Back in the day I owned Adobe’s classic Photoshop on my Mac. It’s a gargantuan, complex, and expensive app. So, I began upgrading every few years. Then I switch to the less expensive Photoshop Elements, and got a new version every few years.
You see the problem, right? Photoshop is great, but it’s expensive for those of us who merely dabble in graphic design and don’t live, eat, breathe, sleep, and pray Photoshop.
Enter a decent Photoshop replacement app. It’s called Acorn. It’s fast, familiar, and affordable.
Familiar? If Adobe had a Photoshop Lite, it would be Acorn.
Familiar? Floating palettes display familiar tools including boolean shapes, non-destructive filters, curves, multiple layers, and a bunch of shape tools.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of all the floating tool palettes, but at least it’s familiar territory.
Acorn does multi-stop gradients, just like Photoshop. There’s a built-in text tool, just like Photoshop. There are rotating text and shapes, some vector tools, and a new quick mask tool. Oh, and it imports PSD files from Photoshop.
There are filters, multiple selection tools, custom brushes, and even layer masks. Acorn even creates layered screenshots of whatever windows are open on your Mac.
Acorn is not Photoshop. Adobe’s flagship app will cost you in a month what Acorn will cost forever. Jeffrey asked me how Acorn compared to Pixelmator? I said, ‘What’s Pixelmator?‘
I like using Acorn and don’t regret the purchase, but Pixelmator is even closer to Photoshop for about one third the price of Acorn. We live in great times, no?