ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor is packed with features to help you take control of your editing workflow and enhance your photos with ease.

Learn more about these features below.

Gemstone Photo Editor 14

$79.99 USD


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Filters

AI Face Edit

Perfect portraits using AI Face Edit to detect faces and enhance facial features. Apply highlight and contour, smooth skin, whiten eyes and teeth, and much more.

AI Sky Replacement

Easily define and replace the sky in any photo, resulting in a natural-looking composition thanks to foreground and reflection options for water. You can also use one of the many pre-installed skies, like Sunset, Storm, and Night Sky, to transform your wildest dreams into your horizon realities.

AI Sky Replacement

Easily define and replace the sky in any photo, resulting in a natural-looking composition thanks to foreground and reflection options for water. You can also use one of the many pre-installed skies, like Sunset, Storm, and Night Sky, to transform your wildest dreams into your horizon realities.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Selection Tools

Non-Destructive AI Selection Masks

Save countless hours editing your images, including RAW files, with the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) masking tools. Use AI Sky, AI Subject, and AI Background to quickly select skies, subjects, and remove backgrounds with a single click. These selection masks allow you to easily edit specific parts of your photos, while preserving the original file, to truly bring out the best in your photos non-destructively.

Masking Panel

Keep all your ACDSee RAW selection masks in one convenient place! The masking panel includes options for duplicating, converting, copying and pasting selection masks that will make organizing your masks easier to do than say.

Helpful tip!
Using ACDSee RAW in Gemstone Photo Editor is a form of non-destructive editing. The software uses a set of instructions or parameters, rather than adjusting the actual pixels and altering the original image. When you save the photo as a .gsd file, you are saving those instructions, meaning you can go back and remove, add, or adjust the previously set instructions at any time.

AI Actions

The AI Actions panel houses helpful one-click selection and editing features: AI Select Subject, AI Select Sky, AI Select Background, AI Remove Background, AI Blur Background, and AI Black & White Background. Improvements to AI give you more precise edges when selecting your subject and a completely new AI model for selecting skies results in masks with significantly finer details and the ability to isolate reflections.

AI Object Selection Tool

Roughly outline multiple objects you would like to select and let AI do the rest. The AI Object Selection tool will automatically create precise selections around the objects that were outlined, saving you both time and the need to manually cut-out objects.

Photomerge Tools

Panorama Stitching

Combine a sequence of smaller photos into one wide panoramic shot. Use options like remove vignetting to clean up the edges where the photos meet.

High-Dynamic Range (HDR)

Flexible and powerful HDR tool for producing high-quality merged images. Run High-Dynamic Range (HDR) on a series of images with different exposures to produce a single image with detail throughout the highlights and shadows.

Focus Stacking

Combine a series of images with different focal lengths to create an image with a greater depth of field.

Selection Tools

Channel Selection

Make selections and masks based on the image’s Color Information Channels.

Pixel Targeting

Make pixel perfect selections of distinct tones, color, and skin tones using Luminance and Color ranges. The brighter a pixel is, the stronger a selection will be on that pixel.

Helpful tip!
Use the handy Selection Preview button to view your selection mask with one click.

Polygon Selection Tool

Select any part of your image manually using the Polygon Selection Tool.

Refine Selection

Use Refine Selection to shift or soften edges which can maximize the effect of tools like Smart Erase.

Helpful tip!
Brush on adjustments in parts of your image without affecting others, or apply them in gradual progressions using linear and radial gradients. Customize the shape of radial gradients with the Squareness slider.

Layered Editing Tools

Layer Masks

Build composite images using layer masks. Apply a layer mask to parts of an image so the layers under it show through. Copy and paste your masks on other layers, including adjustment layers.

Adjustment Layers

Use adjustment layers to change exposure, levels, curves, white balance, split tone, and more.

Helpful tip!
Save your layered images as .gsd files to preserve your layers and allow for future adjustments.

Layer Blend Modes & Opacity

Choose from 25 layer Blend Modes, like Overlay and Multiply, and adjust the opacity of that layer to affect your final image.

Layer Effects

Add inner glow, shadows, a bevel, an outline, or blur between your image and text layers.

Multi-Select Layers

Pull groups of images into the Layers pane and select one, some, or many.

Align & Blend Layers

Auto-align or auto-blend layers of images taken in a burst to achieve one optimal version of the subject.

Helpful tip!
Customizable rulers and guidelines make placing layers, text, and objects foolproof. Snap layers to guidelines. Lay as many guidelines as you like. Control the unit of measure, color, and visibility. Display a grid for precision situating.

Frequency Separation

Separate your image into high frequency and low frequency layers to remove imperfections while retaining detail.

Canvas Resize

Resize the canvas to expand around your layered content or add solid backgrounds for limitless photo manipulations.

Speedy tip!
Gemstone’s GPU-accelerated layers engine and adjustment layers, as well as quality performance for speedy filter application, will get you finished faster.

Repair Tools

Helpful tip!
Zoom in or out of your image and pan around it for even more precise editing.

Smart Erase

Brush over unwanted objects with the Smart Erase tool and watch them disappear instantly. The Smart Erase tool fills in the area naturally.


Remove image flaws using the Healing Brush on complicated textures like skin or fur.


Remove image flaws using the Cloning Brush for strong, simple textures or uniform colors.

Blended Clone Tool

Use the Blended Clone tool to copy pixels from a source area to a target area. The software analyzes the pixels in the target area and blends them with the copied pixels for the most seamless repair yet.

Red Eye Tool

Automatically remove red eyes from the faces in your photos.


Restore contrast, detail, and lost color to your images. This tool is especially useful for images that have been captured through a haze.


Retouch images by moving pixels, not changing them, for limitless photo manipulations.


Mirror your images either vertically or horizontally.

Rotate & Straighten

Rotate your images at preset or custom angles, or adjust the horizontal angle of your image using the Straighten tool. You can save your settings as a preset for future use.


Sharpen your photos by enhancing medium and high contrast edges.

Noise Reduction

Reduce noisy artifacts in your images and adjust using Luminance and Tone sliders for greater results.

Skin Tune

Use the Skin Tune tool to even tone and restore glow in your subjects, as well as brighten and smooth.

Chromatic Aberration

Heal colored fringes on the borders of high contrast areas with the Chromatic Aberration tool.

Lens Correction

Automatically correct barrel and pincushion distortion by applying the fix calibrated for the distortion inherent to the lens you used. More lenses have been added to the supported Lens types.

Distortion Correction

Correct barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion in your photos.

Perspective Correction

Easily adjust the perspective of your photo so large or far-away objects are the correct size.

Crop Tool

Use the Crop tool to remove unwanted parts of your images, or to reduce the image canvas to a particular size.


The Clarity tool adds subtle definition to the details in your image. Use it to enhance the contrast of midtones in your images, without overpowering the shadows and highlights.

Color Correction Tools

Color Wheel

Select a range of colors using the Color Wheel and completely change the Hue, Saturation, Brightness, and Contrast. Perfect your color selection even further by adjusting the selected color saturation range.

Tone Wheels

User-friendly tone wheels make split-toning highlights, midtones, and shadows easy.

Color EQ

Use the Color EQ (hue, saturation, contrast, and brightness) tool to adjust overall colors in your image or each color individually. The advanced tools can subtly fine-tune and enhance colors, or completely change individual colors in your images.

White Balance

Choose from a variety of Presets, Auto, or Custom settings to be applied over the entire image or adjust the Temperature and Tint of a selection using the brush or linear/radial gradient application tools.


Change the tonal range of your image using the Curves tool. Select the RGB color channel to adjust the entire range of the image, or select a specific color. You can also delete points on the Tone Curve, giving you full control.

Color Look-Up Tables (LUTs)

Use built-in Color LUTs to seamlessly color grade your images, or import and apply LUTs as non-destructive filters.

Saturation & Vibrance

Adjust your image’s color saturation. Use the Vibrance tool to adjust saturation without affecting skin tones.

Advanced Black & White Adjustments

In Black & White mode, increase or decrease the contrast of each individual color, and specify the brightness range that the contrast adjustment will target.

Split Tone

Split Tone allows you to customize the tones of the highlights and shadows in your image.

Lighting Tools

Light EQ™

Adjust areas in your image that are too dark or too light, without affecting other areas of the photo. You can also simultaneously brighten dark areas that are too dark, and darken areas that are too bright.

Dodge & Burn

Use the Dodge and Burn tool to lighten or darken areas in your photo without affecting other areas. The tool is often used to lighten underexposed areas or darken overexposed areas.

Helpful tip!
Use the Histogram pane to easily view a graphical representation of the distribution of light in your image.

Auto & Manual Levels

Precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images manually or let Gemstone do it automatically.


Automatically or manually adjust the amount of light on your image. Target specific areas using the Edit Brush or Gradient tools to limit where the exposure adjustment occurs.


Adjust contrast in specific tones and target precise brightness ranges to bring out contrast details in highlights or shadows.

Creative Tools

Text Tool

Add text horizontally, along a curved path or shape, or within a frame. Customize font, size, color, style, justification, opacity, and much more.


Use the Tilt-Shift effect to create emphasis on specific subjects in your photos, or make your photos look like miniature landscapes.

Special Effects

Instantly transform your photo with special effects that can turn images into a pencil drawing, collage, Bob Ross-style painting, and many more unique looks.


Apply different types of blur to your entire image or only parts of your image using the brush and gradient tools.

Soft Focus

Achieve the results of a diffusion lens filter by using the Soft Focus tool to reduce harsh lines and intensify colors.

Photo Filter Effects

Apply over 20 different Photo Filter Effects, a Color Overlay, or a Gradient Map to your image. Adjust the blend mode and opacity of the effect for even more artistry.

Grain Tool

Give your images a cool, vintage appearance with the Grain tool. Adding Grain can improve your photos in many ways by giving images some texture and depth. In certain cases of badly focused photos, adding Grain can give your image more detail and even make it easier to view.

Cross Process

Give your photos a retro look using the Cross Process Effect. You can adjust the strength of the effect to achieve a distinct look.


Add a vignette and adjust the size, color, and opacity to perfectly complement the mood of your photo.

Vignette Correction

Remove unwanted vignettes created by your camera lens.


Use the Detail Brush to cumulatively highlight important details in your photo, and remove the emphasis off others.

Creative tip!
Import and apply Photoshop™ plug-ins for further creative freedom. Learn more about migrating from Photoshop™.

Performance & Workflow Tools

Multi-Document Interface (MDI)

Have multiple documents open at the same time and use universal tool settings across document tabs. View or edit files in split views or child views.

RAW File Support

Take full editing control of your images with ACDSee RAW, a non-destructive RAW photo editor built right into Gemstone. ACDSee RAW supports RAW image files from over 600 camera models, as well as many other image file formats.

Editing Presets

Choose from a variety of ready-to-use editing Presets to give your image an attractive, distinct and professional look.

Watermark Tool

Put your individual stamp on your work using the Watermark tool.


Resize images to any dimension, following pixels or percentages, along either edge, or as a print size.

History & Snapshots

Keep track of your editing history. Take Snapshots of your edited image along the way. Go back to a previous step or Snapshot at any time throughout your editing process.

Settings Presets

Simplify your photo editing process by saving frequently used editing settings as Presets.

Intuitive Home Screen

Initial screen for starting new projects or for continuing previously opened projects.


Choose from popular social media, print, and web specs or create your own templates for maximum efficiency.

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

Whip through your editing process with customizable hot keys available for every stage of your workflow.

Customizable Workspace

Customize your workspace for enhanced efficiency. You can tear off, move, stack, dock, and hide panes and toolbars so everything is right where you want it.

Local AI Computing

The AI-driven features in Gemstone operate locally, meaning the software does not rely on remote servers to process your images, unlike some competitors. Therefore, you get real-time results when using AI features, and your privacy remains protected.


Enjoy comprehensive support for all of the most popular image formats. Gemstone also provides comprehensive color management.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets Artistry

$79.99 USD


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System Requirements

To activate your software, to validate your subscriptions, or to access online services, you will need a valid email address and an internet connection.

Intel® or AMD® processor with 64-bit support
Intel i5 or better processor recommended
4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
512 MB Video RAM (VRAM)
DirectX 10 compatible graphics adapter
1280 x 800 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
4 GB of available hard disk space

Windows® 10 (64-bit editions only) & Windows® 11
Microsoft® Edge®
Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher



Date: 2024/07/17
File Size: 600 MB
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Date: 2024/05/22
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