Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000
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Fire also gets some improvements
in controls, though, to me, it loses some of the ease found in Eye Candy 3's Fire
filter, particularly edge softness and inside masking. These effects can be duplicated
in the new version, but not exactly and not without more effort. However, like
Smoke, the Fire filter gains a gradient slider for more versatility. It also includes
the addition of a side taper slider.
Other filters in the collection
- Antimatter, which plays
around with brightness and saturation to create negative effects.
- Bevel Boss, which gets
a really nice update in this version to produce glossy, glassy and plastic bevels.
Bevels can also be edited along a Bezier path for completely customizable effects.
(Bevel profiles can also be saved and used in other Eye Candy 4000 filters that
- Chrome also gets some big
improvements, not just in customizability, but also in quality. It includes controls
for lighting and reflection maps. It can also be used to import, modify and save
bevel profiles from other Eye Candy 4000 filters that use bevels.
- Cutout, which creates,
of all things, cutout effects. Very similar to the filter from Eye Candy 3.
- Fur, which is a drastic
improvement over the filter of the same name in Eye Candy 3. The old version wasn't
good for much. The new one is good for an awful lot of effects, from putting fur
on someone's face to creating dry brush on an image of a dirt field. Controls
for this filter have been beefed up significantly, and the fur effect can be drawn
beyond the selected area.
- Glass is another one that's
gotten some nice fixes. It essentially creates a tinted bevel, but one that is
quite convincingly glass.
- Gradient Glow, which is
similar to the built-in Layer Style (Layer Effect) in Photoshop 6 and 5.5.
- HSB Noise, which creates
lumpy noise with a plethora of controls.
- Jiggle, which creates jiggly,
bubbly and turbulent effects.
- Motion Trail, which creates
trails with adjustable tapers.
- Shadowlab, which is used
for making perspective shadows.
- Squint, which brings an
object out of focus. The amount of blur can be adjusted with a single slider.
- Star simply adds a geometric
star shape to your canvas.
- Swirl smears and twists
- Water Drops adds drops
of liquid to your image. This one is a little different from the filter in Eye
Candy 3 in that the shape of the drops can be adjusted to look like pools of liquid.
- And, finally, there's Weave,
which is just about the same as the Eye Candy 3 version. (It creates a weave pattern
over the image.)
The bottom line
This is a solid set of filters for anyone who regularly uses Photoshop for professional
Web or print work. I'm impressed with the work that went into the new filters,
as well as the overall interface improvements and additional controls. At $169
(or a $69 upgrade), it's a bargain. Our recommendation: strong buy.
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