Eye Candy 6 Scaling Modes

In Eye Candy 6 we introduced the concept of scaling mode which makes it much easier to use. Every filter in Eye Candy 6 has a scaling mode choice near the top of the Basic Tab. Below I highlighted it in the Weave filter.

Most of the time you will use Adaptive scaling mode. Adaptive Mode records lengths as a percent of image size. So, you can put together a project at 72dpi, get client approval, and then remake it at 300dpi and all of your Eye Candy effects will look correct.

A setting in Fixed Mode records sizes in pixels. When you want precise control over lengths and you do not want your effect to grow as your image grows, use Fixed Mode.

All of our presets are in Adaptive Mode except for the ones in the group “Settings Tour (Fixed Scaling)”. You can recognize a setting that is in Fixed Mode because it has an F on it in the settings list.

I will demonstrate the two scaling modes using a carbon fiber texture I designed in the Weave filter from Eye Candy 6. Below is the texture as it looked on a 200×200 image where I developed it. I saved it in both Adaptive and Fixed Mode versions. On the 200×200 image they both looked the same.

Now let’s apply each version of the setting to a larger image.

Scaling Mode is Fixed here. Texture features don't grow with image size.

Scaling Mode is Adaptive here. Texture features grow with image size.

You can try these settings yourself. Of course you must already have Eye Candy 6 installed. Just download the zip file below, unpack it, and then double-click each .f1s file. You should then see a message that says “The setting was successfully imported”. Next time you run the Eye Candy 6 Weave filter you will see the new settings in the User Settings list.


For a texture you might want to used Fixed Mode like this, but for non-texture filters like Fire and Chrome I almost always used Adaptive Mode.

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. Mark Smith March 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Is it possible to automate incremental value changes in EC6?


    • Jeff March 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      I can’t think of a way to do it. I assume that you are talking about applying a filter to a series of images with one of the sliders increasing by +1 in between each image. You can certainly apply a filter to a series of photos in a batch or in a video, but I can’t think of a way to animate a parameter over time.

      Are you working on video? We are not planning to do a video product soon, but it would be good to know if many people are interested. That might make us get to it sooner.

    • Tom March 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

      One option would be to use Photoshop scripting to automate calls to our filters. You can use Visual Basic, Javascript or Applescript (I have only tried Javascript). All of our filters can be scripted. To find out how to call our filters you can use the Photoshop “Script Listener” plug-in. Once it is turned on, you can call our filters with various parameters and see how the call changes in the Listener log. This will give you a clue on how you can change parameters in a script that you write. There is a lot to learn to get it working but if you are willing, you can get started with the documentation found here:


  2. gunawan tuna March 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Hey Jeff, do you think Alien Skin will has a special discount for students user? like photoshop, nik etc.
    Thank you..

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