Eye Candy
Eye Candy 7.1.0.1192
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Eye Candy 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
Version 7.1.0.1192: Release notes not currently available
Requirements
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core 2 processor
  • One of the following:
    • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or later



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Eye Candy User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 7.x:
(3)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(9)

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burypromote

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Runtime reviewed on 15 Oct 2013
Expensive but good. Especially nice to have the Lightning back! Also work (as far as a quick test) in 10.6.8. Now I will upgrade my Xenofex!
[Version 7.1.0.1191]


burypromote

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Pedromator reviewed on 13 Jul 2013
I like plug-ins from Alien Skin.
They work very good and stable.

Unfortunately, the price is high.
[Version 7.1.0.1184]


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WordWeaver commented on 10 Jul 2013
Question: Why is lightning being described as "new" in the above description? I find this a bit deceptive, because all Alien Skin has really down is REINTRODUCE Lightning, Electrify and Little Fluffy Clouds from their old Xenofex plugin, due to user interest in these old -- but still useful -- effects.

Aside from the above issue, even though I have been using Eye Candy since at least version 4, in an email discussion I held with an Alien Skin employee two years ago, they still required that I pay a $100.00 upgrade fee.

The greed of some of these software developers appalls me. They suck us for money for upgrades year after year, when what they should REALLY be doing is EXPANDING their user base in order to increase their profits, instead of milking their established users over and over again.

BTW, yes, I am also on the "Forget you, Adobe!" bandwagon with regards to their new subscription model. I have invested piles of money into Adobe Photoshop since version 5 -- no, not CS5, but 5.0. I am sick of their greed, and I refuse to bow to their latest demands.

Sorry for going off on a tangent, but I just had to vent. :)

Anyway, while a few of the Alien Skin filters are nice, there are a lot of them which I don't even use, because they are so amateurish, and/or don't fit into my design schemes.
[Version 7.1.0.1184]

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WordWeaver replied on 10 Jul 2013
OOPS . . . I meant to type "because all Alien Skin has really done is"
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Cowicide commented on 07 May 2012
WARNING: This software installs Digital Rights Management software that will always run on your system and it can cause conflicts or worse. This is called Nalpeiron and has caused sleep issues with Macs in the past and can be difficult to remove even after uninstalling the applications that use it. I'm not sure if this newer version of Eye Candy still installs this DRMcrapware as well unless the developer can assure they've ditched this draconian approach to DRM.

More info on how to remove Nalpeiron from your system from another bad developer that installs this crapware, Mask Pro:

http://trick77.com/2010/08/08/mac-doesnt-auto-sleep-anymore-hard-disks/
[Version 6.1.1.1137]

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Solosaint replied on 08 May 2012
wow, VERY happy you posted this... I was about to install this for a client...
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Weasel-Boy replied on 19 May 2012
It's in this latest version as well.
burypromote

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Animator replied on 19 May 2012
Hmm, it would be nice to see a reply from the developer about this here. It sounds pretty intrusive, but the filters themselves seem to get high marks.
burypromote

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Cowicide replied on 19 May 2012
Weasel-Boy, are you sure? Did you check the installer or something? I really had hoped the developers would have stopped it by now.
burypromote
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Weasel-Boy replied on 19 May 2012
Yep, I'm sure. I opened this installer and there it was. I wouldn't have ever bother with until after I read this thread. I'm still wary after discovering unwanted installations of APE and Growl.

Here's the thing though. I ran the Activity monitor to see if the plug-in was eating more headroom when active.
I ran it in PhotoshopCS6. To my amazement, I discover that when it's running, it throws Photoshop into a red texted "Not Responding" state. This is the sort of message you'll see if Photoshop hangs or freezes. To be fair, it does return to normal after the plug-in is dismissed. Still, this seems a rather invasive way to inject a plug-in into the host. Every other CS6 compatible plug-in I have doesn't do this. I tested 'em all after seeing this.

To be fair, this version does run much smoother than the last version did, but seriously? A plug-in that disables the host while it's running?
burypromote
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Fishboy replied on 19 May 2012
OnOne Software and Nik Software also use Nalpeiron Digital Rights Management on their products. I believe Tiffen also uses it on their plug-ins. Navigate to /Library/StartupItems. The offending folder is called ProTec (for OnOne and Nik) or FXLicenseManager (for Tiffen products)
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Cowicide replied on 19 May 2012
Wow, I wonder how many people wasted time and/or money trying to fix their Macs when it was just some DRMcrapware like Nalpeiron running on their computers? Such a shame to hear that Alien Skin stoops to this.
burypromote

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RavenNevermore replied on 20 May 2012
@Weasel-Boy, I read your post and decided to check it out. I have Photoshop CS 6 running, and I opened an image and applied an Eye Candy filter. The Alien Skin Plugin app is open.

In Activity Monitor:

PID: 652 Alien Skin Plug In
CPU: 0.1
Threads: 4
Real Mem: 25.8 MB
Kind: Intel
Virtual Mem: 29.8 MB
CPU Time: 0.52

PID: 617 Photoshop
CPU: 0.1
Threads: 17
Real Mem: 219.7 MB
Kind: Intel (64 bit)
Virtual Mem: 183.8 MB
CPU Time: 9.93

So it's not happening on my iMac. You can't do anything in Photoshop while the filter is running, but that's normal for any filter while the model window is open. In this case it's a separate application.
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RavenNevermore replied on 20 May 2012
Oh and yes I also see in Activity Monitor:

PID: 137 Nalpeirond6
root
CPU: 0.0
Threads: 1
Real Mem: 392 KB
Kind: Intel
Virtual Mem: 17.3 MB
CPU Time: 0.03
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Cowicide replied on 20 May 2012
> PID: 137 Nalpeirond6

That's a shame...

Well, I guess just keep fingers crossed it doesn't still cause any wake from sleep issues (or other problems) that developers who use this DRMcrapware won't probably help anyone with.
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Weasel-Boy replied on 20 May 2012
David: The Activity Mon will look fine until you actually go over to the Alien Skin interface and tweak something that exists in PS. Try dragging one the Perspective Shadows handles and take a look at the Activity Mon again.
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RavenNevermore replied on 20 May 2012
@Weasel-Boy, I did. I applied a filter to an image. My point was that Photoshop didn't become any more non-responsive than when any model window is open. While the filter window was open with my applied tweaks, I went and checked the Activity Monitor. Photoshop was not marked in red as not responding on my system.
burypromote

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RavenNevermore replied on 20 May 2012
@Weasel-Boy, how much RAM do you have? I have 8 GB on an early 2009 2.93 GHz Core2Duo iMac. Certainly not the latest and greatest.
burypromote

-7

Macs007 reviewed on 06 May 2012
Awesome fx pack. For years the best to buy imo
[Version 6.1.1.1137]


burypromote

+45

Hilbo60 reviewed on 27 Mar 2011
If you ever only buy one addition to Photoshop, make it this...Is, and has always been invaluable!
[Version 6.1.1.1058]


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+33

Michael_Sebrecht reviewed on 27 Feb 2011
Didn't expect this coming but it is still the best PS plugins ever made.
A bit expensive though.
[Version 6.1.1.1058]


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+5

+400
Dr.-Girlfriend commented on 11 Jan 2010
Wow -- Talk about a blast from the past! What's next? Updates from Kai's PowerTools and Bryce. LOL.
[Version 6.0]

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+333
cksum replied on 12 Jan 2010
LOL. I was thinking the exact same thing...

How to fly an amateur flag... use this stuff ;) All these effects scream of noob. Running through pictures with some 30 filters... and a lens flare...
burypromote

+48
Kinetic replied on 25 Feb 2011
Takes me back to the days of System 7, good times.
burypromote

+13
Aliiien replied on 25 Feb 2011
Didn't these used to be priced at like $80? Childhood memories, when that was way too expensive for a kid playing with Photoshop... :p
burypromote
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RavenNevermore replied on 06 May 2012
I was just thinking that too! Bryce is still around, now developed by DAZ 3D. I guess when Adobe added some of these features, like drop shadows and warp (remember Kai's Power Goo?) these became less relevant. But they were, and still are a great set of filters. Glad to see that everyone stopped using the page curl effect though!
burypromote
+2


Anonymous reviewed on 21 Oct 2004
This is an addition to a series of filters by AlienSkin. All-in-all I like what it has to offer. The diamond plate is my favorite in this series.
[Version 5.0]


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James-D rated on 07 Apr 2014

[Version 7.1.0.1192]



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Haliomaster rated on 20 May 2012

[Version 6.1.1.1139]



telltales rated on 06 May 2012

[Version 6.1.1.1137]


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Date:06 Apr 2014
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Eye Candy 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.


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