Alien Skin has been the premiere plug-in maker for Adobe Photoshop for as long as I can remember. All of their software is high-quality, and the support is excellent.

I’m a huge fan of several Alien Skin Photoshop plug-ins, including BlowUp, which I find myself using quite often.

Eye Candy 7, the new version of its graphic design effects plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Eye Candy 7 renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, Perspective Shadows, and more.

Rather than write a standard review, I decided to make it simple and just show you eight reasons I love the latest version of Eye Candy.

Creating perspective shadows is a pain in the ass to do manually

Perspective ShadowNot only can you add regular shadows, floating shadows, and cast shadows; but creating perspective shadows with subtle fades is dead simple.

Sometimes, the sky just needs more clouds

CloudsSometimes the sky in your photo is dreary and cloudless. Adding various types of clouds, from wispy to fluffy, is easy.

Lightning in a bottle… or your newly-clouded sky

LightningIt’s not often you need to add lightning to a beautiful night shot, but you can create the perfect storm with the lightning filter.

Where there is smoke, there is fire

Smoke and FireI don’t often add smoke or fire, but Eye Candy 7 offers plenty of control for the inner-arsonist.

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… flying across your screen

Motion TrailAdding motion trails can be impossible to do manually. Eye Candy 7 makes it easy, including fading, perspective fade, and more.

Chrome, and fur, and marble. Oh-my!

TexturesEye Candy 7 offers a plethora of textures you can apply with a single click, and customize till you’re chrome in the face.

Visual inspiration

Filter SelectionSometimes you don’t know what you want until you see it. Eye Candy makes exploring the filter set a visual affair.

Keeping it real. Simple.

Simple user interfaceEvery filter in Eye Candy 7 is simple to customize, including a preview window so you know when you have your settings just right.

Eye Candy 7 is a plug-in and requires Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later, or Photoshop Elements 10 or later, running Mac OS X 10.7 or later. You can buy Eye Candy 7 through Alien Skin for $199 USD. Owners of any previous version of Eye Candy may upgrade for $99 USD. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Eye Candy 6 directly from Alien Skin Software in September 2012 or later.