheel and colour-picker tool for Photoshop and Illustrator, adding new options for picking colours with a particular temperature or gamma.

The plugin, used by artists at studios including Disney, Marvel and Blizzard Entertainment, adds a resizable colour wheel to its host application’s interface, with a range of preset colour schemes.

New colour temperature and tone lock controls
Version 4.0 of MagicPicker introduces a new colour temperature wheel, making it easy to pick only warm or cool hues; and updates the Tone Lock option, which preserves gamma while changing hue or saturation.

The colour engine has also been revamped, standardising it between Photoshop and Illustrator and Windows and Mac OS X, and improving performance – although Anastasiy doesn’t put any figures on the speed boost.

The UI has also been reworked to increase the size of colour swatches, and the plugin also now supports the CC 2014 releases of Photoshop and Illustrator.

Pricing and availability
MagicPicker 4.0 is available now for Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 and above on Windows and Mac OS X. It costs $19.

Read a full list of new features in MagicPicker 4.0