I’m thrilled to announce that version 6 of Eye Candy will be out in early December. Graphic designers use Eye Candy to make slick realistic effects that are often used on titles, logos, and Web pages. You can see a few of these gorgeous effects here and at the top of the newsletter.
The biggest improvements are in ease of use. Eye Candy 6 has over 1500 carefully designed presets. They are now organized into categories and each one adapts to fit the size of your current image. Non-destructive editing is supported through Photoshop Smart Filters and rendering effects on a new layer. Multi-core CPUs are supported for speed. 64-bit Photoshop is supported, which can take advantage of large amounts of memory.
All three Eye Candy 5 products (Impact, Nature, and Textures) will be merged into Eye Candy 6, giving it 30 filters. Free upgrades will automatically be sent to purchasers of the Eye Candy 5 Bundle who purchased after October 11, 2009. Eye Candy 6 will sell for $249, so this is a way for you to save $50 if you act soon. Owners of any version of Eye Candy will be able to upgrade for $99.
Rangefinder Bokeh Review
Larry Brownstein wrote an extensive review of Bokeh in the November issue of Rangefinder. The article includes many good example images that show off a wide range of Bokeh’s capabilities. Thanks, Larry!
Easter Egg Answer
Here is the answer to last month’s Easter egg question. Start the Stylize filter in Snap Art 2. If you enter 111 into the Random Seed then the filter will render a complex bug-like object. That shape is the Mandelbrot set, a fractal mathematical object discovered by Benoît Mandelbrot. I just snuck it into Stylize late one night, so you can’t zoom in or do anything fancy. If you haven’t seen the Mandelbrot set before, check out some pictures here. Math is pretty!