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Digital Asset Management & Productivity

Advanced AND/OR Search

Choose from numerous search criteria, including ACDSee Metadata and EXIF & IPTC fields. Built-in logic for AND/OR states let you narrow down results to a microscopic level.

Improved Quick Search

Launch your search with Quick Search and get results right away. Choose from various search types and fine tune your results.

Import Options

Import your options from ACDSee Photo Studio 2022. Note: Importing can only be done from the same edition. E.g. Ultimate 2022 to Ultimate 2023

Improved OneDrive™ Support

Keep your OneDrive™ files online until you are ready to view or edit them, then download individual files or whole folders. Easily move files from your PC into OneDrive™, and control whether OneDrive™ keeps local copies or offloads them to the cloud.

SendPix™ Integration

Use SendPix™, integrated into Photo Studio, to send your photos to friends and family. ACDSee will automatically convert your RAW images to JPEG so everyone can view them everywhere. Use the web, desktop, or mobile applications to easily access your images wherever you need them.

Improved Media Mode

ACDSee’s database-driven view for accessing previously browsed folders in Manage Mode and cataloged folders has undergone numerous interface improvements. Plus, you can now assign and read ACDSee Metadata, EXIF, and IPTC.

WEBP File Support

Support for transparent and animated .WEBP files.

Camera RAW Update

Popular camera models from Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and more have been added to the list of 700+ supported RAW file types. View supported cameras.

RAW Support

Take full editing control of your RAW images by saving them as a .acdc file, to preserve your layers and allow for future non-destructive adjustments.

Facial Recognition & Face Detection

The Face Detection & Facial Recognition tool will find the humans in your photographs so you can name them for quick searching. ACDSee will immediately learn which names to put to which faces, and suggest possible matches when needed.

Import Face Data

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.

People Mode

AI-driven mode for identifying and managing people in your portfolio.

Keyword Management

ACDSee comes pre-loaded with a variety of usable sample quick keyword sets. Export keyword lists and share them with other users. Save countless hours of manual entry by importing established keyword lists.

Duplicate Finder

Find duplicates across a variety of folders and locations. Rename or delete detected duplicates to keep your file collection under control.

Batch Rename

A dynamic and efficient process for renaming multiple files. The options are almost endless.

Batch Resize

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

Crop Tool

Relative positioning functionality allows you to crop multiple images in seconds.

Watermark Tool

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

Location Data

Add photo locations from anywhere in the world to your photos. You can then recall and view that information for reference at any time. Use the map to select groups of files for further workflow steps, and select photos for display in View mode.

Multiple Image Baskets

Create up to five image baskets to gather and hold images and media files from all over your hard drive. Name individual image baskets and use them to easily view, edit, or share their content.

Auto Advance

Adding metadata prompts ACDSee to automatically advance to the next image, allowing you to organize entire folders without moving your hands from the keyboard.

Cloud Access

Get files from the team over Dropbox ™ or OneDrive ™ or back up existing work with direct access to cloud sync root drives within Manage mode.

High ISO Support

ISOs above 200,000 are supported in cameras by Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony.

Actions

Create an Action by recording your editing process, categorize and manage your Actions, and batch apply any of 125+ pre-loaded Actions to multiple images at once.

Import & Export Actions

Share your Actions with other users by exporting them as convenient, compressed packages, or receive Actions made by friends, enjoying the limitless creative potential of recorded Actions.

Presets & History Pane

A dedicated Develop Mode pane to enhance your editing process. Create and categorize a library of presets or take snapshots and view your full edit history.

Develop Settings Pane

View adjustments made to your images in Develop mode, copy those adjustments and paste them onto other images, or restore the image – all from within the convenience of Manage mode or View mode.

Import & Export Develop & Edit Presets

Distribute your presets to others by exporting, or relish in others’ work or processing you did in the past by importing.

ACDSee Mobile Sync

Wirelessly and instantly send photos and videos directly to ACDSee Photo Studio from your mobile device by scanning the QR code on your monitor! The app is available on iPhone and Android.

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.

File Viewing

Flip through your PDF and Microsoft Office™ documents— even sheets on multi-tabbed Excel™ documents. Rank your digital assets based on importance. Discard and back up accordingly.

GoPro Support

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

Support for HEIF

Decode HEIF files – a high efficiency media container format type for images and image sequences – in ACDSee Photo Studio.

SVG File Format Support

Support for SVG files has been added to ACDSee Photo Studio.

Photoshop™ Plug-ins

Import and apply Photoshop™ plug-ins for further creative freedom.

Performance

Fast launching, mode-switching, working with keywords & categories, RAW decoding, and database maintenance, ACDSee let’s you focus on the task in hand.

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts in Manage Mode

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

Compatibility

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

GPU Acceleration

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

Appearance

ACDSee Photo Studio is completely customizable. For enhanced workflow efficiency, you can tear off, move, stack, dock, and hide panes and toolbars anywhere you like.

Photo Editing Tools

Shape Selection Tool

Use the Shape Selection Tool to make complicated selections with curves and corners.

More Develop Presets

New Develop presets have been added now taking the total to 60+, including cool vintage looks and fun for foodies.

Improved Lens Correction

Automatically correct barrel and pincushion distortion by applying the fix calibrated for the distortion inherent to the lens you used. Over 100 new lenses have been added to the supported Lens types.

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.

Squareness Slider for Radial Gradients

Customize the shape of the radial gradient selection.

Selection Preview Button

Preview the selection mask with one click.

Noise Reduction

Reduce noise in your images caused by high ISO or long exposure. Use the Luminance and Tone sliders for greater results.

Tone Curves

Precise curve control through numerical display of curve points.

Color Wheel

Focus on precise colors throughout your image to manipulate with a new level of precision. Accurately brighten grey skies and dull reflections.

Tone Wheels

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

Refine Selection

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

Blended Clone Tool

Use the Blended Clone tool to copy pixels from a source area to a target area. ACDSee 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.

Repair Tools

Non-destructively smooth away blemishes and flaws without strenuous, targeted color corrections or blending.

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.

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.

Add Border

Add a border to your favorite photos. Customize the color, texture, and thickness to suit your shot.

Add Vignette

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

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.

Tilt-Shift

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

Add Grain Tool

Give your images an old, film grain look with the Grain tool.

Rotate

Rotate your images at preset or custom angles in Edit mode. You can save your settings as a preset for future use.

Flip

Flip your images both vertically and horizontally in Edit mode.

Perspective Correction

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

Distortion Correction

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

Resize

Resize your image by adjusting its dimensions in pixels, percentage, or actual/print size. While resizing, you can also choose an aspect ratio and a resampling filter to adjust your resized image’s appearance.

Liquify

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

Exposure

Use the Exposure tool to automatically or manually adjust your image’s exposure, contrast, and fill light. Target specific areas of your image using the Edit Brush or Gradient tool to limit where the exposure adjustment occurs.

Contrast

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

Levels

Use the Levels tool to precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images.

Auto Levels

Automatically correct the exposure levels of your images. Auto Levels makes the darkest image pixels darker, and the brightest pixels brighter.

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.

Dehaze

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

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.

White Balance

Instantly give your photos more warmth or coolness, or use the White Balance tool to remove unwanted hue from your images.

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.

Split Tone

Split Tone allows you to tint shadows and highlights with non-destructive edits.

Black & White

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

Color LUTs

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

Sharpen

Sharpen your photos by enhancing medium and high contrast edges.

Blur

Apply different kinds of blur to your photos.

Add Noise

Add noise in your photos while preserving details that you want to retain.

Clarity

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.

Detail Brush

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

Develop Mode Brush

Brush on adjustments in parts of your image without affecting others, or apply them in gradual progressions using linear and radial gradients.

Layered Editing Tools

AI Face Edit

With Face Edit, take your portrait retouching to new heights. Control fine details of facial features such as Eyes, Eyebrows, Nose, Mouth, and Face Shape, as well as apply Makeup to the subject of your photo.

AI Selection Tools

Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered selection tools to quickly select skies, subjects, and remove backgrounds with a single click.

Panorama Stitching

Combine photos into a panorama image. 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.

Focus Stacking

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

Channel Selection

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

Channel Filtering

Modify a targeted color channel and blend the edit with existing color channels in the image.

Selection Basket

Gather and hold complicated image selections for applying to future images and masks.

Text Tool

Customize font, size, color, style, justification, opacity, and much more, while layering, blending, and adding effects for the ultimate composites.

Text on a Path

Customize your text, including its path. Write on a curve or follow a shape.

Text in a Frame

Add a dynamic text layer that updates within a customizable frame. Great for digital photographic ads and inserts.

Layer Effects

Add inner glow, shadows, a bevel, an outline, or blur between your image and text layers. Save as a .acdc file and continue editing your layer effects at a future date.

Align & Blend Layers

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

Multi-Select Layers

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

Layered Color LUTs

Develop your own LUTs using an infinite combination of colorful adjustment layers. Use your LUTs as Edit mode filters, Develop mode filters, or additional adjustment layers.

Geometry

Snap objects, text, and images to the top, bottom, sides, or corners of your canvas while moving. Display a grid for precision situating.

Canvas Resize

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

Rulers & Guides

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.

Copy/Paste Layer Masks

Copy color images and paste them as luminance masks on other layers, including adjustment layers.

Adjustment Layers

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

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.

Negative Adjustment Layer

Create a negative out of your image in just one click.

Pixel Targeting

Select and mask by targeting specific brightness ranges and colors within your image — even skin tones.

Gradient Map

Completely change the look of your image by adding a Gradient Map adjustment layer and set your shadows and highlights to different colors.

Posterize Effect

Reduce the number of brightness levels in your image by applying a Posterize adjustment layer. The lower the value, the fewer colors used in the image.

Frequency Separation

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

Which ACDSee Photo Studio is right for you?

Use the chart below for a quick overview of the features you can find in Ultimate, Professional, and Home to help you decide.

ACDSee Photo Studio FeaturesUltimateProfessionalHome
Layered editing
AI Portrait retouching
AI Subject/Background detection
Photomerge – Panorama Stitching, High-Dynamic Range (HDR) and Focus Stacking
Non-destructively repair photos
RAW photo editing
Manage and organize files
Face Detection & Facial Recognition
Search and sort files fast
Batch file processing
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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

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10 (64-bit editions only) & Windows® 11
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 or Microsoft® Edge®
Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher
Windows Media® Player 9.0
Microsoft® Office 2010 or above

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