Next, I chose the wood grain layer and a selected the melting filter and worked it until I had the look I wanted. Finally I selected the black background and chose a polished steel texture, changed the color and within 15 minutes I had the whole thing was done. To try to accomplish this in Photoshop would require a lot of skill and many hours to get it to look this good. Add to that, most of the effects that Eye Candy contains could not be reproduced in Photoshop at all.
So what is new with Eye Candy 6?
• Performance of Eye Candy 6 has been enhanced to take advantage of multi-processors and multi-core CPUs, making it significantly faster on most computers. Under the surface, the rendering engine has changed dramatically to make the filters work much faster than with previous versions
• Scaling Modes give Eye Candy the ability to adaptively scale the filtering effects to the current image size, giving better results more quickly. For those who want precise control in a graphic design production environment, Eye Candy also supports a fixed mode, which allows the filter effects to be specified precisely in pixel units.
• Settings have been improved and many more presets have been added, giving you a total of 1500. The new settings tend to handle more common tasks and use more tasteful color schemes than in Eye Candy 5. If you are new to a particular filter, you can take the Settings Tour which will let you quickly see the filter's most interesting effects that you can apply directly, or apply and make your own changes to.
• Fire has been reworked and now looks more natural. Sharp edges have been smoothed to look more realistic.
• Panels are now installed to make your access to Eye Candy much easier. The main launch panel, or Startup Panel, contains the icons for all 30 filters. You just click and work without having to navigate the menu system. The other panel is the Button Maker panel where you choose the button style and the button appears in your document. From there you can use filters to make modifications.