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Eye Candy 7 will be here in early December and it’s going to be awesome!

Even Easier

We completely rewrote the Eye Candy user interface to make it easier to explore. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.

Eye Candy 7 is now a single entry in Photoshop’s filter menu. That means that you can explore all of our effects without leaving the Eye Candy window. Instead of choosing an effect category by reading a text list, you’ll see icons that show typical uses of each effect. Click the image below to see the full size as it appears in Eye Candy 7.

eye candy 7 effect chooser user interface

Once you choose an effect, you can explore presets fast using the navigator, which is a small preview that instantly updates. You don’t even have to click. Just mouse over preset names and the navigator shows how the effect will look in your design. In the screenshot below you can see the navigator in the lower left. Click the image to see more detail.

eye candy 7 user interface

In the preference panel you can choose how the effect is rendered in a new layer. If you prefer the Eye Candy 5 approach, you can have the new layer include just the effect and not a copy of your original artwork.

Many Eye Candy effects use transparency, so we moved the transparency display control out of the preference panel and put it under the main preview. This lets you quickly switch the background between checkerboard, black, white, or a custom solid color.

New Effects

By popular demand, we rescued the best effects from our discontinued Xenofex product: Lightning, Electrify (seen above), and Clouds. We rewrote them for our new Eye Candy 7 framework, which provides faster previewing, better preset management, and easier experimentation.

Xenofex owners can get Eye Candy at the upgrade price of $99. In our store you can use a Xenofex license code to purchase the upgrade. If you can’t find your 12-letter license code then use our license code recovery page, or contact tech support so we can look you up.

When? How much?

Eye Candy 7 will be available in early December 2012 for $199. Owners of any version of Eye Candy or Xenofex can upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Eye Candy 6 directly from Alien Skin Software in September 2012 or later.

When Eye Candy ships we will announce it to our e-mail list (sign up at the bottom of this page), in the blog (RSS here), FacebookTwitter, and Flickr.