Acorn is an image creating and editing application that is made for both the amateur and the professional. It is simple enough to learn but robust enough to handle the needs of most users. No matter how good of a photographer you are, you will eventually want to edit some of your good shots to make them exceptional. There are many expensive applications out there that will let you touch up your work. Acorn provides a quick-to-learn affordable alternative. And that is not all Acorn does. You could add text and shapes to your digital pictures, or combine images to create a photo collage. Read on to get a good idea of what this multipurpose image editor could do for you.
When you first start Acorn you are presented with an initial choice window. From here you can start a new image, import one to edit, or return to a previously chosen image. The middle portion provides you with help documentation. It is this section that makes Acorn so usable to all. The online searchable database will have you quickly editing your photos. The details cover most editing tasks in simple easy to understand text and pictures. If you are more of a visual learner, there is an accompanying set of tutorials to guide you through many techniques. If the answer to a problem is not to be found here, then from this window you can contact the developers. Because Acorn has such an extensive source of online documentation and tutorials, you will quickly learn how to use it.
The canvas is where the composite of all the layers is viewed and where you draw, crop, or modify your image. The bottom portion of the canvas is called the status bar which has the zoom slider. Acorn can zoom in to more than 6000%, which makes it easy to do very fine touching up. The file name and format can be found along the center of the top window bar.
Why would I need Acorn? What can I do with it? Most of us will have the need to touch up photos. With the multitude of digital pictures we now take, would it not be better to pick a few of these, edit them as showcase items, and store or eliminate the others. This would decrease your photo database, speeding up the loading of the photos. With the help of Acorn, you could be producing glamour-shot pictures that would please anyone.
The following is a shortlist of some of Acorn’s features. The perspective fix and crop tools will help you make your images professional looking by removing extraneous material. You can remove image backgrounds using the magic wand selection tool or the instant alpha eraser tools. Use the clone tools to touch up areas and remove unwanted blemishes. The clone tool can also help you to combine images to make beautiful collages or photo layouts. Acorn contains over 25 different non-destructive blending mode options.
Acorn’s tools palette gives you quick access to a range of tools for moving, zooming, and cropping; drawing and retouching; making selections, and; working with text and colors. The tools are customizable, giving you fine control over working with images.
Acorn can be used to make logos, banners, and ads. The text on a path feature lets you create a meandering line with any of Acorn’s shape tools, and then add text to follow the curves.
There are unlimited layers and group layers in which you can transform, rotate, move, lock, merge, delete, and duplicate each of your layers. There is the unlimited ability to combine layer styles and non-destructive filters such as tilt-shift, drop shadow, distortions, and blurs. There are over one hundred additional effects that you can introduce into your image to enhance and produce that unique event. You can also group layers, merge them, lock them, and create layer masks. Acorn’s filters let you apply effects to a single layer, a group of layers, shape layers, and selections. Filters are non-destructive, so you can make a change to an image and revert it if it’s not the effect you wanted. Levels and curves are non-destructive as well.
The tools window can be floating or attached to the editing window. It comprises a host of features that enable you to create images. The brushes include clone, stamp, dodge, burn, blur, eraser, and smudge brushes. The brush designer provides control for softness, spacing, and dozens of other brush refinements. It could not be simpler to draw rectangle, elliptical, freehand, polygonal, and magic wand shapes as well as stars, arrows, bezier curves, circles, and lines. I liked the ability to drag a spot to increase or decrease the number of points in the star.
The number one question asked is why would I need to pay for a photo editor when Apple’s Photos application lets me touch up pictures for free? Sure, Photos lets you crop, tilt, remove red-eye and a few others. But Photos is first and foremost a database application that is meant to help you find and quickly display photos. It has a rudimentary set of editing tools that help you enhance your photos but it is not nearly as good at it as Acorn. You get what you pay for and Photos is not primarily a photo editor. Acorn is. It provides so many more tools to accentuate your images. Take the red-eye removal function. I was never happy with the results I achieved with Photos red-eye removal. With Acorn, which also has the same feature, I was able to use another technique to blend the colors into the red-eye region and end up with a more natural look. This is just one example where Acorn is superior. If you want to edit a photo, then you should use an application that was made for that purpose.
Acorn can import and export a variety of file formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, PDF, and more. If you are used to editing your images with the Photos app, it is possible to have Photos send your image to Acorn, edit it, then return it to your Photos application.
Acorn lets you work with layers to touch up your favorite photos or make something entirely new from scratch. It runs in two modes: “paid” and “trial”. After the 14 day trial period has ended, a watermark will appear over your images. Right now the paid-up version of Acorn is an affordable $20. This easy-to-use application can handle much of what you do in more expensive high-end image-editing tools. Click here to read more about it. Do yourself a favor and download a trial copy of the application. You will be editing photos in no time at all.