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Alien Skin Eye Candy 5: Textures

Texture generation plugins for Adobe Photoshop By Dave Nagel
Alien Skin is taking a new approach in the development of its popular and long-lived Eye Candy plugins for Adobe Photoshop. This new approach sees the collection broken into three separate products, extracting from and expanding on specific categories of effects from the original set. (The next two collections will be released separately in 2005.) The first release in this protracted rollout is Eye Candy 5: Textures, which focuses exclusively on texture generation.

Eye Candy 5: Textures includes 10 such texture generators, each one covering a different texture category. Unlike other Eye Candy filters, the texture generators don't really fall into the category of image effects; they're designed primarily to generate textures (seamless or otherwise) for use in the design process as backgrounds, textures for 3D objects, etc.

Interface and workflow
Now, the original Eye Candy 4000 collection was the first to adopt Alien Skin's now-ubiquitous plugin interface, so, if you're familiar with that collection, you won't see too many differences here. There are some refinements in terms of the organization of the parameters, especially the presets, as well as some updated parameter controls. But the interface will be familiar enough to those of you who've used Alien Skin plugins within the last few years.

Above you see the interface shared by all of the filters in the collection, which includes a very large preview window, navigation tools and presets. It also includes effects settings in several categories. Most include a "Basic" category, where the main settings of the filter are adjusted.

They also include some filter-specific settings, such as distortion, knots, grain, etc.

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