The Creator’s Companion

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 is for photographers dedicated to their craft. With a focus on improved performance and precision editing, this year, choose ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 as your sidekick.

Digital Asset Management

Develop Mode

Layered Editing

RAW Editing

Facial Recognition

Light EQ™

Repair Tools

Color Tools

Focus Stacking

HDR Image Creation

Our Fastest Version Yet

We’ve made some huge performance enhancements this year to let you focus on the task in hand and perfect your images.

Introducing Color Wheels

  • Get enhanced control over color manipulation.
  • Lift precise colors to enhance your images, make your skies bluer and your reflections vivid.
  • Refine your color selection and saturation for edits with a new level of precision.

Learn from Professional Photographer Alec Watson

Alec Watson takes you on a visual tour of features that improve your photography, your workflow, and your asset management. With ACDSee Photo Studio, you have access to rich tutorial content.


Alec’s Favorite Feature

Watch as Alec Watson shares how to use his favorite feature of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021: Tone Wheels!


What’s New?


Text on a path and text in a frame

Customize your text, including its path. Write on a curve or follow a shape. Create digital photographic ads and inserts.

Refine Selection

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

Tone Wheels

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

New & Improved Batch Rename

An improved process for renaming multiple images in response to customer feedback. The options are almost endless.

New Develop Mode UI and Panes

New panes enhance your editing process. Create and categorize a library of presets. Take snapshots and view your full edit history.

New & Improved Batch Resize

Relaunched with a huge capability expansion, our Batch Resize tool lets you resize multiple images to any dimension, following pixels or percentages, along either edge, or as a print size.

Improved Quick Search

New toggle options for Quick Search makes finding images in large databases much faster.

GoPro Support

Work directly with GoPro RAW images, and perfect your adventures.

Improved Watermark

Add watermarks with more accuracy – particularly beneficial for applying watermarks to a batch of images.

Improved Crop

Improved crop tool with relative positioning functionality allows you to crop multiple images in seconds.


Face Detection & Facial Recognition

  • ACDSee’s Face Detection & Facial Recognition tool will find the humans in your photographs so you can name them for quick searching.
  • The software will immediately learn which names to put to which faces, and even will suggest possible matches.
  • Easily control the queue of images to be scanned for faces.
  • Save hours of tedious manual skimming by searching photos by unnamed, auto-named, and suggested names.
  • Keep photos distinguished by client, family member, or person of interest, then embed face data in your photos for safe keeping.
  • NEW! Import face data from Lightroom and Picasa and save the effort of renaming everyone in your images. Facial Recognition will then find any matching faces in your ACDSee database.

Digital Asset Management

ACDSee has unrivalled file management capabilities. Finding, sorting, moving, organizing, and sharing—everything you need for complete mastery over your photography workflow is right here, at your fingertips. No uploading or importing your images. Add ratings, hierarchical keywords, tags, categories, location data and customizable color labels.

Keywords, Categories, & Tags

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

Batch File Processing

Duplicate Finder

Multiple Image Baskets

Actions & Presets

Layered Editing

With our layered editor, you can achieve complex adjustments and effects and go back to tweak them at any time. Find out more about parametric photo manipulation.

Focus Stacking

HDR (High-Dynamic Range)

Text Tool

Layer Masks

Adjustment Layers

Blend Modes, Opacity, & Layer Effects

Develop Mode

Develop mode is unique to ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate and Professional and offers advanced editing features that are non-destructive. This year, new panes streamline your process for applying Presets, taking Snapshots, and viewing your Histogram and Develop History.


Blended Clone Tool

Smart Erase

Color Correction

Pixel Targeting

Skin Tune

Comprehensive RAW Editor

  • ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 has built-in RAW image support for over 500 camera models.
  • Get the most out of your images by developing them through ACDSee and utilizing non-destructive tools and effects.

Are you a fan of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021?


ACDSee Tutorials

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ACDSee Community

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ACDSee Workshops

Want to learn more about ACDSee in a live, interactive setting? Sign up for the next workshop!


ACDSee Light EQ™

This patented technology in ACDSee Photo Studio makes it possible to adjust lighting in specific areas in images without affecting others. You can simultaneously lighten areas that are too dark, and darken areas that are too bright. If the foreground subject is backlit, you can easily lighten that subject up without blowing out the background.


Improved ACDSee Mobile Sync

With ACDSee Mobile Sync, you can wirelessly and instantly send photos and videos directly to ACDSee Photo Studio from your mobile device! Simply scan the QR code on your screen with your phone to easily sync with your computer. Available on iPhone and Android, the ACDSee Mobile Sync app keeps track of which photos have been sent, so you don’t have to.


Comprehensive Online Support

Find the help you need as you work with our new context sensitive online help. Press F1 while performing any function in ACDSee to be taken to the relevant online help page, allowing you to find the answers you need, quickly.


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Why Upgrade?


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
1024 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
2 GB of available hard disk space

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, & Windows® 10 (64-bit editions only)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9+
Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher
Windows Media® Player 9.0
Microsoft® Office 2010 or above


Date: 2020/09/23
File Size: 237 MB
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