- A lot of tools buried in menus
- Lens-profile-based image correction tools less effective than the competition
- Weak noise and chromatic aberration tools
- Taxing on our PC in testing
Applying keywords to your photos for organization has improved. You can now create hierarchical keyword groups or choose from a selection of topics, such as Landscape, Wedding, and Portrait, but it’s not as big a selection as some competitors offer, and there’s no AI object identification like that in Adobe Photoshop Elements’ Organizer.
You can also group photos into Collections and Smart Collections. To create a new collection, you right-click on the blank area in the left folder panel. It works, but it’s not very intuitive. The Collection pane wasn’t even enabled after installation; I had to turn it on from the Panes menu. Image baskets let you hold photos you want to work with in a temporary tray below the main display area. You can now create five image baskets, which appear as separate tabs.
Faces and Maps
People mode in ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v126.96.36.1992 Crack Photo Studio Ultimate.
The new People mode button (it looks like two heads) at top right makes working with face recognition easier. The program automatically processes all imported images with face detection (you can turn this behavior off in Settings if you prefer). Two tabs let you switch between Named and Unnamed faces. To get started, switch to Unnamed faces. After you’ve identified a few faces, name suggestion works with detected faces. Keep in mind that the technology finds art with faces and any random face in the background. It does a decent job of identifying those you name, though.
One fun organization feature is maps. ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v188.8.131.522 Crack Professional can use GPS encoding in files that have it to show the images on a map. You can also drag photo thumbnails onto the map to create pins for their locations. There’s no mode button for this as there is for People, and it’s not even enabled by default. You have to go into the Panes menu and check its check box. The program highlights thumbnails shot in the location you select a pin on the map; I’d prefer it. Lightroom does a better job with maps, though, with thumbnail slideshows right on the map showing photos shot at the location.
In Develop mode, you get all the standard light and color correction tools—Exposure, Contrast, Saturation—along with things like Vibrance and Clarity, which have become standards for prosumer software. The interface for adjusting this works well, with large bar sliders. Reset buttons helpfully appear for each section in which you make an adjustment, and B&W tools are just a click away. The program offers abundant batch tools, too, for most kinds of editing and organizing. Actions include Instagram-like filters as well as many other editing and workflow options.
Light EQ in ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate.
Switching to Standard mode for the Light EQ tools presents detailed sliders that let you adjust more-specific levels, another good tool I haven’t seen in other software. The Auto button only appears under the Light EQ controls when you open them, and you can click it to get the program’s best-guess settings. Even cooler, you can adjust with a wand tool over the image that adjusts brightness based on the area under the cursor. It’s sort of like the iPhone’s “tap on the screen to set exposure and focus” feature, minus focus.
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v184.108.40.2062 Crack includes tools to correct pincushion and barrel distortion based on known characteristics of the equipment used. The program correctly identified my camera model, and applied the auto-fix, making a subtle improvement to a wide-angle shot, but there were still skewed objects at the image’s edges. You can increase the effect, but I missed Lightroom’s Upright option, which completely aligns vertical lines. ACDSee fares even worse when it comes to chromatic aberration correction. You have to try to move sliders just so to correct it, but the defringe tool worked more automatically and effectively.
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v220.127.116.112 Crack handles cropping fairly well and is now available in Develop mode. It defaults to unconstrained aspect ratio, which I prefer. I also like how you can hide the area outside the crop, and how spinning the mouse wheel changes the photo’s angle. You can also straighten a photo with a guideline, but there’s no tool for auto-straightening based on the horizon like Lightroom’s. Note that the straightening tool is found in Develop mode’s Geometry section.
You can use brushes (up to eight of them) with feathering and tolerance settings for most Develop adjustments, but there’s no subtract brush, only a Clear All Brushstrokes button. The Magic option does a nice job finding edges, even in complex areas like palm leaves. As mentioned, brush capabilities include vibrance, white balance, color overlay, color EQ (saturation, brightness, hue, and contrast), and tone curves.
The last is a cool capability that I haven’t seen elsewhere. You can’t, however, use brushes with the Effects in Edit mode or with Skin smoothing. The Repair tool also disappointed me in that it didn’t let me see the source area; even after I’d chosen a source, my result had unwanted textures applied. The Blended Clone option is better, but still gave me the same problem, though to a lesser degree. The Repair tool in Edit mode was more successful, and in that mode (see next section) you can use a brush with Skin Smoothing.
Editing With Layers
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v18.104.22.1682 Crack Professional’s Edit mode is where you find pixel-level functions such as watermarking, and text overlay. The mode sports a long list of tools down the left panel. There you find watermark, tilt-shift, grain, and Special Effect, which opens another selection of nine filter types, including artistic, distort, painting, and retro. Some Develop tools are also found in Edit, but I’d prefer a design that keeps tools in their place, giving the Edit mode a friendlier look. Note, too, that you can go back to Develop mode after doing layer edits. Photoshop lets you use Adobe Camera Raw as a filter fort this.
The Smart Erase tool (only in Edit mode) is equivalent to Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill tool and does a decent job of automatically removing unwanted objects from a photo. Note the removed gray tape on the right side of the floor in the nearby image. Lest you think that this kind of tool is gimmicky or just for hobbyists, you should know that Rhein II, the most expensive photo sold ($4.3 million) up till 2014, used digital manipulation to remove people and objects.
As with most similar tools, Smart Erase does a better job removing objects when they’re surrounded by a consistent texture.
The Dehaze tool worked well enough on my test winter landscape shot, but it tends to jack up the color saturation more than I’d like. I do like that it offers a brush for applying dehaze just to selected areas of the photo. Adobe’s similar tool also lets you add realistic haze; ACDSee’s slider can only remove haze. DxO PhotoLab does the best job at haze removal out of the box with its automatic corrections, and it doesn’t introduce a color cast, as Adobe and ACDSee do.
Skin Tune is a tool for portrait photographers. The three tools in this set—Smoothing, Glow, and Radius—make easy work of making people’s mugs look dreamier. One thing I’d wish for in this tool, however, is a Before-and-After view. It’s a far cry from the advanced AI-powered facial editing tools you find in Photoshop and PhotoDirector, however
Noise Removal Tool
Noise Removal offers three options: Camera, Median, and Despeckle. By default, the first option is too aggressive for my taste, smoothing out the image excessively. Median leaves the sharpest but noisiest result, while Despeckle is something of a compromise. I’m happy to see that ACDSee now offers those last two modes that don’t require trial-and-error moving of sliders back and forth, the way some apps do. You can also now brush on noise reduction to selected areas of a shot. That said, the results aren’t on a par with DxO’s incredible DeepPrime noise removal, which preserves detail while removing noise.
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate v22.214.171.1242 Crack pro-level software offers many powerful photo organizing and editing tools, combining functions of both Lightroom and Photoshop, but its interface can get overwhelming.