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Alien Skin Eye Candy 7 renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, and the new Lightning. 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 you quickly explore and design looks. In Eye Candy 7, effects are chosen through easy to recognize icons rather than text menus. Presets are rapidly previewed by simply mousing over them. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.

What's New

Even Easier
Alien Skin completely rewrote the Eye Candy user interface to make it easier to explore. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.

Eye Candy 7 is now a single entry in Photoshop's filter menu. That means that you can explore all of the 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.

Once you choose an effect, you can explore presets fast using the navigator, which is a small preview that instantly updates. You donít even have to click. Just mouse over preset names and the navigator shows how the effect will look in your design.

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 artwork.

Many Eye Candy effects use transparency, so Alien Skin 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.

New Effects
By popular demand, Alien Skin rescued the best effects from the discontinued Xenofex product: Lightning, Electrify and Clouds. They rewrote them for the new Eye Candy 7 framework, which provides faster previewing, better preset management and easier experimentation.

What's Already Great

Realistic Effects
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 organic.

Zillions of Effects
Eye Candy has grown over two decades 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.

Adaptation
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.

Non-Destructive Editing
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.

Professional Features
Eye Candy can handle images in CMYK mode and 16-bits/channel, which are needed for professional print work.


Host Requirements
Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or later


System Requirements

1280x768 or greater monitor resolution
Intel Core 2 processor

Macintosh:

Mac OS X 10.7 or later

Windows:

Windows 7 or later