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How to Create Different Textures with Photoshop  

by Ariel Velasco

Creating a multitude of textures is easy if you have the know-how and Adobe Photoshop. There are numerous plug-ins that you can make use depending on your need and your level of mastery.

One such plug-in is the Eye Candy: Textures. Eye Candy 5: Textures, a Photoshop Plug-in, is a collection of ten seamless texture generators. The first of three upgrades to Eye Candy 4000, Eye Candy 5: Textures produces a wide variety of texture effects, including snake and lizard skin, fur, brick, stone, and wood.

Graphic designers, web developers, and 3D artists can quickly create backgrounds, skins, seamless tiles, and more. Relying on the contents of a stock-texture library limits creativity and this is addressed by Eye Candy.

Tiling is quick and easy because every filter has a seamless-tile option. Eye Candy 5: Textures includes settings for over 200 frequently used effects. Creating great artworks can be done quickly saving the artist an ample amount of time and energy. A new settings system makes it easy to explore these effects. The ability to save and export makes sharing settings a snap. Eye Candy 5: Textures works with 16-bit images and does not compromise expanded color depth. Color transitions are smoother and print documents reproduce colors more accurately.

A detailed description is provided us courtesy of Sue Chastain from her article at http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pluginsfilterseffects/gr/ec5textures.htm. 1.Ten plug-in effects filters for generating seamless textures in Photoshop and other software. 2.Improved Effects: Animal Fur, Marble, Swirl, Texture Noise, Weave, Wood. 3.New Effects: Brick Wall, Diamond Plate, Reptile Skin, Stone Wall. 4.All effects offer many customization options, improved controls, and a seamless tiling option. 5.Includes over 200 texture presets and an improved preset management system for saving settings. 6.Some effects can pull color information from an existing image or blend with the original. 7.Features unlimited undo/redo, resizable preview, effect on/off toggle, and 16-bit color support. 8.Ships on a cross-platform CD for Macintosh or Windows, and includes a printed user manual. 9.Requires Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP and a compatible host application

These features and more are sure to make the creation of noteworthy artworks easy as 1-2-3. Navigating is made friendly by a new settings system makes it easy to explore these effects. More and more plug-ins are mushrooming but Eye Candy 5 is sure to be a constant partner of the demanding digital artist.

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