# 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 email@example.com.
# New Shape Processor Filters
* Hue Shift. Shift the hue of your shapes by a configurable amount. (Available for MacOS 10.13 or later).
* Flip. You can flip your shapes vertical or horizontal, using the flip axis of either the canvas, processed shapes, or the shape itself.
* Fill, which lets you change the color a shape fills with (and if it fills at all).
* Stroke, which lets you change if a shape draws a stroke, how wide it is, and the color.
* Blend Mode, which will change the blend / compositing mode for all processed shapes.
* And finally, if you double click on the canvas when Shape Processors are active, it will now bring up the Shape Processor palette.
# Other New Things
* The Mask to Alpha filter has a new invert invert colors option. Normally mask to alpha will convert the black areas of your image to transparent, and the white to opaque (with gray somewhere in-between). With the new Invert Colors option, Mask to Alpha will now convert the white areas of your image to transparent, and keep the black opaque. This is great if you are scanning line line drawings from your own artwork, and want to make the backgrounds transparent.
# Minor Stuff
* Acorn does a bit of database cleanup now by default when saving in the Acorn image format, which will result in smaller files in some cases.
* Color profiles are now included with PSD exports (thanks to the folks at The Iconfactory for the patch!)
* When resizing your image to something rather larger than normal, Acorn will ask to make sure that's what you wanted to do. (Acorn already did this for new documents, but it's super handy when resizing or changing your canvas size as well).
* Improvements to PSD export.
* Pasting an image into the New Image window will create a new image with the contents of the paste. This has always been the case. The new thing is that any open New Image windows will now close.
* The Save Panel brought some old tricks back! If you Save a new image, or Save As… an existing image and enter the file name and type out a changed extension, Acorn will notice and auto-select the right file type from the format popup. This had been broken on 10.15 and sandboxed versions of Acorn previously. But no more! (Hat tip to Rich Siegel for the workaround).
* The Edit ▸ Fill… command now picks the right fill color to use (instead of possibly the stroke) from the tool palette color well. (Also- in case you didn't already know, pressing Option-Delete will automatically fill a bitmap layer with the current fill color. It's a nice shortcut to have around).
* Minor and mysterious QOL fixes involving fonts, color profile sheets, pixel tool drawing, and redrawing on 10.15.
* Bezier shapes now draw their outlines and handles when manipulating anchor points and their associated handles.
* Removed the 'Mix' filter.
* Fixed a problem where the File ▸ Revert command might not set the canvas dimensions to the correct dimensions.
* Fixed a problem where the text selection drawing would be pretty wonky if you had changed the line height of a text box.
* Fixed a crasher where the OS would tell about non-existent color profiles, and then Acorn tried to use these ghost profiles.
* Fixed some issues where applying a font to text where there are no valid glyphs would leave the font popup button in an interesting state.
* Fixed a problem where the eraser tool might not restrict itself to selections.
* Fixed a couple of little brushing issues with the tablet and blend modes.
* Fixed a bunch of issues where SVG parsing would fail with complex paths. Also added support for the line-cap attribute when importing SVG files.
* Fixed a problem when exporting all layers as SVG.
* Fixed a problem where dragging SVG files onto the canvas wouldn't import the images correctly.
* Fixed an issue with web export windows not displaying correctly for 16bpc images on 10.15.
And more! Check out Acorn's website for the full release notes.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
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.
Lightweight, efficient, but powerful
Acorn is an adorable, adaptable, powerful little graphics editor that is pretty comfortable to use for anyone who's familiar with Photoshop or GIMP. The interface is clean, it looks native to the Mac, and I'm able to alter, create, and collage graphics for presentations not only quickly; but with the kind of control I really want to have! My custom backgrounds get noticed, my smoothly blended pictures and clean, clear graphics get compliments, and all thanks to this inexpesive but handy little App!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the wonderful review!
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