ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor 12

Release Notes


ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor 12 is only available in 64-bit.

New Features

  • Multiple Document Interface.
  • Artificial intelligence:
    • Select your subjects with a click.
    • Quickly remove unwanted backgrounds in photos.
    • Blur image backgrounds with ease.
    • Instantly turn the background of your photo Black and White.
  • Graphic Design tools: Layer Effects, Masks, Adjustment Layers, Text Tools, Lasso & Shape Tools, Liquify, Frequency Separation, Pixel Targeting, Distortion & Perspective Correction, Layer Blend Modes & Opacity.
  • Photography tools: High-Dynamic Range (HDR), Focus Stacking, AI Background & Subject Selection, Advanced Lighting Correction, Watermarks.
  • Color tools: Color Wheel, Tone Wheels, Color EQ, White Balance, Color LUTs.
  • Repair & Restoration tools: Smart Erase, Skin Tune, Blended Clone, Heal, Dehaze, Noise Reduction, Sharpen.
  • Efficiency tools: Edit History, Navigator, Histogram.
  • Home Screen:
    • Use pre-made templates for popular social media, print, and web specs – or create your own custom templates.
    • Access previously opened files with a click.
    • Easily open RAW image files for editing with ACDSee RAW.
  • ACDSee RAW, a non-destructive RAW photo editor.


  • Improved Noise Reduction, a new algorithm under the hood, plus Luminance and Tone sliders for greater results.
  • Improved Curve Control with precise curve control through a numerical display of curve points.
  • Improved Gradient Control with greater control over linear and radial gradient edges.
  • The User Interface has been reorganized, reflecting customer feedback and supporting better workflows.

Performance Improvements

  • Big performance gains when working with large and complex documents.
  • Faster application startup.
  • Faster RAW decoding performance.

Known Issues

  • ACDSee Photo Editor 11 APD files open as a flat image, not as a project file.
  • ACDSee Gemstone uses the base layer’s color profile for additional layers.
  • Masks cannot be added when using the Move tool.
  • Added watermarks result in incorrect image previews in certain scenarios.
  • Different DPIs may cause Gemstone UI flickering.

Not Supported 

  • ACDSee Gemstone 12 does not preserve layers when editing PSD and TIFF files.
  • Gemstone GSD files created in Gemstone 12 are not supported in ACDSee Photo Editor 11.
  • Compressed Fujifilm X-trans RAW and DNG are not supported.
  • Canon C-RAW is not supported.

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) & Windows® 11
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9+
Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher


Install additional RAW file support here.

Date: 2022/04/13
File Size: 671 MB
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Date: 2022/01/19
File Size: 554 MB
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Date: 2021/12/08
File Size: 554 MB
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