• The Clone tool now has an opacity option.
• Crop improvements: You can now set the DPI of an image while cropping, and alignment guides now appear when rotating your image in a crop.
• The Perspective Transform command has a new option in the palette to show / hide the grid. It also gets a new palette that shows up when invoked.
• Feathering selections: The Select ▸ Feather… menu item has been removed and you can now control the feather on a selection right in the selection palette.
• End caps for bezier paths: You can now change between round, square, and butt end cap styles for bezier paths. These new options are right under the join style in the path options section of the shape palette. Also, it's now easier to see the selected state of the line join and cap styles.
• You can now use the anchor select tool to drag and select multiple anchors.
• New Image Panel improvements: We've increased the accuracy when changing from one unit to another (ie- inches to centimeters) as well as added an option to view the resolution field as pixels per inch or pixels per centimeter.
• The PDF import window now shows the pixel dimensions of what your new image will be (and updates accordingly when you change the DPI)
• We've added a new advanced preference which tells Acorn to load 3rd party Image Units.
• New Polish Localization courtesy of Leszek Klich.
• Better support for editing images from Bear.
• Tightened up the pixel edges a shape will snap to on creation (specifically bezier path or rect shapes).
• Adjust a text box to have a non-zero line height will no longer clip the top of the first line (for new text boxes only; existing text boxes will keep the old behavior).
• The blinking insertion point for text boxes and paths is a little bit thicker now.
• Kerning is now on by default for new text boxes (previously it was disabled). You can turn kerning off by editing and selecting the text, then using the Edit ▸ Font ▸ Kern ▸ Use None menu item. Additionally, the Command-Option-[ and Command-Option-] shortcuts can be used to tighten and loosen the kerning on selected text (while editing it).
• Improvements to how the aspect ratio is kept when placing a crop preset on the canvas and then swapping the orientation with the 'x' key.
• No longer showing a modal dialog box when a trying to change a locked layer. An in-canvas notification is now shown instead.
• Web Export now lets you explicitly set the quality of your image when exporting, in addition to the already existing slider. The quality setting lets Acorn know how much compression to use when exporting your image.
• The DPI for certain presets have been increased from 72 to 300 dpi.
• Text padding changes. Prior to Acorn 6.5, text boxes had a 5 pixel inset which would make glyphs show up 5 pixels to the right of where the logical location of the text box was. This meant that when you left aligned a text box below a filled box, the starting glyph wasn't exactly where you'd expect it to be. In Acorn 6.5, new text boxes are created with a padding of 0 pixels so alignment will always happen as you'd expect. Existing text boxes keep the 5 pixel inset for compatibility's sake.
• The default new document size has been changed to be whatever half the size of your display's pixel dimensions are.
• Fixed a problem where Smart Layer Export wouldn't work when an extension was not given in the file name.
• Fixed a problem where adding a control point to the curves filter wouldn't show up right away.
• Fixed a problem when using the pencil tool on 10.13 and later with the blend mode set to copy.
• Fixed an issue where empty windows would sometimes come up when you launched Acorn.
• Fixed a problem where setting the paragraph spacing to 0 while editing a text box would sometimes fail.
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.
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!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.