In the previous versions of Adobe Fireworks, we were able to use a limited edition of the Eyecandy Plugin from the Alien Skin Software site . It was only limited to 3 filtersÂ , but they were pretty good ones.Â From the same company that created the Eyecandy plugin ,Â let’s take a look at another plugin they made calledÂ Xenofex 2.
It has 14 amazing effects to choose fromÂ and best of all it’s totally compatible with fireworks cs4. You can enable / disable the filter in the filters panel, incase you made a mistakeÂ and can apply multiple xenofex filters on an object. The plugin is not free though ( 129 usd ) , previous owners of XenofexÂ can avail a discount upgrade, but if you want to just try it, you can downloadÂ a 30 day free trial.
Let’s use this image to test out the different filters.
Each filter has default settings you can choose from , or you can manually edit them if you want.
Constellation – not only can it create stars, it can give your text or images some ” bling2x” .
Crumple – one of the best filters I have ever used, you can create a lot of textures with this filter.
Little Fluffy Clouds – it’s some like the difference clouds in photoshop.
Flag – another cool filter, play around with the other settings.
Lightning – it’s a probably a tie between lightning and crumple
Since I like the lightning filter so much , lets try it again on a black background =)
The Xenofex 2 filters offers some time saving effects to your images , most of them cannot be replicated using standard steps , and requires special filters like these. I recommend you to try the 30 day trial toÂ see how it helps on your projectsÂ , if you like it then buy it =) I hope the next version of fireworks could use integrate a few of these filters….someday