Eye Candy 7 is almost here!

Eye Candy 7 software logo eye with electric arcs

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.

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  1. Jim November 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome! I was bumbed when Xenofex went away. Now I can get back my most-used features from that product coupled with the coolness of Eye Candy. Get ‘er done! I want this!

  2. Andy Webb November 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This looks to be a great upgrade, pleased to see that once again the effects can again be rendered to a separate layer, that’s been sorely missed.


  3. alex humphrey November 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    GREAT NEWS about bringing some of Xenofex back! Thank you! Any chance at all at “Rip Open” part of Xenofex being part of an update later? That filter alone has kept myself from updating my Mac OS from OS 10.6.8 to the current OS. Put me on the list for Eye Candy 7 though! Will I need to update my Photoshop though?

    • Robert November 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

      We can not make any promises about additional filters. I will however bring your request to our developers for consideration.

  4. DL Smith November 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    alright! I have been using eye candy since the frist release, then xenofex and have done all the upgrades; I have been watching for another upgrade but wondered if it would happen. I has and it just made my day!

  5. Donald K Pratt November 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Let me know when available.

  6. Jerry Knotts November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I hope Alien Skin has tried of me calling and asking for reflective gold to be included in Eye Candy!

  7. Steve November 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    sounds great . so glad i finally upgraded from Eye Candy 4000 to Eye Candy 6 earlier this week … will be looking forward to my free upgrade and having some of the old Xenofex effects working in Photoshop x64 and Fireworks CS6 !

    • Robert November 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

      That’s great to hear, however, Fireworks will not be officially supported by Eye Candy 7. If you have further questions about this, please feel free to contact our support staff.

      • Steve December 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        unfortunately you’re correct . gave it a shot and version 7 does not work with Fireworks . it crashes the plug-in . oh well . i can still use version 6 in Fireworks .

  8. yve legler November 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Looking forward!

  9. Denise Block November 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Hi – I currently use EyeCandy 6 with Digital Image Pro – will 7 be compatible with that software?

    • Robert November 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Eye Candy 7 will not be officially compatible with Digital Image Pro. We recommend downloading the demo to see if it works for you, but we will not be able to support it past activation issues.

  10. Joyce Berger November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Let me know when it’s ready.

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      We will notify everyone when it’s released.

  11. Nilesh Parmar November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Amazing, cant wait for this, lightening is a really useful effect. Liking the new interface too :))

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, that’s great to hear. We put a lot of work into making it aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.

  12. Marco De Luca November 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    OK, you got me. Where can I buy the upgrade?

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      You will be able to purchase the upgrade from our online store once it is available.

  13. Mary Graves November 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Did no one thing to include the Puzzle and Constellation effects from Xenofex? Those are two of my all time favorite things in Xenofex, basically mostly what I used there. I’m so happy to see your new version of EC7 coming out. Love the single interface, but I wish you had included more things from Xenofex than you did. Any chance there will eventually be additions or are any of the effects somehow accomplished in another filter set in EC?

    • Robert November 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

      We considered many, but had to cut the list down. Since each effect that was brought over from Xenofex had to be completely rewritten, we could only choose the ones that were requested the most. We can not make any guarantees that we will bring over more effects, but I will make sure to take your request to the development team.

      • Joleene Naylor October 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        I am also disappointed not to see constellation and will now have to reinstall (after uninstalling it) the previous xenofex because it’s a filter I use on a regular basis 🙁 Hope to see it in th enext upgrade, but otherwise 7 is awesome.

  14. Bradley Fredrick November 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Will this work with Fireworks or is that option forever gone? I have FW CS6

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      We have no future plans to support Fireworks. If you have any other questions about this, please feel free to contact our support staff.

  15. Charles Sanchez November 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Eye candy is so AWESOME!!!!!! It has made me money,saved me time and made me look great to my clients…

  16. haeruddin November 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    awesome ! new effect ,thanks for team

  17. Debra Clement November 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Will the new version work with Corel Paint Shop Pro?

    Not all of us can afford Photoshop!!!

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Eye Candy 7 will not officially support Corel PSP. It will however support Photoshop Elements which is a price comparable alternative to Paint Shop Pro.

  18. Charles Lake November 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve only used Eye Candy 6 once since I got it (haven’t had time) but would love to see what the new version offers.

  19. Jessie Thompson November 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I have used Alienskins Eyecandy and Zenofex over the years and I have always found plenty of ways to push my designs above and beyond. Photoshop would be DULLSVILLE with out the effort your team puts into this product!! I must also say that anytime and I mean anytime, that I have needed assistance from your support and or sales team The response time and answers I get are no less than perfection! Your products allow me to say with a smile, “Yeah, I can do that!”.
    Jessie Thompson
    Stamford, CT

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. We will always do our best to provide top notch products and service.

  20. KC Yoon November 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Would it be possible to pre-purchase the upgrade?

    • Robert November 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

      It is not possible to pre-order. Once it’s available we will let everyone know.

  21. Mike November 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Will all thirty Eye Candy effects plus the Xenofex effects be included in one single Eye Candy package ?

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Yes, all 30 Eye Candy effects plus the 3 new ones from Xenofex will be included in a single package.

  22. Ralph McGeehan November 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    You already have my email address in your database, but I have a question about Eye Candy. I know that I purchased several earlier versions for my Macs quite a few years back, but the disks have been lost and the software didn’t survive the many upgrades to the Mac OS over time. Do you have back records to show my earlier purchase, so that I will qualify for an upgrade price on the new version?
    (In the ensuing years, I have been retired and am on a fixed income)
    Thank you!

    • Robert November 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      If you purchased it directly from us, we will have records of it. Please submit a ticket to our support staff and they will help locate your license code.

  23. Glenboid November 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    WOW guys cannot wait!

  24. Rosa Perry November 17, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Please let me know when 7 arrives… Cannot wait!! Thanks

  25. Gary Biram November 17, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Hi! As an Australian, we pride ourselves on adventure, and Eye Candy & Xenofex have certainly allowed me to have some amazing adventures, also enjoyed by many others that have used the end results. At our “Apple Users Society Of Melbourne”, we have a Photoshop special interest group, and the members have been really struck by what I have shown them.
    Your new upgrade will be magic, as it is much easier and more visual to those I am showing it to.
    Anxiously await the birth, and wish you good luck, Merry Xmas, & a Healthy & Wealthy 2013, to you and all your gifted staff.

    Kind Regards from Aussie.
    Gary Biram

  26. Johan-Martijn Flaton November 17, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Put me on the list for Eyecandy 7 😉

  27. Elisabeth Lindvall November 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Put me on the list, Please!
    Thanks and regards from Sweden!

  28. garyoa1 November 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I guess I’m going to have to go back to creating waving flags the hard way. I do a LOT of flag designs and it’s probably the most useful thing in the program for me. Since the old one works for me I guess upgrading makes no sense for me. :/

  29. Rolf November 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

    2 questions: will there be a rebate for early subscribers?
    And how about the crumple filter? It is not listed in the icon image

    • Robert November 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

      We are not offering a pre-order option. The full retail price for new customers is $199. The upgrade price from a previous version of Eye Candy or Xenofex is $99. We only brought back three filters from Xenofex, sadly crumple was not one of them.

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    One of the best plug-ins. Can’t wait!

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  36. Ron Herrmann November 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Don’t sell Xenofex short. Burnt Edges, Cracks, Crumple, Rip Open, Shatter, and even Stain would have been worth including in Eye Candy 7. Why not blow everybody’s minds with a real KILLER of an effects package? Based on the feedback we see on this page, you could probably pull at least a FEW more customers over the threshold by pushing the envelope. 🙂

  37. Brian H. November 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Looking forward to Eye Candy 7! I would like to see Xenofex’s “Burnt Edges” effect rescued too!

  38. Vickie Ibarra November 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I also would like to see “rip it” brought back for use, I really enjoyed that ability and had a lot of fun with it for tagging purposes. Hope they really consider it hard and bring it back..actually liked all the features of xenofex 2 and hope they bring them all back in the next product. I would be more encouraged and willing to purchase a product that has all the features I use and enjoy rather than having to download this one and that one to get the effects I want and use.

  39. Thomas Hanson November 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Speaking of exhuming the dead. . . .
    One aspect of Eye Candy 3 was the water drop effect. You could set it to 1 [as in on] drop and could have amazing control over all parameters.


    I lost my version of Eye Candy 3 and Y’all no longer have it. That is the only thing I miss on EC3
    T. Hanson

    • Robert November 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      The water drop effect has always been a part of Eye Candy, but some of the parameters have changed. In Eye Candy 7 you will still have access to water drops. However, instead of Number of Drops, it’s been changed to Coverage. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to visit our support site at http://support.alienskin.com and submit a request.

  40. carlos montanari November 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    boa noite,
    por acaso estes novos pluguins eye cand, poderão ser instalados no corel draw???
    aguardo respostas

    by chance these new eye candy plugins, can be installed in corel draw??
    I await answers

    • Robert November 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Eye Candy 7 will not officially support Corel Draw.

  41. Jonathontot November 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Is Eye Candy 7 Support CS6?

    • Robert November 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Yes, Eye Candy 7 will fully support CS6 on both Mac and PC.

  42. Lorenzo Lizarraga November 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I see how your able to upgrade. But if you don’t have xenofex or any of the eye candy software. Can I buy a full copy of eye candy 7 and xenofex for a whole new install? Or is it only available for previous owners? Or can I purchase eye candy 6 and the by 7? I really want this and I don’t want to mess around with pirated versions of 6. I want legally purchase all if it. But can’t find where or how to purchase . All I see are upgrades . Thank you! Looking forward to your help

    • Robert November 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

      If you do not own a previous version of Eye Candy or Xenofex, you can still purchase the full version of Eye Candy 7. Just visit our online store and select “Buy” for Eye Candy 6. If you purchase it now, you will receive the upgrade to version 7 for free when it’s released. You can also wait until version 7 is released to purchase it. If you have any further questions, please submit a support ticket and we can help you as much as you need.

  43. Kathy Lawryk November 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Can’t wait for EC 7!!! I’ve been using Eye Candy for many years! Can’t wait for this latest version.
    Kathy =^..^=

  44. Greynor November 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I miss the days using EyeCandy. Too bad it doesn´t work with Fireworks anymore. It made a lot more sense and it was an incredibly powerful combination.

    Limiting the filters to Photoshop is such a waste. Won´t you bring it back as a Fireworks plugin? It´s just not handy in PS and so limited compared to using it in FW.

    I really hope you will think about it.

    • Robert November 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      At this time, we do not have any plans to bring Fireworks support back. The changes made to Fireworks in the past cause too many problems. On the other hand, it does continue to work in the Windows version of Fireworks. While we do not support either OS using Fireworks, you may want to try installing the 32-bit version of Eye Candy 6 or 7 into the Windows based Fireworks. If you are using Windows, you can perform a custom install by following these instructions.

  45. Bonnie Weinstein Crowe November 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Please tell me you will be moving Star over to the shape section. Come on, nobody’s going to be able to tell me “Star” is a texture. As someone who still uses Xenofex 1 from time to time (have to use my old version of photoshop for it) and who is a big fan of Eye Candy… I’m happy to hear that you tried to combine them, sort of. But honestly, I’m looking to be blown away and at this point, you’ve set the bar pretty high… why you left out things like burnt edges and crumpled is beyond me… I’m sure you have your reasons but I think you should’ve created THE killer filter set and put all the big guns together in a package that would be a must have… one package.. up the price a bit if you need to, but all the splitting up of filter sets is disheartening and if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

    • Robert December 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Actually Star is not part of the Shapes portion because it does not rely on a shape (or selection) to create it’s effects. Where as the Textures are all useable with and without selections.

      Thanks for voicing your concern about Eye Candy 7 and previous plug-ins. Since each of the old effects had to be completely rewritten for Eye Candy 7, we had to cut the list to the top 3 requested. There have been more requests for other effects since the debut of Eye Candy 7, so I will make sure to send the developers your comments and concerns.

  46. Bonnie Weinstein Crowe November 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    BTW, Is gradient glow different than Glow at all? That’s always been my favorite filter of yours.

    And there was a coffee stain in the old Xenofex that was fun too… and I think “Shower door” was yours too (though forgive me if I’m thinking of filter factory)… maybe you’ll consider having like a little “old favorites” add on for some old timers. I’m also kind of hoping you’ve added something “completely different”.. new, fun, and original to mix things up.

    I like the new interface and I’m hoping it works well with the new photoshop.


    • Robert December 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Glow in Eye Candy 7 is the same thing as Gradient Glow in Eye Candy 6. As for Jiggle and Shower door, here is a blog article discussing how to achieve the same effects.

      I cannot promise any filter packs as you mentioned, but I will make sure to bring it up to the developers.

  47. Gary Biram December 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    On further thought I will still use Xenofex as I use these as much as the Eye Candy 6 filters.
    Lightening, Burnt edges, Crumple to name a couple. Also you had in the earlier versions, I think 4000, a filter called “Shadow Lab”, which was easily the best for creating shadows accurately,
    Think some areas have taken a backward step for some of us?

    Maybe, in the next version, eh? Robert?????

    • Robert December 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Perhaps Gary. I can’t speculate on future releases, but I will make sure to bring your requests to the developers for consideration. I know that sounds like a scripted response, but really, they will be notified.

      Shadow lab was just the previous name of Perspective Shadow(Eye Candy 6), or Shadow(Eye Candy 7). It has many more options than Shadowlab from Eye Candy 4000.

  48. William Boletta December 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Well, I’ve been using Eye Candy since it first came out, but since I do mostly online graphics now and rarely print, I have all but stopped using Photoshop because of the feature-bloat, especially in CS6. Not clean. Not cool. Not easy to use. Unlike, Eye Candy, which is a model of simplicity. Too bad you have forsaken us Fireworks users.

    • Robert December 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      I wish there was more we could do for you. If you are using Windows, you may be able to install the 32bit version, but we will not be able to support it. With all of the changes Adobe has made to Fireworks from version to version, it was just not possible to continue support for it.

      To install a specific version of Eye Candy(32 or 64 bit), you can use the custom install method.

  49. Wayne Dickson December 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

    The interface looks dramatically more efficient. But the examples of results seem pretty much the same. How have the filters themselves been improved?

    • Robert December 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

      The filters look much more organic and natural, along with the addition of Lightning, Electrify, and Clouds. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to open a support ticket with our support staff.

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