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.

About Jeff

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.
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76 Responses to Eye Candy 7 is almost here!

  1. Jim says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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?

  4. DL Smith says:

    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 says:

    Let me know when available.

  6. Jerry Knotts says:

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

  7. Steve says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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. Denise Block says:

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

    • Robert says:

      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.

  9. Joyce Berger says:

    Let me know when it’s ready.

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

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

  12. Mary Graves says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • 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.

  13. Bradley Fredrick says:

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

  14. Charles Sanchez says:

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

  15. haeruddin says:

    awesome ! new effect ,thanks for team

  16. Debra Clement says:

    Will the new version work with Corel Paint Shop Pro?

    Not all of us can afford Photoshop!!!

  17. Charles Lake says:

    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.

  18. 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

  19. KC Yoon says:

    Would it be possible to pre-purchase the upgrade?

  20. Mike says:

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

  21. Ralph McGeehan says:

    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!

  22. Glenboid says:

    WOW guys cannot wait!

  23. Rosa Perry says:

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

  24. Gary Biram says:

    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

  25. Johan-Martijn Flaton says:

    Put me on the list for Eyecandy 7 ;-)

  26. Elisabeth Lindvall says:

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

  27. garyoa1 says:

    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. :/

  28. Rolf says:

    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 says:

      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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  31. Claus says:

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

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  35. Ron Herrmann says:

    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. :-)

  36. Brian H. says:

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

  37. Vickie Ibarra says:

    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.

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  39. Thomas Hanson says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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

  41. Jonathontot says:

    Is Eye Candy 7 Support CS6?

  42. Lorenzo Lizarraga says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

      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. 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 says:

      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. 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.


  47. Gary Biram says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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.

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

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