# 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.
# New Masking Things
* Portrait Mask support! If you have an iPhone running iOS 12 which takes Portrait photos with the camera, Acorn will now detect and open up the Portrait Matte as a mask for the image! You can then enable this mask to block out the background and add fancy backgrounds or custom blurs for your image.
* New menu item to move a layer mask to a regular layer. Select the layer with the mask, hold down the Shift and Option keys, and choose the Layer ▸ Eject Layer Mask menu item. This menu is also available under the action menu of the main palette window, and in the canvas contextual menu.
* Drag and drop out layer masks! If you have a layer mask selected, you can now drag it out of the layers list into it's own layer or even move it to another layer mask. Hold down the Shift key to move it to a layer that doesn't already have a layer mask. Hold down the option key to make a copy of it.
* Hold down the shift key when clicking on a mask to toggle it on or off.
* Did you know? You can hold down the option key when clicking on a mask to toggle direct visibility of it. A normal click on the layer mask again (or any other layer) will turn it off.
* You can drag and drop a mask onto the trash icon to delete it.
* You can drag and drop a mask onto the + icon to copy it.
* When a mask is selected, pressing Command Delete will remove it.
* Exporting layers will now export the mask as well (via the File ▸ Export ▸ Export All Layers… menu item). And you now have the option to apply the mask on export.
# New Brushing Things
* Acorn has a brand new brushing engine with much improved performance when running on MacOS 10.13 or 10.14 Mojave.
* A whole new category of "Basic Round" brushes ranging from 1px in size up to 5000px.
* Four new hand crafted bristle brushes.
* Saved brushes now have an opacity setting that can go along with it.
* The brush palette now has options for setting flow, softness, and the blending of the currently * selected brush.
# Indexed PNG Images in Web Export
* Reduce the number of images used for PNG export, and save in file size! When exporting as a PNG you now have the option to "Index PNG Colors" which will reduce the bit depth of your image while also reducing the file size. Make an image that's 90% smaller than the original.
# Improved PDF Export
* Instead of rasterizing everything to a single bitmap layer which is then turned into a vector-less PDF, Acorn will now mix vector layers with bitmap layers. What this means is that you can have a fancy background imported from somewhere, and have text on a path (or circle) and other shapes that aren't turned into bitmaps which can look bad at lower resolutions. What you get now is a PDF that can be zoomed in and scaled, and all your shape layers will retain their sharp edges. This does mean that shape layers don't get to have filters on them though. Which is a bummer, but we think it's worth the tradeoff. Some blend modes are also not supported. But, we've got this instance covered with the next bullet point. Which is the next line below. Please read on.
* New "PDF (Rasterized)" option when exporting, enabled by holding down the option key when clicking on the options popup. This is the old behavior, where a bitmap image is created from your canvas and then stuffed into a PDF.
# Other New Things
* Improved speed with 64 bit images on MacOS 10.14 Mojave!
* Now using visual effect views in the palettes, which lets the background color bleed in. However, if you have "Reduct transparency" turned on in the Accessibility System Prefs, then we'll skip the whole background bleeding in thing.
# Other Stuff
* Improved accuracy with the Curves filter.
* Fixed a problem where Acorn could quit unexpectedly when cropping an image.
* Fixed PDF export and printing bugs.
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.
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.