Not everyone needs a feature-packed, pricey photo editing tool. Acorn has just the right amount of professional-grade features to meet many people’s needs, without being too complicated or intimidating to understand. Its interface, optimized for macOS Big Sur, is also friendly, simple and easy to use.
The app is a quick tool for cropping images, resizing them, and adding text to them. It also offers over 100 photo effects such as vignetting and projection, as well as non-destructive filters that allow you to make adjustments even after you save the file.
Acorn’s new all-in-one window integrates workspaces, tools and color palettes. (Pro tip: Press Tab to hide all other options and keep only the picture and the currently used tools.)
With support for layers and masks, non-destructive curves and leveling, RAW and PSD formats, and more, this app can do even more as your photo editing skills grow. It also offers vector tools and the ability to align text along graphic edges or specific paths.
The latest version of Acorn is optimized for the Apple M1 chip, bringing a significant speed upgrade to an already fast app. Compared to previous versions, the new App features “Flood Fill,” “Instant Alpha” and “Magic Wand The new version of the App is up to three times faster than the previous version with features such as “Flood Fill,” “Instant Alpha” and “Magic Wand.
In Acorn’s new “Export” window, you can quickly set the image format, color configuration, and size of the exported file.
The new version also provides you with a number of useful new tools, such as “Perspective Fix & Crop” to fix distorted images; “Zoom Inspector” to view the complete picture while editing parts of it; and frame editing and filters for dynamic GIF images.
Also not to be missed is the “Command Bar” (command bar). It’s like a “focus search” for Acorn: press Shift-Command-O and enter a task description, and the app will provide matching menu commands and links to related help topics and tutorials. You’ll also find cold and advanced user features not listed in the App menu in the Command Bar, such as “Feather” and “Use Pixels for Ruler”, etc.
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