# Mac App Store Best of 2015
The Image Editor for Humans.
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!
Latest Features Highlights
* Text on a path. Create a path with any of Acorn’s shape tools, then add text!
* Enhanced clone tool to clone across layers, images, and even clone group or shape layers.
* Updated web export window includes the ability to zoom, pan, scale, convert color profile, and retain or remove image metadata
* Smart layer export, Acorn’s alternative to slicing, has a new configurable palette to export your layers from 1x-5x.
What can Acorn do? Here’s a glimpse at a handful of Acorn’s capabilities:
* Remove image backgrounds using the magic wand selection tool or instant alpha eraser tools
* Combine images together to create collages or photo layouts
* Create logos and other vector designs using the path text tool or circle text
* Correct blemishes or image imperfections using the clone tool
* Easily adjust the contrast, highlights, shadows, and midtones in your images using levels and curves
* Lighten or darken images using blending modes, filters, or touch-up tools
Powerful Image and Layer Capabilities
* Over 25 different non-destructive blending mode options
* Unlimited layers and group layers
* Layer masks for nondestructive editing
* Transform, rotate, move, lock, merge, delete, and duplicate your layers
* Snap to grid, guides, selections, shapes, layers, and the canvas
* Supports image depth of 8, 16, and 32 bits per channel
Filters, Layer Styles, and Effects
* Unlimited combinations of layer styles and non-destructive filters possible
* Save and modify your filters later
* Create filter presets
* Tilt shift, vignette, drop shadow, distortions, & blurs
* Over one hundred additional effects
* Non-destructive curves and levels to adjust individual color channels
The Tools You Need
* Customizable clone, stamp, dodge, burn, blur, eraser, and smudge brushes
* Built-in brush designer for control of softness, spacing, and dozens of other brush refinements
* Drag and drop to import photoshop brushes
* Multi-stop live gradients
* Rectangle, elliptical, freehand, polygonal, and magic wand selection tools for making precise selections
* Convert selection to shape
* Quickmask mode to paint on a selection
* Custom color picker
* Stars, arrows, bézier curves, circles, lines, and rectangles
* Shape processor to move, tweak, generate, and adjust shapes in a stackable non-destructive interface
* Boolean shape operations include union, intersect, difference and exclude.
* Convert text to bézier paths for finer control of your text
* Snap shapes to pixel boundaries for precise alignment
Sharing & File Support
* Photos extension to edit your images from Photos
* Share images to Photos, Facebook, Twitter, and more
* Import JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF, GIF, PDF, PSD, BMP, PSD, RAW, PICT, SVG, TGA, ICO, and AI (with PDF compatibility turned on)
* Export JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF, GIF, PDF, PSD, BMP, SVG, TGA, & ICO
* Export TIFF and JPEG with CMYK color profile
* RAW image import of 32, 64, & 128 bit images
* Create layered screenshots of every window you have open on your computer
* Web export with wide gamut detection
* Automatable + scriptable.
* Perform batch image editing using Automator, AppleScript, and JS
* Editable image metadata
* Touch bar support
Acorn’s 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.
# The One About Dark Mode and macOS Mojave
Acorn is embracing the dark side. At least if you want it to- otherwise Acorn will totoally pretend that Dark Mode doens't exist and we're all good.
A new appearance requires new icons as well. We've refreshed all the icons in the welcome window as well as in the tools palette. And everyone gets those, not just folks running Mojave.
# Little New Things
* New Appearance preference when running on Mojave: Pick either Dark Aqua, Aqua, or System to follow the system setting.
* The Rotate shape processor now has a cumulative option.
* The text palette now has a fill option right above the stroke field. Hurray- no more moving to the shape palette to turn strokes on and off!
* Improvements to zooming your image in and out with the Command-1 through 5 shortcut keys.
* Better integration when editing from Photos.app and auto-save.
* If no documents are open, and you drag and drop a file into the layers palette, Acorn will now open up that image.
* Turned off the behavior where the selected tool is saved as part of the image, rather than global for the app. This means switching between open images will always keep the currently selected tool.
* Additional preset scale levels have been to the Command+ and Command- shortcuts, which help out on the lower end.
* The scale buttons (next to the canvas scale slider) will now stop on a scale which would put your image at a point where it zooms to fit.
* Acorn will now show a little warning on the canvas when you copy 100% transparent pixels to the clipboard.
* Canvas notifications are now shown at the top of the canvas instead of smack dab in the middle.
* Web Export uses fancier scaling, so the edges of circles that butt up against the last column of the image don't get blown out when the image is scaled down.
* When auto-save is turned on, non-native images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, basically everything other than .acorn files) will open up as unsaved new images. This is to keep from re-encoding lossly image formats, and automatically losing data in general. If you enjoyed the previous option, you can turn off auto-save in the General tab of Acorn's preferences window.
* The subpixel anti-aliasing option for text boxes has been removed when Acorn is running on macOS Mojave 10.14 (Apple has removed subpixel anti-aliasing from the system and made it impossible for Acorn to support).
* When using Smart Export on single layer via the Export… button, the option to always smart export when saving is now available via the export sheet.
* Super minor: The web export window will now default to save your image in the same folder the original image was opened from.
* Various macOS Mojave 10.14 fixes.
* Fixed a relatively small drawing problem with ovals.
* Fixed a problem where you could make an empty selection on layer masks.
* Fixed a problem where the color loupe would sometimes show up when you press the option key over a palette.
* Now supporting the new drag and drop stuff from Photos on macOS 10.14, so we can all enjoy full res images.
* Fixed a problem where the Close All menu item was unlocalized.
* Zoom to fit refinements for folks who have their scrollbars set to always show.
* Fixed a problem where web export wouldn't remember that the "Remove metadata" settings between uses.
* Fixed a problem when opening certain PDFs and creating an image out of the first page.
* Fixed some rounding errors when drawing selections.
* Fixed flickering when selecting text.
* Fixed a problem where View ▸ Draw Shape Vectors wasn't working correctly with Metal.
* Fixed a bug where clicking the mouse with the control key down wouldn't bring up the contextual menu on the canvas.
* Fixed a problem where the pencil cursor would go away when drawing.
* Fixed a scaling issue with text boxes.
Ratings and Reviews
Perfect for my needs and the price!
I am a very light user of graphics editing tools in general, and for years I used a really really old version Photoshop I purchased as a student. It was fine for my uses, mostly annotating screenshots, but heavy handed and too expensive to get a newer version. When I got a new computer my ancient version of Photoshop was finally too old, so I shopped around.
Acorn is a lightweight and perfectly priced app for my needs, and I barely needed to adapt to the keyboard command differences. Highly recommended for recovering Photoshop users who just don’t want to take out a mortgage to edit a few images.
good Photoshop alternative
Like many of you I can’t afford a subscriptipn for Photoshop, so I have sought out an alternative. I’ve tried Pixelmator and Affinity, and while each have some great features, I have found Acorn has the most Photoshop-like feel and keeps the interface simple. Performance is great and everything works as I expect. A minor complaint is that while Acorn can open Photoshop PSD, it cannot save this format like Affinity and Pixelmator can (via Export). This makes collaborating on a file more difficult unless everyone is using Acorn.
I like that it's not trying to replace Photoshop, instead focusing on features that lots of people will use without bloating itself. It's perfect for quick edits, crops, adding text, format conversions, etc. It has some powerful features, too (check out the Shape Processor, a huge time saver). It launches quickly, it has a clean and intuitive interface, and it's very stable. Development is very active and responsive. I've been using it since v.2 and I keep finding new uses for it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.