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MagicSquire manual

Please enjoy the video tutorials describing MagicSquire features:


NEW! Tags, Collections, Keyboard Shortcuts, Rotate Brush/Tool, Put data folder in the cloud


Horizontal View, PRO Mode, Recent Tool History, Adding Shapes and Tool Presets



Adding Tool Presets, Loading Tool Presets, Tooltips, Compact Mode, deleting groups, alt-click

Adding brushes, drag'n'drop, organizing in folders, changing groups' colors, renaming, updating, size-only brushes



Installation:

Please use Adobe Extension Manager to install MagicSquire. If doesn't work on your computer try our extension manager.


Cheat Sheet:
MagicSquire Screenshot Cheat Sheet

Brush/Tool Parameters, Tags, Keyboard Shortcut to Brush/Tool preset

Click on New button on the bottom toolbar to add current brush or tool into MagicSquire. You will be presented with the Brush/Tool Parameters dialog.

Assign tags or a keyboard shortcut to the preset.

You can also choose a stroke image better representing your tool. Strokes are auto-generated on the fly and are displayed as high-resolution images that precisely represent tool's parameters (like size, texture, scattering, Mixer Brush parameters etc.).

Pick Size only to save just the size of the current brush/tool. Next time when you click this preset only the size will get restored.

Turn on Capture Size (on by default) to save preset's size with the preset. So next time when you click it the size will restore. Turn it off to save as a sizeless preset (tool or brush).

Turn on Capture Color to keep preserve current foreground color with the preset


Collections
You can combine several brush groups into a Collection.
Click on "edit..." or "more..." under the COLLECTIONS menu item in the MagicSquire menu to launch Collections Editor. Now you can delete collections, create new collections and assign existing groups to Collections.

Quickly switch between collections by clicking Collection name from MagicSquire menu. You can also switch active collection by single-clicking its name in the Collections Editor.

Settings:

To access Settings click MagicSquire menu -> Settings...


1. Set "Double-click to edit preset" to ON to activate editing brush/tool presets with double click. You can always edit preset using the Edit button the bottom toolbar (see above)

2. To relocate your data folder from Documents click "Browse" and choose the new folder.

This way you can put MagicSquire data folder to a 3rd party Cloud service like Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive and sync MagicSquire brushes, groups and collections between multiple computers, also keeping your data safe and backed up.

On one computer relocate your brushes to the Dropbox folder. And on the second (or any other) computer do the same and answer Yes on the question "Use existing MagicSquire data?".

3. Also in Settings you can assign Keyboard Shortcuts to the following features: Rotate Brush/Tool tip (works with Clone Tool too), Turn current Brush into Eraser (and back), Increase/Decrease Load for Mixer brushes, Switch Collection, Create New Brush, New Group, Switch to next/previous brush in current group, PRO Mode, Compact Mode, Toggle MagicSquire panel.

More tutorials:

MagicSquire Quick Tutorials

FAQ:

Can I delete Brush Presets or Tool Presets from Photoshop?
Absolutely yes! You can do anything to Brush or Tool Presets in Photoshop and it won't affect your presets stored in MagicSquire panel. You can move, rename, delete, rearrange them inside Photoshop the way you want.

How to to transfer data between computer and backup brushes?
MagicSquire saves backups of your data in case of anything happens with Photoshop you will have your brushes in a safe place. And your data is safe when you switch across Photoshops. You can transfer your data between computers: simply copy MagicSquire folder from Documents folder on your old computer to Documents/MagicSquire on the new computer! That's it.

I receive the message "Please uncheck "Current Tool Only" in your Tool Presets panel...". What does it mean?
You need to open the native Photoshop's Tool Presets panel and in the bottom of it uncheck the corresponding checkmark:


How can I change brush group's color to an arbitrary value?
Starting from MagicSquire 2.3 you can pick arbitrary color for the group using color picker. Click on the three dots next to group's name and then click eyedropper icon to launch Photoshop's color picker.


Data folder:

Data folder can grow.
Big data folder allows very fast loading and dealing with brushes. Your data folder can grow to up to 200MB for approximately 500 brushes in MagicSquire. The unique caching algorithm allows to open up the panel very fast and scroll thousands of brushes with up to 60fps speed. It's made possible by special structuring and how brush data is saved.

Truly unlimited!
This technology allows to add unlimited number of brushes into the panel. 15, 250 or 2,000 brushes will be handled by MagicSquire easily.

Optimize performance/fix errors:
To improve MagicSquire perfomance, increase speed of the UI it's highly recommended to close your Photoshop's Brush Presets (called Brushes in later Photoshop) and Tool Presets panels altogether.

If you further experience a slow performance of the panel or see errors please click MagicSquire fly-out menu and then choose Optimize performance. That will rebuild MagicSquire brush database and will get rid of possible errors.


More tutorials:

MagicSquire Quick Tutorials

Check all our panels and tools: MagicPicker, MagicSquire, MixColors, DiskFonts, Extension Manager.