The venerable collection of effects now works with Photoshop CC and can store presets in Creative Cloud.
Alien Skin Software has been developing plugins since 1994, and over the years has created a range that caters to the needs of both graphic designers and photographers, with the current lineup including Blow Up, Exposure, Bokeh, Snap Art, Alt Photo, Photo Bundle and Image Doctor. The 32 filters in Eye Candy, along with more than 1,000 one-click settings and 100 controls, are designed to render realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone.
While special effects filters for Photoshop are typically suited just for creating novel, unrealistic results, Eye Candy effects such as Animal Fur, Smoke and Reptile Skin are said to be rendered in great detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps and irregular bumps. Eye Candy supports 16-bit/channel images and CMYK mode, as well as taking advantage of multi-core CPUs and working with the 64-bit version of Photoshop. It provides multiple techniques for non-destructive editing in Photoshop, including Smart Filter support and rendering effects on a duplicate of the original layer.
Version 7 added Lightning, Electrify and Cloud effects, as well as a new interface that speeds visual effect browsing. The latest update, available free to registered users, adds Photoshop CC compatibility as well as the ability to store effects presets in Creative Cloud or other cloud-based storage, such as Dropbox.
Eye Candy 7 for Mac and Windows works with Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later and compatible applications, and can be purchased on the Alien Skin Software site for $199. A trial version is also available for download.