Okay, so I review Photoshop on the next page, but granted, there are some things it just can't do--or can't do without considerable effort. Enter Eye Candy 3.0, a Photoshop add-on that enables you to create graphic effects more easily and with arguably more dramatic results. This latest version has 11 new filters--fire, smoke, fur, chrome, perspective shadow, star, antimatter, squint, jiggle, weave and water drops--for a total of 21. It's a must for fanatics who would rather spend all night creating an astounding image than do something silly like sleep.
Eye Candy 3.0
street Price: $129
requires: a Windows or Macintosh computer that can run Adobe Photoshop 3.0.4 or higher; Paint Shop Pro 4.12 or higher; Corel Photo-Paint 8 Plus or higher; Microsoft Image Composer 1.5
maker: Alien Skin Software (Raleigh, North Carolina)
phone/web site: (919) 832-4124, http://www.alienskin.com
Joe Dysart (email@example.com) is a software analyst and Internet business consultant. His work has appeared in more than 40 publications, including The New York Times.