Alas, adulthood takes a toll on dreams, so that has yet to come to pass, despite my fair share of community college classes on new digital media (and back-to-back crash courses in Photoshop and Illustrator which made my history of migraine headaches return).
Still, I persist, do a little work on the side here and there, and collect a little money and much gratitude thanks to Photoshop plugins like Eye Candy.
If ever there was an add-on utility that is worth its weight in gold it’s Eye Candy. Basically, Eye Candy works creates special effects that would take hours or days to accomplish in Photoshop.
Here’s a sample:
The question that gets asked is, ‘How do I get designs like that from an app?‘
Eye Candy works as a menu-driven Photoshop plugin which means you can select a shape or texture and apply filters to see an instant result. The Eye Candy toolset appears daunting at first, with plenty of options.
For me, getting started using Eye Candy was cumbersome at first, but once I dug into the 1,000 plus presets and figured out how the controls worked, it became a valued tool.
Eye Candy has dozens of categories for the presets, and effect effect can be customized and used again later. The original artworks remains, as Eye Candy effects are non-destructive and laid into new layers.
As I make contacts in the Chicagoland graphic design community and cull tidbits of advice from more experienced Photoshop users, almost every one of them recommends Eye Candy (and, they recommend not going overboard with the most obvious effects).