Alien Skin News

Updates!

We fixed some bugs in Blow Up2, Bokeh, Eye Candy 6, and Snap Art 2. Some symptoms are being asked to activate a second time, errors during installation, and recent installations of Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin products making each other stop working. All three companies have worked together to fix these issues. Really, we like each other! Whether you have experienced problems or not, if you own any of those four products, please throw away any old installers and install the new ones in this knowledgebase article.

LensFlare35.com Interview

Here is a podcast interview I did with Dave Warner of lensflare35.com.  The interview covers company history, business philosophy, and general info on our product lines.  When Dave asked me the origin of the name Alien Skin, I decided to finally make a web page about it. It was fun to dig up examples of the cool textures that inspired me to start the company. One of them can be seen at the top of the newsletter.

Nancy Baker Case Study

Nancy Baker is an artist who uses Eye Candy in ways we never intended, which is quite fun. At first I hesitated to show off her work because I didn’t want to confuse people about the “right” way to use Eye Candy. But then I remembered that her recent show in Los Angeles quickly sold out and I decided that Eye Candy is a general tool and the right way to use it is however you want. Check out some of her entertaining work in this case study.

ICBM by Nancy Baker
ICBM © 2010 Nancy Baker

Nels Akerlund Update

Our pal Nels Akerlund’s blog is a steady stream of gorgeous photos. I highly recommend the recent entry on his trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Nels Akerlund: Indonesia
Raja Ampat, Indonesia © 2010 Nels Akerlund Photography

Reviews

Huw Collingbourne in Bitwise Magazine says, “Alien Skin’s latest version of its Eye Candy suite enhances some of its best-known Photoshop-compatible filters and adds a new user interface that makes it easier than ever to find and apply presets to create stunning graphic effects in moments.”

T. Michael Testi is a photographer who uses Eye Candy for his website design work. On blogcritics.org he writes, “I really like how easy it is to use Eye Candy 6 right out of the box. If you want a tool to really create eye-popping graphics, then you really want Eye Candy 6.”

Gary Coyne wrote a very detailed article on applelinks.com describing how real lenses create bokeh. He also shows why Bokeh does a much better job than Gaussian blur. “I’m giving Bokeh a full 5 ‘A’ rating because it does what it says it does and it does it well,” Gary concludes.


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Jeff Butterworth
I agree with Chase Jarvis that the best camera is the one you have with you. Some of my favorite photos are from my iPhone or my tiny Canon SD780 because I had them with me when opportunity knocked. Sure quality isn’t perfect, but you can help that a lot later, as in the example above where a tweak with Exposure is all the photo needed.

– Jeff Butterworth
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