ACDSee Photo Studio Professional 2019
a great software value for beginners and pros alike.
• Easy to use
• Grows with your needs
I came to ACDSee decades ago as I was looking for a better means of organizing my images. After realizing my need for more powerful software I switched to Lightroom until….
If you’re like me, you have an aversion to paying for software more than once, offer me a subscription and you will see me leaving the door in search of alternatives.
So it came to be that I ran into ACDSee again last year and was very impressed with the developments.
Easy to use.
ACDSee watches quietly until you insert a memory card with images, then it offers to import all – or some – of the images it found. This Function is, of course, configurable to act the way you want it to. For me, this means importing all images into a specific import folder, allowing me to choose some presets to be used on the images. One of the presets for example changes the filename of the image to my specifications.
After importing, one click takes you to the view screen, a full screen view of the first image. Now you can select your and throwaways.
Before getting carried away with the topic of workflow, I wish to emphasize that ACDSee offers a simplicity of use which you can appreciate.
As with any software, it is not necessary to use all the functions of ACDSee in the beginning.
Some would argue against this concept and say
“From the very beginning you must setup and use Keywords, collections, stars and colors!”
While admitting that this point of view has its merits, I feel that investing too much time in learning the software is unnecessary when you’re just getting started.
- In view mode you have two keys that are important;
- ampersand = give this image a check-mark and advance to the next image. keeper
- arrow right = advance to the next image without a check-mark. trash
It is easy to edit – or develop – your images depending on their format.
ACDSee offers a wide range of special effects as well as a lens correction for many different lenses.
Useful concepts when using ACDSee
• Always use ACDSee to physically move images instead of the file explorer.
ACDSee stores everything in a database, If you move images using the file explorer ACDSee will believe the images are still there where it left them.
This causes confusion and ghost images – known as orphans – to be present in ACDSee.
• For on-line images, use Watermark or text.
You can sign your pictures on the bottom right corner – or anywhere else for that matter – using the text tool.
You can also design or use a Watermark logo as you see in the corner of my images.
Once you have your Watermark / Text setup, it’s very easy to add it to any images you want to put on-line.
• Export for on-line images.
Once again, this needs setting up but it’s worth doing so if you want to publish images online. This way you speed up the loading time and protect your high quality images.
Recommendation from me?
The main reason being that – just like a new camera – you don’t need to learn everything at once. Just learn what you want to use today.
The software – and the camera – have plenty of functions in reserve in order to grow with your needs.
If enough questions roll in about specific tasks in ACDSee, we can deal with them at a future date.