Alien Skin Software has posted a free public beta of Eye Candy 4000.

Eye Candy 4000 is a collection of plug-ins for Photoshop. The beta features a new interface, controls and special effects. Alien Skin hope to release the full product in autumn.

New filters in the beta include texture generation (Marble and Wood effects), shadow creation with Shadowlab, and a collection of solar flare effects, called Corona. Existing effects, including Glass and Smoke, have been updated.

The public beta contains 13 filters, limited to images measuring less than 1,000-x-1,000 pixels. It supports Photoshop 4.0 and Macromedia FireWorks 2.0 or later.