Do you remember image editing apps before Photoshop came along? Me neither. Photoshop has dominated photo and image editing since well back in the last century. While there may not be a better app than Photoshop, the mother-of-all image editors is bloated, expensive, complicated, and best left to the professionals of the graphic world.
For the rest of us, remember paraphrase: from little acorns a usable Mac image editor grows. The name? Acorn. At a price tag of less than 1/10th that of Photoshop, Acorn gives you image editing tools that are easily learned and quickly used.
A few years ago I dropped Micosoft’s Office for Mac. Why? Too complicated and too expensive.
My new quest is to drop Adobe products from my Mac. I have two left, and one is ready to be discarded.
Acorn is an elegant, Mac-like image editor that isn’t packed with features and functions you need a college course to understand or use.
The basics are obvious. Tools are in floating palettes. Each image can have multiple layers for styles, effects, text, shapes, colors– all without damaging the original image or photo.
For drawing, you get brushes to scribble, sketch, draw– right on top of an image using mouse, trackpad, or tablet. Built in are layer masks, filters, gradients, vector shapes, and a full on spectrum of text tools (text can be art).
Acorn is not Photoshop. It’s somewhat Photoshop-like because it’s an image editor with tools, palettes, layers, and granular control over tools. It also imports Photoshop PSD files and can export files as layered Photoshop files.
But if you are intimidated by Photoshop’s complexity and expense, Acorn is one of the better alternatives.