Candy 4000 at a Glance
Impression: Excellent set of special effects with strong interface
improvements over the previous version.
Benefits: There are 23 filters in this set, each of which is incredibly
customizable. The interface is quite usable, and the addition of unlimited undoes
and redoes was a nice touch. The filters are great.
The only thing I miss in this collection is inside masking on the Fire filter.
Other than that, there's nothing wrong.
Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000
effects package for Adobe Photoshop
If you're anything like
me, your Photoshop Plug-Ins folder looks like a junk yard. It's full of old, decrepit
filters that you haven't used since you stopped designing your own custom Dungeons
& Dragons character sheets; demos of filters that expired before computers
were even invented; and shareware filters whose usefulness you've never quite
figured out, but somehow you can't bring yourself to throw them away. Hey, I still
have Gallery Effects loaded on one of my Macs!
But amid all that clutter,
you have three or four packages you routinely use when there's serious work to
be done. I won't name all of them here. They can send me review copies if they
want publicity. But one of these, surely, is Eye Candy from Alien Skin Software.
I was introduced to this
package of special effects for Photoshop when version 3 was released, and it quickly
became one of my favorites, not only for designing custom D&D character sheets,
but also for doing professional work in print and, later, on the Web. The latest
version is Eye Candy 4000, which Alien Skin released just a few weeks ago. It's
an update whose time has come.
Eye Candy 4000 adds five new filters to the set included in Eye Candy 3Marble,
Melt, Drip, Corona and Woodbringing the total to 23 effects. It also brings
with it a new interface for all of the filters.
Where the old interface
seemed overburdened and slow, the new one is light and speedy, although, as with
version 3, previews can still take as much render time as the final effect. But,
on the whole, the interface in Eye Candy 4000 is much more effective.
Eye Candy 4000
gains several improvements in the interface department over its predecessor, Eye
New interface features include:
- Tabbed pages within the
main window for adjusting various controls. Basic setting appear under the first
tab, while lighting, color, bevel and other setting appear under subsequent tabs.
- The new version adds menus
that take over the menu bar when a filter is launched. The menus add several new
features to Eye Candy, including unlimited undo and redo; cut/copy/paste; the
ability to jump back and forth between filters without having to return to the
canvas; and the ability to save and manage settings, which can be shared between
filters in the collection, where appropriate.
- The preview window is larger
than in version 3 and can show layers behind the current layer you're working
on. It also includes a small navigation window so you can see which part of the
image you're looking at.
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