Acorn 5 - The Image Editor for Humans
By Flying Meat Inc.
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Everyone needs to edit photos at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn complicated super pricey photo editing software. This is why we created Acorn. Add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create a photo collage. Work with layers to touch up your favorite photos or make something entirely new from scratch. Do all this and more with Acorn!
Powerful Layer Capabilities
* Over 25 different non-destructive blending mode options.
* There is no limit to the number of layers and group layers, so you are never held back in creating complex intricate images.
* Use layer masks to block out unwanted areas of your image or to expose layers below.
* Transform, rotate, move, lock, merge, delete, and duplicate your layers quickly and easily.
* Use Acorn’s snapping to line things up perfectly. Snap to grid, guides, selections, shapes, layers, and the canvas.
Filters, Layer Styles, and Effects
* Apply endless combinations of layer styles and non-destructive filters to create unique effects.
* Save and modify your filters even after you’ve closed and re-opened your Acorn image.
* Customize your own presets and use the on-canvas controls to get things looking just right.
* Tilt shift, vignette, shadow, distortions, blurs, and over a hundred additional effects. Adding effects to your images has never been so easy.
* Use non-destructive curves and levels to adjust the individual color channels to perfect the mid-tones, shadows, highlights, and contrast in your images.
The Tools You Need
* Powerful eraser tools like instant alpha make removing photo backgrounds and other unwanted pixels from your images both fast and fun.
* Use traditional photography techniques like dodge and burn to highlight and darken your images.
* Acorn’s customizable clone, blur, and smudge brushes will have your photos looking great.
* Acorn features brushes that let you draw and sketch right on your image. Use a track pad, mouse, or even a tablet.
* Create your own brushes using Acorn's built in brush designer, or add to your brush library by importing photoshop brushes.
* Use Acorn’s multi-stop live gradients to create beautiful linear and radial gradients for vector shape and bitmap layers.
* Create custom selections, invert, feather, and even add a corner radius. Quickly select an entire color using the magic wand.
* Quickmask mode allows you to easily create and edit your selections like never before.
* Acorn’s text tool gives you control over your text in a simple interface. Everything is in the text palette from bold and italic to kerning and ligatures.
* Stars, arrows, bézier curves, circles, lines, and squares are just a handful of the vector features awaiting you.
* Use Acorn’s powerful shape processor to move, tweak, generate, and adjust shapes. Best of all, shape processors are non-destructible and stackable just like Acorn’s filters.
* Boolean shape operations include union, intersect, difference and exclude. Create complex vectors with ease.
* Convert text to bézier paths, add and subtract bézier points, and have your edges snap to pixel boundaries for precise alignment.
* RAW image import that allows you to import as 32, 64, or even 128 bit images.
* Create layered screenshots of every window you have open on your computer. It’s magic.
* Optimize and export your images for the web as PNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, and GIF.
* Use Acorn’s Smart Layer Export for easy 1x and 2x image export.
* Retina canvas support, and image metadata support.
Acorn’s website offers extensive online documentation, tutorials, a forum, and responsive support staff. You don’t have to learn by yourself. If you ever run into any issues, please let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New in Version 5.6
# New MacBook Pro Touch Bar Things
Brush tools on bitmap layers: Change the size, opacity, and softness of your brushes.
When no images are open, Acorn will a New button and show a list of recently opened images in Touch Bar, which you can tap to open.
General canvas: Fill & stroke color widgets, share widgets, canvas rotate / flip.
Crop: Rotate left & right, Crop button.
Scale and Transform: Rotate left & right, Apply button.
Free Transform: Flip your layer vertically or horizontally.
Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll get a boolean operation popover, which lets you then use the union/difference/exclude/intersect operations.
Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll also get alignment options for those shapes.
Shape Layers: Turn fill and stroke on and off for selected shapes.
Shape Layer Stars: You can adjust the number of points selected stars have using Touch Bar.
# Edit in Acorn from Photos
We've added a new Photos extension, which will let you edit your photo in Acorn (available for macOS 10.11 and 10.12+).
Acorn supports tabs if you are on 10.12 or later. Drag and drop between the layers list and other tabs, it's pretty awesome.
Fixed a problem where histograms were calculating incorrect data for transparent areas.
Fixed a bug where the Text Splitter Processor wasn't working correctly for Circle Text.
Fixed a bug where trying to copy when no layer was currently selected would lead to an error.
Fixed a bug where Acorn couldn't open up some older files where text boxes were set with interesting colors.
Fixed a bug where Acorn could become unstable when bringing up the canvas contextual menu item from a SVG file.
Fixed a problem where opening up iPhone 7 RAW images on macOS Sierra wouldn't show a correct preview in the RAW Import window.
Added a check for the 3rd party filter "SobelEdgeDetectorUnit.plugin", which was crashing Acorn in macOS Sierra.
Fixed a problem where the cursor for the clone tool with the tool tip enabled would draw in the wrong location on retina displays.
Acorn no longer requires the discrete graphics card to be in use for MacBook Pros.
The text palette now has an added level of precision for the baseline, kerning, line height, and paragraph spacing fields.
New hidden pref to turn on auto-scrolling for various canvas operations: defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn5 autoAutoScroll 1
If you like Acorn, we'd love it if you could take a moment and give it a nice review. It helps Acorn get noticed, which helps everyone in the long run.
Fast and easy
It opens fast, edits images fast, and I find it really easy to use. Acorn 5 added features I use frequently like soft brush edges for cloning, non-destructible curves and levels, support for photoshop brushes, and lots of snapping improvements. The 5.5 release added a new color picker which shows a live display of both the RGBA and hex # - who knew picking colors could be fun?! Acorn’s stackable filters are unlike anything else out there. Just updated to 5.6 and have been editing my images from Photos in Acorn using the extension. Very happy customer!
Everyday workhorse image app, is sucky with Retina
Working with images has been part of my workflow for 10+ years, mostly web but occasionally print as well. Learned on Photoshop (and Imageready back when), but ACORN has been my go-to image editor for a few years now.
I’ve recently upgraded to a Retina screen laptop, though, and ACORN handles this non-intuitivly, and awkwardly.
Free and often updates
Developer offers many useful and free updates and updates regularly. Happy to support this developer.