We completely rewrote the Eye Candy user
interface to make it easier to explore. The theme is less clicking and more
Eye Candy 7 is now a single entry in Photoshop’s
filter menu. That means that you can explore all of our effects without leaving
the Eye Candy window. Instead of choosing an effect category by reading a text
list, you’ll see icons that show typical uses of each effect. Click the image
below to see the full size as it appears in Eye Candy 7.
Once you choose an effect, you can explore
presets fast using the navigator, which is a small preview that instantly
updates. You don’t even have to click. Just mouse over preset names and the
navigator shows how the effect will look in your design. In the screenshot below
you can see the navigator in the lower left. Click the image to see more detail.
In the preference panel you can choose how the
effect is rendered in a new layer. If you prefer the Eye Candy 5 approach, you
can have the new layer include just the effect and not a copy of your original
Many Eye Candy effects use transparency, so we
moved the transparency display control out of the preference panel and put it
under the main preview. This lets you quickly switch the background between
checkerboard, black, white, or a custom solid color.
By popular demand, we rescued the best effects
from our discontinued Xenofex product: Lightning, Electrify (seen above), and
Clouds. We rewrote them for our new Eye Candy 7 framework, which provides faster
previewing, better preset management, and easier experimentation.
What's Already Great
Realism sets Eye Candy effects apart from the
generic filters built into Photoshop. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and
Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs,
turbulent wisps, and shiny scales. Eye Candy helps designs look natural and
Zillions of Effects
Eye Candy has grown over 19 years to handle a
huge range of graphic design tasks, from subtle extruded edges to glitzy chrome.
There are 32 effect categories, over 1000 presets, and controls to let you
create an unlimited number of your own styles. Take a look at our
examples for just
a sample of what Eye Candy can do.
Eye Candy scales effects to match the size of
your current artwork. That makes it less likely that you will have to tweak a
preset to make it look good.
Effects are drawn into a new layer, leaving your
original artwork untouched. Eye Candy can also work as a Smart Filter, which
lets you modify or remove the effect later. You can save presets to consistently
recreate your favorite looks.
Eye Candy can handle images in CMYK mode and
16-bits/channel, which are needed for professional print work.