Photo Studio
Ultimate 2018
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018
Contents
C H AP TER 1 : G ETTI NG S TARTED
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Welcome to ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018
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About the ACDSee User Interface
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Manage Mode
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Photos Mode
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View Mode
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Develop Mode
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Edit Mode
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365 Mode
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Dashboard Mode
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Switching Modes in ACDSee
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Using Manage Mode
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About the Manage Mode Panes
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Manage Mode Drop-Down Menus
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Working with Manage Mode Panes
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Moving Panes
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Docking Panes
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Stacking Panes
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Resizing Panes
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Resetting the Layout
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Using Photos Mode
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Viewing Images
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Cataloging
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Using View Mode
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Viewing Images in Full Screen Mode
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Using the View Mode Panes
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Using the Bottom Toolbar
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Using Windows Touch Gestures™ with View Mode
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Switching to Manage Mode
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Using Develop and Edit Mode
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Workflow
Using 365 Mode
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Uploading Images
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Using Dashboard Mode
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Cataloging Files
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Dashboard Mode
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C H AP TER 2 : G ETTI NG H EL P
Using the Quick Start Guide
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Finding Other Resources and Support
C H AP TER 3 : MANAG E MOD E
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Importing Files with ACDSee
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Importing Photos From a Device
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Importing Photos From a Scanner
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Importing Photos From a CD or DVD
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Importing Photos From a Disk
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Creating a Renaming Template
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Importing a Lightroom® Database
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Working with Images on Mobile
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Sending Images to ACDSee from Your Mobile Device Using ACDSee Mobile Sync
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Browsing Files in the File List Pane
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Browsing Using the Folders Pane
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Browsing Files By Date or Event
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Browsing Your Favorite Files
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Using the Catalog Pane
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Browsing RAW Files
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Changing Views
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Filtering Files
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Grouping Files
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Sorting Files
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Selecting Files
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Previewing Images
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Rotating Images
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Comparing Images
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Gathering Images in the Image Basket
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Cataloging and Managing Files in ACDSee
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Organizing with the Catalog Pane
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Creating Categories
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Assigning and Searching Categories and Ratings
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Assigning Color Labels
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Creating Collections
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Using the Properties Pane
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Using the Map Pane
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Adding Metadata to Files and Using Presets
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Manage Metadata Views and Presets
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Creating and Assigning Hierarchical Keywords
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Copying and Moving Files
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Copying Images to the Clipboard
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Pasting Files and Folders
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Replacing or Overwriting Files
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Renaming a File or Folder
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Storing Files in Private Folders
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Tagging Images
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Removing Metadata from Files
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Removing IPTC Keywords from Auto Categories
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Changing the Date and Time Properties of Images
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Backing Up Your Files to Another Computer
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Searching with ACDSee
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Using the Quick Search Bar
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Using the Search Pane
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Searching with File Name Patterns
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Using Selective Browsing
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Searching with Auto Categories
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Finding Duplicate Files
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Finding Images Quickly
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Sharing Files with ACDSee
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Taking a Screen Capture
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Emailing Images
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Share / Email Using ACDSee 365
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Creating a Desktop Screensaver
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Viewing and Configuring a Slideshow
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Sharing Slideshows and Screensavers
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Creating a Desktop Slideshow
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Creating a PDF
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Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
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Burning a CD or DVD
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Creating an HTML Album
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Uploading Images to Photo Websites
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Uploading Images to Facebook
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Creating a Contact Sheet
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Creating Archives of Your Files
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Extracting Archived (.zip) Files
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Printing Images
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Setting Printer Options
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Setting Image Size and Positioning
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Adding Text to Pages
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Setting Contact Sheet Printing Options
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About Batch Processing
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Using Batch Export
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Converting Multiple Images to Another File Format
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Rotating or Flipping Multiple Images
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Setting Rotated and Flipped File Options
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Resizing Multiple Images
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Adjusting Exposure For Multiple Images
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Adjusting Batch Exposure Options
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Renaming Multiple Files
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Changing the Color Profiles of Multiple Images
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Using Batch Edit
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Batch Edit Rotate Options
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Batch Edit Crop Options
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Batch Edit Resize Options
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Batch Edit Color Options
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Batch Edit Channel Mixer Options
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Batch Edit Sepia Options
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Batch Edit Exposure Options
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Batch Edit Light EQ™ Options
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Batch Edit Noise Removal Options
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Batch Edit Sharpening Options
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Batch Edit Vignette Options
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Batch Edit Text Overlay Options
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Batch Edit Watermark Options
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Using Batch Develop
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About the ACDSee Database
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Excluding Folders From the Database
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Cataloging Files in the Database
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About the ACDSee Indexer
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Creating and Switching Between Multiple Databases
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Converting an Older Database
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Importing Database Information
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Importing File Information From Other Sources
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Exporting Database Information
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Generating File Lists
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Backing Up Your Database
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Database Backup Tips and Strategies
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Restoring Database Information From a Backup
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Maintaining the Database
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Optimizing the Database
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Mapping Drives For an Incoming Database
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Rebuilding Thumbnails and Metadata
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Quarantined Files
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Working with Plug-ins
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Managing Plug-ins
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Viewing Plug-in Properties and Getting Help
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ACDSee SeeDrive™
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Making Folders Private or Public
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Sharing and Downloading with ACDSee SeeDrive™
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C H AP TER 4 : P H OTOS MOD E
Using Photos Mode
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Viewing Images
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Cataloging
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C H AP TER 5 : VI EW MOD E
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Previewing Your Images with Auto Lens
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Viewing RAW Images
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Rotating Images
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Using the Histogram
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Viewing Images with Auto Advance
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Displaying Text on Images in View Mode
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Synchronizing View Mode to a Folder
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Viewing Offline Images
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Using ACDSee Quick View
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Viewing Images in Another Application
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Setting an Image as the Desktop Wallpaper
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Viewing and Using Brush Files
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Playing Video and Audio Files
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Saving Video Frames as Images
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Adding or Editing Image Audio
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Selecting Part of an Image
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Applying Presets in View Mode
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Viewing File Properties in View Mode
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Printing Images in View Mode
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Showing Originals
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Committing Changes
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Zooming an Image
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Setting the Zoom Level
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Automatically Shrinking or Enlarging Images
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Using the Navigator to View Select Areas of an Image
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Panning a Magnified Image
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Magnifying Specific Areas of an Image
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C H AP TER 6 : D EVEL OP MOD E
Using Develop Mode
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Developing an Image
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Saving and Canceling
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Restoring Original Settings
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Histogram and Image Viewing Controls
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Viewing Images
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Customizing the View
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Exporting an Image to Multiple Formats and Resolutions
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Sharing Develop Settings
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Restoring Original Images
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Copying and Pasting Develop Settings
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Taking Develop Snapshots
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Viewing Your Snapshot
Using Presets in Develop Mode
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Creating and Applying Presets
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Applying a Preset to a Single Image
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Applying a Develop Settings Preset to a Batch of Images
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Renaming Presets
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Deleting Presets
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Saving Images in Develop Mode
Saving Images
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How ACDSee Saves Changes to Images
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Pro 3 RAW Processing Emulation
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Using the Develop Brush
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Smart Brushing
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Using the Gradient Tool
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Using the Radial Gradient Tool
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About the Tune Tab
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Saving and Canceling
Making General Adjustments
A Brief Technical Explanation of eV
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Adjusting White Balance
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Adjusting Lighting
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Basic Light EQ™
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Standard Light EQ™
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Advanced Light EQ™
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Adjusting Color
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Adjusting Tone Curves
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Adjusting Soft Focus
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Applying Develop Mode Effects
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Photo Effect
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Color Overlay
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Gradient Map
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Add Grain
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Cross Process Effect
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Using Blend Modes and Opacity in Develop Mode
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Opacity
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Blend Modes
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Adjusting Split Tone
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Adding a Post-Crop Vignette
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Selecting an Output Color Space For RAW Files
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About the Detail Tab
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Saving and Canceling
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Sharpening
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Reducing Noise
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Fine-Tuning Skin Tone
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Correcting Chromatic Aberration
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About the Geometry Tab
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Saving and Canceling
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Fixing Lens Distortion
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Rotating and Straightening
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Correcting Perspective
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Cropping
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Resizing the Crop Window
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Fixing Lens Vignetting
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About the Repair Tab
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Saving and Canceling
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Reducing Red Eye
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Repairing Your Image
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C H AP TER 7 : ED I T MOD E
In Edit Mode You Can:
Using Edit Mode
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What Happens from Develop to Edit
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Editing an Image
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Reverting to Develop Settings or Original Settings
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Undo and Redoing
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Histogram and Image Viewing Controls
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Using Presets in Edit
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Using the Undo/Redo Button
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Restoring Originals and Develop Settings
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Restoring the Original Image
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Restoring Your Develop Settings
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Saving Images in Edit Mode
Saving Images
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How ACDSee Saves Changes to Images
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Applying Photoshop® Plug-ins
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Recording and Applying Adjustments with ACDSee Actions
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Managing Recording Categories
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Applying Recordings
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Targeting Adjustments by Color or Tone
The Pixel Targeting Panel
Using the Edit Brush
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Edit Brush
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Smart Brushing
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Using the Gradient Tool
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Using the Radial Gradient Tool
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Using Blend Modes and Opacity
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Opacity
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Blend Modes
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Using Layers
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Using Adjustment Layers
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Adjustment Layers and Settings
Using Masks with Layers
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Mask Properties
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Mask Flexibility
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Creating Layer Masks From Specific Colors and Tones
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Retouching with Frequency Separation
Retouching Images
Using Selections
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The Selection Tools
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Overlay Options
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Using the Selection Tools
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Combining the Tools
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Targeting Selections
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Applying Edits or Effects to Selections
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Using the Smart Erase Tool
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Reducing Red Eye
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Removing Flaws
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Adjusting Skin Tone
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Correcting Chromatic Aberration
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Adding Text to an Image
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Adding Drawings to Your Image
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Adding a Watermark to an Image
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Adding Borders
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Adding Your Own Textures or Edges
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Adding a Vignette
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Adding a Tilt-Shift Effect
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Adding a Grain Effect
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About Special Effect Filters
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Applying a Bathroom Window Effect
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Applying a Blinds Effect
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Applying a Blue Steel Effect
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Applying a Bob Ross Effect
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Applying a Bulge Effect
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Applying a Cartoon Effect
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Applying a Childhood Effect
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Applying a Clouds Effect
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Applying a Collage Effect
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Applying a Colored Edges Effect
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Applying a Contours Effect
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Applying a Crayon Drawing Effect
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Applying a Crosshatch Effect
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Applying a Dauber Effect
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Applying a Dramatic Effect
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Applying an Edge Detect Effect
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Applying an Emboss Effect
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Applying a Furry Edges Effect
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Applying a Gloom Effect
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Applying a Glowing Edges Effect
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Applying the Gradient Map Effect
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Applying a Granite Effect
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Applying a Grunge Effect
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Applying a Jiggle Effect
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Applying a Lomo Effect
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Applying a Mirror Effect
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Applying a Negative Effect
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Applying an Oil Paint Effect
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Applying the Old Effect
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Applying the Orton Effect
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Applying an Outline Effect
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Applying a Pencil Drawing Effect
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Applying a Photo Effect
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Applying a Pixel Explosion Effect
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Applying a Pixelate Effect
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Applying a Posterize Effect
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Applying a Purple Haze Effect
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Applying a Radial Waves Effect
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Applying a Rain Effect
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Applying a Ripple Effect
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Applying a Scattered Tiles Effect
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Applying a Sepia Effect
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Applying a Seventies Effect
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Applying a Sheet Metal Effect
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Applying a Shift Effect
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Applying a Slant Effect
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Applying a Sobel Effect
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Applying a Solarize Effect
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Applying a Somber Effect
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Applying a Stained Glass Effect
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Applying a Sunspot Effect
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Applying a Swirl Effect
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Applying the Threshold Effect
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Applying a Topography Effect
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Applying a Water Effect
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Applying a Water Drops Effect
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Applying a Waves Effect
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Applying a Weave Effect
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Applying a Wind Effect
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Creating a Custom Special Effect Filter (Convolution Effect)
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About Blend Modes
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Rotating an Image
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Flipping an Image
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Cropping an Image
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Resizing the Crop Window
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Correcting Perspective Distortion
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Correcting Distortion
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Automatically Correcting Lens Distortion
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Resizing an Image
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Pixel Resize Options and Resulting Action
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Distorting and Retouching with the Liquify Tool
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Adjusting Image Exposure
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Adjusting Image Levels
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Adjusting Levels Automatically
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Adjusting Tone Curves
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Adjusting Lighting
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Using the 1-Step Tab
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Using the Basic Tab
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Using the Standard Tab
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Using the Advanced Tab
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Reducing Haze
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Dodge and Burn
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Dodging and Burning Parts of an Image
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Adjusting White Balance
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Adjusting Color
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Adjusting Split Tone
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Adjusting Color Balance
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Creating a Grayscale Image
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Using the Histogram
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Changing Image Color Depth
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Using the Color Dialog Box
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The Standard Tab
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The Custom Tab
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Selecting and Adjusting Colors
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Sharpening an Image
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Blurring an Image
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About Noise and Noise Reduction
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Removing Noise
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Adding Noise
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Adjusting Details
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Adjusting Clarity
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C H AP TER 8 : 3 6 5 MOD E
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Working in 365 Mode
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Creating a 365.acdsee.com Account
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Uploading Images to 365.acdsee.com
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Setting Folders to Automatically Sync to Web
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Creating Folders and Setting Privacy
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Changing the Rating System
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Downloading Images
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Using Transfer Manager
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C H AP TER 9 : D AS H B OARD MOD E
Using Dashboard Mode
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Cataloging Files
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Dashboard Mode
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C H AP TER 1 0 : P I C AVI EW
About ACDSee PicaView
C H AP TER 1 1 : OP TI ONS AND C ONF I G U RATI ON
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Setting the General Options
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Setting the Mode Options
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Setting the Manage Mode Options
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Setting the Quick Search Options
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Setting the File List Pane Options
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Setting the Thumbnail Info Options
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Setting the Thumbnail Style Options
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Setting the Details View Options
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Setting the Preview Pane Options
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Setting the Folders Pane Options
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Setting the Catalog Pane Options
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Setting the Calendar Pane Options
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Setting the CD/DVD Management Options
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Setting the Properties Pane Options
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Setting the File Management Options
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Setting the Color Management Options
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Setting the Database Options
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Setting the Photos Mode Options
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Setting the View Mode Options
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Setting the Display Options
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Setting Develop and Edit Mode Options
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Setting the ACDSee 365 Options
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Setting the ACDSee Showroom Options
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Setting the ACDSee Quick View Options
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Setting JPEG Options
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Setting the Media Options
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Setting the ACDSee Indexer Options
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Setting the ACDSee PicaView Options
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Setting the ACDSee Mobile Sync Options
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Using ACDSee on Multiple Monitors
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Creating Custom Workspaces
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Auto-hiding Panes and Panels
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Using the Task Pane
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Customizing Toolbars
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Customizing Toolbar and Pane Locations
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Creating a Custom Menu
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Configuring External Editors
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Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
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Changing the Display Theme
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C H AP TER 1 2 : S H ORTC U TS
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Manage Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
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Manage Mode Mouse Shortcuts
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View Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
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View Mode Mouse Shortcuts
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Calendar Pane Shortcuts
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Develop and Edit Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
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Develop and Edit Mode Mouse Shortcuts
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365 Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
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365 Mode Mouse Shortcuts
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ACDSee PicaView Keyboard Shortcuts
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C H AP TER 1 3 : F I L E F ORMATS
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About RAW Files
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Associating Files
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G L OS S ARY
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I ND EX
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Chapter 1: Getting Started
Welcome to ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018
Welcome to ACDSee, and congratulations on choosing the industry-leading digital photo management software.
ACDSee is the essential application for importing, organizing, viewing, enhancing, and sharing your digital photos
and other media files.
With ACDSee you can import your photos from your camera to your computer, categorize and rate your files, and
manage photo collections of any size—from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand. Choose to view thumbnail
previews of any size, or use a detailed list of file properties to sort your files. Can't find a particular photo? No
problem. ACDSee includes a variety of powerful searching tools and a Compare Images feature to eliminate
duplicates.
Achieve total control of your photography workflow and get back behind the lens faster with ACDSee, the complete
photography management solution for professional photographers.
Build your photography workflow around ACDSee and notice the difference. Its flexible cataloging capabilities,
unrivaled viewing speed, and powerful photo editor make ACDSee the choice of busy professional and advanced
amateur photographers worldwide. Add vastly improved RAW processing, a full set of metadata tools, and
unparalleled viewing speed, and you have a fully integrated photography editing and management solution.
ACDSee accelerates your workflow and quickly gets you back to doing what you do best: shooting amazing
photographs.
The Patented Light EQ™ technology single-exposure HDR algorithms powering ACDSee's Light EQ™ tool accurately
and intelligently stretch the dynamic lighting range of your photos, making them incredibly realistic or
atmospheric.
View mode quickly generates high-quality displays of your images. You can run slideshows, play embedded audio,
and display multiple-page images in any of the more than 50 image and multimedia file formats.
Also, ACDSee includes a wide variety of image processing tools you can use to create, edit, and touch-up your
digital images. Use tools such as red eye reduction, crop, sharpen, blur, and photo repair to enhance or correct
your images. Image processing tools, such as exposure adjustment, convert, resize, rename, and rotate, can be
performed on multiple files at the same time.
The user interface is completely customizable, and provides quick access to tools and features. You can customize
the screen layout, the order of images, toolbar display, and many other options to suit your preferences. ACDSee
contains extensive context-sensitive Help to assist you as you move through the application.
ACDSee is a fast, powerful, and easy-to-use image management system that everyone from beginners to
professionals can use and enjoy.
About the ACDSee User Interface
The ACDSee user interface provides easy access to the various tools and features you can use to browse, view,
edit, and manage your photos and media files. ACDSee consists of seven modes: Manage mode, Photos mode, View
mode, Develop mode, Edit mode, 365 mode, and Dashboard mode.
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Manage Mode
Manage mode is the main browsing and managing component of the user interface, and is what you see when
you start ACDSee using the shortcut icon on your desktop. In Manage mode, you can find, move, preview, and sort
your files, and access organization and sharing tools.
Manage mode consists of 15 panes, most of which can be closed when not in use. The File List pane is always
visible, and displays the contents of the current folder, the results of your latest search, or the files in your
database that match your filtering criteria. A status bar at the bottom of the Manage mode window displays
information about the currently selected file, folder, or category.
You can open and close panes, move them to different areas of your screen, and stack them on other panes or
dock them to the edge of the window. Most panes also have additional options you can set to further customize
their behavior and appearance.
Manage mode also features a toolbar and a set of drop-down menus. The toolbar provides buttons for your home
folder, and for navigating forwards and backwards through your folders. The drop-down menus provide quick
access to the most common tasks.
Photos Mode
Photos mode can be used to view your entire image collection by date. You can view them by year, month, or
day. If you have Microsoft OneDrive™ you can toggle viewing your OneDrive image collection along with the image
collection on your hard drive, or just your hard drive collection on its own. Photos mode only displays images that
have been cataloged. Images in Photos mode are displayed by the date they were taken, as indicated in the images'
EXIF data.
Photos mode consists of two panes, the Date pane and Timeline pane. The Date pane displays all of your cataloged
photo collection by date. The Timeline pane displays the year and month of your photos and how many photos are
in each. You can also select individual images to launch them in other modes.
View Mode
In View mode you can play media files and display images in full resolution, one at a time. You can also open
panes to view image properties, display areas of an image at varying magnifications, or examine detailed color
information.
You can open View mode by selecting an image and clicking on the View mode tab, and you can use the Filmstrip in
View mode to flip quickly between all of the files in a folder. View mode contains a toolbar with shortcuts to
commonly-used commands, and a status bar at the bottom of the window, which displays information about the
current image or media file.
Develop Mode
Perform most of your image adjustment in Develop to apply changes to the entire image. Then take your
image into Edit to select and fix specific parts of the image. Use Develop mode's non-destructive editing tools to
adjust an image's exposure, white balance, color profile, as well as sharpen, reduce noise and much more.
Develop mode is a non-destructive, parametric editing, RAW conversion environment. Parametric editing means
that when you edit an image in Develop mode you are creating instructions for adjustments, rather than adjusting
the actual pixels as you do in Edit mode. Develop mode's non-destructive operations are entirely interwoven and
interdependent and are applied in a fixed order to maximize the image quality. When working on RAW files,
adjustments are applied as much as possible using the RAW image data.
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Edit Mode
After applying changes to the entire image in Develop mode, use Edit mode to fine tune your image using
pixel-based editing tools such as red eye removal.
Edit mode works on the image data already rendered to RGB. Edits are independently applied to the converted RGB
data in the order that you do them. This chain editing gives you full control over the pixels, allowing creative
freedom to apply precise adjustments. This makes operations such as selections and blend modes possible.
365 Mode
365 mode provides an easy way to upload images to 365.acdsee.com to share with your contacts or the
public. In 365 mode, you can select the images on your computer and then drag and drop them directly into
365.acdsee.com.
Dashboard Mode
Dashboard mode allows you to quickly access and browse file, camera, and database statistics based on your
ACDSee database and EXIF information. As Dashboard mode relies on information derived from your database, it is
important to catalog in order to get the most out of it.
Switching Modes in ACDSee
In ACDSee, you can quickly switch between the seven modes—Manage, Photos, View, Develop, Edit, 365 mode,
and Dashboard mode.
The mode buttons are located at the top right of the ACDSee window:
To Switch from One Mode to Another:
Click one of the following mode buttons:
Manage: Import, browse, organize, compare, find, and publish your photos.
Photos: View your entire image collection by date.
View: Display and examine photos at any magnification.
Develop: Adjust all your images using the non-destructive power of the Develop tools.
Edit: Fix and enhance photos using the pixel-based Edit tools.
365: Upload images to 365.acdsee.com to share with your contacts or the public.
Dashboard: Quickly access and browse file, camera, and database statistics.
Using Manage Mode
In Manage mode, you can browse, sort, catalog, manipulate, and share your files and images. You can combine
different tools and panes to perform sophisticated searching and filtering operations, and view thumbnail
previews of images and media files.
You can also switch very quickly to the other modes by clicking the mode buttons in the top right corner.
The panes in Manage mode are fully customizable, and can be moved, resized, hidden, docked, or closed. You can
also stack the panes together for easy reference and accessibility, and to maximize your screen space.
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If the pane you want to view is not visible, click Panes from the top left main toolbar and select a pane.
About the Manage Mode Panes
Manage mode consists of the following panes:
File List
This pane displays the contents of the currently selected folder, the results of your latest
search, or the files and folders that match your selective browsing criteria. The File List
pane is always visible, and cannot be hidden or closed. You can customize the File List
pane by changing the way the files are displayed, or the size of the thumbnails.
Folders
This pane displays the directory structure of your computer, much like the directory tree
in Windows Explorer. You can use the Folders pane to browse through the folders and
display their contents in the File List pane. You can also display the contents of multiple
folders in the File List by clicking the Easy-Select indicator opposite each folder, on the
left side of the pane.
Calendar
This pane displays a calendar that you can use to organize and browse your files
according to their associated dates.
Shortcuts
This pane stores shortcuts to your favorite images, files, folders or even applications.
Dragging an image, file, or folder into the Shortcuts pane creates a shortcut to the
original without affecting it in any way.
Search
This pane provides access to a powerful search utility. You can specify the type of search
you want to perform, and enter your search criteria into the fields provided in the Search
pane.
You can also save a search and give it a name. Saved searches are listed on the Search
pane and the Catalog pane. On the Search pane, can select Saved searches from the
drop-down list to run again. On the Catalog pane, Saved Searches are listed below Auto
Categories, where you can run them again by clicking once on the Saved Search name.
Preview
This pane displays a thumbnail preview and histogram of any image or media file
currently selected in the File List pane. You can adjust the size of the thumbnail by
resizing the Preview pane, and also specify whether you want the Preview pane to play
media files or just display the first frame.
Selective
Browsing
This panel combines input from the Folders, Catalog, and Calendar panes to limit the list
of files in the File List pane to those that match a specific set of criteria. You can include
or exclude files by adjusting the different criteria in the Selective Browsing pane. You
can access the Selective Browsing panel from the View menu.
Catalog
This pane lists the categories, auto categories, ratings, color labels, and saved searches
to help you sort and manage your files. You can also use the Special Items area in the
Catalog pane to quickly view all of the images on your computer, or see any
uncategorized files in the current folder.
Task
This pane displays menus of commonly-used buttons and commands from the menus
and toolbars. The menus change dynamically based on your current location and
selections in ACDSee.
Properties
This pane displays file properties and metadata for any file or folder you select in the File
List pane. You can use the Properties pane to view and edit metadata for your files, and
the EXIF metadata included in digital photos.
Map
This pane displays marked locations on a map for any file you select in the File List pane.
You can use the Map to view and mark the geographic location of your files.
Image Basket
While browsing through your files and folders, you can place images in the Image Basket
to hold them temporarily. You can then edit, print, or share those images without moving
them all into a single folder.
Burn Basket
This pane provides the tools you need to group and organize files and then burn them to
CDs and DVDs from within ACDSee.
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Manage Mode Drop-Down Menus
The drop-down menus in Manage mode give you quick access to often-used tasks. The drop-down menus include
the following:
Workspaces: Where you can save a set of customized layouts for the workspace or reset it to the default
workspace.
Import: Where you can import photos from cameras and other devices.
Batch: Where you can run all the batch editing processes.
Create: Where you can create slide-show files,PowerPoint presentations, CD/DVDs, online albums, or
archives.
Slideshow: Where you can configure and run a slideshow.
Send: Where you can upload to photo sites, an FTP, or share photos by email.
External Editors: Where you can list external editors for easy access.
Working with Manage Mode Panes
You can open and close panes in Manage mode to suit your preferences, and move, float, or stack any of the panes
to customize the layout of the Manage mode window.
To Open or Close Panes in Manage Mode:
Click Panes and select the pane you want to open or close.
Moving Panes
You can move a pane from a docked or floating position to a new location. You can move one pane at a time, or
several stacked panes.
To Move a Pane:
1.
Drag the pane's title bar and hold your cursor over any of the arrows of the Docking Compass.
2.
When the shaded marquee displays the position of the pane you want, release the mouse button.
3.
To return a pane to its previous location, double-click its title bar.
To Move a Docked or Floating Pane:
Do one of the following:
Drag the pane's tab to a new location. Only one pane moves.
Drag the pane's title bar to a new location. Any panes stacked beneath it also move.
If you use dual monitors, you can move the panes to your second monitor to free up space on your main
monitor.
Docking Panes
When you select a pane in the Manage mode, the Docking Compass activates to help you place the pane precisely.
The Docking Compass consists of an outer and inner ring of arrows. When you hold your cursor over any of the
arrows, a shaded marquee displays the potential position of the pane.
To Dock a Pane in Manage Mode Window:
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Drag the pane's title bar or tab to activate the Docking Compass.
2.
To dock a pane around the outer edge of the window, hold your cursor over any of the outer arrows of the
Docking Compass, and then release the mouse button.
3.
To dock a pane around the outer edge of the File List pane, or any another pane, hold your cursor over the
inner arrows of the Docking compass, and then release the mouse button.
Stacking Panes
You can stack panes and reorder their tabs to suit your needs.
To Stack Panes:
1.
Do one of the following:
Drag one pane's title bar onto the title bar of another pane until the shaded marquee appears, and
then release the mouse button.
Drag one pane inside another, hold your cursor over the center of the Docking Compass, and then
release the mouse button.
2.
To reorder the panes, drag a tab to the left or right in the tab order.
3.
To separate a tabbed pane, drag the pane’s tab to another location on the screen.
Resizing Panes
You can resize all the panes in Manage mode, whether they are docked or floating.
To Resize a Docked Pane:
1.
Hold your cursor over the edge of the pane until the cursor changes to arrows and lines.
2.
Drag the edge of the pane to the size you want.
To Resize a Floating Pane:
Hold your cursor over the edge or corner of the pane and then drag the pane to the size you want.
Resetting the Layout
You can restore all of the panes to their default positions for Manage, View, Edit, and Develop mode at any time.
To Reset the Layout:
Click View | Reset Layout.
Using Photos Mode
Photos mode is a quick and convenient way to view your entire image collection by date. Photos mode displays
images that have been cataloged . Images in Photos mode are displayed by the date they were taken, as indicated
in the images' EXIF data. If the EXIF data does not contain a date taken, Photos mode will display the images based
on the modified date.
You can modify the date taken by using Batch Adjust Time Stamp.
Photos mode contains two areas:
Date pane: This pane displays all of your cataloged photo collection by date.
Timeline pane: This pane displays the year and month of your photos and how many photos are in each.
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Viewing Images
Images are displayed in Photos mode by date. To toggle viewing them by year, month, or day, do one of the
following:
Click the Year, Month, or Day buttons at the bottom right of the Date pane.
Use the forward and back arrows at the top left to move from Year to Month to Day view.
Choose View | Year/Month/Day.
Click an image to move from Year to Month to Day view.
Click on a year/month entry in the Timeline pane to navigate to the images from that time.
To View Only Your Microsoft OneDrive® Photo Collection:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select OneDrive.
To View All of Your Photo Collection (Including OneDrive):
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select All .
To View Photos from Your Pictures Folder Only:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select Pictures.
To View Photos from Your Desktop Only:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select Desktop.
To View Orphaned Files with Your Photo Collection:
Click the Show Orphan Files button at the top of the Date pane. Orphaned files will appear in sepia.
To View a Larger Version of an Image:
Do one of the following:
Double-click an image to open it in View mode.
Select an image and press Enter to toggle between View mode and Photos mode.
To Open an Image in Another Mode:
Do one of the following:
Right-click the image in Day view and select an option from the context menu.
Ctrl + right-click the image in Year or Month view and select an option from the context menu.
To Locate an Image in Windows Explorer®:
Right-click the image in Day view and select Show in File Explorer from the context menu.
Ctrl + right-click the image in Month or Year view and select Show in File Explorer from the context
menu.
Cataloging
Photos mode will only display images that have been cataloged. You can catalog your images by:
Browsing your folders in Manage mode.
Using the Catalog button at the top of Photos mode.
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Using View Mode
You can use View mode to display your images and media files using their actual dimensions or at a variety of
magnifications. You can also display a group of images in sequential order.
View mode contains four main areas:
View area: This is the main viewing area, which displays the current image or media file. You can
customize the view, and zoom in or out on your images and media files.
Bottom toolbar: Located below the main viewing area, the Bottom toolbar provides shortcut buttons to
commonly-used tools and commands, such as the zoom and scroll tools. You can customize the toolbar to
use large or small icons, or you can choose to not display the toolbar.
Filmstrip: This is an area below the main viewing area, which displays thumbnails of the images in the
current folder or in the group of images you selected in Manage mode. It provides a scroll bar along the
bottom, so that you can scroll through your images, and buttons for moving to the next or previous image.
Status bar: Located at the bottom of the window, the Status bar displays information and properties for
the current image or media file. It also displays icons for rating, color labels, and tagging that you can
click to edit.
View mode can also display the Properties pane to show EXIF, IPTC and ACDSee Metadata information about the
image or file. View mode also has the Navigator, Magnifying Glass, and Histogram panes, each of which show
detailed image information.
To Open an Image or Media File in View Mode:
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, do one of the following:
Select a file and press Enter.
Select a file and click the View mode button.
Double-click a file.
Right-click an image or media file, and then select View.
To Open a Group of Images in View Mode:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select a group of images.
2.
Press Enter.
3.
To navigate through the images , do the following:
To view the next image in the sequence, click Next.
To view the previous image in the sequence, click Previous.
Viewing Images in Full Screen Mode
You can use the entire screen of your monitor to display images. In full screen mode, the window borders, menu
bar, status bar, and toolbars are hidden, and only the image is visible. If you want to always view your images in
full screen mode, you can set this option as the default for View mode.
To View Images in Full Screen Mode:
1.
Open an image or a group of images in View mode.
2.
Click View | Full Screen.
3.
Right-click the image to access the View mode tools and options via a context menu.
To Exit Full Screen Mode:
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Do one of the following:
Press the F key.
Right-click the image and select View | Full Screen.
Use the keyboard shortcut F in View mode to toggle in and out of a full screen view.
Using the View Mode Panes
To Open the View Mode Panes:
1.
Open an image in View mode.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click Panes | Histogram to display the histogram for the image.
Click Panes | Magnifying glass to display a pane which shows the area of the image under your
cursor at a higher magnification.
Click Panes | Navigator to display a thumbnail overview of a magnified image.
Click Panes | Properties to display the IPTC, EXIF and ACDSee Metadatafor the image.
Using the Bottom Toolbar
Use the Bottom toolbar to access commonly-used tools.
Bottom Toolbar
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Off
On
Add to Image Basket
Adds the image to the Image Basket.
Rotate left
Rotates the image to the left.
Rotate right
Rotates the image to the right.
Scroll
Pans or scrolls the image when the image is zoomed to a
larger size than the View mode area.
Select
Selects a rectangular area of the image.
Zoom
Zooms in or out on the image. Click to zoom in or rightclick to zoom out.
Full Screen
Displays the image on a full screen. Press F to view full
screen.
External Editors
Opens the file in an external editor of your choosing.
Show Original
Toggles between the original image and the edited image.
Navigator
Displays the Quick Navigator pane so you can see a
thumbnail overview of a magnified image. (Only visible for
images that are zoomed in to a size larger than will fit on
the screen.)
Zoom slider
Controls the size of the image in the View mode area. Drag
the slider to adjust the size.
Zoom drop-down list
Displays a list of zoom sizes to select.
Actual Size
Returns the image to its actual size.
Fit Image
Reduces the image to fit within the View mode area.
RAW
decode/Embedded
Preview
When viewing a RAW image that has not been developed,
the RAW decode/Embedded Preview switch is available in
the Toolbar. For information about RAW display, see
Viewing RAW Images.
Using Windows Touch Gestures™ with View Mode
If you have a Windows Touch Gestures™-enabled device, you can use it with View mode for quick, easy viewing of
photos.
To Use Windows Touch Gestures™ with View Mode:
Open an image in View mode.
Swipe on the image to scroll through images one at a time. You can also use this method on the Filmstrip
at the bottom of View mode.
Hold and swipe slowly in one direction to go through all of the images in the folder.
Hold down on an image, and then let go to achieve the same results as right-clicking with a mouse.
Double-tap the image to return to Manage mode in ACDSee.
Move two fingers apart to zoom in, and toward each other to zoom out.
After zooming in further than 100%, you can pan the image with your finger.
If viewing images in Actual Size (1:1), you can still swipe through your images. They will all be displayed
at 100% zoom level.
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Switching to Manage Mode
You can return to Manage mode at any time.
To Return to Manage Mode from View Mode:
Do one of the following:
Double-click the image.
Click the Manage mode button.
Using Develop and Edit Mode
Develop mode is a non-destructive, parametric editing, RAW conversion environment. Parametric editing means
that when you edit an image in Develop mode you are creating instructions for adjustments, rather than adjusting
the actual pixels as you do in Edit mode. Develop mode's non-destructive operations are entirely interwoven and
interdependent and are applied in a fixed order to maximize the image quality. When working on RAW files,
adjustments are applied as much as possible using the RAW image data.
Edit mode works on the image data already rendered to RGB. When switching from Develop to Edit mode with a
RAW file, the full resolution image data is converted to a 16 bit RGB image with the Develop instructions applied. In
Edit mode, each operation is completely independent. Edits are applied to the converted RGB data in the order that
you do them. This chain editing gives you full control over the pixels, allowing the creative freedom to apply
precise adjustments. This makes operations such as selections and blend modes possible.
Workflow
Do most of your adjustments on RAW images in Develop mode, where you can work on the RAW image data. Then
make your final adjustments in Edit mode, where you can apply fine-tuned adjustments on the more limited RGB
image data.
For example, if you adjust the White Balance on an RAW image in Develop mode, you will be controlling the color
temperature applied during the RAW conversion. Doing a white balance adjustment in Edit mode can only apply a
color cast adjustment to the already rendered RGB data, reducing image quality and introducing the possibility of
posterization (ie. color banding) in your image.
The Processing Power of Develop and Edit Mode
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Develop Mode First
Edit Mode Second
Develop mode allows non-destructive processing of RAW, JPEG
and other file types.
For any touch-ups to specific areas of your
images, use the tools in Edit mode. Use the
Selections tool to further fine tune a part of
an image.
Start your image corrections in Develop. Develop is where
you make most of your image adjustments. Changes you
make are applied to the entire image.
Tweak previous image adjustments at any time. If you reopen a developed image in Develop, the settings are the
same as you left them. Develop allows you to revisit the
image at any time to reset or adjust the previous settings.
When you make a change, the changes are saved in a
separate file, and the original remains untouched. Every
time you open the image in Develop mode, the original image
opens with the changes applied. This allows nondestructive developing of your images.
Discard your Develop settings and revert back to the original
image at any time. The original is saved for all file types.
Use the editing tools to selectively
apply adjustments to parts of your
image.
Add final touches to your image such
as borders, text, watermark and
special effects.
Use the pixel-editing tools to fix red eye
or remove flaws from your image.
Discard your edit changes and revert
back to your Develop settings or to the
original. When you revert back to the
Develop settings, the settings are
exactly the way you left them.
In Develop mode you can:
Tune the image using exposure, white balance,
lighting, color, tone curves, soft focus, effects, and
post-crop vignette tools, or set the output color space
of a RAW image.
Adjust details in your image using the sharpening,
noise reduction, skin tuning, and chromatic aberration
tools.
Fix geometry in your image using the lens distortion,
rotate and straighten, perspective, vignette correction,
and cropping tools.
Repair red eye in your image.
In Edit mode you can:
Use the Selections tools or Edit
Brush to apply edits to a specific
part of the image.
Use the Layers pane to create
complex photo manipulations
using layers.
Use Pixel Targeting to selectively
adjust pixels by color and tone.
Remove flaws, adjust skin tones,
correct chromatic aberration, or
red eye.
Add text, watermark, borders,
vignettes, a tilt-shift, a grain
effect, special effects, and
drawings.
Crop, flip, resize, rotate, liquify,
and correct perspective and lens
distortion.
Adjust lighting using the
Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels,
Tone Curves, Light EQ™, Dehaze,
and Dodge and Burn tools.
Adjust color using the White
Balance, Color EQ, Color Balance,
Convert to Black & White or Split
Tone tool.
Add details to your image using
Sharpen, Remove Noise, Add
Noise, the Detail Brush, Blur, or
Clarity tools.
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You can easily group your images in Manage mode so that you can find the images that have been
developed and edited. From the Group drop-down menu select Processed State, or use color labels to
plan your workflow.
Use the keyboard shortcut ESC to cancel out of Develop or Edit mode.
Using 365 Mode
You can use 365 mode to upload your images to 365.acdsee.com. 365.acdsee.com is an image sharing and
storage service available to ACDSee users. With 365 mode and 365.acdsee.com, you can upload and browse
through your online images without having to launch an Internet browser.
365 mode has two parts: 365.acdsee.com and Transfer. In 365.acdsee.com, you can browse through your images
in your 365.acdsee.com account and modify your account settings. In Transfer, the screen splits into two. The
bottom part of the screen displays the images in your computer, and the top part of the screen displays your
365.acdsee.com. You can simply click images in your computer displayed in the bottom part of the screen, and
drag them into the top part of the screen to upload the images to your 365.acdsee.com account.
You cannot take an image from 365 mode and open it in Develop or Edit mode. To edit an image, select an
image in Manage or View mode and open it in Develop or Edit mode.
Uploading Images
To Upload Photos to Your 365.acdsee.com Account:
1.
In 365 mode, click Login.
2.
Login to your account.
3.
Click Transfer.
Your screen splits in two, with the bottom part of the screen displaying images in your computer.
4.
Select an image to upload. To select multiple photos, press the SHIFT or the CTRL key.
5.
Click and drag the image into the top part of the screen to upload it to your 365.acdsee.com account.
There is no upload size limit when uploading your images to your 365.acdsee.com account.
Using Dashboard Mode
Dashboard mode is a quick and convenient way to browse your file, camera, and database statistics. Camera
statistics are read from your images' metadata, and file information is analyzed from your ACDSee database.
Therefore, it is important to catalog to get the most out of Dashboard mode.
Cataloging Files
To catalog, do one of the following:
Go to Tools | Database | Catalog.
Browse your folders in Manage mode.
Dashboard Mode
Dashboard mode contains the following tabs:
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Overview tab: The Overview tab summarizes the information found on the other tabs. It also displays a
graph detailing your monthly or yearly photo counts. You can use the drop-down menu at the top of the
tab to switch between viewing a range of months or a range of years. You can use the Prev and Next
buttons to navigate backward or forward in time.
Database tab:The Database tab displays data pertaining to your database, such as its location, size,
backup information, a breakdown of your assets, and more.
Cameras tab: The Cameras tab displays data pertaining to your camera usage, such as which cameras
you use the most, your favorite ISO setting, and more.
Files tab: The Files tab displays data pertaining to your image and video files, such as your most used bit
depths, image resolutions, and more.
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Chapter 2: Getting Help
Using the Quick Start Guide
The Quick Start Guide is designed to give you a brief orientation of the most important features in ACDSee. The
first two intro pages allow you to configure some settings to facilitate your future workflow. After the first two intro
pages, the Quick Start Guide contains a set of links on the left side that you can click to get a tour of the main
features in ACDSee. You can also use the Next button.
To Close the Quick Start:
Uncheck the Always show at start-up option in the bottom left corner of the dialog box, and click Close.
To Re-Open the Quick Start Guide:
On the Menu bar, click Help | Quick Start Guide.
To Use the Quick Start Guide:
Click the links on the left side of the Quick Start Guide or the Next button for a high-level tour.
To Set Preferences:
On the first page, click the Browse button to select the folder ACDSee will open to in the future.
On the second page, click the Select button to choose which folders you would like the ACDSee database to keep
track of.
Also on the second page, you can choose an interval from the drop-down menu on the right side to specify how
often ACDSee should remind you to backup your database.
Finding Other Resources and Support
The Help menu on the ACDSee menu bar contains links to open plug-in help files and options that link you to the
ACDSee Web site, where you can find updates, newsletters, and system requirements.
Other links take you to the support page, to the registration page, or the community home page where you can join
the community and participate in the ACDSee forums.
The Help menu is also where you can convert a trial version of ACDSee to a full version by entering a license code.
Click Help to see the following menu options:
Plug-in Help
ACDSee 365 Help
Manage acdID Account
Check for Updates and Messages
Quick Start Guide
Product Support and Resources
Customer Support
ACDSee Products
ACDSee Community
Facebook
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Chapter 3: Manage Mode
Manage mode is the main browsing and managing component of the user interface, and is what you see when you
start ACDSee using the shortcut icon on your desktop.
In Manage mode, you can:
Import your photos from a device, CD or DVD, or disk.
Browse files and folders.
Catalog files by tagging them, adding categories, color labels, ratings, keywords and other metadata.
Search for files and create saved searches.
Publish and share files, including emailing files, creating slideshows, burning files to CD or DVD, and
uploading images to your favorite photo Web site.
Print images.
Edit or develop batches of files.
Manage and maintain your ACDSee database.
Importing Files with ACDSee
You can use ACDSee to download images from devices like your digital camera, flash drives, CD/DVDs, or other
removable devices. In Manage mode, you can also use the File | Import | From Disk option to import files from a
network, and any kind of disk or drive that can be mapped, while preserving the original folders and subfolders.
Importing Files Using the Windows AutoPlay Dialog Box
When you connect your digital camera or other device to your computer, the Windows AutoPlay dialog box prompts
you to choose one of the following:
Import pictures using ACDSee: Select this option to open the Import dialog box. You can then select
settings to rename, backup, and place the files. You can save your import settings and give them a name
so that you can re-use them later. You can also create advanced settings for import dates and RAW + JPEG
options if your camera takes both file formats. You can also create a file renaming template to use with
specific kinds of files or projects.
Manage pictures using ACDSee: Select this option to browse the files in ACDSee. You can then choose
to import the files or simply copy and paste the files from the device.
Import pictures and videos using Windows: Select this option if you prefer to use Windows to import
the files.
Depending on the other applications installed on your computer, there may be additional options.
If you experience difficulty with your computer recognizing your device as a drive, explore your device's
manual about mounting the device as a drive. Or, use your computer's card reader to access your
memory card.
Importing Files from Specific Types of Devices
For more specific instructions, select the type of device you connected:
Importing Photos From a Device
Importing Photos From a CD or DVD
Importing Photos From a Disk
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About Removable Devices
With ACDSee, there are several ways to obtain images from your digital camera, scanner, or memory card. For
more information about how your device communicates with your computer, please consult your device's Help file
or manual. Some different types of removable devices are:
USB Removable device: Removable devices include memory cards that you can attach to your computer
using a USB card reader, camera memory cards that insert directly into slots on the computer, or flash
drives. USB removable devices are detected by your computer and are shown in the structure as a
removable drive.
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): Cameras and scanners that use Windows Image Acquisition
(WIA) drivers to communicate with the computer. Some cameras, including Canon cameras, use WIA.
ACDSee automatically detects the WIA protocol.
You require DirectX 9.0c and QuickTime to copy and view audio or video files.
Importing Photos From a Device
The Import From dialog box gives you multiple options for importing your files from cameras, card readers, flash
drives, and other mass storage devices. If you want to simply import files with a few clicks, you can. Or you can
select from several options to streamline your workflow and perform multiple tasks with each import.
In the Import From dialog box, you can view the thumbnails of the files on the device by their date or file type. You
can change the size of the thumbnails to make it easier to select those you want to import or leave on the device,
and then view only those you have selected.
You can also choose the destination folder or subfolders for the files, create a backup set of files as you import,
and rename the files during the import process, automatically rotating them if your camera has this option.
Advanced settings give you options to change the date you want to use, and where to place RAW and JPEG files if
your camera creates both file formats.
You can even organize your files as you import by adding Categories, IPTC and ACDSee Metadata.
Then you can save all these settings as a preset to use or adapt later.
If your camera connects to the computer as a removable drive, you can also simply copy photos directly
from the File List and Folders pane because ACDSee detects and displays the removable device in the
Folders pane. If you are not sure how your camera connects to your computer, please see About
Removable Devices in Importing Files with ACDSee.
Some cameras, for example, Canon, use Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) to communicate with a
computer. If your devices use these protocols, you can import by clicking From Device on the File |
Import menu. ACDSee automatically detects these protocols.
To Download Photos Using the Import From Dialog Box:
1.
Connect your camera or device to the computer. Make sure your camera is turned on, and the cable is
properly connected to your computer.
2.
Do one of the following:
If the Windows AutoPlay dialog box opens, select Import pictures using ACDSee.
If you have more than one device connected to your computer, select the device you want to use
from the list, and then click OK.
In Manage mode, click File | Import | From Device.
Press ALT + G on the keyboard.
3.
In the Import From dialog box, select from the import options as described below.
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4.
Click Import.
5.
To browse your imported photos, click Yes when the Import Complete dialog box displays.
You may require Direct X 9.0c and QuickTime to download audio and video files from your camera.
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Select items to
import
You can control which items are imported by choosing one of
the following:
New: Only imports files that have not been imported in
the past.
All: Imports all files.
Custom: Imports the selected files. You can control
which files are imported by enabling or disabling their
checkboxes.
View by
Choose import
preset
Date
Displays all the files grouped by the dates they were created.
To deselect a date, click the checkbox beside the date. To
deselect all dates, click the All Dates checkbox.
File Type
Displays all the files grouped by their file type. To deselect a file
type, click the checkbox beside the file type. To deselect all file
types, click the All file types checkbox.
View all
Displays all the thumbnails of the files on the device.
View selected
Displays only the files selected for import.
Import settings
drop-down menu
Displays the names of recently- used import settings to use
again, or you can select one of the following:
Current: Uses the current settings to import.
Last used: Uses the import settings from the last import.
None: Clears all the current import settings.
Save import
settings
Saves all the current import settings with a name so that you
can use them again. To save (or edit) import settings, select
the Save icon and type in new name (or re-save existing
settings).
The new name for the import settings appears in the dropdown menu.
Delete import
settings
Location
Choose Destination
drop-down menu
Deletes the saved import settings currently selected in the
Import settings drop-down menu.
Displays the names of recently- used destinations to use again,
or you can select one of the following:
Last used: Uses the destination from the last import.
None: Clears all the current destination settings.
Place in Subfolders
drop-down menu
Displays the following pre-defined subfolder options to select:
Single folder by name: Creates a new subfolder with
the name you type into the Name field, which activates
when you select this option. All the files are placed into a
folder with the new name.
Single folder by today's date: Creates one folder using
today's date as the name and places all the files into the
folder.
Nested folder by today's date: Creates a series of
nested folders, one below the other, based on today's date
and the format you select in the Format field. The folders
are created as the sample shows and all the files are
placed in the lowest folder.
Nested folders by file's date: Creates multiple sets of
nested folders based on the files' dates and on the format
you select in the Format field, which activates when you
select this option. The folders are created as the sample
shows and the files are imported into the lowest folders on
each date.
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Separate folders by file's date: Creates separate
folders based on the individual file dates in the format
selected from the Format drop-down options.
Preserve subfolder names: Preserves existing folder
names when you use the From Disk option to import. For
example, if you have a flash drive or CD containing images
in a complex set of subfolders, the whole folder tree is
imported intact.
Format
Displays date format options for the Nested folder options (see
above).
Sample
Displays a sample of the nested folders that will be created
using the current settings (see above).
Backup to dropdown menu
Creates a backup set of files using an exact duplicate of the
subfolders you have selected under Place in.
You can also do one of the following:
Click Browse and then navigate to an existing folder to
use as a backup destination.
Click Browse and then Make New Folder to create a new
folder as a backup destination.
While existing ACDSee Metadata is included in the
backup copy, any Catalog settings (IPTC or ACDSee
Metadata) added during import will not be included.
File
Rename files to
drop-down menu
Renames each file as it imports according these predefined
renaming templates:
Date/time - filename: Creates each filename using the
file date and time the file was created plus the original
filename.
Date/time: Creates each filename using the file date and
the time it was created.
Camera - sequence number: Creates each filename
using the camera name and a sequential number starting
at one.
Date/time - sequence number: Creates each filename
using the file date and the time it was created plus a
sequential number starting at one.
Camera - filename: Creates each filename using the
camera name and the original filename.
When you create and save your own renaming templates, they
also appear in this list for you to select.
Edit
Opens the Rename Templates dialog box where you can create
and save your own renaming templates.
Apply Metadata
drop-down menu
Select the names of saved metadata presets or select Manage
presets to open the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box of
options.
Customize
Properties pane Metadata tab: Enter ACDSee and IPTC
Metadata into to the fields to add to the files you are importing.
Properties pane Categories tab: Assigns the imported files
to any category selected in this tab. You can select multiple
categories.
Automatically
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Rotates your images automatically if your camera creates the
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Delete items from
source after import
Deletes the imported items from their original location(s) after
import.
ACDSee database
date
Opens the Advanced Import Options dialog box where you can
change the date settings for files and specify where to place
RAW and JPEG files.
To set the ACDSee database, use one of the following as the file
date:
Exif date: Uses the EXIF date embedded in the image by
the camera.
File modified date: Uses the date the file was last
modified.
Specific date: Uses the date you select by clicking the in
the calendar drop-down arrow.
RAW+JPEG
To specify where to place RAW+JPEG files select one of the
following:
Place both in chosen destination folder: Places RAW
and JPEG files in the folder you have selected under
Choose destination on the Import From dialog box.
Place JPEG in subfolder: Places the RAW files in the
folder you have selected under Choose destination on
the Import From dialog box. Then creates a new subfolder
with the name you type into the Subfolder name field,
which activates when you select this option. All the JPEG
files are placed into the new subfolder.
Place RAW in subfolder: Places the JPEG files in the
folder you have selected under Choose destination on
the Import From dialog box. Then creates a new subfolder
with the name you type into the Subfolder name field,
which activates when you select this option. All the RAW
files are placed into the new subfolder.
The values set in the IPTC fields are reflected in their corresponding EXIF field.
Importing Photos From a Scanner
You can scan images using ACDSee and import them to specific, accessible locations.
To Specify a Destination for Your Scanned Images:
1.
Click Tools | Options | Manage Mode.
2.
On the Manage mode page, in the Scanning Destination section, click the Browse For Folder button.
3.
In the Browse For Folder dialog, select a destination folder for your scanned images.
4.
Press OK.
To Scan Images:
1.
In Manage mode, click File | Import | From Scanner.
2.
Configure your scanning settings as desired. As the scanning dialog is controlled by Windows, these
settings will vary, depending on your OS and version of ACDSee.
3.
Navigate to the location you set as the destination for your scanned images using the Folders pane.
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Importing Photos From a CD or DVD
You can download photos from a CD or DVD using the Import From dialog box, or the Folders pane. Before you
import photos, you can browse to the CD and view them just like any other folder and then simply copy and paste
them into a new location.
If you use the Import From dialog box, you can set the subfolder options to import complex folder structures
intact, including all the folder names. You can also organize your files as you import them, as well as create a
duplicate backup folder, simultaneously.
To Import Photos from a CD or DVD:
1.
Insert the CD or DVD into the drive.
2.
Do one of the following:
If the Windows AutoPlay dialog box opens, select Import pictures using ACDSee.
If you have more than one CD or DVD drive connected to your computer, select the device you
want to use, and then click OK.
In Manage mode, click File | Import | From CD/DVD.
3.
In the Import From dialog box, select the Import From options you want to use, and then click Import.
4.
To browse your imported photos, click Yes when the Import Complete dialog box displays.
Importing Photos From a Disk
ACDSee makes it easy to import photos from any other storage device, computer, network, flash drive etc. In fact,
any device that your computer can map to. When you connect a removable drive, or to a network, disk or another
computer, ACDSee sees it as a removable drive and you can browse to it, and around it, using the Folders pane.
You can just copy and paste the files into ACDSee.
If the files in the disk or drive have a complex folder structure or you want to organize, rename, and back up the
files as you import them, it is worth using the Import From dialog box, which has import settings do all of these
tasks simultaneously.
To Import Photos from a Disk:
1.
Connect the disk to the computer.
2.
Do one of the following:
If the Windows AutoPlay dialog box opens, select Import pictures using ACDSee.
If you have more than one disk or drive connected to your computer, select the device you want to
use, and then click OK.
In Manage mode, click File | Import | From Disk.
3.
In the Browse for Folder dialog box, navigate to the removable drive or device in the folder tree, and then
click OK.
4.
In the Import From dialog box, select the options you want to use, and then click Import.
5.
To browse your imported photos, click Yes when the Import Complete dialog box displays.
Creating a Renaming Template
In the Import From dialog box, you can create, name, and save a template that gives each file a unique name as
they are imported and placed on your hard drive. You can then re-use the template each time you import photos.
Renaming templates can have a numerical sequence, custom text, and file-specific information in each new file
name. You can create and save different renaming templates for different sorts of files. For example, you could
have a different renaming template for a different camera, or a different type of file.
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To Create a Renaming Template:
1.
In the Import From dialog box, select Rename files to.
2.
From the drop-down list, select one of the following system templates:
Date/time - filename: Renames the files using the date and time each file was created and the
original file name.
Date/time: Renames the files using the date and time each file was created.
Camera - sequence number: Renames the files using the camera name and a sequential
number.
Date/time - sequence number: Renames the files using the date and time each file was
created and a sequential number.
Camera - filename: Renames the files with the name of the camera and each file's original
name.
3.
To create your own renaming template, or add to a system template, click Edit.
4.
In the Rename Templates dialog box, select from the options as described in the table below.
5.
Click OK.
If you select the Skip video and audio files checkbox, the rename process will not rename video and
audio files.
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System
template
drop-down
list
Click the drop-down list to select a different pre-defined system template.
New rename
template
Click to open the New Rename Template dialog box where you can type in a name for your
own renaming template. Give the renaming template a name that clearly identifies how you
plan to use the template, or what kind of information the name will contain. For example,
Camera name_photographer.
When you click Save, the name of your new template is added to the drop-down list of
system templates.
Delete
Deletes the renaming template currently selected in the drop-down list unless it is a predefined system template, which cannot be deleted.
Rename
Template
Use this field to create the renaming template. You can type in the photographer's name and
an underscore between each element of the template to make it easier to read.
Use the following placeholders to ensure that each filename is unique:
Insert an *. When your files are renamed, the * will be replaced by the original file
name.
Insert a #. When your files are renamed, each # will be replaced by a sequential
number. If you have a large number of files, insert several ##s. For example, if you
enter ###, the first file renamed will be numbered 001, the next 002, and so on. If
you have over 1000 files, insert ####.
Insert a metadata placeholder < > and the data inside these brackets is replaced
with whatever data you have chosen. For example, if you choose <Camera:Model>,
the model of the camera is inserted into each file name.
Insert
Metadata
Click to open the Choose Properties dialog box, where you can select from a long list of
metadata to insert into your template.
Sample
As you type, or add placeholders in the Rename Template field, the same updates to show you
a sample of how renaming template will look.
Skip video
and audio
files
Skips the renaming of video and audio files during the rename process.
Importing a Lightroom® Database
You can use the Adobe® Lightroom® Database Importer to import your collections, keywords, ratings, and color
labels from Lightroom® into ACDSee. Your keyword hierarchies will import independent of whether they are
embedded in the images selected for import.
You cannot import smart collections.
You cannot begin importing while Lightroom® is open.
If you have a hierarchy in your Collections in ACDSee that is identical to your hierarchy in Lightroom®,
these collections will merge.
To Import Your Lightroom® Database:
1.
In Manage mode, choose Tools | Database | Import | Lightroom Database.
2.
In the Adobe Lightroom Database Importer, press Next.
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3.
Select the checkboxes of the database information you would like to import into ACDSee, including
Ratings, Labels, Collections, and Keywords.
4.
Use the Browse button next to the Location field to navigate to the location of your Lightroom® database
file.
By default, the field displays the default location where Lightroom® stores its database, so you will
only need to browse if you have moved your database.
5.
Press Next.
6.
Check the summary to ensure that the displayed information is correct. If you see a mistake, use the Back
button to return to the previous page to make any corrections.
7.
Press Next. Green checkmarks will display next to the items that are successfully completed, and red
crossmarks will display next to items that failed.
8.
Press Finish.
Lightroom is a registered trademark of Adobe Inc.
Working with Images on Mobile
You can access, browse, view, delete, and copy and paste images on your mobile phone with ACDSee. To edit or
develop images on your mobile device, you will need to copy them to a local folder.
To Access the Images on Your Phone Using ACDSee:
Make sure that file sharing is enabled on your mobile device.
1.
With your phone plugged in, open ACDSee.
2.
In Manage mode, using the Folders pane, navigate to your phone under This PC/Computer.
3.
Using the Folders pane or File List pane, navigate to your images. They are usually stored in a folder called
DCIM.
ACDSee displays file information supplied by your device in the Properties pane.
To View an Image from Your Mobile Phone:
In the File List pane, double-click the image.
You can use the Filmstrip to navigate through the images in the folder.
To Copy Images from Your Mobile Phone to Another Folder in ACDSee:
In the File List pane, select the image(s) and do one of the following:
Right-click and choose Copy. Browse to another folder, right-click and choose Paste.
Right-click and choose Copy To Folder... In the Copy To Folder dialog, select the destination folder and
click OK.
Go to Edit | Copy, or press CTRL +C. Then, in the destination folder, go to Edit | Paste, or press
CTRL + V.
To Delete Images from Your Mobile Phone Using ACDSee:
It may be necessary to change settings on your mobile device to allow files to be deleted using your PC.
In the File List pane, select the image(s) and do one of the following:
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Right-click and choose Delete.
Press DEL.
Go to Edit | Delete.
Sending Images to ACDSee from Your Mobile Device Using ACDSee Mobile Sync
You can use the ACDSee Mobile Sync app to send photos and videos directly from your mobile device into ACDSee
Photo Studio on your PC. This free app is available on iOS and Android from the Apple App Store and the Google
Play Store, respectively.
ACDSee Mobile Sync will keep track of which photos have been sent to ACDSee and indicates new and
unsent items using a colored border.
In Manage mode, you will be able to access images you have sent to ACDSee by clicking the ACDSee Mobile Sync
node icon in the Folders pane.
Getting Started
To procure the app, you can:
Download it in the Apple App Store, for iOS. In the App Store, type ACDSee Mobile Sync in the Search
bar.
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Download it in the Google Play Store, for Android. In the Play Store, type ACDSee Mobile Sync in the
Search bar.
After installation, open the ACDSee Mobile Sync app on your device. Follow the prompts to give the app access to
your photos and to assign the target (ACDSee on your PC).
You must be connected to the same wifi network as the PC that is running ACDSee in order to use ACDSee
Mobile Sync to send photos and videos.
Sending Images and Videos
You can send images and videos from the ACDSee Mobile Sync app to ACDSee. ACDSee Mobile Sync keeps track of
which items have already been sent. ACDSee will notify you with a pop-up in the lower right corner when it has
received your sent items. You can then click on the ACDSee Mobile Sync node icon in the Folders pane in Manage
mode to view the received files.
To send all new items, press the Send button.
To send specific items, select them and press the Send button.
You can use context-menus within the app for more specific selection options.
You can customize the location of your ACDSee Mobile Sync folder on your hard drive. See Setting the
ACDSee Mobile Sync Options.
Browsing Files in the File List Pane
The File List pane is the large pane in the center of the Manage mode window. The File List pane displays the
contents of the currently selected folder, the results of your latest search, or the files and folders that match your
selective browsing criteria. The File List pane is always visible, and cannot be hidden or closed.
Files display as thumbnails in the File List pane by default. However, you can change the File List pane view from
thumbnails to details, list, icons, tiles, or Filmstrip. You can sort your files according to name, size, properties,
and more. You can also use filters to control which files display in the File List pane.
Using the File List Pane
There are three sections in the File List pane: the Contents bar, the File List drop-down lists, and the File List
toolbar. The overlay icons, which appear on the thumbnails, allow you to rate, tag, and label your images and
indicate additional information, such as if the file has been processed or geotagged.
The Contents Bar
The Contents bar is located at the top of the File List pane and describes what you are currently browsing. When
you are using the Folders pane, the Contents bar will display the path or paths to the folders you are browsing, as
in the following example:
If you are browsing files by category or rating with the Catalog pane, the Contents bar displays the selected
classifications, as in the following example:
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The Contents bar also displays a date range when browsing with the Calendar pane, and a summary of your
search criteria when you use the Search pane.
File List Drop-Down Lists
Filter
Displays a list of filter options such as rating and category. You can also select
Advanced Filters and create a custom filter.
Group
Displays a list of file attributes that you can use to group files in the File List pane.
Sort
Displays a list of file attributes that you can use to sort the files in the File List pane.
View
Displays a list of view options for viewing files in the File List pane.
Select
Displays a list of file selection options.
File List Toolbar
Overlay Icons
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Add to Image Basket
Adds selected images to the Image Basket.
Rotate left
Rotates selected images to the left.
Rotate right
Rotates selected images to the right.
Compare images
Opens selected images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Zoom slider
Controls the size of the thumbnails in the File List pane.
Drag the slider to adjust the thumbnails.
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Sound / Playing
Sound
Appears if the file contains
embedded or associated
audio. The second icon
appears if you click on the
sound icon and the
embedded sound begins
playing.
Rating
Appears if the file has been
rated in the ACDSee
database.
Color Label
Appears if the file has been
assigned a color label.
Embed Pending
Appears if the file has
ACDSee Metadata stored in
the ACDSee database that
has not yet been written to
the file.
Right-click to play
embedded audio.
Right-click and choose
either:
Embed ACDSee
Metadata: Writes the
metadata to the file.
Clear Embed
Pending Flag: Clears
this overlay icon, but
does not write the
metadata to the file.
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File format
Displays the file format.
Left-click to display the File
Information, Image
Attributes, and EXIF
Metadata (summary) on the
File tab of the Properties
pane.
Category
Appears if the file has been
categorized.
Left-click to open the
Categories section on the
Organize tab of the
Properties pane.
Collection
Appears if the file has been
added to a collection.
Shortcut
Appears if the item is a
shortcut to another file.
Offline
Appears if the file is stored
on an offline device.
Excluded items
Appears if the file has been
excluded from the ACDSee
database.
Tagged items
Appears if the file has been
tagged.
Untagged items
Appears if the file has not
been tagged.
Geotagged items
Appears if the file has been
geotagged.
Left-click to open the Map
pane.
Auto-rotate
Appears if the file has been
automatically rotated.
Left-click to rotate the image
original permanently and
update the EXIF
information.
Developed
Appears if the file has been
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Appears if the file has been
edited.
Changing Overlay Icon Visibility
You can change whether overlay icons are visible, visible in color, and which icons are in color.
To Change Overlay Icon Visibility:
In Manage Mode, at the top of the File List pane, do one of the following:
Click View | Toggle Overlay Mode to control whether the overlay icons are invisible, visible in grayscale,
or visible in color. Toggle the (]) key to move through the available modes.
Click View | Highlight Overlay to select which icons appear in color. Toggle the ([ ) key to select from
the available options.
Note that this does not apply to all overlay icons. For more control over which icons are visible, see
Setting the Thumbnail Info Options.
Maximizing the File List Pane
To make the most of your available screen space, you can choose to maximize the File List pane and hide the rest of
the Manage mode panes. The only parts of the Manage mode window that remain visible are the File List pane and
whichever toolbars you are currently using.
To Maximize the File List Pane:
1.
Click View | Maximize File List.
2.
To show only the File List pane and its toolbar, click View | Full Screen.
3.
Click the Close Full Screen button in the upper right corner to return to Manage mode.
Browsing Using the Folders Pane
The Folders pane displays a directory tree of all the folders on your computer in the same style as they appear in
Windows Explorer. You can select one or more folders in the Folders pane to display their contents in the File List
pane.
You can also use the Folders pane to create shortcuts to your favorite files, folders, or applications. Then, instead
of having to search for a specific file, you can quickly access it in the Shortcuts pane.
Whenever you browse to a folder using the Folders pane, the ACDSee database catalogs any images, or media files
in the folder.
To Open or Close the Folders Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Folders.
When you connect a removable device, such as a mass storage device or digital camera, the Folders pane
displays the device as another drive, and assigns it a drive letter automatically.
You can access the device, and its contents, by clicking on it in the Folders pane.
Selecting Multiple Folders
Easy-Select bars are vertical columns of indicators on the left side of the Folders and Catalog panes. You can use
the Easy-Select bars to select multiple folders, categories, or ratings, and display their contents in the File List
pane.
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In the Folders pane, select the indicator to the left of each folder with contents you want to display.
You can also use the Easy-Select bars with the Selective Browsing pane.
Creating and Managing Folders
You can use the Folders and File List panes to create, delete, rename, and move folders on your hard drive to help
organize your files.
To Manage Your Folders:
1.
In the Folders pane, browse to where you want to add, delete, or rename a folder.
2.
Do one of the following:
To create a folder, click File | New, and then select Folder. Type a name for the new folder and
press Enter.
To delete a folder, select a folder and press Delete.
To rename a folder, right-click the folder you want to rename and select Rename. Type a new
name for the folder and press Enter.
You cannot rename a drive or any folder on a read-only file system, such as a CD-ROM.
Browsing Files By Date or Event
With the Calendar pane you can browse your collection of image and media files using the dates associated with
each file. The Calendar pane includes Events, Year, Month, Day view and the Photo Calendar, which shows
thumbnails per day within a month. You can click any date in the Calendar pane to display a list of files associated
with that date.
To Open the Calendar Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes| Calendar.
The Calendar pane opens on the left, tabbed with the Folders and Catalog panes.
Your images will not display in the Calendar pane until you have either browsed the folder containing the
images or used the Catalog Files Wizard to catalog your images so they are in the ACDSee database.
If you are using the Photo Calendar, you only see thumbnails if there are photos on a particular day in that
month. Days that have no photo, are blank.
Calendar Pane View Options
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Events View
Switches the Calendar pane to Events view. In the Events view you see only those
months during which images or media files are available. Next to the month you see
the number of dates on which images or media files are available. Expand the month
to see the dates and the number of pictures available for those dates. You can add a
description and a thumbnail image to help you remember the event.
Year View
Switches the Calendar pane to Year view. In Year view you see a series of tables.
Each table represents a specific year. Next to the year you see how many images or
media files are associated with that year. The months during which images or media
files are available are highlighted.
Month View
Switches the Calendar pane to Month view. In Month view you see a series of tables.
Each table represents a specific month. Next to the month you see how many images
or media files are associated with that month. The dates on which images or media
files are available are highlighted.
Day View
Switches the Calendar pane to Day view. In Day view you see a series of tables. Each
table represents a specific day. Next to the date you see how many images or media
files are associated with that date. The time at which the images or media files are
available are highlighted.
Photo
Calendar
Switches the Calendar pane to the Photo Calendar. In the Photo Calendar, you see a
single month with thumbnails for any day that contains photos. A pop-up of the first
four images opens if you hover your cursor over a thumbnail. Click on a thumbnail
and all the pictures for that date display in the File List. The total number of photos
belonging to that month is in the top right corner of the calendar. Drag the title bar
to float this pane onto another monitor and drag a corner to resize it and make the
thumbnails bigger or smaller.
Options
Use the Calendar pane options to specify which date you want to use to organize
your files. For example, you can quickly change the setting so that the photos are
displayed by the following:
Date the ACDSee database cataloged the file
Date the image was taken
Date the file was modified
Date the file was loaded to your computer
Select Options to open the Calendar dialog, where you can set filter options, choose
the day to start the week, and set clock formats.
Table of
Contents
Opens a list of event dates.
Only available in Events View.
Adding Descriptions and Thumbnails in Events View
You can add a description and a thumbnail image to dates in Events view to help you remember the event.
Try right-clicking the Calendar Title bar and select Floating to move the pane to a new location.
To Add a Description to a Date in Events View:
1.
Expand the month to see the dates on which images or media files are available.
2.
Click Enter event description here and replace the highlighted text with a new description.
3.
Press Enter or click outside of the description area. The description is saved.
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1.
Expand the month to see the dates on which images or media files are available.
2.
Click on a date to display the images or media files in the File List pane.
3.
Click and drag an image or media file and drag it to the thumbnail area for the date.
When you release the mouse button the thumbnail is saved. You can reset the default thumbnail by rightclicking the thumbnail and selecting Restore Default Thumbnail.
To Navigate a Long List of Dates in Events View:
1.
To expand and collapse specific groups click the +/- signs which are located on the left side of the group
header.
2.
To expand and collapse all groups right-click a group header and select either Open All Groups or Close
All Groups.
3.
To scroll through multiple groups click the Next Group and Previous Group buttons, which are located
at the bottom of the File List scroll bar.
4.
At the bottom of the Calendar pane scroll bar, click the Table of Contents button and select a date.
Browsing Your Favorite Files
You can create shortcuts to your favorite files for easy access.
Accessing the Shortcuts Pane
Click Panes | Shortcuts.
Creating a Shortcut
You can create shortcuts to folders and files, and even run executable files, from inside the Shortcuts pane.
Favorite shortcuts can be copied, renamed, moved, or deleted just like a folder. You can even use an executable
shortcut to start another application from inside ACDSee. You can also create a shortcut by dragging a file, folder,
or executable file directly from the File List pane to the Shortcuts pane.
To Add Files to the Shortcuts Pane:
1.
In the File List pane, select a file, folder, or executable file.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click the item you selected, and then select Add to Shortcuts.
Click File | Add to Shortcuts.
3.
Type a name for the new shortcut and click OK.
Creating a New Folder
You can create a folder, or an entire directory tree, in the Shortcuts pane to help organize your favorites.
To Create a New Folder:
1.
In the Shortcuts pane, right-click the Shortcuts folder, or a folder you previously created, and then select
New | Folder.
2.
Type the name of the folder and press Enter.
If you move a file or a folder that is a shortcuts, you break the link and the shortcut no longer works.
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Deleting a Shortcut or Folder
You can delete a shortcut or folder from within the Shortcuts pane.
To Delete a Shortcut or Folder:
In the Shortcuts pane, right-click the shortcut or folder, click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm that you
want to delete the shortcut or folder.
Using the Catalog Pane
The Catalog pane is one of the most useful panes in Manage mode as it provides so many tools for organizing,
managing, and finding your files. You can drag files into the categories, ratings, keywords, or color labels of the
Catalog pane to assign and quickly organize your files. The Auto Categories section can be used to find files with
specific information such as file size, keywords, or shutter speed. The Saved Searches section allows you to create
and run custom searches. Special items such as the Image Well display all the images on the computer in one
click, or you can click Uncategorized to display only those that are not yet in a category.
To Open the Catalog Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Catalog.
The Catalog pane opens on the left, tabbed with the Folders and Calendar panes.
Easy-Select Bars
Select multiple albums, ratings, keywords, labels, and categories with the Easy-Select bars to display files
matching these selections in the File List pane.
To use the Easy-Select bar:
Select the indicator
to the left of one or more items in the Catalog pane to display the files in the File List
pane that match the specific set of criteria.
The ACDSee Database
Any organizing you do using categories, ratings, or labels (on the Catalog pane or the Properties pane) is stored in
the ACDSee database. If you choose to, you can then also embed this information in each individual file, making it
easier to relocate and share files, or retrieve the information from the file if you need to.
Browsing RAW Files
Because a RAW file is similar to a negative, it is necessary to develop, or process it, before it becomes visible. It
would be very inconvenient if you had to develop all of your RAW files before you could browse your photos. In
ACDSee you don't have to develop your RAW files to browse your photos because ACDSee does some basic
preprocessing for you.
If there is a thumbnail of the photo embedded in the RAW file, ACDSee displays it in Manage mode. Sometimes the
quality of an embedded thumbnail is poor, so ACDSee initially displays embedded thumbnails in Manage mode,
then it creates and displays a higher-quality thumbnail. You can see this happening if you look in the Status bar at
the bottom of the window.
If you find that it takes too long to display the higher-quality thumbnails, you can turn off that option. (In Manage
mode, click Tools | Options, select File List, and then clear the Generate high quality thumbnail checkbox.)
If there is no thumbnail of the photo embedded in the RAW file, ACDSee quickly creates a high-quality thumbnail to
display in Manage mode.
Turning off the Generate high quality thumbnail option will increase display speed but will reduce
the accuracy of thumbnails for RAW images.
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ACDSee also searches the database to see if you have developed a RAW file. If it finds develop settings for the RAW
file, it uses those settings to display an accurate thumbnail in Manage mode.
Once generated, the thumbnails are stored in the ACDSeedatabase to speed up retrieval and display time for later
browsing.
Changing Views
You can select different views to display your files in the File List pane, including thumbnail previews and file
details. You can also customize the appearance and size of thumbnails, and specify the information displayed in
the Details view.
To Change the File List View:
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, under View, select from the following:
Views
Thumbs+Details
Displays file names and details in a list, and adds a thumbnail preview to the
Filename column.
Filmstrip
Displays thumbnail previews of your files in a single row across the bottom of
the File List pane, and displays the currently selected file in an expanded
Preview pane.
Thumbnails
Displays thumbnail previews of all image and media files in the File List pane.
You can customize the appearance of thumbnails, and specify what information
to display with them.
Tiles
Displays each file in the File List pane on a "tile" that includes a thumbnail
preview and file information. You can resize the tiles using the Zoom slider.
Icons
Displays files in a list, represented by large default system icons for each file
type.
List
Displays a list of file names and extensions.
Details
Displays a list of file names and details about each file, such as size, format,
and creation date. You can customize the appearance of the Details view mode,
as explained below, and specify what information it displays.
Toggle Overlay Mode
Controls whether overlay icons are invisible, visible in grayscale, or visible in
color. Use the (]) key to choose.
Controls which overlay icon is colored. Use the ([) key to rotate through.
Highlight Overlay
Customizing the Details View
You can set the Details view to automatically resize columns, display or hide grid lines, and select an entire row
when you select a column entry in that row. You can also change the appearance of the Details view, select which
columns to display, and customize the column order.
To Select Columns and Set Column Order:
1.
In Manage mode, from the File List drop-down, click View | Choose Details.
2.
In the Choose Details dialog box, do one or more of the following:
To add a column, select a folder or detail name in the Available Details pane, and then click Add.
Adding a folder adds all detail names within the folder.
To remove a column, select a detail name in the Currently Displayed Details pane, and then click
Remove.
To move a column to the left in the File List pane, select its name in the Currently Displayed
Details pane and click Move Up.
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To move a column to the right in the File List pane, select its name in the Currently Displayed
Details pane and click Move Down.
3.
Click OK.
You can click Reset to display only the default column names in the Currently Displayed Details pane, and
you can also move a column in the File List pane by dragging its header to a new position. A vertical line
indicates where the column will be inserted.
Filtering Files
You can use the Filter By options to identify the types of files and folders you want to display in the File List pane.
To Filter Files in the File List Pane:
Do one of the following:
Click View | Filter By and select a filter option.
Click the Filter drop-down and select a filter option.
If all your thumbnails seem to disappear, click Filter | All and they reappear.
To Create a Custom Filter:
1.
Do one of the following:
Click View | Filter By | Advanced Filters.
Click the Filter drop-down and select Advanced Filters.
2.
Select Apply filtering criteria.
3.
Select or clear one or more of the following options to show or hide that file or folder type in the File List
pane:
Show image files
Show media files
Show folders
Show archive files
Select Show hidden files and folders to show files and folders that are normally hidden by
your operating system.
Select Show THM files to show thumbnail files.
Select Show XMP files to show the XMP sidecar files that Adobe® creates for RAW formats.
4.
Click OK.
Grouping Files
If you have to browse a lot of images in the File List you should consider using Group By to organize images into
different groups. You may find it easier to find images when they are organized into groups. For example, if you
use more than one camera, you can quickly organize your images according to the camera you used to capture the
images. Similarly, if you save your images into different file formats you can quickly organize your images
according to their file format.
Group By only works in the Thumbs, Thumbs + Details, Details, Tiles, and Icons views.
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The Processed State group is particularly useful for finding images that you have developed, edited, or
developed and edited.
To Group Files in the File List:
1.
Browse to the folder or folders containing your files.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click View | Group By and select a group option.
Click the Group drop-down and select a group option.
Navigating Through Groups in the File List
To Expand and Collapse Specific Groups:
Click the Expand or Collapse arrows, on the left side of the group header.
To Expand and Collapse All Groups:
Right-click a group header, and then select either Open All Groups or Close All Groups.
To Display a Preview of the Images in a Closed Group:
Hover your cursor over the group header.
To Scroll Through Multiple Groups:
Click the Next Group and Previous Group buttons at the bottom of the File List scroll bar.
To Display the Table of Contents:
Do one of the following:
Click View | Group By | Table of Contents.
Click the Group drop-down list and select Table of Contents.
At the bottom of the File List scroll bar, click the Table of Contents button.
To Quickly Jump to a Specific Group:
1.
Display the table of contents.
2.
Click the group that you want to display.
To Change the Sort Order of the Groups:
Do one of the following:
Click View | Group By and select either Group Forward or Group Backward.
Click the Group drop-down and select either Group Forward or Group Backward.
Removing Groups from the File List
To Remove a Group:
Do one of the following:
Click View | Group By | None.
Click the Group drop-down list and select None.
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Selecting Files in One or More Groups
To Select Files in Groups:
Do one of the following:
Click the group header to select all of the files in that group.
Press and hold the CTRL key and click two or more group headers to select all of the files in those groups.
Sorting Files
In Manage mode, you can sort your files according to different file properties to quickly organize your images, find
specific files, and create a range of files with similar attributes for easy selection.
To Sort Items in the File List:
1.
Click View | Sort By, and then select a sort option:
Filename
Size (KB)
Image Type
Modified Date
Image Properties
Caption
Rating
Tagged
More (sort by metadata, EXIF, file properties, image attributes, IPTC information, or multimedia
attributes)
2.
To set the direction of the sort, click View | Sort By, and then select a direction:
Sort Forward
Sort Backward
Your sort settings are saved until you change them. For example, if you sort images in the File List pane
according to Rating, the images will remain sorted according to Rating until you change the sort settings.
Sorting Files Using Column Headers
You can quickly sort files in Details view mode using column headings.
To Sort Files Using a Column Header:
1.
Click a column header. An arrow appears, indicating the sort direction.
2.
Click the column header again to change the sort direction.
Custom Sorting Files
You can use custom sorting to customize the order of files in the File List pane. After custom sorting your files,
ACDSee automatically saves the file order for the selected folder until you change it or delete the custom sort
order.
To Customize the Sorting Order of Your Files:
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Select one or more files.
2.
Drag the selected files to a new location in the File List.
To delete a custom sort order, click View | Sort By, and then select Delete Custom Sort.
Selecting Files
In the File List pane, you can select all of your files and folders at once, select all of the files in the current folder,
select only the image files, or clear your selection entirely.
You can also set an option to automatically select new files whenever you add them to the File List. Click Tools |
Options | File List to set this option.
To Select Your Files or Folders:
Click a thumbnail to select the file.
CTRL + click to select more than one file.
SHIFT + click to select a number of files in a row.
Click off to the side in the file list pane to clear your selection.
To Select Your Files or Folders Using the Menu:
1.
In Manage mode, click Edit.
2.
Select one of the following:
Select All : Selects all files and subfolders in the current folder.
Select All Files: Selects all files in the current folder.
Select All Images: Selects all image files in the current folder.
Select Tagged: Selects all tagged image files regardless of their folder.
Select by Rating: Displays a list of ratings, and selects all files currently assigned to the rating
you select.
Clear Selection : Clears your selection.
Invert Selection : Selects all files except for your original selections.
Previewing Images
You can preview image, audio, and video files in the Preview pane. By default, the Preview pane displays the
highlights of the image's EXIF information for quick reference. You can set the Preview pane to display a thumbnail
of the currently selected image or media file. You can resize the pane to adjust the thumbnail dimensions, and
reposition the pane anywhere on your screen.
You can also use the Preview pane to view a histogram of the selected image.
To Open or Close the Preview Pane:
Do one of the following:
Click Panes | Preview.
Press CTRL + Shift + P.
To Show or Hide What Displays in the Preview Pane:
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You can customize the options displayed in the Preview pane when you have an image displaying. (To display an
image, go to Tools | Options | Preview and enable the Show image checkbox.) Right-click the image in the
Preview pane, select Image and Information, and then select one of the following:
Show Image: Displays only a preview of the image.
Show Information: Displays EXIF information about the image. This is called the Information palette.
Show Histogram: Displays the image's histogram.
The Information Palette
The Information palette provides immediate access to the most useful elements of an image's EXIF information. It
includes:
Camera Name and Lens Model
Dimensions
File Size
Exposure Program
White Balance
Metering Mode
Flash
RAW (will be blank for files that are not RAW)
ISO
F-Stop
Shutter Speed
Exposure Compensation
Focal Length
If you are unsure what a certain symbol means, you can hover your mouse over it for a pop-up
explanation.
To Customize the Preview Info:
You can customize what information displays at the bottom of the Information palette section of the Preview pane.
The date and time that the image was taken is selected by default.
1.
Right-click the date and time at the bottom of the Information palette in the Preview pane.
2.
Click Choose Preview Info...
3.
In the Choose Details dialog box, select the item listed under Currently Displayed Details and press the
Remove button.
4.
From the Available Details column, choose an item by checking the checkbox next to it and pressing the
Add button.
5.
Click OK.
To Preview Audio or Video Files:
1.
Click Tools | Options | Preview.
2.
Check the Preview audio and video clips checkbox.
3.
Click OK.
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The Information palette also displays in View, Develop, and Edit mode. To turn off the Information palette,
deselect Info Palette under the Panes menu.
Rotating Images
You can rotate images in Manage and View modes using the Rotate icons in the bottom toolbar.
When you rotate unprocessed JPEG images, ACDSee performs a lossless rotation.
To Rotate Images:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, select one or more images.
2.
Click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right icon in the bottom toolbar.
Rotate Icons
Rotate Left
Rotates the image 90° to the left.
Rotate Right
Rotates the image 90° to the right.
Comparing Images
You can use the Compare Images feature to compare a group of images. The tool highlights both the similarities
and the differences in the properties, metadata, and pixel intensity levels of images you select. You can save your
preferred images to a new location on your hard drive, or tag images you would like selected in Manage mode, and
then delete, move, rename, or alter the images.
To Compare Images:
1.
In the File List pane, select the images that you want to compare.
2.
Click Tools | Compare Images.... Up to four images display in the Compare Images Viewer.
3.
To change which image displays in the comparison view, do one or more of the following:
In the Comparison List, right-click an image and click Send to Active View (indicated by a pale
box).
In the Comparison List, drag an image to a box in the Compare Images Viewer.
In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and click Next Image or Previous Image.
In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and click File | Remove From View or click
the Remove icon in the image toolbar.
4.
To tag images, do one of the following:
In the Comparison List, click the checkbox that is located at the bottom of the image on the right
side.
In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and click Tag or click the Tag icon in the
image toolbar.
Click the Tag All button in the bottom left corner to tag all of the images, or click Untag All to
untag all of the images.
5.
To rate images, right-click an image, click Set Rating, and then select an appropriate rating.
6.
To categorize images, right-click an image, click Set Categories, and then select an appropriate category
(or create an appropriate category).
7.
Click OK, located in the bottom right corner.
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Previous
Swaps the selected image with the previous image in the Comparison
List.
Next
Swaps the selected image with the next image in the Comparison List.
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the selected image.
Zoom Out
Reduces the magnification of the selected image.
Zoom menu
Opens a menu of zoom options. Select from the following options:
Actual Size: Displays the image at its original size.
Fit Image: Displays the image at the largest magnification that
fits in the Compare Images Viewer.
Fit Width: Displays the image to fit between the left and right
sides of the Compare Images Viewer.
Fit Height: Displays the image to fit between the top and
bottom of the Compare Images Viewer.
Zoom Lock: Displays all images at the zoom option of the
current image. If the zoom is adjusted, the new zoom level is
applied to all images that you view.
Zoom To: Opens a dialog box where you can select a zoom
option.
Pan Lock
Locks the panned image area, so that when you zoom and pan an image
to a specific area, the Compare Images Viewer displays the same area
for all images you view.
Exposure warning
Indicates pixels that may be over or underexposed.
Properties
Displays properties for each image in the Compare Images Viewer. Click
the Metadata Setup button to specify which file properties are
displayed.
The Compare Images tool displays the file properties in a field below
each image. Differences in properties are bolded, while similarities are
displayed in regular font.
Histogram
Displays a histogram for each image in the Compare Images Viewer.
Metadata Setup
Opens a dialog box where you can select the metadata to display for
each image in the Compare Images Viewer (ensure Properties
toggled to on).
One Image
Displays one image in the Compare Images Viewer.
Two Images
Displays two images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Three Images
Displays three images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Four Images
Displays four images in the Compare Images Viewer.
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Properties Pane
If one image is displayed, this button opens the Properties, Histogram,
Magnifying Glass, and Navigator panes.
Help
Opens the Help file.
Image Toolbars
Each image in the Compare Images tool has a toolbar located below it. You can use this toolbar to adjust each
image individually.
Save
Opens a dialog box where you can save the image with a different file
name and a different file format.
Previous
Swaps the displayed image with the previous image in the Comparison
List.
Next
Swaps the displayed image with the next image in the Comparison List.
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the image.
Zoom Out
Reduces the magnification of the image.
Delete
Deletes the image from your hard drive.
Remove
Removes the image from the Comparison List.
Tag
Tags the image so that it will remain selected when you close the
Compare Images tool.
Gathering Images in the Image Basket
You can use the Image Basket to gather and hold images and media files from different locations or folders. Once
you have placed items in the Image Basket, you can use any of the tools or features in ACDSee to edit, share, or
view those files.
To Use the Image Basket:
1.
To open the Image Basket, in Manage mode, click Panes | Image Basket.
2.
In the File List pane, select the files you want to add. Drag the items to the Image Basket, or right-click a
selected item and select Add to Image Basket.
3.
To remove one or more files, right-click the file, and then select Remove from Image Basket.
4.
To remove all files, right-click the Image Basket, and then select Clear Image Basket.
You can also add images to the Image Basket by dragging them from Windows Explorer.
Cataloging and Managing Files in ACDSee
In addition to its browsing, viewing, and editing capabilities, ACDSee features integrated management tools you
can use to organize and sort your images and media files. These tools include batch functions (tools that can alter
or adjust multiple files at the same time), category and rating systems, and a powerful database to hold all of your
important image information.
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You can use the ACDSee batch functions to export, rename, resize, rotate, add EXIF information, and adjust the
exposure of a single image, a group of images, or the contents of an entire folder all at once. With the category,
color label, and rating systems, you can create a virtual folder structure, and use it to find related images and
media files with a single click.
ACDSee displays file properties and image information in an easily accessible Properties pane that you can use to
directly add and edit file information, including ACDSee Metadata. You can add an author, description, notes, and
keywords to your files, and adjust the category and rating assignments at the same time.
Organizing with the Catalog Pane
The Catalog pane is one of the most useful panes in ACDSee as it provides many ways to catalog, sort, group,
search for, and manage your files.
Categories
Categories are an easy way to organize your files into context-related sections. When you assign a file to a
category, you do not move the file from its folder or create an extra copy. Your categories can be simple or complex
and use any names you choose. There are different icons to use for different categories to help you identify them
at a glance. Once your files are in categories, you can search, sort, group, and find them by category.
One way to assign files to a category is to select and drag one or more files from the file list and drop them onto the
category. Any file that is assigned to a category has a blue tab above its thumbnail in the File List. A file can belong
to multiple categories, but it will only have one blue tab. For comprehensive categories management, use the
Organize tab of the Properties pane.
Keywords
Keywording is a highly efficient way to group files in hierarchies that make sense to you and find them quickly in
an expanding tree. The hierarchical tree of keywords you have created in the Organize tab of the Properties pane is
displayed in the Keywords section of the Catalog pane without the need to select an image . Utilize this group to
manage your keywords on the fly by using the context menu (right-click). Keyword quickly by dragging a keyword
onto an image , or by dragging an image onto a keyword.
Ratings
You can assign a numerical rating from 1 to 5 to your images and files. Once you have assigned ratings, you can
search, sort, and catalog your files based on the ratings, or a combination of ratings, categories, auto categories
etc. A file can have only one rating. When a file has a rating, the number appears on top of the thumbnail in the
File List pane.
Color Labels
Color labels can be used in many ways to help you catalog your files. You can use different colors to represent
different stages of your workflow. As you review your photos you can assign them to the color labels and rename
them accordingly.
Auto Categories
Most digital cameras create and embed information about the file as you take a photo. This information is called
metadata and can include the name and model of the camera, the file size, shutter speed, camera settings used in
the shot and much more. ACDSee uses this information to create auto categories. When you click on an auto
category, ACDSee searches for images containing that metadata. You can select one or more auto categories to
find files, for example, photos of a certain size, taken by a particular camera. You can also add to this data using
the Properties panes.
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Saved Searches
If you find yourself creating the same search criteria frequently, you can save the search to use again later. Saved
searches appear at the top of the Search pane but they also appear in the Catalog pane for you to re-run using a
single click on the name or in the white checkbox of the Easy-select bar.
To create a new saved search from the Catalog pane:
1.
In the Saved Searches area of the Catalog pane, click the New saved search icon.
The Search pane opens.
2.
Enter your search criteria and then click the Saved searches icon.
The new saved search appears in the Saved Searches on the Catalog pane and in the Saved Searches
drop-down list of the Search pane.
Special Items
You can use Special Items to quickly view all of the images in your database and any uncategorized images . Select
one of the following items:
Image Well: Displays all images cataloged in the ACDSee database. If you have a substantial image
collection, it may take a few moments to gather all of the information.
Embed Pending: Displays all the files with database data that has changed but has not yet been
embedded in the files.
Uncategorized: Displays any images cataloged in the database that have not been assigned to a
category.
No Keywords: Displays any images cataloged in the database that have no ACDSee keywords assigned.
Tagged: Displays all the tagged images on the computer.
You can assign a rating or category to any type of file, but the options in the Special Items area only apply to
images.
The ACDSee Database and Embedded Data
When you assign a file to a rating, or category, this information is stored in the ACDSee database. If you choose to,
you can also embed this information in each individual file, making it easier to relocate and share files, or retrieve
the information from the file if you need to. As the database, information is always associated with a particular file.
If you move or rename files using an application other than ACDSee (like Windows Explorer) the link between the
file and the ACDSee database will be broken. If this happens, and you have embedded the information in each file,
you can rebuild the database and retrieve all the information.
You can also use the Properties pane to add information to the ACDSee database like captions, keywords and much
more. Taking the time to assign categories and add keywords, notes, etc., makes it much easier to find and
organize your files.
ACDSee uses XMP to embed ACDSee Metadata into each file. Only some file formats and file extensions
support XMP. These include GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, PSD, and TIF. In the case of these file formats, the
ACDSee Metadata is embedded inside the file and so you can rename or move the file outside of ACDSee
and still be able to retrieve the ACDSee Metadata. For formats that currently do not support XMP,
including RAW and ABR, the ACDSee Metadata is written to a sidecar file that is stored in the same folder
as its file. Because a sidecar file is separate from the file itself, you need to rename or move them
together, or you could lose the ACDSee Metadata permanently.
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Easy-Select Bars
The Easy-Select bars are the indicators on the left side of the Folders and Catalog panes. You can use the EasySelect indicators to select multiple folders or categories, and display their contents in the File List pane. In the
Catalog pane you can also use the Easy-Select indicators to select combinations of categories, ratings, auto
categories, saved searches, and special items. For example, you could display all your photos with a rating of 1
that belonged to the category People.
You can also use the Easy-Select indicators with the Selective Browsing pane (View | Selective Browsing).
When you use the Match Any/All buttons and the Easy-Select indicators together, the Catalog pane becomes a
powerful search tool for finding unique sets of files.
To Use the Easy-Select Bar:
In the Catalog pane, select the indicator to the left of each item with contents you want to display. The indicator
changes orientation to point to the item you have selected.
If you select a category, rating, or combination that does not have any files that match, the File List
displays a message and shows no thumbnails. The quickest way to return to a folder with files is to click
the back arrow.
To View Cataloged Files:
Select one or more categories, ratings, auto categories, saved searches, or special items. Files assigned to
those classifications are displayed in the File List pane.
The Contents bar at the top of the File List pane displays whatever categories or items are currently selected.
You can browse through specific categories, ratings, or items within specific folders using the Selective
Browsing pane.
Match All Match Any
There are two Match All/ Match Any drop-down lists on the Catalog pane; one at the top of the pane that affects
categories and one that affects saved searches. You can use the Match All and Any options to affect the display of
thumbnails in the File List in the following way:
Match All : To be included, a file has to belong to all the categories or searches you select. So the file has
to be in both or all of the categories or searches before it will display in the File List. Match All is more
exclusive. You can use it to limit the number of files that display and narrow a search down.
Match Any: To be included, a file can belong to any of the categories or searches you select. So any files
in the selected categories or searches will display in the File List. Match any is more inclusive.
Catalog Icons
Category
Identifies files that have been assigned to a category.
Ratings 1-5
Identifies file ratings.
New Saved search
Opens the Search pane so that you can create a new
saved search.
Saved search
Displays the Save/Save As menu so you can save a
search.
Easy-Select indicator (selected)
Selects the category, rating, auto category, or other item
for display in the File List pane.
Easy-Select indicator (not selected)
Does not select the category, rating, auto category, or
other item for display in the File List pane.
Match Any/All
Controls which images are displayed in the File List pane.
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To hide the icons in the Catalog pane, click Tools | Options, and then select Catalog. Deselect the Show
Icons checkbox in the Options dialog box.
Creating Categories
Create and manage a system of categories for your files in the Organize tab of the Properties pane. You can easily
customize your category system in a way that makes sense to you.
Select the Organize tab in the Properties pane to create, rename, delete, and move your categories. You can also
access the Categories pane by choosing Panes | Categories.
To Create a Category:
1.
Do one of the following:
Right-click a category in the Catalog pane, and then select New Category.
In Manage mode, click Edit | Set Categories | New Category.
2.
Select one of the following:
Create a new, top-level category
Create a sub-category within the current selection
3.
If you are creating a sub-category, select a top-level (or parent) category from the drop-down list. (If you
right-clicked a category in the Catalog pane, the new sub-category will be added below that category by
default.)
4.
Type a name for the new category in the Name field.
5.
Click OK.
When you create a new top-level category, you can select an icon to help identify the category. The Icon
drop-down only appears if the Show Icons checkbox is selected on the Catalog page of the Options
dialog box. In Manage mode, click Tools | Options, and then select Catalog.
Manage Categories
To Manage Your Categories:
Select a category in the Catalog pane, and do one of the following:
To move the category, drag it to the new location.
To edit the category, right-click the selected category and select Edit.
To delete the category, right-click the selected category and select Delete.
Create Easy-Access Category Sets
If you have a long list of categories, or would like to break your categories up into different events or areas of
interest, you can use the Edit Category Sets feature.
To Create Easy-Access Category Sets:
1.
First create the categories you want in your set.
2.
In the Properties pane, click the Quick Categories drop-down list and select Manage Quick Categories.
3.
Enter your commonly used categories into the entry fields. For sub-categories, use the pipe key. Example:
A|B|C.
4.
Click the Save button.
5.
Click OK. This category set will be listed in the Quick Category drop-down list.
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Select one or more files and click a button in the category set. The category will be assigned to the
selected files. The button text color will change to indicate that the category is assigned to currently
selected files, and will display in italics if assigned to only some (but not all) of the currently selected files.
Make sure the category button name matches the category name in the category tree.
Assigning and Searching Categories and Ratings
You can assign files to a rating, or one or more categories, without moving the file or making an extra copy.
If the Properties pane or Catalog pane is not visible in Manage mode, click Panes | Properties or Panes
| Catalog.
Quickly Assign Ratings
1.
Hover over a thumbnail to display the gray box with diagonal line through it.
2.
Click the gray box to make your selection.
Example of Hovering Over a Thumbnail to Select a Rating:
1.
2.
3.
The hover icons display in Thumbnail view only.
Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + 0-5 to quickly rate a file.
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The rating number you select can be reflected as a star rating in other applications. Give your favorite
shots a high rating, and your least favorite shots a low rating.
Assign and Search Categories and Ratings in the Catalog Pane
The Catalog pane allows you to both assign categories and ratings as well as search them.
To Assign Files to Categories or Ratings in the Catalog Pane:
1.
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
Drag selected files to a category or rating in the Catalog pane.
Drag the category or rating from the Catalog pane to selected files.
Right-click the files, and then click Set Categories and click the category in the fly out, or click
Set Rating and click the rating.
2.
In View mode, do one of the following:
Click Edit | Set Categories and then click the category to which you want to assign the file.
Right-click the file, click Set Categories, and then click the category to which you want to assign
the file.
Click Edit | Set Rating and then click the rating to which you want to assign the file.
Right-click the file, click Set Rating, and then click the rating to which you want to assign the
file.
On the status bar, click the rating icon, and then click a new rating. This icon only appears once a
rating is set.
3.
If you are comparing imagesand want to categorize them, do one of the following:
Right-click one of the files, click Set Categories, and then click the category to which you want
to assign the file.
Right-click one of the files, click Set Rating, and then click the rating to which you want to
assign the file.
Ratings embedded by ACDSee can be seen in other applications supporting xmp:rating and vice versa. To
embed metadata into one or more selected files click Tools | Metadata | Embed ACDSee Metadata |
Embed In Selected Files.
Use the Context Menu (Right-Click) in the Category Tree to Do the Following:
Assign Items
Remove Items
Create New Category
Search
Cut
Copy
Paste
Delete
Edit Category
To Search a Category or Rating in the Catalog Pane:
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Click the Category name or Rating number to display all corresponding files in the File List pane.
Assign Categories and Ratings in the Properties Pane
The Properties pane provides another way to assign categories and ratings.
To Assign Files to Ratings in the Properties Pane:
1.
In the File List pane, select the files you want to assign a rating.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
3.
Click the rating you want these files to have from the numbers listed at the top of the Properties pane.
To Assign Files to Categories in the Properties Pane:
1.
In the File List pane, select the files you want to assign a rating.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the Organize tab.
3.
Click the category you want these files to have from your Categories list.
Assign files quickly with a category sets button. See Create Easy-Access Category Sets.
Remove Categories or Ratings from Files
You can remove a file from a category or rating without moving or deleting the original file, or affecting any other
files assigned to that classification.
To Remove Categories or Ratings from Files:
1.
In the File List pane, select the files you want to remove.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click a selected file, and then click Set Rating | Clear Rating.
Right-click a selected file, click Set Categories, and then click the name of the category from
which you want to remove the file, or to remove all categories, click Uncategorize All Selected
Items.
Clear a checkbox for a category or a radio button for a rating in the Catalog pane.
Right-click a category or rating in the Catalog pane, and then click Remove Items.
Assigning Color Labels
Color labels are useful for naming and quickly identifying your processing plans for your images. Different colors
can be used to represent different stages of your workflow. For example, as you review your photos you can
quickly label files to upload, print, reject, review, or sharpen, or any other term that matches your workflow
needs. Once your files have been labeled, you can click a color label in the Catalog pane to instantly display all of
the files assigned to that label.
You can also use color labels in combination with the Group by, or Filter By features to refine your list. Color labels,
like tagging, categories, and ratings, are a way to set aside, organize, and group your photos without moving them
into different folders.
If the Properties pane or Catalog pane is not visible in Manage mode, click Panes | Properties or Panes
| Catalog.
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Create a Color Label Set
Begin by creating a label set so you can quickly select and assign specified labels. Once you have a label set in
place, you can assign your images to the appropriate labels corresponding to your workflow.
To Create a Color Label Set:
1.
In the Catalog pane, click the Labels settings button
2.
Enter names for your labels and click the Save icon.
3.
Click Save As from the Save Label Set dialog box.
4.
Enter a name for your new label set.
5.
Click OK.
and select Edit Label Sets.
Once you have created color label sets, you can access them from the Catalog pane by clicking the Labels settings
button and selecting from the drop-down list. Before assigning a color label, make sure the intended label set is
active. The active label set name is shown in brackets in the label header.
Assign Color Labels
You Can Assign Color Labels to Your Files by Using the Following:
Hover icons in thumbnail view
Catalog pane
Properties pane
Edit menu in Manage and View mode
Context menu
Keyboard shortcuts
ACDSee uses XMP to embed ACDSee Metadata into each file. Only some file formats and file extensions
support XMP. These include GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, PSD, and TIF. In the case of these file formats, the
ACDSee Metadata is embedded inside the file and so you can rename or move the file outside of ACDSee
and still be able to retrieve the ACDSee Metadata. For formats that currently do not support XMP,
including RAW and ABR, the ACDSee Metadata is written to a sidecar file that is stored in the same folder
as its file. Because a sidecar file is separate from the file itself, you need to rename or move them
together, or you could lose the ACDSee Metadata permanently.
You can also set labels from the status bar in View, Develop, and Edit mode.
To Assign a Color Label Using the Label Line Hover Icon in Thumbnail View:
1.
Hover over a thumbnail to display the gray label icon.
2.
Click the gray label icon to make your selection.
Example of Hovering Over a Thumbnail to Click and Select a Color Label:
1.
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2.
3.
Use the overlay icon on one of a number of selected images to assign the label to all.
To Assign a Color Label to a File Using the Catalog Pane:
1.
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
Drag selected files to a color label in the Catalog pane.
Drag the color label from the Catalog pane to selected files.
To Assign Files to Color Labels in the Properties Pane:
1.
In the File List pane, select the files you want to assign a color rating.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the color label from the boxes along the top.
To Assign Color Labels Using the Edit Menu in Manage and View Mode: Click Edit | Set Label and then select a color.
To Assign Color Labels with the Context Menu: Right-click the file, click Set Label, then select a label name.
To Assign Color Labels Using Keyboard Shortcuts: Keyboard shortcuts are available for the five color labels, plus Alt-0 to clear the label (exactly the same as
ratings, except Alt is used instead of Ctrl)
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Alt-1
Alt-2
Alt-3
Alt-4
Alt-5
Alt-0
Search Images Assigned to a Label
To Search All Images in the Database Assigned to a Label:
Click the color label in the Catalog pane to display all corresponding files in the File List pane.
Use the Search box.
Use Quick Search.
To Search All Images in the File List Assigned to a Label:
Click the Filter drop-down above the File List pane and select a label name. All files assigned to that label in the
current file list will be selected.
To Select All Images in the File List Assigned to a Label:
Use Alt-1 through Alt-5 for the five colors, plus Alt-0 to clear the label, (exactly the same as ratings, except it uses
Alt instead of Ctrl).
Removing Color Labels and Color Label Sets
To Remove a Color Label from a File:
1.
In the File List pane, select one or more files you want to remove a label from.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click a selected file, and then click Set Label | Clear Label.
In the Properties pane, click the gray unlabeled icon.
To Delete a Label Set:
1.
In the Catalog pane, click the Labels settings button and select Edit Label Sets.
2.
Select the set you want to delete from the Labels Sets drop-down list.
3.
Click the delete button.
Creating Collections
Collections is a powerful grouping and search query tool. You can use the Collections pane to group accumulated
photos based on a common variable, such as the camera used, location, or size. You could also use Collections to
group photos for sorting, processing, sharing, and much more.
Collection
Collection Set
Smart
Collection
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To Create a Collection:
1.
In Manage mode, at the bottom of the Folders pane, select Collections, which is tabbed with Catalog and
Calendar.
2.
In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Collection... from the context menu.
3.
In the Create Collection dialog box, configure the options as described below.
4.
Press the Create button.
Create Collection Dialog Box Options
Name
Enter a name for your collection.
Location
Inside a Collection
Set
Select this checkbox if you would like to place this collection inside
of another previously-created collection set, thereby developing a
hierarchy. Select the collection set you would like to add your
image to from the drop-down menu.
Options
Include selected
photos
Select this checkbox to include any currently selected photos in the
collection.
Set as target
collection
Select this checkbox to designate this collection as the target
collection for images you will add photos to. You will be able to
quickly send images directly to this collection by selecting images
and pressing Ctrl+Alt+C . To customize the keyboard shortcut,
see Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts.
To Add Photos to a Collection:
Do one of the following:
In the File List pane, select the image(s) before using the Create Collection command described above.
Then enable the Include selected photos checkbox inside the Create Collection dialog box.
In the File List pane, right-click the image(s) and choose Collections | Add to | [ name of the
collection].
Drag and drop the image(s) from the File List pane to the collection inside the Collections pane.
Select the image in the File List pane. In the Organize tab of the Properties pane, in the Collections group,
select the checkbox next to the collection.
To Set a Collection as Your Target Collection:
You can set a specific collection as the target collection, allowing you to quickly add images to it using a keyboard
shortcut. A target collection will display a blue circle icon next to it in the Collections pane.
smart collection as a target.
You cannot set a
Do one of the following:
When creating a collection, enable the Set as target collection checkbox in the Create Collection dialog
box.
Right-click a collection in the Collections pane and choose Set as Target Collection .
To Add Images to Target Collections:
Select the image and press the Ctrl+Alt+C key.
You can customize this keyboard shortcut. See Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts .
To Search for Collections:
You can search for collections, collection sets, and smart collections in the Filter Collections field at the top of the
Collections pane.
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Enter the name, (or portion of the name), of the collection, smart collection, or collection set you are
looking for. If the collection you are searching for is part of a collection set, the search will return the root
collection set if one of the sub-collections contains the text you entered in the Filter Collections field.
To Remove an Image from a Collection:
1.
Select the collection.
2.
Right-click the image and choose Collections | Remove from Selected Collection.
This will only remove the image from the collection and will not delete the image.
You can remove multiple images from a collection at once by selecting them all and then right-clicking
and choosing Collections | Remove from Selected Collection.
To Remove an Image from All Collections:
To remove an image from all collections, right-click the image and choose Collections | Remove from all
collections.
This will only remove the image from all collections and will not delete the image.
You can remove multiple images from all collections at once by selecting them all and then right-clicking
and choosing Collections | Remove from all collections.
Collections Sets
You can create a collection set and add other collection folders inside. You can use this method to create a
hierarchy for further organization. You cannot add images to collection sets themselves. You can only add images
to folders (collections) inside of collection sets. Selecting the root of a collection set will display all of the images in
all of the collections inside of the root.
To Create a Collection Set:
1.
In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Collection Set... from the context menu.
2.
In the Create Collection Set dialog box, enter a name for your collection set.
3.
Select the Inside a Collection Set checkbox if you would like to add your collection set inside of another
collection set. Select the collection set from the drop-down menu.
4.
Click Create.
To Add Collections to Collection Sets:
Do one of the following:
Select the Inside a Collection Set checkbox while creating a collection inside the Create Collection dialog
box. Select the collection set from the drop-down menu.
In the Collections pane, drag and drop the collection from the root level to the collection set.
Smart Collections
Smart collections are collections with queries built into them based on search criteria you specify. These search
queries get saved to the database. When you catalog new images in the future, those that fit the criteria of your
search query will automatically show up in your smart collection. You can also create a search query to locate files
based on the date they were cataloged.
To Create a Smart Collection and Add Search Criteria to Your Query:
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In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Smart Collection... from the context menu.
2.
In the Create Smart Collection dialog box, configure the options as described below.
3.
Press the OK button.
Create Smart Collection Dialog Box Options
Name
Enter a name for your smart collection.
It is recommended that you give your smart collection a name
reflective of the search query assigned to it. This will save you
the time of having to open it to find out what it contains.
Location
Inside a Collection Set
Select this checkbox if you would like
to place this collection inside of
another previously-created
collection set, thereby developing a
hierarchy. Select the collection set
you would like to add your smart
collection to from the drop-down
menu.
Match
Press the Add button to select search criteria for your query. In the
Add Search Criteria dialog box, choose criteria by clicking the plus +
signs to expand the tree and toggling the checkboxes on and off to
select your properties. Press OK. Your chosen criteria will appear in
the Match field box. Refine each item by clicking the underlined
variables and selecting an option from the drop-down, or entering a
number into the field.
For example, if you chose Size as your search criteria, click "is" and
select "is not", "is less than", "is less than or equal to", "is greater
than", "is greater than or equal to", or "is between". Then click the "0"
and enter the size value.
To Remove Criteria from Your Search Query:
Select the criteria from the Match field and select Remove.
To Edit Your Search Query:
1.
Right-click your smart collection in the Collections pane and choose Edit.
2.
In the Edit Smart Collection dialog box, add and remove search criteria as described above.
3.
Click OK.
Using the Properties Pane
The Properties pane displays all the metadata about your files. It also displays file properties such as file size,
creation date, and read-only or hidden status. You can use the Properties pane to add, change, or delete the
metadata for image and media files.
The Properties pane is open in Manage mode on the right of the File List pane by default. The Properties pane is
available in all modes except 365 mode and Photos mode.
To Open the Properties Pane in Any Mode:
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Click Panes | Properties.
The Metadata panel offers adjustable width for metadata fields. Simply hover between a corresponding
label and field to display the double arrow cursor. Click and drag to adjust width. Double-click to toggle
between the width of the longest label in the group or the longest label in the pane.
Properties Pane Areas
The Properties pane is divided into 3 tabs: Metadata tab, Organize tab, and File tab.
Use the overlay icons, which appear as you hover over a thumbnail, to tag, rate and add color labels to
your images. Alternatively, you can display these setting in the Properties pane by clicking Tools |
Options | Properties Pane and selecting Show Tagged, Rating, and Color Labels.
Metadata Tab
The Metadata tab displays the rating, category, IPTC, EXIF, and ACDSee Metadata stored with a photo. The
ACDSee Metadata fields are available for you to enter the caption for your photographs as well as date, author, and
notes. The keywords field is display-only and can be entered in the Organize tab. The label field can be entered
here or selected from the Labels section in the Catalog pane. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your
image, while ACDSee Metadata is not embedded in your files, but instead is held in the database. ACDSee
Metadata can be embedded into all your files (or just selected ones) by clicking the Tools | Metadata | Embed
ACDSee Metadata command.
The IPTC data fields provide a standard means for entering and storing information about your photographs such
as description, creator, and copyright information. ACDSee supports fields defined in IPTC Core 1.1.
The EXIF data fields hold information captured by your camera such as shutter speed, camera model, and GPS
information.
Certain EXIF fields are no longer visible by default. The EXIF Artist, Copyright, Image Description, and Date/Time
Original fields are automatically modified when their matching IPTC fields are modified, (see table below). This
change reflects the recommendations of the Metadata Working Group (MWG). If you need to have these fields
visible in the EXIF section you can adjust your settings by clicking Tools | Options | Properties Pane and
clicking the Manage Metadata Views button.
Matching IPTC and EXIF Fields
IPTC
EXIF
Description
writes to
Image Description
Creator
writes to
Artist
Copyright Notice
writes to
Copyright
Date Created
writes to
Date/Time Original
When ACDSee parses metadata from a file, the content of the field is displayed without mapping.
Organize Tab
The Organize tab displays a tree of categories and a tree of keywords. The Category tree context-menu (rightclick) allows you to add and delete categories and sub-categories. You can create category sets to quickly
categorize your files. Right-clicking the Keyword tree also allows the same options. Use the keyword tree to create
a hierarchy to easily organize your files in a way that holds meaning for you.
File Tab
The File tab displays detailed file information and image attributes for a selected file or files. You can set or change
the Read-Only and Hidden properties of a file or folder, and view a summary of any EXIF information contained in a
file.
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Embedding ACDSee Metadata into Files
If you have metadata in your files and they are copied, moved, or renamed, outside of ACDSee, the link
between the file and the database will be broken, but you can rebuild the database using the embedded
data in the file.
ACDSee uses XMP to embed ACDSee Metadata into each file. Only some file formats and file extensions
support XMP. These include GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, PSD, and TIF. In the case of these file formats, the
ACDSee Metadata is embedded inside the file and so you can rename or move the file outside of ACDSee
and still be able to retrieve the ACDSee Metadata. For formats that currently do not support XMP,
including RAW and ABR, the ACDSee Metadata is written to a sidecar file that is stored in the same folder
as its file. Because a sidecar file is separate from the file itself, you need to rename or move them
together, or you could lose the ACDSee Metadata permanently.
Using the Map Pane
Use the Map pane to 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.
The location of files displayed in the Map pane is based on the latitude and longitude information in the file
properties. If you have a camera with geotagging capabilities, the geographic location is automatically conveyed
visually on the map. You can also add map coordinates to files by dragging them directly onto the map and
pressing the Save All button.
Geotagged images are indicated on the map with pins. You can click a pin on the map to select files within a
geographic location for viewing or processing. If your geotagged image pin is not displayed on the map, try using
the keyboard shortcut F5 to refresh the map.
The following file formats can be added to the map: JPG, TIFF, RAW, DNG, and PNG.
ACDSee automatically adds file information, including geographical tags, to the database as you browse.
However, if you have a large number of files, you may want to catalog those files first to speed up the
loading time for the pins on the map. To catalog your files, click Tools | Database | Catalog Files.
To Open the Map Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Map (CTRL + SHIFT + M).
The Map pane appears above the File List pane in Manage mode by default. You can drag the Map title bar to a
new location and float the pane or dock it in another position like the other movable panes in ACDSee.
You can toggle the Map on and off with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+M in Manage mode.
To Add Files to the Map by Dragging:
1.
In Manage mode, drag one or more files onto the map.
2.
Click Save All in the top left corner of the map.
Ideally images should be geotagged prior to processing. If an image is geotagged after it has been edited
and the Restore to Original command is used, then the geotag will be lost.
To Delete a Pinned Location on the Map:
Right-click the geotagged image thumbnail and select Map | Remove from Map.
To View a Geotagged Image on the Map:
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Right-click the geotagged image thumbnail and select Map | View on Map.
To Find a Location:
To find a specific location, enter a place or landmark into the Search for Location field at the top right of the Map
pane.
To Set Default Location, Zoom and Map Type:
1.
Pan to your preferred location on the map, then adjust the zoom-level and select your preferred map type
(Map, Satellite, or Terrain).
2.
Click Tools | Map | Set default map location.
Note: The map reflects the current File list. If the File list has images mapped to a different location from
your default setting, then that location will be displayed.
To pan and zoom the map to a specific location, enter the location into the Map search field and press
Enter.
Reverse Geocoding:
The Reverse Geocoding command allows you to save location information into certain IPTC fields. These include:
Country, Country Code, State/Province, and Location.
1.
In Manage mode, drag one or more files onto the map.
2.
Click Save All in the top left corner of the map.
3.
Press the Reverse Geocode button to preview the location information.
4.
Click Save to save this information into the IPTC fields of the selected images.
If images with multiple different locations are selected, only one of those locations will be used to do the
reverse lookup.
Using the Map Pane to Further Your Workflow
With the images from a particular location all selected, here are a few possible workflow options:
Enter Develop or Edit mode to process this selection together.
Use the Batch tool to apply the same settings on photos from the same location.
Click Slideshow to view and present a slideshow of the photos from this location.
Send photos from this location via email.
If a geotagged image does not display, try using the keyboard shortcut F5 to refresh the map.
Pin Legend
Indicates geotagged location.
Indicates more than one geotagged location in this area. (Zoom in to see locations)
Indicates selected geotagged location.
A dot on a pin of any color indicates unsaved image location.
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Adding Metadata to Files and Using Presets
You can add information to your images using IPTC and ACDSee Metadata. IPTC information is automatically
embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata can be embedded into your file, or stored in the database. You
can add this information to one or multiple files at a time. You can also save frequently used metadata values as a
preset, allowing you to quickly input this information without having to rewrite it.
We recommend entering and editing metadata prior to processing your images. If you use the Restore to
Original command, the metadata will be lost unless it was entered prior to processing (except in the case of RAW
images).
You cannot set IPTC and EXIF information for read-only files, such as those on a CD-ROM.
If the Properties pane is not already open, select Panes | Properties.
To Add Metadata to One or More Files:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more files in the File List pane.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
3.
Enter information into the metadata fields.
4.
Click Apply or press Enter to apply your changes.
When you click Apply or Enter in Manage Mode, the focus is returned to the File List pane allowing you to
quickly make another file selection using your keyboard.
To include numbers in a sequence with your metadata, select the files and enter <#> as the start
number, in whichever field you want. Ex) Entering <5> will begin the sequence at 5.
Metadata Tab Keyboard Shortcuts
This Shortcut
Has This Result
TAB
Jumps focus forward from field to field.
SHIFT + TAB
Jumps focus backwards from field to field.
CTRL + K
Places the cursor in the ACDSee Metadata Keywords field of the Organize tab in the
Properties pane.
ALT + K
Places the cursor in the IPTC Keywords field of the Metadata tab in the Properties pane.
ENTER
Applies your changes.
ESC
Discards your changes.
If you click away from the Properties pane, any metadata that you have just entered will be lost. You must
click Apply or press ENTER to apply your changes.
To Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Enter Metadata into the Same Field of Multiple Photos:
1.
Select the first photo in your list and enter content into a Metadata field.
2.
Press the Page Down key to move to the next photo. The cursor remains in the same field of the
Properties pane for each photo, allowing you to quickly enter content for the same field for multiple
photos.
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3.
Enter content into the field and again press Page Down to move to the next photo.
4.
Continue Step 3 until complete.
You do not need to click the Apply button when using this shortcut. You can use the Page Up key to move back to the previous photo.
Copying and Pasting Metadata
You can conveniently copy and paste GPS, IPTC, and ACDSee Metadata from files and paste them into other files.
This action will merge your keyword and category information.
To Copy Metadata:
1.
In Manage mode, select a file and do one of the following:
Go to Tools | Metadata | Copy...
Right-click and select Metadata | Copy...
2.
In the Copy Metadata dialog box, select which metadata components you would like to copy.
3.
Press Copy.
To Paste Metadata:
1.
In Manage mode, select a file and do one of the following:
Go to Tools | Metadata | Paste
Right-click and select Metadata | Paste
Metadata Presets
To Create a Metadata Preset Using the Properties Pane:
1.
In Manage mode, select any file in the File List pane.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
3.
Click the Metadata Presets drop-down list and select Manage Presets.
4.
Enter content into the fields provided in the Manage Presets dialog box.
(See Notes for Inserting Data into the Manage Presets Dialog Box below.)
5.
Click OK.
6.
Click Save As...
7.
Enter a name for the preset and click OK. The preset will appear in the Presets drop-down list.
To Create a Metadata Preset Using the Metadata Menu:
1.
In Manage mode, go to Tools | Metadata | Manage Metadata Presets...
2.
Enter content into the fields provided in the Manage Presets dialog box.
See Notes for Inserting Data into the Manage Presets Dialog Box below.
3.
Click OK.
4.
Click Save As...
5.
Enter a name for the preset and click OK. The preset will appear in the Presets drop-down list on the
Metadata tab of the Properties pane.
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To Set a Shortcut Preset (CTRL+M):
1.
From the Metadata Presets drop-down list, select Manage Presets.
2.
In the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box, click the arrow button next to the Presets drop-down presets
list.
3.
Set a Shortcut Preset by making your selection from the list of saved Metadata Presets.
4.
Click OK.
Once your default preset is set, the shortcut Ctrl+M will auto-fill the metadata fields for all selected images. If you
have not set a default preset, the shortcut Ctrl+ M will open the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box.
To Apply a Metadata Preset:
1.
Select one or more images in the File List pane.
2.
In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
3.
Click the Metadata Presets drop-down list and select a preset that you have created.
4.
Click Apply.
Notes for Inserting Data into the Manage Presets Dialog Box:
The asterisk (* ) represents any existing field data for the individual files. You can append additional
information next to the asterisk to maintain the existing field data, or you can delete it and enter new
information. For example, if you would like to append some text to IPTC Caption rather than replace it,
insert an asterisk in the field followed by a space and append your additional text.
You can transfer the value of one metadata field to another using the Insert Metadata command. Click the
Insert Metadata arrow next to each field to select and insert metadata place holders. For example, you can
transfer your ACDSee Keywords to IPTC Keywords by inserting the <ACDSee Metadata:Keywords>
placeholder into the IPTC Keywords field.
Importing and Exporting Metadata Presets:
1.
In Manage mode, select Tools | Metadata | Manage Metadata Presets...
2.
In the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box, click the arrow to the right of the Presets drop-down menu.
3.
Select Import or Export.
4.
Browse to find and select your XML file, then press Open.
Manage Metadata Views and Presets
To Select a Metadata View:
1.
Click Panes | Properties to open the Properties pane.
2.
Select the Metadata tab of the Properties pane.
3.
Click the Metadata View drop-down list in the Metadata tab to select one of the view options: Default
Metadata View (most commonly used fields), All EXIF, All IPTC, ACDSee Metadata, or saved custom views.
To Create a Customized Metadata View:
1.
Click the Metadata View drop-down list in the Metadata pane and select Manage Metadata Views.
2.
In the Choose Metadata to Display dialog box, select New Metadata View from the drop-down list.
3.
Click the plus + signs to expand the tree and toggle the checkboxes on and off to select your preferences.
See Manage Metadata View options below.
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Click the save button and enter a name for your customized view.
5.
Click OK.
Manage Metadata Views Options
When all items in a group are selected, the group checkbox is checked.
When no items in a group are selected, the group checkbox is clear.
When some, but not all items in a group are selected, the group checkbox is
solid.
Toggle the checkboxes on and off to make your selections.
You can choose whether or not to display maker notes by selecting or deselecting the Display Maker
Notes checkbox.
Creating and Assigning Hierarchical Keywords
You can keyword your files in a hierarchy and maintain these groups in the Keyword tree. Select the Organize tab
in the Properties pane to create, rename, delete, and move your keywords.
You can also access the Keywords pane by choosing Panes | Keywords.
Creating Keywords
To Create Keywords:
In the Properties pane, located to the right of the File List pane, do one of the following:
Right-click Keywords in the Organize tab, and then select New Keyword.
Type a keyword into the field of the Keyword group and press Enter.
To Keyword Files with Existing Keywords, Do One of the Following:
Select one or more files, then drag the keyword onto them.
Select one or more files, then check the box next to the appropriate keyword.
Select one or more files, then right-click the keyword. Select Assign items.
Select one or more files, then drag them onto the keyword.
To Establish a Hierarchy, Do One of the Following:
In the keyword field, type the lesser or more specific keyword, followed by the less than symbol, followed
by the greater or more general keyword.
Example:
Owl < Bird
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or
Madrid < Spain < Europe
Right-click an existing keyword, then select New Keyword. The new keyword will automatically become a
child to the existing keyword.
When assigning multiple keywords to a file, it is important to note that separating keywords with commas
will not generate a hierarchy.
Managing Keywords
To Manage Your Keywords:
Select a keyword in the Organize tab, and do one of the following:
To unassign a keyword from a file, right-click the selected keyword and select Remove Items or uncheck
the box.
To edit the keyword, right-click the selected keyword and select Edit.
To delete the keyword, right-click the selected keyword and select Delete.
To edit the keyword tree, click and drag the keyword to other parts of the tree.
To duplicate a keyword, right-click the selected keyword and select Copy, then Paste where desired.
To merge duplicate keywords, click and drag one keyword into the other.
To create a keyword from an existing category, click and drag the category into the keyword tree.
Creating Quick Keywords
In order to keep your keywords organized and streamline your workflow, you can use quick keywords by creating
a group of related keywords that hold an association for you. This is ideal for keywords you would like to be easily
accessible, rather than buried in the hierarchical tree. You can create multiple groups and choose between them
based on the photos you are viewing at the time. You can also add these keywords to your tree.
Example:
Italy
Florence
Venice
Lake Como
Rome
Milan
Verona
Genoa
Bologna
Naples
To Create Easy-Access Quick Keywords:
1.
In the Keyword group, on the Organize tab, select Manage Quick Keywords from the drop-down menu.
The Quick Keywords dialog box opens.
2.
Click the Save button and choose a name for your set. Click OK.
3.
Enter up to nine associated or commonly-used keywords into the open fields. To create a hierarchy within
a field, use the pipe key. Example: A|B|C.
4.
Click OK.
5.
Apply keywords from your set by selecting a file and clicking the applicable keyword from the Quick
Keywords Table.
6.
A dialog will open asking if you would like to create this keyword. Click Yes. The keyword will be added to
the tree. If you specified a hierarchy in the keyword set, the parent keyword will appear in the tree with
the child under it. The text of the keywords in the table will change color to indicate that the keyword is
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assigned to the currently selected files, and will display in italics if assigned to only some (but not all) of
the currently selected files.
Copying and Moving Files
You can use the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder commands to relocate files and folders on your hard drive, and
specify how to handle overwriting existing files. You can also select from a list of previously accessed folders to
save time looking through your directory structure.
When you use ACDSee to relocate your files, by default any ACDSee Metadata associated with those files is
copied to the new location. However, if you do not want to copy the associated files, clear the Include
related files for non-RAW images checkbox.
When you do NOT use ACDSee to move or copy your files, you break the link to any database information
you have added to those files. This is because ACDSee cannot track the files. You will lose important
categorizing and other database information. You can fix this by clicking Change Binding and rebinding
the database. If you have embedded the database information in the files themselves, you can also
retrieve this information using Tools | Database | Catalog Files.
ACDSee uses XMP to embed ACDSee Metadata into each file. Only some file formats and file extensions
support XMP. These include GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, PSD, and TIF. In the case of these file formats, the
ACDSee Metadata is embedded inside the file and so you can rename or move the file outside of ACDSee
and still be able to retrieve the ACDSee Metadata. For formats that currently do not support XMP,
including RAW and ABR, the ACDSee Metadata is written to a sidecar file that is stored in the same folder
as its file. Because a sidecar file is separate from the file itself, you need to rename or move them
together, or you could lose the ACDSee Metadata permanently.
To Copy or Move Files:
1.
Do one of the following:
In the File List pane, select one or more files, and then click Edit | Copy To Folder or Move To
Folder.
While viewing an image or media file in View mode, click Edit | Copy To Folder or Move To
Folder.
2.
In the Copy To Folder or Move To Folder dialog box, do one of the following:
Select the Folders tab, and locate the folder on your hard drive where you want to place the files.
Select the History tab, and select a folder from the list of recently-accessed folders.
Select Create Folder and enter the name of a new folder.
3.
In the Overwriting duplicate files drop-down list, select one of the following options to specify how
ACDSee should handle overwriting files:
Ask: Prompts you for confirmation when overwriting a file.
Rename: Prompts you to rename a file.
Replace: Overwrites any file with the same file name and extension.
Skip: Cancels the operation if there is a file with the same file name and extension.
4.
Click OK.
Copying Images to the Clipboard
You can copy an image to the Clipboard and then paste it into another application. Using the Copy Image command
transfers only the image data to the Clipboard: no EXIF, IPTC or metadata information is retained.
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To Copy an Image:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, select the image file you want to copy.
2.
Click Edit | Copy Image.
3.
Paste the image into your other application.
Pasting Files and Folders
You can cut or copy files to the Clipboard, and then paste them into another folder without losing your ACDSee
Metadata.
To Cut and Paste Files:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List or Folders pane, select one or more files or folders.
2.
Click Edit | Copy or Cut.
3.
In the Folders pane, browse to a new location.
4.
Click Edit | Paste to place the files or folders into the new location.
Replacing or Overwriting Files
When copying or moving files from one location to another, a file name collision occurs if a file already exists in the
destination folder with the same file name and extension as a file you are relocating. In ACDSee, you can view both
of the files involved in the Confirm File Replace dialog box. If the files involved are image files, ACDSee displays
thumbnail previews of both files, and provides options to replace the existing file, rename, delete, or skip the file
you are moving, or cancel the operation entirely.
To Use the Confirm File Replace Dialog Box:
1.
If you are moving a number of files and want to handle all potential file name collisions in the same
manner, select the Apply to all checkbox.
2.
To help determine any differences between the two files, use the toolbar between the two preview fields to
shrink or enlarge the size of the previews.
3.
Do one of the following:
To replace the destination file with the source file, click Replace.
To rename the new file before moving it into the destination folder, type a new name for the file in
the Rename to field, and then click Rename.
To skip this file, and leave both files intact, click Skip.
To delete either the destination or source file, click Delete below the file you want to remove from
your hard drive.
To cancel the operation and not move or copy any more files, click Cancel.
In the Confirm File Replace dialog box, destination file refers to the file that exists in the target folder,
and source file refers to the file you are moving or copying.
Renaming a File or Folder
You can rename a file or folder on your hard drive in the Folders and File List panes.
To Rename a File or Folder:
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In Manage mode, in the File List or Folders pane, select the item you want to rename.
2.
Click Edit | Rename.
3.
Without removing or changing the file name extension, such as “.jpg”, type a new name for the file.
4.
Press Enter.
You can rename multiple files at the same time using the Batch Rename tool.
Storing Files in Private Folders
Private folders are secure folders where you can store confidential files. When you place files into a private folder,
ACDSee moves them from their current location into the private folder. Private folders are password-protected and
the files in them can only be viewed in ACDSee.
When you add files or folders to a private folder all information related to them is permanently removed from the
database. Restoring files and folders from a private folder does not restore information to the database. The only
way you can preserve database information related to the files or folders is to back up or export the database
before you add them to a private folder.
To Open the Private Folder Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Private Folder.
To Create a Private Folder:
1.
Close any open private folders.
2.
Right-click the private folder icon in the Private Folder pane and select Create Private Folder.
3.
In the Enter Password text box, type a password for the private folder. Your password must be less than
40 characters long.
4.
In the Re-enter Password text box, type the password again to verify it.
5.
Click OK.
A new folder will not display in the Private Folder pane. Private folders are hidden and are only identified by their
password. When you have a private folder open you will see any subfolders that exist within the private folder, but
do not confuse these subfolders with the private folder itself.
To Open a Private Folder:
1.
Close any open private folders.
2.
Click Panes | Private Folder.
3.
Click the Open button in the Private Folder pane header.
4.
In the Enter Password text box, type the password of the private folder that you want to open.
5.
Click OK.
The contents of an open private folder remain visible until you close it. Remember to close your private
folder if you have to step away from your computer and do not want anyone to see its contents.
To Close a Private Folder:
Do one of the following:
Click the Close button in the Private Folder pane header.
Click File | Exit to exit ACDSee. The private folder is closed automatically.
To Add Files to a Private Folder:
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Open the private folder to which you want to add files.
2.
Click and drag the files onto the private folder icon in the Private Folder pane. A warning message
displays.
3.
Click Yes to move the files to the private folder.
When you add files and folders to a private folder they are removed from their original location in the file
system and added to the password-protected private folder. There is no way to recover files and folders
from a private folder if you have forgotten your password. Ensure that you choose a password that you
will be able to remember.
To Add an Existing Folder and its Contents to a Private Folder:
1.
Open the private folder to which you want to add files.
2.
Click and drag the folder onto the private folder icon in the Private Folder pane.
3.
Click Yes to move the folder and its contents to the private folder.
To Restore Folders and Files from a Private Folder:
1.
Open the private folder containing the folders or files that you want to restore.
2.
Select the folders or files and click File | Restore from Private Folder.
3.
Click the browse button, navigate to the folder where you would like to move the folders or files, and then
click OK.
4.
Click OK.
ACDSee moves the folders or files from the private folder to the selected location. These folders and files
are now visible to anyone with access to the computer.
To Delete a Private Folder, or the Folders or Files in the Private Folder:
1.
Open the private folder containing the folders or files that you want to delete.
2.
Do one of the following:
To delete the private folder, right-click the private folder icon and select Delete.
To delete folders or files in a private folder, right-click them and select Delete.
A warning message displays.
3.
Click Yes to delete the private folder and all of its contents, or the selected folders or files in the private
folder.
Use caution when deleting folders or files in private folders. If you delete folders or files in private folders
they are permanently destroyed. Restore the folders and files if you want to move them from the private
folder to a non-secure location on your computer.
Tagging Images
It is easy to take hundreds of photos at an important event like a wedding or a marathon. After you have
transferred your photos to your computer, you may want to review them and sort out your favorites. Tagging is a
fast and easy way to identify your best photos or to separate them for editing or review.
The tagging checkbox is at the bottom right corner of the thumbnails. Click the checkbox to tag or un-tag photos .
Photos remain tagged until you clear the checkmark from the checkbox.
You can display all your tagged photos with one click by clicking Tagged under Special items in the Catalog pane.
Tagging, like categories and ratings, is a way to set aside, organize, and group your photos without moving the
files into different folders.
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Tagging is intended as a temporary means of separating your images. Once tagged, you can move or
apply categories and ratings to the images, and then clear all of the tags. Categories, ratings, color
labels, and folders are more effective for organizing and grouping your images over a long period of time.
To Tag a Selected Image:
Use the keyboard shortcut \ backslash key to toggle the tag on.
Select the checkbox in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail.
Right-click on one or more thumbnails and select Tag.
In the Properties pane, select the tag checkbox at the top left corner in the Metadata tab.
To Untag a Selected Image:
Use the keyboard shortcut \ backslash key to toggle the tag off.
In the Properties pane, uncheck the tag checkbox at the top left corner in the Metadata tab.
To Untag All Tagged Images:
1.
Click Tagged in the Catalog pane to display all tagged files in the File List pane.
2.
Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + A to select all.
3.
Click the backslash key \ to toggle the tag off.
To Display Tagged Images:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Catalog to display the Catalog pane, then click Tagged in the Special Items
section.
Tagged photos from all your folders display in the File List pane.
To Tag an Image in View Mode:
Do one of the following:
In View mode, select the checkbox in the bottom right corner of the status bar.
In View mode, click Panes | Properties to display the Properties pane, click the Metadata tab, then select
the Tagged checkbox in the top left corner.
To Tag an Image When You Are Comparing Images:
1.
In the Comparison List, select the checkbox in the bottom right corner of the image thumbnails.
2.
Click OK. The Compare Images Viewer closes. You will see a checkmark in the checkbox of the images that
you tagged.
Removing Metadata from Files
You may want to share your photos without including file information such as location, camera model, personal
ratings etc. The Remove Metadata option allows you to strip out this information from selected images and
maintain privacy.
Metadata can be removed from JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG and DNG files.
You can make copies of the images you want to remove the metadata from so you can maintain the version
with the metadata intact.
To Remove Metadata from Selected Images:
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Click Tools | Metadata | Remove...
2.
If you do not want to remove EXIF and IPTC or the Embedded ACDSee Metadata, deselect
accordingly.
3.
Click OK.
Metadata is permanently removed.
Note: EXIF data specific to DNG files will be preserved.
Removing IPTC Keywords from Auto Categories
You can remove unused IPTC keywords from the ACDSee database. Once removed, the IPTC keywords will no
longer display under Keywords (IPTC) in the Photo Properties' Auto Categories list of the Catalog Pane.
This process also applies for the Supplemental Categories field. This field is only visible if selected from
the Choose Metadata to Display dialog box found under Tools | Options | Properties Pane by pressing
the Manage Metadata Views button.
To Remove IPTC Keywords and Supplemental Categories:
1.
In Manage mode, select any image which supports IPTC.
2.
If the Properties pane is not already displayed, click Panes | Properties.
3.
To ensure the image is writable, do the following:
Select the File tab and check to see if there is a checkmark in Read only.
If there is a checkmark the image is not writable. Deselect the Read only checkbox to make the
file writable.
4.
In the IPTC section of the Metadata tab, click the keyword picker button
5.
In the IPTC Keywords Picker dialog box, click Edit List.
6.
Select the keyword you want to remove from the Value list.
beside the Keywords field.
To select more than one keyword, press and hold the CTRL key while selecting the keywords.
7.
Click Remove.
8.
Click OK.
9.
Click OK.
Only keywords that are not in use can be removed from the list. To find photos associated with a keyword,
click the keyword listed under Photo Properties in the Auto Categories list of the Catalog pane.
Changing the Date and Time Properties of Images
You can use the Batch Adjust Time Stamp tool to change the date and time properties of one or more images in
Manage mode or in View mode.
To Change the Date and Time Properties of a File:
1.
Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Adjust Time Stamp.
In View mode, click Tools | Modify | Adjust Image Time Stamp.
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2.
On the Date to Change tab, choose from the following:
Date to Change
EXIF date and
time
EXIF date/time original
The original date/time the image was captured.
EXIF date/time digitized
The date/time the image was converted to a digital
image (usually the same as original).
EXIF date/time
The date/time the image was lasted edited.
File last-modified
date and time
The date/time the image or file was lasted edited. For example, image editing or
updates to metadata.
File creation date
and time
The original date/time the file was created.
ACDSee Database
date and time
The date and time held in the ACDSee Database.
3.
On the Advanced Options tab, select the options for the Adjust Image Time Stamp tool described below,
then click Next.
Advanced Options
4.
Accept defaults and
start conversion
Accepts the default settings for the new time stamp options. To start
changing the date and time of your images, click Adjust Time Stamp.
Automatically close
wizard when
finished
Closes the Adjust Image Time Stamp Wizard as soon as the process is
complete.
Save current
settings as defaults
Remembers the current settings and applies them the next time you change
time stamps.
On the Choose new time stamp page, select one of the following options:
Use different date and time: Replaces the selected date and time with another time stamp
property from the same file. Select the file property you want to use from the Select date and
time drop-down list.
Use specific date and time: Changes the selected time stamp in each file to a specific date and
time. Type the new date and time for the time stamp in the Date and Time fields.
Shift to a new starting date and time: Replaces the earliest time stamp with a date and time
you specify, and shifts all later time stamps ahead accordingly. Specify the time stamp for the
earliest file in the Date and Time fields.
Shift date and time by a specific number: Shifts all the time stamps either forwards or
backwards by a specific number of hours (to adjust for time zones). Select either Shift forward
or Shift backward, and type a number into the Hours, Minutes, and Seconds spin boxes.
5.
Click Adjust Time Stamp to begin adjusting your files.
6.
When the wizard is finished, click Done to return to ACDSee.
Backing Up Your Files to Another Computer
The Sync Wizard will guide you through the process of creating a synchronized copy of your files to protect you
from local hard drive failure. You can synchronize your local folders with a network drive, remote computer, or
external hard drive. You can name the synchronization, specify the actions you want to take each time you
synchronize your files, schedule the synchronization to run at specific intervals, and edit or remove the
synchronization at a later time.
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The Sync Wizard does not backup your database when your files are copied to a new location. To back up
files with database information, use the ACD Database Backup Wizard.
To Create a Synchronization:
1.
In Manage mode, click File | Sync | Create Sync.
2.
On the Welcome page, click the Next button when you are ready to continue.
3.
On the Synchronization Options page, do the following:
In the Source folder field, specify the folder containing files you would like to copy.
In the Backup destination field, specify a folder on a network drive, remote computer, or
external hard drive in which to place the backup files.
In the Options area, specify how Sync should handle errors and logs.
In the Confirmations area, specify how Sync should handle file duplication conflicts.
Click Next when you are ready to continue.
4.
On the Synchronization Schedule page, do the following:
In the Name text box, type a name for your synchronization.
In the Schedule area, specify whether you would like to run the synchronization immediately, or
schedule the synchronization.
Click Finish when you are ready to complete the wizard.
Schedule: An account with no password cannot set up a schedule. You must set a password for your
account for schedules to work. A blank password will not work; you must have a real password with more
than one character.
Updating or Deleting a Synchronization
You can adjust the settings of a synchronization, schedule it to run at regular intervals, or delete the
synchronization from ACDSee.
To Update or Delete a Saved Synchronization:
1.
In Manage mode, click File | Sync | Edit Sync.
2.
In the Saved Synchronizations dialog box, select a synchronization from the list.
3.
Do one of the following:
To schedule the synchronization, click Schedule. Specify how often to run your synchronization,
and then click OK.
To adjust the settings, click Edit. In the Edit Synchronizations dialog box, update the folder
containing files you would like to copy, and a folder on a network drive, remote computer, or
external hard drive in which to place those files. In the Options area, update how Sync should
handle errors and logs. In the Confirmations area, update how Sync should handle file
duplication conflicts. Click OK when you are finished.
To rename the synchronization, click Rename. Type a new name for the synchronization and
click OK.
To delete the synchronization, click Delete.
4.
Click Close.
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Running a Saved Synchronization
After you create a synchronization, you can run it at any time, even if it is scheduled to run at regular intervals.
To Run a Saved Synchronization:
In Manage mode, click File | Sync, and then select the name of the synchronization you want to run.
Searching with ACDSee
ACDSee includes a number of ways to search your computer for files and folders. You can use the Search pane to
search by file name, keywords, or image properties. You can create advanced searches to locate files that fall
within a date or rating range and then save and name the search to use later. You can also use the Duplicate
Finder to locate and manage identical files.
For simpler searches, you can use the Quick Search bar to quickly locate files and folders, or search the database
for specific names and keywords. You can also customize the Quick Search bar to only search for specific items or
certain parts of the database.
Also, you can use the Catalog pane to quickly locate and list all images on your hard drive, or to locate any files in a
folder that have not been categorized. If you are working with larger image collections, you can use Selective
Browsing to specify broad or narrow criteria for the images you want to display in the File List pane.
Using the Quick Search Bar
You can use the Quick Search bar in Manage mode to quickly locate files or folders. You can use the Quick Search
options or basic operators to refine or expand your search, and view the results in the File List pane.
The Quick Search feature always searches the following IPTC fields: Title, Headline, Description, Keywords,
Creator, City, Location, State/Province, Country, and Instructions. The Quick Search also searches Color labels and
the ACDSee Metadata fields: Caption, Author, Notes, and Keywords.
When ACDSee searches file names, it only considers the first term in the file name. For example, a file
called Cat_Dog would be found by searching for Cat, but not for Dog. Search terms are not casesensitive.
To Run a Quick Search:
Do one of the following:
In the Quick Search bar, type the term or part of a word for which you want to search.
Click the drop-down list beside the Quick Search field and select a previously entered search term.
Quick Search Operators
You can use the following operators to further refine or expand your searches in the Quick Search bar. Note that a
search term cannot begin with an operator; it must start with a word.
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Operator
Result
Examples
-
Searches for all items containing the first search term, and then
displays only those items that don't also contain the second search
term.
Cat -Dog returns all
items that contain Cat,
except those that also
contain Dog. Be sure to
insert a space before
the minus sign. If you
do not insert a space,
ACDSee will assume you
are searching for a
hyphenated word.
+
Searches for all items containing both the search term before and
after the operator. Those items that only contain one of the terms,
are excluded. The Quick Search bar treats spaces between words
as + operators.
Cat+Dog or Cat Dog
returns items
containing both Cat
and Dog.
Cat+Dog+-Kittens
returns items that
include both Cat and
Dog, but not those that
include Cat and Dog
and Kittens.
|
Searches for all items containing one or the other of the search
elements.
Cat|Dog includes all
items with either Cat or
Dog in the search.
Cat+Dog|Kittens
includes items that
contain both Cat and
Dog, and those that
contain Kittens.
Using the Search Pane
You can use the Search pane to search for your files and folders. You can do basic searching by file name or
keyword phrase, and create advanced searches to narrow your results by folders, categories, and image
properties. You can also search for patterns in file names and find duplicate files.
You can also save a search and give it a name. Saved searches are listed on the Search pane and the Catalog pane.
On the Search pane, can select Saved searches from the drop-down list to run again. On the Catalog pane, Saved
Searches are listed below Auto Categories where you can run them again by clicking once on the Saved Search
name.
The Search pane will not return results for folders that are not cataloged in the ACDSee database.
Cataloging happens automatically when you browse to a folder. You can also click Tools | Database |
Catalog Files.
To Open the Search Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Search.
Search Pane Areas
The Search pane contains several areas to help you manage your searches. When you create a search, remember
that the search tool will only return files that match all of the criteria that you specify.
Saved Searches
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In the Saved searches area, you can save a complex search to use later, select a search to run again, or delete a
saved search.
Saved searches
If you have saved a search, it is listed in this drop-down list for you to select
and run again. When you click Start at the bottom of the pane, the search
results are listed in the File List pane.
Saved searches are also listed on the Catalog pane, from where you can run
them with a single click on the Saved Search name.
Save a search
Click the Save icon, and then Save or Save As to save or overwrite a saved
search. When the Saved Search dialog opens, type in a name for the search. If
you use a descriptive name, it makes it easier to remember the criteria in your
saved search.
Delete a search
Select a search from the drop-down list and then click the Delete icon. Click
Yes to confirm the deletion, when the prompt opens.
Files and Text
In the Files and Text area, you can identify what you are searching for, and where you want to search for it.
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Search for files or
folders named
Type a portion of the file or folder name for which you want to search, or select
a previous search term from the drop-down list. You can also use wildcards to
search for file name patterns. To exclude all non-image files, click the rightarrow button beside the field and select Images only.
With the text
Type the text you want to search for within the ACDSee database. This can
include portions of a caption or keyword, or even the name of a folder or
category that might contain the files you want to find. When you search by both
file name and a keyword or phrase, an item is included in the search result only
when it includes both criteria.
To specify what parts of the database you want to search, and indicate how to
treat the text you type in the field, click the arrow next to the field and select any
of the following options:
Find all words: Only returns files that match all of the words you
enter.
Find whole words only: Only returns files that contain the entire
word, exactly as you type it.
Search in Caption: Searches the Caption field of files in the database.
Search in Keywords: Searches the Keyword field of files in the
database.
Search in Notes: Searches the Notes field of files in the database.
Search in Categories: Searches the Category assignments of files in
the database.
Search in Folders: Searches in the name of folders in the database.
Search in Labels: Searches the labeled images by color.
Search in
Select one of the following options:
Entire database: Performs a search on the entire ACDSee database.
Note that any folders on your computer that have not been cataloged are
not included in the search results.
Specific folders and categories: Performs the search only within the
categories and folders you specify. Selecting this option opens the
Categories and Folders area, where you can select the location and
categories in which you want to search.
Sync to file list settings
Imports the current Manage mode settings, including Selective Browsing
settings, into the Search pane. Note that this may also remove criteria from the
Search pane.
Properties Area
In the Properties area, you can identify file properties that you want to search for, and specify ranges of values to
include or exclude from your search.
To Use the Properties Area:
1.
Below the Search file properties field, click Add.
2.
In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, select one or more properties on which to base your search.
3.
Click OK.
4.
In the Properties area, click the hyperlinks to define conditional statements for each property.
5.
Click Start to perform the search.
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Searching with File Name Patterns
You can type a text pattern into the Search pane's Search for files and folders named field to search for file
names. You can search for simple patterns such as portions of file names, or more advanced patterns that include
wildcards.
File Name Pattern Wildcards
Wildcar Result
d
Example
?
Matches any single character in the file name.
ca?.jpg results in cat.jpg, cap.jpg, and
car.jpg, but not cats.jpg
*
Matches zero or more characters in the file name.
cat* results in cat.jpg, cats.jpg, and
cathy.jpg
[…]
Matches any of the enclosed characters.
ca[tr] results in cat.jpg or car.jpg, but
not cap.jpg
[!…]
Matches any character not enclosed.
cat[!0] results in cata.jpg and
catb.jpg, but not cat0.jpg
[…-…]
Matches any character in the specified range.
cat[a-f0-9] results in cata.jpg,
catb.jpg, catf.jpg and cat0.jpg,
cat1.jpg, …, cat9.jpg
\
Blocks the use of other wildcard characters that are also
characters permitted in a file name, such as square
brackets: [ ]. The * and ? characters are not permitted in
file names so this function does not work with them.
Because square brackets are wildcards,
if you wanted to search for a file name
that contains a bracket, you must
precede the bracket with a backslash:
ACD\[123\] results in ACD[123].gif
Patterns are not case-sensitive. To use multiple patterns, separate the names with spaces or semicolons.
To match a pattern containing a space or semicolon, enclose the pattern in double quotation marks. If you
do not include the * wildcard in your pattern, the pattern is matched as a sub-string. For example, cat
would match cat, cathy and bobcat, and is equivalent to the pattern *cat*.
Using Selective Browsing
You can use selective browsing to browse for files that are located in a specific folder, assigned a specific date,
and/or assigned to a specific Catalog classification. By adjusting the selective browsing criteria, you can quickly
include or exclude files from the File List pane, and view only those files you want to browse.
To get the most out of selective browsing, it is recommended that you catalog and organize your files in the
ACDSee database. The more information you enter for your files, the more helpful you will find the selective
browsing feature.
To Use Selective Browsing:
Open the Selective Browsing panel by clicking View | Selective Browsing. The panel appears on the left side
of the File List pane.
Setting Selective Browsing Criteria
The Selective Browsing panel is divided into three areas: Folders, Catalog, and Calendar, each of which
corresponds to the Manage mode pane of the same name. When the Selective Browsing panel is open, the
Contents bar in the File List pane is replaced by the Selective Browsing bar, which lists all of the current browsing
criteria.
When you add a folder, date range, or organize method to the Selective Browsing panel, ACDSee excludes any files
that do not match that criteria. You can add or remove criteria to narrow or broaden your results.
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To Add Selective Browsing Criteria:
With the Selective Browsing panel open, do any of the following:
In the Folders pane, select one or more folders.
In the Catalog pane, select one or more categories, and/or a rating.
In the Calendar pane, select one or more date ranges.
As each criteria is added to the Selective Browsing panel, ACDSee searches its database for files in that folder, that
match the date range, and are assigned to the classification, and displays them in the File List pane. You can then
select those files and use the ACDSee features to edit, share, move, and view them however you want.
You can also adjust or refine your criteria in the Selective Browsing panel:
To remove a selected criteria from the Selective Browsing panel, right-click any of the criteria, and then
select Remove From Scope.
To exclude all of a certain type of criteria, click the bar above the list, and toggle the option to include that
type in the scope. For example, to exclude the listed folders from the scope, click the Folders bar, and
then click Include Folders in Scope. The folders you selected will still be displayed in the Selective
Browsing panel, but will not factor in the results.
To remove all criteria of a certain type, click the bar above the list, and select Clear All .
The default behavior for categories in the Selective Browsing panel is to display files that match any of the
categories listed. You can refine your results by choosing to display only those files that are assigned to all of the
specified categories. To toggle between behaviors, right-click the bar above the categories you selected, and
select Match Any or Match All.
Tips for Selective Browsing
When you add a criteria to the Selective Browsing panel, you are indicating that the files you want to browse must
have that attribute. For example, if you select a folder in the Folders pane, then ACDSee displays only files in that
folder. If you select a rating in the Catalog pane, ACDSee displays only files assigned to that rating.
You can combine criteria to refine your selective browsing even further. For example, if you select a category and a
date range, then ACDSee displays only those files that belong to both the category and date range you selected.
ACDSee does not display items that fall within the date range unless they are also assigned to the correct category,
and does not display files assigned to that category unless they also match the date range.
Hiding the Selective Browsing Panel
You can use the Auto Hide feature to automatically hide the Selective Browsing panel and increase space for the
File List pane. When the panel is set to auto-hide, it rolls away when you click outside it, leaving only an edge
displayed. You can access the panel again by moving the cursor over the edge.
Searching with Auto Categories
Do you have hundreds, possibly thousands, of images? Do you use more than one camera? Do different members
of your family share cameras? Or do you have images on your computer that were captured by friends and family?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you should consider using auto categories to search for images.
You will see auto categories in the Catalog pane, below Labels. Double-click or click the plus sign (+) to expand
auto category groupings. Double-click or click the minus sign (-) to collapse the auto category groupings.
Some auto category information is added to your images by your camera. For example, cameras will record
information such as the camera make and model, the white balance settings you used, the focal length you used,
and the aperture. You may want to supplement that information with the city, province/state, or country in which
you captured the images, as well as keywords or copyright. You can do this by manually entering information in
the Properties pane.
When you click on an auto category, ACDSee searches for images belonging to that category. For example, imagine
that you use more than one camera. You can expand the Photo Properties and Camera Model groupings, then
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select the category representing your camera model. All images captured with that camera model will display.
Similarly, imagine that your brother captures a lot of images and sends them to you. You can expand the Photo
Properties and Photographer groupings, then select your brother's name from the list of photographers. All
images captured by your brother will display.
Below are some tips for searching with auto categories.
Identifying Commonly Used Search Categories
If there are certain auto categories in the Photo Properties grouping that you use frequently, you can save time by
adding them to the Commonly Used grouping. Some Photo Properties groupings are available in the Commonly
Used grouping by default. You can add as many auto categories as you want to the Commonly Used grouping, and
you can easily remove any grouping from the Commonly Used grouping when you no longer need them.
To Add an Auto Category Grouping to the Commonly Used Grouping:
1.
Expand the Photo Properties grouping.
2.
Right-click the auto categories grouping that you want to add to the Commonly Used grouping, and select
Add to Commonly Used. The grouping is added to the Commonly Used grouping.
It remains visible in the Photo Properties grouping as well.
To Remove an Auto Category Grouping from the Commonly Used Grouping:
1.
Expand the Commonly Used grouping.
2.
Right-click the auto categories grouping that you want to remove from the Commonly Used grouping, and
select Remove from Commonly Used.
The grouping is removed from the Commonly Used grouping.
Refining Your Auto Categories Search
You can refine your auto categories search by selecting more than one auto category. For example, imagine that
you are learning to combine aperture and shutter speed settings to properly expose images in a variety of lighting
and you want find images taken at specific settings. If you click the Easy-Select indicator beside the f/16 aperture
auto category and the 1/30 s shutter speed auto category, ACDSee will search for images that belong to both of
those auto categories.
When you select more than one auto category you can further control the search by selecting Match All or Match
Any from the Match Any/All drop-down list at the top of the Catalog pane. If you select Match Any, ACDSee will
display any images associated with the selected auto categories. If you select Match All, ACDSee will display only
those images that are associated with all of the selected auto categories.
You can also refine your auto categories search by selecting a category or rating. For example, imagine that you
clicked on the Photographer auto category and found over 1000 images. However, you only want to see the best
images by that photographer. Click the Easy-Select indicator beside 1 in the Ratings area of the Catalog pane.
Only the images by that photographer with a rating of 1 will display.
You can also use the Selective Browsing pane to refine your auto categories search. For example, imagine that you
clicked on the Camera Model auto category and ACDSee displayed over 1000 images. However, you only want to
see the images that you took on a specific date. Display the Selective Browsing pane by clicking View | Selective
Browsing, then select the Calendar pane and select the appropriate date. Only the images taken with that
camera model on that day will be displayed.
Finding Duplicate Files
You can use the Duplicate Finder plug-in to search for duplicate files on your hard drive. Once you locate any
duplicates, you can rename or delete them to better manage your file collection.
The following steps are a basic overview of how to use the Duplicate Finder. There is also extensive contextsensitive Help in the plug-in dialog box to provide you with additional information.
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Limit your search by selecting only a portion of the photos or images in a folder.
To Find Duplicate Files:
1.
In Manage mode, select a folder or images to search for duplicates.
2.
Click Tools | Find Duplicates.
3.
In the Duplicate Finder dialog box, on the Select Search Type page, add any other files and folders you
want to search.
4.
Do one of the following:
To find duplicates within the files and folders you added to the list, select Find duplicates
within this list of files.
To compare files between the list you created and another group of files, select Find duplicates
between these files and another list.
5.
Click Next.
6.
If you are comparing the files with another list, add the files or folders you want to compare to the second
list, and then click Next.
7.
On the Search Parameters page, specify whether you want to find exact duplicates, or just files with the
same name.
8.
Select Find images only if you only want to search for image files.
9.
Click Next.
10.
If no duplicates are found, click OK and refine your search or click Cancel to exit the Duplicate Finder.
11.
If duplicates are found, specify from which list you want to delete the duplicates, and then select the
checkbox next to the files you want to delete. You can also right-click a file name to open, rename, or
delete a file.
12.
Click Next to review your changes, and then click Finish.
Finding Images Quickly
You can click on the name of a saved search to quickly re-run the search. You can select Special Items in the
Catalog pane to locate all of the images in your database, or list all of the images that you have not yet assigned to a
category.
To Re-Run a Saved Search:
In Manage mode, in the Catalog pane, click the name of a saved search.
The results of the search display in the File List pane.
To Find All of Your Images at Once:
1.
In Manage mode, click Panes | Catalog to open the Catalog pane.
2.
In the Catalog pane, under Special Items, click Image Well.
To Locate Uncategorized Images:
1.
In Manage mode, click Panes | Catalog to open the Catalog pane.
2.
In the Catalog pane, under Special Items, click Uncategorized. The Image Well and Uncategorized
features only display images that have been cataloged in the database; they do not search your hard drive
for specific file types.
To Locate Images That Haven't Been Keyworded:
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1.
In Manage mode, click Panes | Catalog to open the Catalog pane.
2.
In the Catalog pane, under Special Items, click No Keywords.
Sharing Files with ACDSee
ACDSee makes it easy to share your images and other files with friends and family. You can email files directly
from ACDSee, upload images to a Web site, create your own Web pages with the HTML Album plug-in, or print a
contact sheet.
ACDSee includes a Burn Basket pane, to help you burn your images safely onto a disc. You can also create
slideshows and screensavers that you can give to anyone with a computer—they do not need ACDSee to view
them.
Taking a Screen Capture
You can use the ACDSee Screen Capture utility to create images from different areas of your screen. You can select
what areas to capture, how you want to perform the capture, and where to store the captured image.
To Take a Screen Capture:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, click Tools | Screen Capture...
2.
In the Source area of the Screen Capture dialog box, identify the part of the screen you want to capture.
See the table below for a description of the Source options.
3.
If you want to include your cursor in the output image, select the Include mouse cursor checkbox.
4.
In the Destination area, identify where you want to place the output image.
5.
In the Initiate capture area, identify how you want to take the screen capture.
6.
Click Start to launch the screen capture tool.
An icon appears in the Taskbar Notification area.
7.
Prepare your screen to show the area you want to capture, and then follow the steps that appear in the
bubble above the Screen Capture icon.
8.
To exit the Screen Capture utility without taking a screen capture, right-click the Screen Capture icon, and
then select Exit Screen Capture.
Screen Capture Options
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Desktop
Current monitor
Captures an image of the entire area displayed on the
screen.
Window
Entire window
Captures an image of the entire active window.
Content only
Captures an image of the window contents (does not
include the frame or title bar).
Fixed size
Captures an image of a fixed area on the screen.
Region
Click the drop-down button and select a dimension
setting or select Custom, and enter the dimension in
pixels.
Object
Selected region
Captures a selected area of the screen. Click and drag
your cursor to surround the area you want to capture.
Child window
Captures an image of sections of the window. For
example, a toolbar or button.
Menu under cursor
Captures selected menu commands.
Include mouse cursor
Includes the cursor in the screen capture.
Destination options
Clipboard
Places a copy of the image on the Clipboard. From the
Clipboard you can paste the image in a new location.
File
Displays the Save dialog box to save the file; you can
specify location, format, and file name.
Editor
Opens the captured image in the default editor.
Hot key
Designates a keystroke combination to trigger the
screen capture.
Initiate Capture
options
To set the Hot Key, press a key or combination of keys
(e.g., CTRL + S) on the keyboard; do not type in the
box.
Timer
Takes a screen capture after a designated period.
Choose enough time to set up your desktop or window
for the screen capture. The maximum setting is 60
seconds.
Emailing Images
You can use the Send Email Wizard to send images directly from ACDSee without opening an external email
application. To use the Send Email Wizard, you will need an active email account, and have a default email
application set up on your computer, or have access to an SMTP server.
To Email Your Images:
1.
In the File List pane, select the images you want to email, and then click File | Send | Email Images.
If you want to add other images, click Add. When you have finished adding images, click OK.
If you want to delete images, select an image and click Remove. The image is removed from the
wizard, but not deleted from ACDSee.
If you want to set email and image options, such as the maximum size for emails or the conversion
of images to JPEG, click Options. When you have finished selecting options, click Apply.
If you want to change the email account settings, to use either your default email client or an
SMTP server, click Change. When you have finished changing your email account settings, click
OK.
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2.
In the Send Email Wizard, click Next.
If you selected Send using your default email client, the wizard adds your images and email
information to a new email message. You can edit the message and then send it as you normally
would.
If you selected Send through an SMTP server, in the wizard, enter the email address you want
to send the email to, a subject for the email, and a message. Click Next.
3.
When the images have been sent, click Finish to close the wizard.
Some Internet-based email applications such as Hotmail and Yahoo (free accounts) do not support SMTP
and cannot be used with the Send Email Wizard. For others, such as Gmail, Yahoo (upgraded accounts),
and AOL, you must configure the account for POP/SMTP. To learn how to configure these types of email
accounts, visit their specific websites and search for SMTP.
Share / Email Using ACDSee 365
Once you have activated your account with ACDSee 365, you can share your images through 365.acdsee.com.
To Email Your Images:
1.
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share, and then click File | Send | Share/Email
using ACDSee 365 .
2.
In the Share/Email with ACDSee 365 dialog box, enter a Name for your album of photos and select a
Location from your existing online folders.
3.
Enter one or more email addresses to send the images to.
You can click the Share with button to pull names from your address book.
4.
Select an upload size from the drop-down list.
5.
Click Upload.
6.
A new window opens providing the option to enter a message, enable download of full sized JPG, and
create an access password.
7.
Click OK.
Creating a Desktop Screensaver
You can create a desktop screensaver using your own images. You can set the screensaver options to adjust how
long each image is displayed, set the background color, apply transition effects, and add header or footer text.
To Create a Screensaver:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select a group of images, and then click Tools | Configure
Screensaver.
2.
In the ACDSee Screensaver dialog box, click Add to browse for more images to add to your screensaver, or
select images you do not want to include and click Remove.
3.
Click Configure, specify the options as described below, and then click OK.
4.
To automatically use the screensaver on your desktop, select the Set as default screensaver checkbox.
5.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click OK.
To Activate the Screensaver on Your Computer:
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Select the Screen Saver tab in your Windows Display Properties dialog box, and then select ACDSee
Screensaver from the drop-down list.
ACDSee Screensaver Options
Basic
Select transitions
Displays a list of transitions for you to select and plays each transition,
variation, or effect in the Preview as you select it.
Select all: Selects all the transitions and displays them randomly.
Clear all: Clears any selected transitions.
These transitions do not work with the 2-up, 4-up and Collage
variations.
Variations
Click the drop-down list to select from the following:
None: Uses no variations
Pan and Zoom: Zooms in and pans across each slide during the time
it is displayed.
2-up: Displays two images at a time.
4-up: Displays four images at a time.
Collage: Displays images as a collage where images overlap each
other.
Effects
Click the drop-down list to select from the following:
None: Uses no effects.
Black & white: Displays all images in grayscale.
Sepia: Displays all images in sepia.
Vivid: Increases the saturation of the images to make colors brighter.
Soft: Blurs images slightly for a softening effect.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Click the color picker to select or change the
color. Click Other to set a custom color in the Color dialog box.
Slide duration
(sec)
Specifies how long you want the screensaver to display each image.
Advanced General settings
Select or clear the following options:
Stretch images to fit screen: Enlarges small images to fill the
entire screen.
Play embedded audio: Plays any audio clips embedded in the
images.
Slide order
Select one of the following options to specify the order to display your
images:
Forward
Shuffle
Text
Display header
text
Displays a text caption at the top of each image. Set the options to specify the
text you want to display.
Display footer
text
Displays a text caption at the bottom of each image. Set the options to specify
the text you want to display.
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Screensaver Text Options
Alignment
Specifies the alignment of the text captions.
Background color
Specifies a background color for the caption text.
Text
Specifies the text to display as a caption.
Font
Opens the Font dialog box where you can select or change the font options for your
text.
Insert Metadata
Tag
Inserts file-specific information called metadata into the caption.
Click to open the Choose Properties dialog box and select the metadata you want to
insert.
Viewing and Configuring a Slideshow
You can view a slideshow of images and/or videos from Manage mode or from View mode. You can also configure
your slideshow to start automatically whenever you run it, and set the slideshow options to adjust how long each
image is displayed, set the background color, apply transition effects, and add header or footer text.
To Start a Slideshow in Manage Mode:
1.
Do one of the following:
In the File List pane, select a group of images.
In the Folders pane, select a folder.
Use the Easy-Select bar to select multiple folders that contain images.
2.
Click Tools | Slideshow (keyboard shortcut CTRL+ S)
To Start a Slideshow in View Mode:
Click Tools | Slideshow.
To Configure a Slideshow:
1.
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
In the File List pane, select a group of images.
In the Folders pane, select a folder or use the Easy-Select bar to select multiple folders that
contain images.
2.
Click Tools | Configure Slideshow.
3.
In the Slideshow Properties dialog box, select or change the slideshow options as described below.
4.
To save your settings as the default slideshow behavior, select the Save current settings as default
checkbox.
5.
Click OK.
Slideshow Options
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File
Selectio
n
Slideshow contents
Specifies which of the following media to include in the
slideshow:
All media in current folder: Displays all the
files (images or video) in the folder you have
selected.
All media in current folder and subfolders:
Displays all the files in the currently selected
folder and its subfolders.
Selected media: Displays only the files that you
selected before opening the Slideshow Properties
dialog box.
Basic
Always use these contents for
this selection type and start
slideshow automatically
Retains the current Slideshow contents setting and
starts automatically the next time you launch the
slideshow.
Select transitions
Displays a list of transitions for you to select and plays
each transition, variation, or effect in the Preview as you
select it.
Select all : Selects all the transitions and displays
them randomly.
Clear all : Clears any selected transitions.
These transitions do not work with the 2-up, 4-up
and Collage variations.
Variations
Click the drop-down list to select from the following:
None: Uses no variations.
Pan and Zoom: Zooms in and pans across each
slide during the time it is displayed.
2-up: Displays two images at a time.
4-up: Displays four images at a time.
Collage: Displays images as a collage where
images overlap each other.
Effects
Click the drop-down list to select from the following:
None: Uses no effects.
Black & White: Displays all images in grayscale.
Sepia: Displays all images in sepia.
Vivid: Increases the saturation of the images to
make colors brighter.
Soft: Blurs images slightly for a softening effect.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Click the color picker to
select or change the color. Click Other to set a custom
color in the Color dialog.
Slide duration (sec)
Specifies how long you want the slideshow to display each
image.
Advance General settings
d
Select or clear any of the following options:
Stretch images to fit screen: Enlarges small
images to fill the entire screen.
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Play embedded audio: Plays any audio clips
embedded in the images.
Stretch video to fit screen: Enlarges video files
to fill the entire screen.
Autohide control bar: Hides the slideshow
controls whenever the cursor stops moving for
more than a few seconds.
Loop: Repeats the slideshow after displaying the
last image.
Slide order
Select one of the following options to specify the order to
display your images:
Forward
Shuffle
Text
Music directory
Displays music from the previously-selected folders, or
you can click Browse to find a new folder.
Display header text
Displays a text caption at the top of each image. Set the
options to specify the text you want to display.
Display footer text
Displays a text caption at the bottom of each image. Set
the options to specify the text you want to display.
Save current settings as default
Retains the current settings on all of the tabbed pages and
applies them the next time you view a slideshow.
Slideshow Text Options
Alignment
Specifies the alignment of the text captions.
Background color
Specifies a background color for the caption text.
Text
Specifies the text to display as a caption.
Font
Opens the Font dialog box where you can select or change the font options for your
text.
Insert Metadata Tag
Inserts file-specific information called metadata into the caption.
Click to open the Choose Properties dialog box and select the metadata you want to
insert.
Sharing Slideshows and Screensavers
You can view a slideshow of your images from Manage or View mode at anytime by clicking Tools | Slideshow
(keyboard shortcut CTRL+S in Manage mode). With ACDSee, you can also create slideshows and screensavers of
your favorite photos, and send them to friends and family, or display them on your website. You can even save
your slideshow or screensaver project to edit at a later time.
To Create a Slideshow:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Create | Slideshow File.
2.
On the Welcome page, to create a new slideshow, select the Create a new slideshow radio button. To
specify what type of slideshow you want to create, select one of the following options:
Standalone slideshow: Creates a single executable file (.exe) containing all of your images and
everything needed to view them. You can share this type of file with anyone who has a computer,
even if they do not own ACDSee.
Windows screensaver: Creates a standard Windows screensaver file (.scr) that can be stored
and used on any Windows system.
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Adobe Flash Player® slideshow: Creates a compact Adobe Flash file (.swf) that you can
display on a Web site.
3.
To edit an existing slideshow or screensaver project, select the Load an existing slideshow project
radio button, and then click Browse to locate your project (.asw file).
4.
Click Next to continue.
5.
On the Choose your images page, you can view the images included in your slideshow, in the default order
they will be displayed. Click Add or Remove to change the images, and use the arrow buttons to reorder
them. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
6.
On the Set file specific options page, click the underlined words beside each thumbnail to set the
individual options for each image. These include transitions between photos, the duration of the transition
and slide, text captions, and audio files to play when the image is displayed. Note that the options
available depend on your choice of output file format, and not all formats support all options. Click Next
when you are ready to continue.
7.
On the Set slideshow options page, set the timing for each slide to automatic or manual, the order to
display slides, and whether or not to hide the controls. You can also add audio files to play in the
background, and adjust the quality, or speed, of the transitions. Click Next when you are ready to
continue.
8.
On the following pages, set the options for image size, location of your slideshow file and the project file.
9.
Finally, click Next, and wait a few moments while ACDSee generates your slideshow. When complete, you
can launch your slideshow and exit the wizard.
If you assign an audio file to an individual image, as well as to the whole slideshow on the Set slideshow
options page, then both audio files will play simultaneously when that slide displays.
Creating a Desktop Slideshow
You can use ACDSee Showroom to create a slideshow of your photos and display that slideshow in a small window
on your computer desktop. You can run up to 16 different slideshows on your computer at once.
You can configure the ACDSee Showroom window to always stay on top of other application windows. You can also
configure it to open when you start your computer. You do not have to open ACDSee to use ACDSee Showroom.
To Create a Desktop Slideshow with ACDSee Showroom:
1.
In Manage mode, navigate to a folder containing images that you want to add to the desktop slideshow.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click Tools | Create | ACDSee Showroom.
Click Start | Programs | ACD Systems | ACDSee Showroom.
The slideshow starts immediately and the ACDSee Showroom icon appears in the taskbar.
Using the ACDSee Showroom Slideshow Controls
There are a number of slideshow controls in the ACDSee Showroom window.
Click the Back or Forward buttons to display the previous or next photos in the slideshow.
Click the Pause button to pause the slideshow while a particular photo is displayed.
If you cannot see these slideshow controls in the ACDSee Showroom window, click anywhere in the
window. The controls disappear while the slideshow is playing so you can fully enjoy your photos.
To Create More Than One ACDSee Showroom:
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With ACDSee Showroom open, do one of the following:
Right-click in the ACDSee Showroom window and select New Showroom.
Click the ACDSee Showroom icon in the taskbar and select New Showroom.
To Close ACDSee Showroom:
Do one of the following:
Click Close in the ACDSee Showroom window.
Click the ACDSee Showroom icon in the taskbar and select Exit ACDSee Showroom.
If you have configured ACDSee Showroom to open when you start your computer, it will automatically
open the next time you start your computer.
Creating a PDF
You can use ACDSee to combine your images into PDF (portable document format) files. The Create PDF Wizard will
guide you through the process of creating one or more PDF files from your images, or adding images to a PDF
slideshow.
To Create a PDF:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2.
Click Tools | Create | PDF.
3.
On the Welcome page of the Create PDF Wizard, select one of the following options, and then click Next:
Create a PDF slideshow: Combines all of your images into a single PDF file that you can view as
a slideshow.
Create one PDF file containing all images: Combines all of the selected images into a single
PDF file with multiple pages.
Create one PDF file for each image: Converts each image into a separate PDF file.
4.
On the Choose images page, you can change the selected images, and use the arrow buttons to reorder
them. Click Next to continue.
5.
Do one of the following:
If you selected to create a PDF slideshow, set or change the transition options by clicking the
hyperlink next to each image. Click Next to set the order, color, and file name options for your
slideshow. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
If you selected to create one or more PDF files, specify a file name and location, and then click
Next.
6.
Click Finish to close the wizard and return to ACDSee.
Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
You can create a PowerPoint presentation quickly from inside ACDSee using the Create PPT Wizard. The wizard
walks you through the process of creating or editing a presentation using your photos. You can set slide duration,
the location of the file, number of images per slide and whether or not to use a design template as a background.
You can also add captions, a title, or notes to each slide.
This feature only works if you have Microsoft PowerPoint® installed on your computer. The feature does
not support RAW files, so you will need to convert RAW files to another format.
To Create a PowerPoint Presentation:
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In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2.
Click Tools | Create | PPT.
3.
On the Choose images page of the Create PPT Wizard, click Add if you want to add more images.
4.
Click Next.
5.
On the Presentation Options page, do one or all of the following:
In the Presentation Options area, if this is a new presentation, set the duration that you want
each slide to display.
If you are editing a presentation, select Existing presentation to activate the Path field, and
browse to your presentation. Select whether you want to Insert slides at the beginning or end of
the presentation.
Select the Number of images per slide from the drop-down list. (If you select more than one,
the Title and Notes options on the next page do not appear.)
Select Link to Image file if you want your images to stay linked to ACDSee rather than be
embedded in the presentation.
Click Use a design template if you want to use a background template and browse to the folder
on your computer to select it. (PowerPoint templates are usually under Microsoft Office |
Templates | Presentation Designs.)
6.
Click Next.
7.
On the Text Options page, do one or all of the following:
On the Caption tab, type in a caption and select its background color and alignment. You can also
select a different font, or insert metadata like file name or picture dimensions. Captions appear at
the bottom of the slide.
On the Title tab, type in a title for the slide and select its background color and alignment. You
can also select a different font, or insert metadata.
On the Notes tab, type in any notes that you want to appear in the Notes section attached to each
slide. These notes do not appear on the slide itself.
8.
Click Create.
The presentation opens in PowerPoint where you can edit it like any other presentation.
Burning a CD or DVD
You can use the Burn Basket to burn a CD or DVD of your photos and files, to use on a computer. You must have a
CD or DVD writer installed in your computer to use the Burn Basket.
With the Burn Basket, you can organize, arrange, and store your photos and files until you are ready to burn them
to a disc. The Burn Basket allows you to create your own folders, use existing folders, or have the Burn Basket
create the folder structure automatically.
To Create a CD or DVD:
1.
To open the Burn Basket pane, do one of the following:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Burn Basket.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Create | CD or DVD.
2.
From the drop-down list in the toolbar of the Burn Basket, select the device you want to use to create your
disc. The options in this drop-down list depend on the CD/DVD hardware you have on your computer.
3.
Click the Format Options button. The Format Options dialog box will open. Check or uncheck the box to
specify whether you want to include any ACDSee Metadata associated with your files.
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You can use the left side of the Burn Basket to create a folder structure to organize the photos and files on
the disc. To create a new folder, right-click the name of a folder, "Volume Label" by default, and select
New Folder from the context menu. Type a name for the new folder and then press Enter.
5.
To add photos or other files to your disc, drag them from the File List pane to the Burn Basket, or select
the files you want to add and then click Edit | Add to Burn Basket. You can use the buttons on the Burn
Basket toolbar, as explained below, to adjust the contents of the Burn Basket, or to save or load projects.
6.
When you are ready to create your disc, click Burn, located in the bottom right corner.
In order to be able to browse the contents of your disc while it is ejected, you may want to create an
ACDSee Photo Disc .
Burn Basket Toolbar Buttons
Format Options
Opens the Format Options dialog box, where you can specify
whether or not you want to add a catalog to your data disc.
Add to Burn Basket
Adds the currently selected files or folders to the Burn
Basket.
Remove From Burn Basket
Removes the currently selected files or folders from the Burn
Basket.
Remove All
Clears the contents of the Burn Basket.
New Folder
Creates a new sub-folder.
Rename
Renames the currently selected file or folder.
Save Project
Saves the current contents and settings of the Burn Basket as
a project file you can edit later.
Load Project
Opens a previously saved Burn Basket project.
Creating an HTML Album
You can use the HTML Album Wizard to prepare photo collections for posting on the Internet. The HTML album
includes slideshow controls and a thumbnail display. You can select from a list of gallery style templates and then
customize the gallery by adding your own logo as an image or text to the header or footer. You can also change the
fonts and colors used in the gallery.
To Create an HTML Album:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2.
Click Tools | Create | HTML Album.
3.
On the Style Settings page of the Create HTML Album Wizard, select a Gallery Style from the Web page
styles box.
After you select a Gallery Style and other settings, you can click Preview Gallery to see how those
selections affect the appearance of your HTML album. You can also generate your HTML album from any
page in the HTML Album Wizard by clicking Generate Album.
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Click Next.
5.
On the Gallery Customization page, do one or all of the following:
In the Gallery Title text box, type the title that you want to display at the top of the Web page.
Select Include header to display a header at the top of the Web page, or clear the Include
header checkbox to remove the header.
Select Include footer to display a footer at the bottom of the Web page, or clear the Include
footer checkbox to remove the footer.
If you want to display an image in the header or footer, select Use image and click Browse and
select a company logo, a photo of yourself, or another image to display in the header.
If you want to display text in the header or footer, select Use information and click Set
Information and add enter the text that you would like to display.
In the Folder settings section, click Browse and select the folder where you would like to save
the HTML album files.
6.
Click Next.
7.
On the Thumbnail and Image page, do one or all of the following:
In the Thumbnail settings section, adjust the appearance and format of the thumbnails in the
album.
In the Image settings section, adjust the appearance and format of full size images in the
album.
In the Slideshow duration section, specify how long to display full size images during a
slideshow.
In the Color and font settings section, click Color and font, adjust the colors and fonts used
in the Web page, and then click OK.
Click Save Settings to save the settings that you select for specific Web page styles. If you save the
settings, you can quickly reapply them to a Web page style from the Style Settings page of the Create
HTML Album Wizard.
8.
Click Next to create your HTML album. You may need to wait a few moments while ACDSee generates the
thumbnails and creates the Web page.
9.
Click Create Another Album to create another album, or click Finish to exit the wizard and return to
ACDSee.
You will need to use FTP or another method to post the HTML album files to your Web site.
Uploading Images to Photo Websites
You can upload your photos or images directly from ACDSee to sites like Flickr, SmugMug, Facebook, Zenfolio, and
FTP sites. Of course, you do need an account before you can upload pictures to these sites. You can create an
account as part of the first upload process from ACDSee if you wish.
You can select almost any image file type, including RAW and TIFF, and ACDSee will convert the file to JPG
automatically before uploading.
To Upload Photos to a Photo Website:
You can quickly upload your photos to photo sharing websites without having to leave ACDSee.
1.
2.
In Manage mode, select one or more images and click File | Send | To <Photo Website>...
In the <Photo Website> Uploader dialog box, press the Help button in the lower right corner and follow the
instructions.
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Uploading Images to Facebook
You can upload your images directly to Facebook from ACDSee.
You will need a Facebook username and password to log in.
Uploading Images to Facebook
To Upload Your Images to Facebook:
In Manage or View mode, select the images for upload, and go to File | Send | To Facebook... or, in Manage
mode, Send | To Facebook... on the Main Toolbar.
To Log into Facebook:
1.
In the Email text box, type your account ID (email address).
2.
In the Password text box, type your password.
3.
Click Log In.
To Authorize Posting Images to Facebook from ACDSee:
After you have logged in, you will need to authorize the ACDSee Facebook app to enable direct uploading from
ACDSee.
1.
Click the Continue as [your name] button.
2.
Facebook will ask you who can see ACDSee's posts on your Timeline. This setting will apply to the photos
and albums you upload directly from ACDSee. Choose a setting from the drop-down menu. The strictness
level you choose from the drop-down will not be overridden by the privacy setting you choose on
individual albums in the Facebook Uploader. For example, if you choose Only me from the drop-down, but
then set your album for upload to Public, only you will be able to see your uploaded album.
3.
Press OK.
If you choose the Not Now button, you will encounter an error upon upload.
To Use the Facebook Uploader:
1.
In the Facebook Uploader dialog, you will see your selected images. Configure the settings as described
below:
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Upload This will create a new album within your Facebook albums, which will house all of the photos in the
photos Facebook Uploader.
to a
new
album
Name
Enter a name for the album.
Location
Enter a location where the photos in the album were taken.
Descriptio
n
Enter a description of the album.
Who can
see these
photos?
Select your privacy settings for the album from the drop-down menu. If this privacy
setting is different from the permissions setting you gave to ACDSee, the setting will
default to whichever setting is the most strict. For example, if you set the
permissions for ACDSee to Friends, but then try to set the album privacy setting to
Public, the setting will default to Friends.
Upload This will add the photos in the Facebook Uploader to one of your existing Facebook albums.
photos
to an
existin
g
album
Select an
album...
Select the album you would like to add the photos to from the drop-down menu.
2.
Click Upload.
3.
To view your uploaded photos, click the View in Facebook button.
4.
Click Finish to return to ACDSee.
Troubleshooting Errors
If you disable permissions for ACDSee, you will not be able to post photos using the Facebook Uploader.
If you encounter issues with permissions or uploading images, you can remove ACDSee from your apps on
Facebook and start again.
To Remove ACDSee from Your App Settings:
1.
While logged into Facebook, click the drop-down arrow in the top right corner of the page (near your
name).
2.
From the drop-down menu, choose Settings.
3.
From the left menu, choose Apps.
4.
On the App Settings page, click the Remove button next to the ACDSee icon.
5.
Once ACDSee has been removed, begin the log in and authorization steps above by going to Send | To
Facebook...
Creating a Contact Sheet
You can create contact sheets—thumbnail previews of your images arranged on pages — that you can use to
organize and share your images. You can use the Create Contact Sheet utility to save your contact sheets in
multiple image formats, and as HTML image maps. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
The size of the thumbnails depends on how many columns and rows the contact sheet displays, and how much
space is displayed between them.
To Create a Contact Sheet:
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In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select the images you want to include.
2.
Click Tools | Create | Contact Sheet.
3.
In the Contact sheet format area, set the Contact sheet format options.
4.
In the Output Settings area, set the Output Settings options.
5.
If desired, add or change the text on the page.
6.
Click OK.
If you do not specify an output file path, the Create Contact Sheet utility places a file named Contact
Sheet.<ext> in your default image folder. For multiple-page contact sheets, the utility adds a number to
the file name; for example, Contact Sheet3.bmp.
Contact Sheet Format Options
Thumbnail settings
Frame options
Thumbnail options
Page background options
Size
Specifies the number of columns and rows to create
on each page.
Spacing
Creates a frame around each thumbnail. Specifies the
amount of space between rows or columns. In the
Horizontal and Vertical spin boxes, type a value to
indicate the amount of space to display.
Use thumbnail frame
Creates a frame around each thumbnail.
Margin
Specifies the width of the frame.
Solid color
Specifies the frame's color. Click the color picker to
define a color.
Tiled image
Specifies an image to use as a frame. Click Browse to
locate the image you want to use.
Colored drop shadow
Creates a drop shadow effect around each thumbnail.
Click the color picker to define a color.
Colored edge fade
Creates a fading frame effect around the image. Click
the color picker to define a color.
Colored matte
Uses a solid color as a background for the page. Click
the color picker to define a color.
Beveled edges
Creates a beveled edge effect on each thumbnail. This
effect is not displayed in the Preview window.
Solid color
Uses a solid color as a background for the page. Click
the color picker to define a color.
Tiled image
Uses a tiled image as the background for the page.
Click Browse to locate the picture you want to use.
Creating Archives of Your Files
You can use the Archive Creator plug-in to create archives of your images and media files. Archive Creator
supports multiple archive formats, and helps you manage your files using compression, encryption, and password
protection tools.
To Create an Archive:
1.
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, select a folder or group of files.
2.
Click Tools | Create | Archive.
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In the Create Archive dialog box, in the Options area, click the Archive Type drop-down list and select the
archive format you want to create.
Some archive formats have additional settings that you can adjust by clicking the Settings button.
4.
Do any of the following:
To include the contents of any subfolders you selected, select the Include subfolders checkbox.
To include any hidden files in your archive, select the Include hidden files checkbox.
To remove the selected files and folders from your hard drive once they have been added to the
archive, select the Delete files after archiving checkbox.
To protect the contents of your archive with a password, select the Password Protect Archive
checkbox, and type a password into the field beside it. Note that not all archive types support
passwords, and some formats require them.
5.
Type a path and file name into the Output File field, or click Browse to locate a folder on your hard drive.
6.
Select one of the following:
Add to existing archive: Adds your files to an existing archive. This option is only available if
the archive specified in the Output File field already exists.
Overwrite existing archive: Replaces any existing archive with the archive you are creating.
This option is only available if the archive specified in the Output File field already exists.
7.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Create to begin archiving your files.
Extracting Archived (.zip) Files
You can extract archived (.zip) files very quickly and easily without leaving ACDSee. You can either extract the
files to a folder or simply double-click and view them.
To Extract an Archived File to a Folder:
1.
In Manage mode, navigate to the folder containing the archived file, using the Folders pane.
2.
Click the archived file in the File List.
3.
Click Edit | Extract to Folder.
4.
In the Extract to Folder dialog, navigate to, and select the folder where you want to keep the files.
5.
To create a new folder, click Create Folder, type in the name of the folder and then press Enter.
6.
Use the Overwriting duplicate files drop-down list if you want to specify what do so with files in the
folder that have the same name as those you are extracting. You can select any of the following:
Ask: To be asked what to do about each individual file.
Rename: Duplicates are given a new name.
Replace: Duplicate files are overwritten.
Skip: No duplicates are extracted.
7.
Click OK.
To View Files Inside an Archived File:
1.
In Manage mode, navigate to the folder containing the archived file.
2.
Double-click the archived file.
Thumbnails of the contents of the archived file open in the File List pane.
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Printing Images
With the ACDSee print utility, you can print your images on any size of paper, in any orientation, and at any
resolution your printer can support. You can also use the print utility to create and print contact sheets, complete
with headers, footers, and captions specific to each image.
As you change the options in the Print dialog box, you can view a dynamically updated preview of the image and its
position on the page. You can adjust the output size, print multiple copies of each image, and change the
orientation of the images on each page.
To Print Your Images:
1.
Select the image or images you want to print.
2.
Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, click File | Print.
In View mode, click File | Print All Images. (If you want to print a single image in View mode,
select Print Image.)
3.
Under Print layout, do one of the following:
Select Full page and then choose a print size from the Format list.
Select Contact sheet and then set the Contact sheet format options to define the appearance
of your contact sheet.
Select Layout and then choose one of the available layout options.
4.
On the Printer Options tab, specify the printer you want to use, the paper size, the orientation, the
number of copies you want, the range of pages that you want to print, and image resolution.
5.
On the Page Settings tab, specify the image position on the paper and the margin widths.
6.
Specify the number of prints of each photo. If you are printing a Full page or a Contact sheet this option
is available on the Page Settings tab. If you are printing a Layout this option is available below the list of
layouts.
7.
Add captions, headers, or footers. You can only add captions, headers, or footers if you are printing a Full
page or a Contact sheet.
8.
Click Print.
Setting Printer Options
When printing your images with ACDSee, you can specify which printer you want to use, and set the printer
options on the Printer Options tab in the Print dialog box.
Printer Options
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Printer
Specifies the printer you want to use. Select a printer from the drop-down list and click the
Properties button to set its options. Refer to the printer manufacturer's Help file or manual for
more information.
Paper size
Specifies the size of the paper, e.g. Letter, Legal, A4.
Orientation
Specifies Portrait or Landscape page orientation.
Copies
Specifies the number of copies you want to print.
Print range
Select one of the following options:
All: Prints all of the pages in the document.
Pages from: Prints a range of pages. Specify the first and last pages of the range in
the fields.
Resolution
Specifies a resolution in pixels-per-inch (PPI) for the image. The higher the value, the more
dots per inch, and the higher the resolution of the printed image. For example, 600 PPI is
360,000 (600 x 600) pixels per square inch.
Filter
Specifies the resampling filter to use when printing images. Click the drop-down list and
select one of the following:
Box: Displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you resize an image.
Triangle: Produces good results for image reduction and enlargement, but displays
sharp transition lines.
Bicubic: Produces good results with photo-realistic images and with images that are
irregular or complex. Uses interpolation to minimize the raggedness normally
associated with image expansion.
Bell: Smoothes the image.
B-Spline: Produces smooth transitions, but may cause excessive blurring.
Lanczos: Produces the sharpest images, but may also introduce some ringing
artifacts.
Mitchell: Produces smooth transitions when enlarging photo-realistic images. This
filter is good compromise between the ringing effect of Lanczos and the blurring effect
of other filters.
Gamma
Applies gamma correction to the printed images. Type a number from 0.10 to 3.00 in the
Gamma value field to adjust the gamma of the image. Higher values make the image appear
brighter, while lower values make the image appear darker.
Color
Managemen
t
From the drop-down menu, you may choose between allowing your printer to manage colors,
or managing colors with ACDSee.
Manage colors using ACDSee:
Printer Profile: Allows you to select from all printer profiles currently stored on your
computer. Scroll down to find the profile corresponding to the currently selected
printer.
Rendering Intent: A strategy for handling situations where not all colors will fit in
the output device's color space.
Soft Proof: Allows you to preview what the printed output would look like with the
currently selected printer profile.
Gamut Warning: Displays colors that cannot be reproduced by the printer in the
preview. In such cases, the closest available color is selected. The rendering intent
describes the method used to select another color.
For more information, see Color Management.
Use EXIF
2.2 printing
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Your camera may capture EXIF information that, when shared with your printer, will optimize
printing results. Select this option if your camera and printer support EXIF 2.2 printing.
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Setting Image Size and Positioning
You can use the Page Settings tab in the Print dialog box to adjust and control the size of the images you are
printing, and the positioning of images on each page.
Page Settings Options
Page position
Specifies where to place the image on each page.
Margins
Specifies the size of the margins. Type a value or click the arrows in the Top,
Bottom, Left, and Right spin boxes.
Number of prints
Specifies how many copies of each image to print. The print utility adds pages as
required.
Automatically
rotate picture based
on print format
Specifies whether you want the print utility to determine automatically which
orientation to use for each image. If you select the checkbox, the print utility changes
each page's orientation to best suit the image you are printing.
Maintain aspect
ratio
Specifies whether you want the print utility to maintain the original image's aspect
ratio. Select one of the following options to indicate how the print utility should handle
the aspect ratio for oversized images:
Crop image to fit print format: Prints only the part of the image that fits
within the print format.
Shrink image to fit print format: Prints the entire image, reduced to fit
inside the print format.
Adding Text to Pages
You can add headers and footers to pages, and captions beneath your images.
To Add Captions to Your Printed Images:
1.
In the Print dialog box, click the Caption tab.
2.
Select Use caption text.
3.
Click Font to open the Font dialog box and set the font options.
4.
In the text box, type the text you want the caption to display.
5.
Click Insert Metadata to insert file-specific information into the caption for each image.
6.
In the Text alignment drop-down list, select the caption positioning.
7.
To set the maximum number of text lines for each caption to display, select the Number of lines
checkbox, and then specify a number in the field.
To Add Headers and Footers to Your Printed Pages:
1.
Do one of the following:
Click the Header tab and select Use header text.
Click the Footer tab and select Use footer text.
2.
Click Font to open the Font dialog box and set the font options.
3.
In the text box, type the text you want the header or footer to display.
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4.
To insert the current page number or the total number of pages into the text, click Insert Page Number,
and then select an option from the menu.
5.
In the Text alignment drop-down list, select the header or footer positioning.
6.
To set a maximum number of text lines, select the Number of lines checkbox, and then specify a number
in the field.
Setting Contact Sheet Printing Options
The Contact sheet format area of the print utility contains settings you can adjust to control the appearance,
layout, and size of your thumbnails. If you saved your format options as a preset you can select the preset.
Contact Sheet Format Options
Thumbnail
settings
Frame options
Size
Specifies the number of columns and rows to create on each
page.
Spacing
Specifies the amount of space between rows or columns. In
the Horizontal and Vertical spin boxes, type a number to
indicate the amount of space to display.
Use thumbnail frame
Creates a frame around each thumbnail.
Margin
Specifies the width of the frame.
Solid color
Specifies the frame's color. Click the color picker to define a
color.
Tiled image
Specifies an image to use as a frame. Click Browse to locate
the image you want to use.
Thumbnail options Colored drop shadow
Page background
options
Creates a drop shadow effect around each thumbnail. Click
the color picker to define a color.
Colored edge fade
Creates a fading frame effect around the image. Click the
color picker to define a color.
Colored matte
Creates a matte effect around each thumbnail. Click the color
picker to define a color.
Beveled edges
Creates a beveled edge effect on each thumbnail. This effect
is not displayed in the Preview window.
Solid color
Prints a solid color as a background for the page. Click the
color picker to define a color.
Tiled image
Prints a tiled image as the background for the page. Click
Browse to locate the image you want to use.
About Batch Processing
In ACDSee you can:
Make one type of edit to many images: For example, if you need to resize multiple photos you can use
the Batch Resize tool. Or, if you need to rotate multiple photos by 90 degrees you can use the Batch
Rotate/Flip tool.
Make multiple types of edits to multiple images: For example, if you need to resize, crop, correct
color cast, and rotate multiple images, you can use the Batch Edit wizard to perform all the edits, to all the
files, simultaneously.
Save a batch of images to a variety of outputs quickly and easily: Export multiple files to a
number of specified folders, file names, formats and dimensions.
Develop a batch of images: If you want to apply the same develop settings to multiple images, you can
save your Develop settings as a Preset.
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You can speed up the batch developing and editing workflow by tagging your files. For example, you can quickly
tag the files you want to change, then click Tagged in the Catalog pane to display all the tagged files in the File List
pane. Then you can select the files and choose a batch tool.
Using Batch Export
The batch export tool allows you to save files to a variety of outputs quickly and easily.
You can export one or more files to a number of specified:
folders
file names
formats
dimensions
To Export a Batch of Images:
1.
In Manage mode, select the images that you want to export.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click File | Export (also available in View, Develop and Edit mode).
Right-click to display the context menu and select Batch | Export (also available in View mode).
Click Batch | Export.
Use the keyboard shortcut keys CTRL+ALT+E.
3.
Refer to the table below to make your selections from the Export dialog box.
Export Options
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Destinatio Same as source
n folder
folder
Select this option to use the same folder where the source
images currently reside.
Select the Create a new subfolder for the files checkbox to place
the images within a subfolder of the source folder.
Specific folder
File names Use Template to
rename files
Template
Select this option to change the output folder to a specific
location.
Using a template gives you control over the output file name. If
you choose not use a template, the file name is unchanged.
Duplicate files are given an underscore and number suffix.
Select the Use Template to rename files checkbox to create
a renaming template. You can specify a numerical or
alphabetical sequence for the new file names, and use the
original file names, new names, or names based on image
metadata.
Template field
Displays the template to use to rename
the files.
Type an asterisk (*) to insert the
original file name into the template. Use
one or more number signs (#) to insert
numeric or alphabetic characters,
depending which options you selected.
Click the arrow on the drop-down list to
select a recently-used template.
Insert | Metadata
field
Inserts file-specific information into the
file name template.
Position the cursor in the Template
field, and then click Insert. Choose
Metadata field from the Insert dropdown menu to open the Choose Property
dialog box. Select the metadata you
want to insert, and then click OK.
Insert |
Sequence
number
Replaces any number signs (#) in the
template with sequential numeric
characters or alphabetic characters.
Select numeric or alphabetic preference
in Sequence number options below.
Insert | Original
filename
Replaces any asterisk signs (*) in the
template name with the original
filename.
Insert |
Sequence
number options
Specifies the first letter or number of
the sequence.
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File Format
Select the file format in which you would like to save the exported
images.
Format Settings
Click this button to change the settings for the format you have
selected.
Pixel format
Specify the color depth for your format settings.
Color space
Select the color space checkbox to choose a color space option
from the drop-down list.
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Resize image
Select this option to specify how to scale the images.
Resampling
method
Use this option to determine the method used to resize
(resample) the image:
Bell: Smoothes the image.
Bicubic: Produces good results with photo-realistic
images and with images that are irregular or complex.
Uses interpolation to minimize the raggedness normally
associated with image expansion.
Box: Displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you
resize an image.
B-spline: Produces smooth transitions, but may cause
excessive blurring.
ClearIQZ: Slower than Bicubic and Lanczos, but
produces the best results when enlarging photos,
especially those of people.
Lanczos: Produces the sharpest images, but may also
introduce some ringing artifacts.
Mitchell: Produces smooth transitions when enlarging
photo-realistic images. This filter is good compromise
between the ringing effect of Lanczos and the blurring
effect of other filters.
Dimensions
Metadata
Width and height
Select this option to resize the exported image to fit within the
values entered in the two boxes.
Long edge
Select this option to resize the image to the long edge only. Enter
the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Short edge
Select this option to resize the image to the short edge only.
Enter the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Resolution
Enter a resolution to set the number of pixels per inch or
centimeter.
Enlarge only
Enlarge only resizes only those images that are smaller than the
specified height and width.
Reduce only
Resizes only those images that are larger than the specified
height and width.
Enlarge or reduce
Resizes all images to the specified height and width.
Preserve original
aspect ratio
Select this option to maintain original image proportions. Note:
Images resized to long or short edge maintain original image
proportion.
Select these options if the image contains metadata, and you want the exported image to
contain the same metadata and color profile.
Processing Develop Presets
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Triangle: Produces good results for image reduction and
enlargement, but displays sharp transition lines.
Select this option to force the exported images to fit the set
dimensions independent of landscape or portrait orientation.
Enter the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Select a develop preset from the drop-down menu to apply it to
the exported images.
Select a recording from the drop-down menu to apply it to the
exported images.
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File output types specified in the ACDSee Actions Output
Options dialog will be superseded by the output file type
selected in the Format section of the Export dialog,
described above.
While exporting images, recordings that included
images with multiple layers at the time the recording
was initiated cannot be applied.
Option: You can save your settings as a preset by clicking the new export preset button
name for your preset. Select one or more presets in the list to apply.
4.
and entering a
Click Export.
To edit a preset, click the preset in the list, make your edits, and click the Save current export preset
button
.
Converting Multiple Images to Another File Format
You can convert multiple images to any supported file format. You can set the options for each format individually,
specify how to handle multiple- page images, and apply the conversion defaults automatically. The Convert File
Format Wizard guides you through the process.
To Convert an Image to Another File Format:
1.
Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Convert File
Format.
In View mode, click Tools | Modify | Convert File Format.
2.
On the Select a format page, select a new format for your image or images from the list displayed on the
Format tab.
3.
Select the Advanced Options tab to change the settings for this wizard.
4.
Click Next to continue.
5.
On the Set output options page, identify where you want to place the converted images, and specify how
you want the wizard to handle any file name conflicts by selecting one of the following options from the
Overwrite existing files drop-down list:
Ask: Prompts you when overwriting a file.
Skip: Cancels the operation if there is a file with the same file name and extension.
Replace: Overwrites the file without prompting for confirmation.
Rename: Prompts you to rename the file.
6.
Click Next to continue.
7.
On the Set multiple page options page, you can specify how you want to handle any multiple- page images
you are converting.
If you did not select any multiple-page images to convert, and did not specify a multiple- page image
format as your output file format, you can skip the options on this page.
8.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Start Convert, and wait a few seconds while the wizard
converts your images.
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Rotating or Flipping Multiple Images
You can rotate or flip multiple images at preset angles.
To Rotate or Flip an Image:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Rotate/Flip.
2.
In the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog box, select the angle of rotation you want to apply. See below for an
explanation of each angle.
3.
If you select an image with multiple pages and want to apply the selected angle of rotation to all of the
pages, select the Apply to all pages of the current image checkbox.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Next Image to move on to the next selected image. The Next Image button is not available
if the Apply to all selected images box is checked.
If you select multiple images and you want to apply the same angle of rotation to all of them, select
the Apply to all selected images checkbox.
Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
5.
When you are ready to apply the rotations to your images, click Start Rotate.
Rotate / Flip Angles
Rotates the image counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
Rotates the image 180 degrees.
Rotates the image clockwise 90 degrees.
Rotates the image according to any EXIF data contained within the image. (Does not affect images
without EXIF information.)
Flips the image along the vertical axis.
Flips the image along the horizontal axis.
Flips the image along the vertical axis, and then rotates it counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
Flips the image along the vertical axis, and then rotates it clockwise 90 degrees.
You can also use the Rotate tool in Edit mode to rotate an image using a custom angle of rotation.
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Setting Rotated and Flipped File Options
You can change the settings in the Batch Image Rotate/Flip Options dialog box to control where ACDSee places
modified images, how to handle file duplication conflicts, and specify whether you want to preserve the lastmodified date of the file when you use the Batch Rotate/Flip Images tool.
To Set the Rotate and Flip Options:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Rotate/Flip.
2.
In the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog box, click the Options button.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Click OK.
Rotate and Flip Options
Force lossless JPEG
operations
Rotates JPEG images without decompressing and re-compressing the JPEG
information. As a result, the image does not lose quality when rotated or flipped.
File options
Specifies where to place the new images. Select one of the following options:
Remove/replace original files: Overwrites the original file with the new
image.
Rename modified images and place in source folder: Adds identifying
labels to the image names and places them in the same folder as the
originals.
Place modified images in the following folder: Places the converted
image in a folder that you can specify. Click the Browse button and select a
folder.
Ask: Prompts you when overwriting a file.
Overwrite existing
files
Skip: Cancels the operation if there is a file with the same file name and
extension.
Replace: Overwrites the file.
Rename: Prompts you to rename the file.
Preserve lastmodified dates
Retains the date and time properties of the file.
Remember and apply
the last rotation
performed
Automatically applies the same settings the next time you rotate an image.
Auto-close progress
dialog if all
operations succeed
Automatically closes the dialog box after all images have been adjusted.
Save current settings
as default
Stores the current settings and applies them the next time you use the Rotate/Flip
Images Wizard.
Resizing Multiple Images
You can resize a group of images by specifying their dimensions in pixels, specifying a percentage of their original
size, or by constraining them to a physical print size.
To Resize a Group of Images:
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1.
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Resize.
2.
In the Batch Resize Images dialog box, select one of the following options:
Percentage of original: Resizes the images to a percentage of their original size.
Size in pixels: Resizes the images to a specific size in pixels.
Actual/Print size: Resizes the images to specific printed dimensions.
3.
Set the options for your selection as explained in the table below.
4.
Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
5.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Start Resize.
You can also resize an image, and use alternate resampling filters, in Edit mode.
Resize Options
Percentage of
original
Size in pixels
Percentage
Specifies how to resize the images. Enter a percentage less than
100 to reduce the images, and greater than 100 to enlarge
them.
Apply to
Specifies whether the resize is applied to the height, width, or
both.
Width
Specifies the new width for the images in pixels.
Height
Specifies the new height for the images in pixels.
Resize
Specifies how to scale the images. Select one of the following
options:
Enlarge only: Resizes only those images that are
smaller than the specified height and width.
Reduce only: Resizes only those images that are larger
than the specified height and width.
Enlarge or reduce: Resizes all images to the specified
height and width.
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Preserve original
aspect ratio
Retains the width-to-height ratio of the original images.
Fit within
Specifies whether the aspect ratio is maintained based on the
specified width. For more information about how the different
combinations affect the images, see Pixel resize options and
resulting action.
Units
Specifies the units of measurement.
Width
Specifies the new width for the images.
Height
Specifies the new height for the images.
Resolution
Specifies the print resolution for the images.
Preserve original
aspect ratio
Retains the width-to-height ratio of the original images.
Fit within
Specifies whether the aspect ratio is maintained based on the
specified width. For more information about how the different
combinations affect the images, see Pixel resize options and
resulting action.
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Adjusting Exposure For Multiple Images
In ACDSee, you can lighten or darken the colors of an image or a group of images with the Batch Adjust Exposure
Wizard. You can adjust each image individually and preview the changes before applying, or make adjustments to
an image and automatically apply the same changes to all of the images you selected.
You can also save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust Image Exposure:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch | Adjust Exposure.
2.
In the Batch Adjust Exposure dialog box, do one or more of the following:
To adjust image exposure, contrast, and fill light level, select the Exposure tab and adjust the
options.
To precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images, select the Levels tab and set the
options.
To adjust image exposure automatically, select the Auto Levels tab and set the options.
To precisely adjust the RGB color channels in your image, select the Tone Curves tab and set the
options.
3.
Do one of the following:
Select the Apply settings to all selected images checkbox to apply the current settings to all
of the images you selected.
De-select Apply settings to all selected images and click Next Image to move to the next
image, and then repeat step 2 for each image you want to adjust.
4.
Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
5.
Click Filter All Images.
You can also adjust your image's exposure and color levels in Edit mode.
Adjusting Batch Exposure Options
You can use the options in the Batch Adjust Exposure dialog to correct the exposure of your images. There are four
tabs in the Exposure section: Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels, and Tone Curves.
To Use the Exposure Options:
In the Batch Adjust Exposure dialog box, use the following options.
Exposure Options
Exposure
Specifies the amount of light to add to all areas of the image.
Auto
Automatically corrects the exposure based upon the brightness of the image.
Contrast
Specifies the amount of difference between color and brightness in an image. Moving the
slider to the right darkens the shadowed areas in an image, while moving the slider to the
left brightens them.
Fill Light
Specifies the amount of light to add to the darkest areas of the image.
Levels Options
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Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the black point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the blackest
area of an image. As the value increases, the dark colored areas of the image become
darker.
Midtones
Specifies the gamma correction in an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0.00 to 2.00 into the spin box to set the amount of
gamma correction. Higher values make the image appear brighter, while lower values
make the image appear darker.
Highlights
Specifies the white point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the whitest
area of an image. As the value increases, the light colored areas of the image become
lighter.
Clipped %
Indicates how much of the image detail is lost due to black point and white point
correction.
Black Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the black eyedropper icon to adjust the black point. Select the area
in the Before image that you want to set as the black point for the After image.
Mid Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the gray eyedropper icon to adjust the gamma correction value.
Select the area in the Before image that you want to set as the gamma correction value.
White Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the white eyedropper icon to adjust the white point. Select the area
in the Before image that you want to set as the white point for the After image.
Auto Levels Options
Strength
Adjusts the amount of exposure applied to the image.
Auto Contrast and
Color
Adjusts color differences, brightness, and image color channels.
Auto Contrast
Adjusts the color differences and brightness only.
Auto Color
Balances color within the whole image.
Tone Curves Options
Channel
Specifies the color channels to adjust.
Show Histogram
Toggles the histogram display.
Histogram
Displays a visual representation of the color information levels in the image, based on the
selected channel. Click and drag the line to manipulate the curve.
Renaming Multiple Files
You can use the Batch Rename tool to rename multiple files. You can specify a template with a numerical or
alphabetical sequence, save your template for future use, replace specific characters or phrases, and insert filespecific information into each new file name.
To Rename a Group of Files:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more files, and then click Tools | Batch | Rename.
2.
In the Batch Rename dialog box, do one or more of the following:
Select the Template tab to specify the Template options.
Select the Search and Replace tab to set the Search and Replace options.
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Select the Advanced Options tab to adjust the settings for the Batch Rename tool.
Review your changes to the file names in the Preview field.
3.
Click Start Rename.
You cannot rename any file on a read-only file system, such as a CD-ROM.
Batch Rename Options
Template
Select the Use Template to rename files checkbox to create a renaming template. You can
specify a numerical or alphabetical sequence for the new file names, and use the original file
names, new names, or names based on image metadata.
Template
Displays the template to use to rename the files.
Type an asterisk (*) to insert the original file name into the template.
Use one or more number signs (#) to insert numeric or alphabetic
characters, depending which options you selected.
Click the arrow on the drop-down list to select a recently-used template.
Clear Templates
Clears the recently-used templates from the Templates drop-down list.
Use numbers to
replace #'s
Replaces any number signs (#) in the template with sequential numeric
characters.
Use letters to
replace #'s
Replaces any number signs (#) in the template name with sequential
alphabetic characters.
Start at
Specifies the first letter or number of the sequence.
Insert Metadata
Inserts file-specific information into the file name template.
Position the cursor in the Template field, and then click Insert
Metadata to open the Choose Property dialog box. Select the metadata
you want to insert, and then click OK.
File name case
Search and
Replace
Advanced
Options
Specifies upper or lower case for file names and file format extensions.
Select the Use Search and Replace to rename files checkbox to replace certain letters or
words in the file names. You can replace spaces with underscores, or change upper case letters
to lower case, and combine your changes with any naming template.
Search for
Identifies the characters you want to replace in the file names.
Replace with
Identifies the characters to use in place of the original text.
Case sensitive
Indicates whether you want to limit the search to the same case you
typed in the Search for field.
Select any of the Advanced Options to adjust the behavior of the Batch Rename tool.
Automatically
close wizard when
finished
Closes the Batch Rename dialog box when the renaming process is
complete.
Save current
settings as
defaults
Stores the current settings and loads them the next time you rename
files.
Warn about
extension changes
Provides a warning if you have changed the file extension as part of the
template.
Automatically
resolve naming
conflicts
Automatically resolves any naming conflicts by adding an underscore
and a sequential number to the end of each file name.
Changing the Color Profiles of Multiple Images
You can change the color profiles of multiple images using the Batch Convert Color Profile tool.
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At this time, ACDSee does not support CMYK color profiles.
To Change the Color Profiles Used in Images:
1.
In Manage mode, select one or more images.
2.
Click Tools | Batch | Convert ICC Profile.
3.
In the Color profile to convert from list, select the color profile currently associated with the images.
For example, you will typically use the Batch Convert Color Profile tool to convert from your camera's color
profile to a more universal color profile, such as sRGB. If you select Use profile information when
found in JPEG and TIFF images, ACDSee will convert from the color profile embedded in the images,
not the color profile that you select in the list.
4.
In the Color profile to convert to list, select color profile that you want to associate with the image.
5.
In the Rendering Intent list, select the rendering intent.
The most common rendering intent is Perceptual . Some color profiles ignore the rendering intent, so
results can vary depending on the profile that you select.
6.
Click Options to specify whether ACDSee should overwrite the image file (which effectively deletes the
original color profile) or create new files with the new color profiles. You can also select options for JPEG
compression.
7.
Click Start.
8.
Click Done.
Using Batch Edit
You can use the Batch Edit wizard to make multiple types of edits to multiple images. You can save your editing
settings as a preset for future use. See the links below for detailed descriptions of the editing options for each
editing tool.
It is recommended that you consider using ACDSee Actions as a more comprehensive batch processing
tool.
To Open Batch Edit:
1.
In Manage mode, select the images that you want to edit, and then click Tools | Batch | Batch Edit.
2.
On the Batch Editing Options page, on the Processing Profile tab, click on the name of each type of edit
(for example, Rotate) to display the options that are available for that type of edit.
3.
Select the types of edits that you want to make to the images.
To Preview Changes:
You can see how the editing options will affect an image in the Preview area.
1.
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Before and After tabs to evaluate how the currently selected options
affect the image, or click and hold the Preview icon to switch between the Before and After tabs.
2.
Click Original Image or Final Image, at the top and bottom of the Operations list, to evaluate how all the
editing options affect the image.
3.
To see how the selected editing options affect each image, click the Next Image and Previous Image
buttons to display each image in the Preview area.
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1.
Drag the Zoom slider to the left or right to see the entire image, or to zoom in to a specific area in the
image.
2.
Click the Fit Image button to fit the image into the Preview area.
3.
Click the Actual Size button to display the image at full size in the Preview area. If you click the Actual
Size button you will need to use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to see different parts of the full-size
image.
To Add or Remove Images:
1.
If you no longer want to include an image in the Batch Edit wizard, select the Image List tab, select an
image, and then click Remove.
2.
If you decide that you want to edit additional images, select the Image List tab, and then click Add.
3.
Navigate to the folder containing the images that you want to add.
4.
Select the images in the Available items area, and then click Add.
5.
Click OK.
6.
When you are satisfied with the images and the editing options, click Next.
To Set Output Options and Complete the Process:
1.
On the Output Options page, specify where you would like to save the edited images, how you want to
rename them, and other options. The output options are described below.
2.
When you are satisfied with the output options, click Next.
3.
On the Batch Edit Progress page, the progress bars indicate which images and edits are being processed.
4.
On the Batch Edit Completed page, you have the following options:
In the Summary section, click View Log to see a log that explains any process warnings or
failures.
Click Browse with Explorer to open Windows Explorer so you can look at the edited images.
Click Save Preset to save all of the editing options as a preset for future use.
Select Browse the output folder with ACDSee if you want look at the edited images in the File
List pane.
5.
Click Finish.
Editing Options
Detailed descriptions of the options for each tool in the Batch Edit wizard are in the following help topics:
Rotate
Light EQ™
Crop
Noise Removal
Resize
Sharpening
Color
Vignette
Channel Mixer
Text Overlay
Sepia
Watermark
Exposure
Output Options
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Destination
folder
File names
Image file
format
Metadata
Other options
Same as source folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited images in the
same folder as the original images.
Create a new subfolder
for the files
Creates a new subfolder in the folder that you selected from
the Specific folder drop-down. Type a name for the new
folder in the Create a new subfolder for the files text
box.
Specific folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited images to a
specific folder.
Keep original file names
Select this option if you want to save the edited images with
the same file name as the original images.
Name using template
Select this option if you want to rename the edited images
using a renaming template.
File format
If you want to change the file format of the edited images,
select the file format in which you would like to save the
edited images.
Pixel format
Use this option to determine number of bits per pixel (BPP) in
the output images, and whether the images will be color or
grayscale. Select Automatic if you want the output images to
have the same pixel format (or the closest possible match) as
the original images. You can use this option to convert the
images from color to grayscale, or to convert the images to a
pixel format that is compatible with other software or
processes.
Preserve metadata
Select this option if the original image contains metadata, and
you want the edited image to contain the same metadata and
color profile.
Preserve embedded
audio
Select this option if the original image contains embedded
audio, and you want the edited image to contain the same
embedded audio.
Preserve last-modified
date
Select this option if the original image has a last-modified
date, and you want the edited image to have the same lastmodified date.
Copy database
information
Select this option if you want to copy ACDSee Metadata for the
original image and enter it into the database for the edited
image.
When output file already
exists
Use this option to determine what ACDSee should do if the
destination folder contains an image with the same file name
as one of the edited images:
Ask: Prompts you to choose different options (skip,
rename, overwrite) depending on the image.
Skip: Skips processing that image, and begins
processing the next image.
Replace: Replaces the image in the destination folder
with the edited image.
Rename: Renames the edited file.
Batch Edit Rotate Options
You can use the options in the Rotate section to rotate the image at a pre-set angle or at a custom angle.
To Use the Rotate Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Rotate checkbox.
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Rotate Options
No rotation
This option is selected by default so you see the un-rotated image until you are
ready to select a rotation option.
180°
Rotates the image 180 degrees.
Left 90°
Rotates the image to the left by 90 degrees.
Right 90°
Rotates the image to the right by 90 degrees.
Custom angle
Select this option and then either type a custom angle number into the spin box or
click the arrow and drag it around the circle until the image is rotated to the desired
angle.
Background color
The color that you select displays behind the rotated image.
Draw a line on the
image that you want
to become vertical or
horizontal
Click the Horizontal or Vertical button, and then use the cursor to draw a line on
the image that you want set as horizontal or vertical.
Automatic cropping
When you rotate an image at a custom angle, select Automatic cropping if you
want to crop the image to the largest possible rectangular size within the rotated
image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Crop Options
You can use the options in the Crop section to control the size and orientation of the cropped area.
To Use the Crop Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Crop checkbox.
Crop Options
Cropping
proportion
Select the size of the cropped area or the ratio to use to determine the cropped area. Select
Custom to define a custom crop area.
Orientation
Select the orientation of the cropped area:
Automatic: Base the orientation of the cropped area on the orientation of the original
image. For example, if the original image has a landscape orientation, the cropped
area will also have a landscape orientation.
Landscape: Use a landscape orientation for the cropped area.
Portrait: Use a portrait orientation for the cropped area.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Resize Options
You can use the options in the Resize section to reduce or enlarge the image.
To Use the Resize Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Resize checkbox.
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Resize by
Megapixels
Select this option to reduce or enlarge the image to the
specified number of megapixels while maintaining the
height/width aspect ratio. For example, if you have a 6
megapixel image with an aspect ratio of 3000 by 2000 and
you select 1.5 megapixels, the image will be reduced to
1500 by 1000.
Use the drop-down list to select from a pre-set list of
megapixel sizes. Alternately, enter the megapixels into the
Megapixels spin box. The Reduce/Enlarge drop-down
list determines how the image will be resized:
Reduce only: Reduces the size of the image.
Enlarge only: Makes the image larger.
Enlarge or reduce: Either reduces the size of the
image, or makes the image larger.
Percentage
Select this option to reduce or enlarge the image to a
percentage of the original. For example, if you want to
reduce the image, enter a percentage that is less than
100. If you want to enlarge the image, enter a percentage
that is greater than 100.
Pixel dimensions
Select this option to reduce or enlarge the image to a
specific width and height, measured in pixels. The
Reduce/Enlarge drop-down list determines how the
image will be resized:
Reduce only: Reduces the size of the image.
Enlarge only: Makes the image larger.
Enlarge or reduce: Either reduces the size of the
image, or makes the image larger.
Print dimensions
Select this option to reduce or enlarge the image to
specific print dimensions, such as the dimensions of a
photographic print. Use the drop-down to select from a
preset list of print dimensions. Alternately, enter a specific
height, width, and resolution.
The Reduce/Enlarge drop-down list determines how the
image will be resized:
Reduce only: Reduces the size of the image.
Enlarge only: Makes the image larger.
Enlarge or reduce: Either reduces the size of the
image, or makes the image larger.
The Fitting method, which applies to the Percentage, Pixel dimensions, and Print
dimensions options, determines how the image will fit into the new image area:
Best fit preserving original aspect ratio: Select this option to preserve
the width/height aspect ratio from the original image. For example, if the
aspect ratio of the original image is 4:3, the aspect ratio of the resized
image will also be 4:3.
Fit exactly by stretching: Select this option if you want to stretch the
image to fit a particular width and height.
Fit exactly by adding bars: Select this option if you want to fit the image
into an area that is larger than the image. You can select the color of the
bars that fill the gaps between the image and the edge of the area.
Resampling method
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Box: Displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you resize an image.
Triangle: Produces good results for image reduction and enlargement, but
displays sharp transition lines.
Bicubic: Produces good results with photo-realistic images and with
images that are irregular or complex. Uses interpolation to minimize the
raggedness normally associated with image expansion.
Bell: Smoothes the image.
B-spline: Produces smooth transitions, but may cause excessive blurring.
Lanczos: Produces the sharpest images, but may also introduce some
ringing artifacts.
Mitchell: Produces smooth transitions when enlarging photo-realistic
images. This filter is good compromise between the ringing effect of
Lanczos and the blurring effect of other filters.
ClearIQZ: Slower than Bicubic and Lanczos, but produces the best results
when enlarging photos, especially those of people.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Color Options
You can use the options on the Color Cast tab to remove an unwanted hue from an image. You can change the
saturation of a batch of images using the Saturation tab.
To Use the Color Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Color checkbox.
Color Options
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Color Cast
Select color
Click an area in the image that should be white or gray. The color square
shows the color of the original pixel on the left, and of the modified pixel
on the right.
White Point
Select one of the following:
Custom: Displays the color temperature of the area in the image
that you clicked.
Sunny: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately
that of the midday sun.
Cloudy: Adjusts the color temperature to 6500K, approximately
that of a lightly overcast sky.
Shade: Adjusts the color temperature to 7500K, approximately
that of a heavily overcast sky.
Tungsten: Adjusts the color temperature to 2850K,
approximately that of a household light bulb.
Fluorescent: Adjusts the color temperature to 3800K,
approximately that of a fluorescent light bulb.
Flash: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately
that of a camera flash.
Strength
Specifies the color cast removal strength. Higher settings remove more of
the unwanted color.
Temperature
Specifies the color temperature.
Tint
Specifies the amount of green (to the left) and red (to the right) to match
the settings used when you took the photo.
Saturation
Amount
Specifies the amount to increase or decrease the intensity of hues (color)
in the image. To remove all the color and create a grayscale image, drag
the slider all the way to the left.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Channel Mixer Options
The Channel Mixer in the Batch Edit wizard can change multiple images to create a rich grayscale. Because you
can control the brightness of the red, green, and blue channels, as well as the overall brightness, you can use the
Channel Mixer to emphasize different areas or aspects of a photo, as well as alter its mood and tone.
If you hover your cursor over each slider and watch the effect on the small preview below the controls, it shows
you which parts of the image will be affected by each channel. This helps to gauge the effect of each slider on the
image.
To Create a Grayscale Image:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Channel Mixer checkbox.
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Percent Red
Drag the slider to the left or right. The more red there is in a pixel, the more effect the red
slider has on that pixel. So the area of red in the picture is brightened or darkened more than
other areas.
Percent
Green
Drag the slider to the left or right. The more green there is in a pixel, the more effect the
green slider has on that pixel. So the area of green in the picture is brightened or darkened
more than other areas.
Percent Blue
Drag the slider to the left or right. The more blue there is in a pixel, the more effect the blue
slider has on that pixel. So the area of blue in the picture is brightened or darkened more
than other areas.
Percent
Brightness
Drag the slider to the left or right to brighten or darken the whole image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Sepia Options
You can use the Batch Edit wizard to change batches of images to a sepia color.
To Change Images to Sepia:
1.
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Sepia checkbox.
The image in the Preview immediately changes to a sepia color.
2.
Click the Image List tab and then each image in the batch to see the effect of the sepia on the other
images.
Batch Edit Exposure Options
You can use the options in the Exposure section to correct the exposure of your images. There are four tabs in the
Exposure section: Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels, and Tone Curves.
To Use the Exposure Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Exposure checkbox.
Exposure Options
Exposure
Specifies the amount of light to add to all areas of the image.
Contrast
Specifies the amount of difference between color and brightness in an image. Moving the
slider to the right darkens the shadowed areas in an image, while moving the slider to the
left brightens them.
Fill Light
Specifies the amount of light to add to the darkest areas of the image.
Brightness
Specifies the image's light intensity. Moving the slider to the right lightens the image,
while moving the slider to the left darkens it.
Gamma
Specifies the intensity of the light spectrum in an image. Moving the slider to the right
lightens the image, while moving the slider to the left darkens it.
Exposure
warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default setting.
Levels Options
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Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the black point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the blackest
area of an image. As the value increases, the dark colored areas of the image become
darker.
Midtones
Specifies the gamma correction in an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0.00 to 2.00 into the spin box to set the amount of
gamma correction. Higher values make the image appear brighter, while lower values
make the image appear darker.
Highlights
Specifies the white point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the whitest
area of an image. As the value increases, the light colored areas of the image become
lighter.
Clipped %
Indicates how much of the image detail is lost due to black point and white point
correction.
Black Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the black eyedropper icon to adjust the black point. Select the area
in the Before image that you want to set as the black point for the After image.
Mid Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the gray eyedropper icon to adjust the gamma correction value.
Select the area in the Before image that you want to set as the gamma correction value.
White Point
Eyedropper
Click the button with the white eyedropper icon to adjust the white point. Select the area
in the Before image that you want to set as the white point for the After image.
Auto
Select one of the following options:
Adjust Contrast : Automatically analyzes and adjusts image contrast.
Adjust Color and Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts each color
channel independently, and then adjusts the contrast.
Adjust Color and Brightness: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image color
and brightness.
Tolerance: Opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the maximum
clipping percentage for Shadows and Highlights, and click OK. ACDSee adjusts
the image levels automatically.
Exposure
warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default setting.
Auto Levels Options
Strength
Adjusts the amount of exposure applied to the image.
Auto Contrast and
Color
Adjusts color differences, brightness, and image color channels.
Auto Contrast
Adjusts the color differences and brightness only.
Exposure warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default setting.
Tone Curves Options
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Channel
Specifies the color channels to adjust.
Show Histogram
Toggles the histogram display.
Histogram
Displays a visual representation of the color information levels in the image, based on the
selected channel. Click and drag the line to manipulate the curve.
Exposure
warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default setting.
Batch Edit Light EQ™ Options
You can use the options in the Light EQ™ section to independently adjust areas in your images that are too light or
too dark, without affecting other areas. As you make changes, you can see the effect on the image in the After
Light EQ™ tab, or you can click the Image List tab and click on any of the other images to see the effect of the
adjustment on each image.
To Adjust the Lighting:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Light EQ™ checkbox.
Light EQ™ Options
Use automatic
settings for each
image
Allows the software to analyze the photo and apply optimal settings based on the
amount of light and dark pixels in the photo. Darker photos are brightened more
than photos that are already bright.
Brighten
Brightens dark areas in the images. Do one or both of the following:
Compression: Drag the slider to the right to brighten dark areas in the
image.
Amplitude: Drag the slider to the right to increase the intensity of the
brightening across all areas of the image.
Darken
Darkens bright areas in the images. Do one or both of the following:
Compression: Drag the slider to the right to darken bright areas in the
image.
Amplitude: Drag the slider to the right to increase the intensity of the
darkening across all areas of the image.
Exposure warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Noise Removal Options
You can use the options in the Noise removal section to remove noise from your images while preserving details
that you want to retain.
You can also save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Noise Removal Options:
1.
Click Tools | Batch | Batch Edit.
2.
In the Batch Edit dialog box, select the Noise Removal checkbox.
Noise Removal Options
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Despeckle
Removes noise.
Square
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square.
X
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel X shape. Use this option when you want to preserve an
image's thin and diagonal lines.
Plus
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel plus (+) shape. Use this option when you want to preserve
an image's thin, vertical, and horizontal lines.
Hybrid
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square, a 3 x 3 pixel X shape, and a 3 x 3 pixel plus (+)
shape. Use this option when you want to preserve an image's thin, diagonal, horizontal, and
vertical lines. When hybrid is selected you have additional noise removal options:
Luminance: Drag the slider to the left or right to control variations in brightness.
Color: Drag the slider to the left or right to control variations in color (hue and
saturation). For example, drag the slider to the right if you want to reduce color
variation. However, you should be careful about reducing color variation (that is
caused by noise) because you could unintentionally reduce real color variations in a
photo.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original noise level.
Batch Edit Sharpening Options
You can use the options in the Sharpening section to sharpen an image by enhancing the contrast of mediumcontrast and high-contrast edges.
To Use the Sharpening Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Sharpening checkbox.
Sharpening Options
Amount
Specifies the amount of light added to or removed from each edge. Higher values
produce darker edges.
Radius
Specifies the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values increase the
number of sharpened pixels.
Threshold
Specifies how different the lightness values of two adjacent pixels must be before they
are sharpened. Higher values increase the required difference. It is recommended that
you set the threshold so that it enhances edges while keeping background noise to a
minimum.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Vignette Options
You can use the options in the Vignette section to add a frame around a subject, such as a person or a bouquet of
flowers. You can change the focal point in the portrait. You can also control the appearance of the border.
To Use the Vignette Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Vignette checkbox.
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Horizontal
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places the
center in the middle of the photo.
Vertical
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the center
in the middle of the photo.
Clear zone
Specifies the size of the clear area around the focal point in the portrait. Drag the slider to
the left to reduce the size of the clear area. Drag the slider to the right to increase the size of
the clear area.
Transition
zone
Specifies the width of the transition area between the clear zone and the frame. Drag the
slider to the left to narrow the transition area. Drag the slider to the right to widen the
transition area.
Shape
Specifies the shape of the frame:
Round: Creates a round frame.
Rectangular: Creates a square frame.
Show outline
Displays an outline that shows the outside edge of the clear zone and the inside edge of the
frame.
Frame
Specifies special effects that you can apply to the frame around the focal point:
Color: Applies a color to the frame area.
Saturation: Removes color from the frame area.
Blur: Blurs the frame area.
Clouds: Displays clouds over the frame area.
Edges: Traces the lines and details of people or objects within the frame area with
neon colors.
Radial Waves: Creates the appearance of waves radiating from the focal point into
the frame area.
Radial Blur: Rotates and stretches people or objects in the frame area.
Zoom Blur: Applies a zoom blur to the frame area.
Crayon Edges: Traces the lines and details around people or objects in the frame
area with crayon.
Dauber: Creates the impression that the people or objects in the frame area around
the portrait were painted with a paint dauber.
Pixelate: Blurs images by increasing the size of the pixels in the images.
Old: Gives your images an antique look.
Glowing Edges: Adds color to the lines and details in the frame. The colored lines
and details appear to glow.
Ripple: Divides your images into concentric circles that resemble what you see when
you drop a pebble into water.
Filter
Settings
The settings available in the Filter Settings area vary for each frame effect. For example, if
you select Color in the Frame area, a color picker displays in the Filter Settings area.
Similarly, if you select Blur in the Frame area, a slider that controls the level of blurriness
displays in the Filter Settings area.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Batch Edit Text Overlay Options
You can use the options in the Text Overlay section to add formatted text to a photo. You can apply special effects
to your text to add artistic flair. You can also adjust the opacity of the text to create a watermark effect—useful for
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putting copyright information onto your photos.
To Use the Text Overlay Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Text Overlay checkbox.
Text Options
Text
Text box
Reset
Type the text you want to add in the available field, then specify the font you want to use and
the formatting options such as bold, italics, and underline. Click the drop-down list to the
right of the Text field to insert a registration, copyright, or trademark symbol or image
metadata.
Rotation
Specify the rotation of the text.
Size
Drag the slider to specify a point size.
Color
Specify the color of the text.
Opacity
Drag the slider to specify the transparency of the text.
Alignment
Click a square to specify the alignment of the text in the text
box.
Left
Specify the alignment of the text box from the left edge of the
image.
Right
Specify the alignment of the text box from the right edge of the
image.
Top
Specify the alignment of the text box from the top edge of the
image.
Bottom
Specify the alignment of the text box from the bottom edge of
the image.
Border
Specify the color of the border of the text box, then drag the
slider to specify the transparency of the border.
Fill
Specify the color of the fill in the text box, then drag the slider
to specify the transparency of the fill.
Click to reset all options to the default.
Box Effects Options
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Special Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to the box. Each effect has different options that
control its appearance. Drag the sliders to adjust the appearance of the box.
Bevel
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that creates the bevel
effect. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle—note that this also adjusts the
angle of the drop shadow.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that creates the bevel's
shadowed effect. Lower values produce longer shadows on the box, while
a higher value produces a more direct lighting effect and shorter
shadows.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each box's edge is beveled. Higher values give the
box a more rounded, smoother look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and lowest points on the box.
Higher values heighten the difference between the flat portions of the box
and the beveled edges.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that creates the drop
shadow. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle—note that this also adjusts
the shading of the box bevel.
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop shadow. Sharp shadows
tend to seem less realistic than those with a slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it falls on the image.
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and the box. The higher
the value, the farther the shadow and the higher the box appears.
Drop Shadow
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp edge, you may need
to increase the size of the box rectangle.
Blend Mode
Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the box to
blend into the underlying image.
Text Effects Options
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Special Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to your text. Each effect has different options that
control its appearance. Drag the sliders to adjust the appearance of the text.
Bevel
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that creates the bevel
effect. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle - note that this also adjusts the
angle of the drop shadow.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that creates the bevel's
shadowed effect. Lower values produce longer shadows on the text, while
a higher value produces a more direct lighting effect and shorter
shadows.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each letter's edge is beveled. Higher values give
the text a more rounded, smoother look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and lowest points on the text.
Higher values heighten the difference between the flat portions of the text
and the beveled edges.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that creates the drop
shadow. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle—note that this also adjusts
the shading of the text bevel.
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop shadow. Sharp shadows
tend to seem less realistic than those with a slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it falls on the image.
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and the text. The higher
the value, the farther the shadow and the higher the text appears.
Drop Shadow
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp edge, you may need
to increase the size of the text rectangle.
Blend Mode
Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the text to
blend into the underlying image.
Batch Edit Watermark Options
You can use the options in the Watermark section to add a watermark to an image. You can move the watermark to
any position on the image. You can also change the opacity of the watermark and blend the watermark into the
image.
To Use the Watermark Options:
In the Batch Edit wizard, select the Watermark checkbox.
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Image
Position &
Blending
Reset
Browse
Click to select a watermark, or select a watermark from the drop-down list.
The watermark displays in the center of the photo by default. Click and
drag the watermark to position it, or use the options on the Position &
Blending tab.
Maintain
aspect ratio
while
resizing
Select if you want to resize the watermark without stretching or distorting
the shape.
Apply Alpha
Channel
Select to apply the alpha channel if it is present in the watermark. (Only
TIFF, PNG, and ICO watermark files can have an alpha channel.)
Apply
Transparency
Select to make a color in the watermark transparent. The default color is
white. You can enter the RGB value of the color. If you do not know the RGB
value, move your cursor over the watermark preview thumbnail and click
on the color that you want to make transparent.
Location
Specify the horizontal and vertical location of the watermark in pixels or
percent.
Blending
mode
Specify how you want the watermark to blend with the image.
Opacity
Drag the slider to specify the transparency of the watermark.
Click to reset all options to the default.
Using Batch Develop
The Batch Develop tool is useful for applying a Develop preset to multiple images and exporting multiple images to
other file formats.
To Apply a Preset to a Batch of Images:
1.
In Manage mode, select the images that you want to develop.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click to display the context menu and select Batch | Batch Develop (also available in View
mode).
Click Batch | Batch Develop.
3.
Select a preset in the Select a develop preset section.
4.
Select the Export files to another format checkbox if you want to save the images in a different file
format (for example, JPEG or TIFF).
5.
Click Options to display the Export dialog box and select file formats and other options. (See table below.)
6.
Refer to the table below to make your selections from the Export dialog box
7.
Click Ok.
8.
Click Develop.
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Destinatio Same as source
n folder
folder
Select this option to use the same folder where the source images
currently reside.
Select the Create a new subfolder for the files checkbox to place the
images within a subfolder of the source folder.
Specific folder
File names Use Template to
rename files
Template
Click this button to change the output folder to a specific location.
Using a template gives you control over the output file name. If you
choose not use a template, the file name is unchanged. Duplicate files
are given an underscore and number suffix.
Select the Use Template to rename files checkbox to create a
renaming template. You can specify a numerical or alphabetical
sequence for the new file names, and use the original file names,
new names, or names based on image metadata.
Template field
Displays the template to use to rename
the files.
Type an asterisk (*) to insert the original
file name into the template. Use one or
more number signs (#) to insert
numeric or alphabetic characters,
depending which options you selected.
Click the arrow on the drop-down list to
select a recently-used template.
Insert | Metadata
field
Inserts file-specific information into the
file name template.
Position the cursor in the Template
field, and then click Insert Metadata to
open the Choose Property dialog box.
Select the metadata you want to insert,
and then click OK.
Insert | Sequence
number
Replaces any number signs (#) in the
template with sequential numeric
characters or alphabetic characters.
Select numeric or alphabetic preference
in Sequence number options below.
Insert | Original
filename
Replaces any asterisk signs (*) in the
template name with the original filename.
Insert | Sequence
number options
Specifies the first letter or number of the
sequence.
Start at
Format
Output
size
File Format
Select the file format in which you would like to save the exported
images.
Format Settings
Click this button to change the settings for the format you have
selected.
Pixel format
Specify the color depth for your format settings.
Color space
Select the color space checkbox to choose a color space option from the
drop-down list.
Resize image
Select this option to specify how to scale the images. Select from the
following options:
Dimensions
Select this option to force the exported images to fit the set dimensions
independent of landscape or portrait orientation. Enter the dimensions
in pixels, inches, or centimeters
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Metadata
Width and height
Select this option to resize the exported image to fit within the values
entered in the two boxes.
Long edge
Select this option to resize the image to the long edge only. Enter the
dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Short edge
Select this option to resize the image to the short edge only. Enter the
dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Resolution
Enter a resolution to set the number of pixels per inch or centimeter.
Enlarge only
Enlarge only resizes only those images that are smaller than the
specified height and width.
Reduce only
Resizes only those images that are larger than the specified height and
width.
Enlarge or reduce
Resizes all images to the specified height and width.
Preserve Original
Aspect ratio
Select this option to maintain original image proportions. Note: Images
resized to long or short edge maintain original image proportion.
Select these options if the image contains metadata, and you want the exported image to contain
the same metadata and color profile.
Option: You can save your settings as a preset by clicking the new export preset button
a name for your preset. Select one or more presets in the list to apply.
and entering
To edit a preset, click the preset in the list, make your edits, and click the Save current export preset
button
.
About the ACDSee Database
The ACDSee database stores image and media file information automatically when you browse your folders. This
process is called cataloging. The database increases the speed with which you can browse your computer, and
you can use the information stored in the database to sort, organize, search, and filter your images and media
files. You can also backup, restore, and share database information.
You can store cached thumbnail previews, and add or edit the following information for each image or media file on
your computer:
Categories
Notes
Keywords
Color Labels
Authors
Dates
Ratings
Captions
You can also choose to exclude folders from the database, and keep the contents of those folders separate from
your other images and media files.
When you add ACDSee Metadata to a file in ACDSee, the file is linked to the database. If you then copy,
move, or rename your files using programs other than ACDSee, such as Windows Explorer, the link to the
database is broken and this can cause the loss of ACDSee Metadata.
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Embedding ACDSee Metadata in Files
If you edit or add ACDSee Metadata to your files, ACDSee automatically adds the new data to its database. If you
have the Display embed ACDSee metadata reminder checkbox selected in the Options dialog box, (click Tools
| Options | Database), next time you close ACDSee, the Embed ACDSee Metadata in Files dialog box opens and
offers to embed the new data into the changed files themselves. Embedding ACDSee Metadata in the files as well,
is a safe way to back up this data and make it easier to retrieve if you should need to.
For example, once you have assigned ACDSee Metadata to a file, the file is linked to the database. If the file is
moved using Windows Explorer, or any application other than ACDSee, the link will be broken. However if you have
embedded this data in the file and the link is broken, you can still retrieve the ACDSee Metadata using the
embedded data in the files.
You can use ACDSee to rename, move, or copy the file—even to another computer—and the embedded ACDSee
Metadata will transfer with the file.
To Embed ACDSee Metadata in a File When You Are Prompted:
1.
Do one of the following:
To embed data in files that are on a network, select the Include Network Drives checkbox.
To write the information to a sidecar file if the file format does not support embedding inside the
file, select the Write sidecar files for formats that do not support embedded XMP.
To accept the current selection in the dialog and have these options happen automatically in
future, select Do not ask me this again.
2.
Click Yes to embed the data in the files. A progress bar appears, followed by the Embed Summary Report
dialog that lists the following:
Items Selected: Indicates the number of files that you selected.
Items Processed: Indicates the number of files actually that were processed. (If you selected
files that did not need to have date embedded, this number may be different from the Items
Selected.)
Succeeded: Indicates the number of files that had data embedded.
Failed: Indicates the number of files that, for a variety of reasons, could not have data
embedded. (To see the Error Log, click View Errors.)
3.
Click Close.
To Embed ACDSee Metadata at Any Time:
You can embed data in files at any time.
Click Tools | Metadata | Embed ACDSee Metadata, and then select one of the following:
Embed in All Files: Embeds data for all files.
Embed in Selected Files: Embeds data for any files that you have selected.
ACDSee uses XMP to embed ACDSee Metadata into each file. Only some file formats and file extensions
support XMP. These include GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, PSD, and TIF. In the case of these file formats, the
ACDSee Metadata is embedded inside the file and so you can rename or move the file outside of ACDSee
and still be able to retrieve the ACDSee Metadata. For formats that currently do not support XMP,
including RAW and ABR, the ACDSee Metadata is written to a sidecar file that is stored in the same folder
as its file. Because a sidecar file is separate from the file itself, you need to rename or move them
together, or you could lose the ACDSee Metadata permanently.
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The Embed Pending Flag
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, the following overlay icon appears on top of files that have ACDSee Metadata
stored in the ACDSee database that has not yet been written to the file:
Right-click and choose either:
Embed ACDSee Metadata: Writes the metadata to the file.
Clear Embed Pending Flag: Clears this overlay icon, but does not write the metadata to the file.
Viewing Files That Have Data to Embed
If you want to see the files that have data that needs to be embedded, there is a quick way to list them using the
Embed Pending option.
To View Files That Have Data to Embed:
In the Catalog pane, under Special Items, click Embed Pending.
All the files that have data to embed are displayed in the File List.
Retrieving ACDSee Metadata That is Embedded in Files
If you simply browse to the folder where the files are located, some of the ACDSee Metadata is retrieved and
written to the database. Categories and keywords, however, are not.
The safest way to retrieve all the ACDSee Metadata, (including categories and keywords), is to click Tools |
Database | Catalog Files. Then the following applies:
If the files are GIF, JPEG, DNG, PNG, and TIF formats, all the data will be retrieved and written to the
database.
If the files still have their sidecar files in the folder, and they still have the same file name, the database
information is retrieved and written to the database.
If the files have become separated from their sidecar files or renamed, their ACDSee Metadata cannot be
retrieved and will be lost.
Excluding Folders From the Database
You can choose to exclude folders from the database, and keep the contents separate from your other images and
media files. By default, the Program Files and Windows folders on your hard drive are automatically excluded from
the database.
To Manage Your Excluded Folders Settings:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Excluded Folder Settings.
2.
In the Excluded Folders dialog box, do one of the following:
To exclude a folder from the database, click Add. Browse to a folder on your hard drive, and then
click OK.
To remove a folder from the excluded folders list, select a folder in the list, and then click
Remove.
To reset your excluded folders list to the default settings, click Reset to Defaults.
3.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Close to return to ACDSee.
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Cataloging Files in the Database
ACDSee automatically adds file information and thumbnails to the database as you browse. You can use the Catalog
dialog box to add groups of files to the database without having to first browse the folders. This can be particularly
useful when using ACDSee for the first time, and when browsing or managing large collections of images as it
reduces the loading time required for these folders.
The first time you run ACDSee, you are prompted to catalog your files.
To Catalog Your Files:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Catalog Files.
2.
In the Folders to Catalog section, select the checkbox next to the folders you want to catalog.
If you want to add folders that are not in the list, click Add folder, select the folders you want to include,
and then click OK.
3.
In the Options section, select the information to add to the database.
4.
Click Start.
A progress bar shows your files as they are cataloged.
5.
Click Finish.
If you are cataloging a large collection of files, do not disrupt the process, or use other software while it is
running. For large file collections, it is best to run cataloging overnight.
About the ACDSee Indexer
The ACDSee database stores image and media file information automatically when you browse your folders. This
process is called cataloging. The database increases the speed with which you can browse your files in ACDSee,
and you can use the information stored in the database to sort, organize, search, and filter your image and media
files. You can also use the Catalog dialog box to add groups of files to the database without having to first browse
the folders, though, during this time, you will not be able to use ACDSee.
However, the ACDSee Indexer allows the cataloging process to be undertaken when your computer is idle and
ACDSee is not running. This allows you to avoid having to browse all of your folders, or experiencing disruptions to
your computer's speed and usability, or cutting into the time that you are using ACDSee. If the files are modified in
any of the selected folders, the ACDSee Indexer will automatically catalog them again to keep the ACDSee database
up to date.
You can set which folders you would like to be cataloged and how long you would like your computer to be idle
before the ACDSee Indexer begins to catalog your files. To configure these options, see Setting the ACDSee
Indexer Options.
Creating and Switching Between Multiple Databases
ACDSee allows you to create multiple databases and switch between them at any time, giving you complete
organizational control over your file collections.
When you open ACDSee for the first time, (and up until you create additional databases), you will be using the
original database called Default.dbin. It is located in: C:\Users\<Your Name>\AppData\Local\ACD
Systems\Catalogs\<Version #>. All additional databases that you create will be stored in this same location,
unless you specify otherwise.
You can configure ACDSee to display the database it is currently running in the title bar of the
application.
To Create a New Database:
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1.
In Manage mode, open File | Database | New...
2.
In the New Database dialog box, enter a name for your new database.
3.
Browse to choose the location where the database will be stored, or leave it set to the existing location to
store the new database with your existing database, Default.dbin.
The database file will be stored with a folder of the same name. The database file and folder must
always share exactly the same name, or ACDSee will not be able to connect to the database.
4.
If you would like to have the name of your database displayed in the title bar of the application, select the
Show database filename in title bar checkbox.
5.
Click OK.
6.
A dialog will appear asking you if you would like to switch to your newly created database. Select Yes or
No. If you select Yes, ACDSee will restart and run with the new database.
To Switch from One Database to Another:
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
Open File | Database |
Open...
In the Open Database dialog, browse to the database file (*.dbin) you want to use
and click Open.
Open File | Database |
Recent.
Select one of your recently used databases.
To Quickly Launch ACDSee in a Specific Database Using Command Line Switch:
1.
Create a shortcut to ACDSee. It is recommended that you name this shortcut something that corresponds
to the name of the database you want to open.
2.
In the shortcut properties, set the target to C:\Program Files\ACD Systems\ACDSee
Ultimate\<Version #>\ACDSeeUltimate<Version #>.exe" /db "C:\Users\<Your
Name>\AppData\Local\ACD Systems\Catalogs\<Version #>\<Name of Your
Database>.dbin".
Converting an Older Database
You can use the ACD Database Convert Wizard to take database information from previous versions of ACDSee and
add it to your current database. This ensures that any information associated with your files using a previous
version of ACDSee is referenced properly in the current database.
If you have already added information to your current ACDSee database, it is recommended that you
create a backup of your database before converting an older ACDSee database.
To Convert an Older Database:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Convert Database.
2.
On the Welcome page, click Next to select your conversion options.
3.
On the Database Convert Options page, specify the version of the database files you want to convert, as
well as the folder where the database files are located on your hard drive. Click Next.
4.
To automatically rebuild image thumbnails, IPTC and EXIF information after the conversion process is
complete, select the Rebuild thumbnails, EXIF and IPTC data for local images checkbox.
5.
To automatically update your database after converting, select the Optimize database files after
convert checkbox.
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6.
Click Next.
7.
On the Summary page, review your selections, and then click Next to convert your database.
Importing Database Information
You can use the ACD Database Import Wizard to import archived database information, or to import database
information that was sent to you with images from another ACDSee user. After you import the information, ACDSee
associates it with the appropriate images.
If you have already added information to your current ACDSee database, it is recommended that you
create a backup of your database before converting an older ACDSee database.
To Use the ACD Database Import Wizard:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Import, and then select Database.
2.
Click Next to start the wizard.
3.
On the Import Options page, select the type of exported database information you want to import.
You can import image information from a compressed database version, or information from an XMLbased text file.
4.
Click the Browse button to locate the database you want to import, and then click OK.
5.
Select the Optimize database files after import checkbox to optimize the database after exiting the
wizard, and then click Next.
6.
On the Summary page, review your selections. Click Back to make changes, or click Next to begin
importing the database information.
7.
Click Finish to close the ACD Database Import Wizard.
If you are importing database information sent to you by another ACDSee user, ensure that the images to
which the information applies are in an identical location and folder structure on your hard drive.
Importing File Information From Other Sources
You can import file information into your database from other sources, including ACDSee Photo Discs and files
from previous versions of ACDSee.
Importing Photo Discs
Previous versions of ACDSee (versions 4.0 and 5.0) created separate database files with a .ddf file extension for
Photo Discs. You can import the Photo Disc database files into your ACDSee database.
To Import a Photo Disc:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Import, and then select Photo Disc.
2.
In the Open dialog box, locate and select the photo disc file you want to import.
3.
Click Open.
To import the information from Photo Discs created with ACDSee 6.0 or later, you must convert and
import the entire database.
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Importing Albums
In previous versions of ACDSee, you could create albums in an .ais file format that consisted of organized
shortcuts to your images. Now you can use categories to create albums of images that do not require a separate
file extension. You can, however, import your albums from previous versions of ACDSee, and add the information
from the albums to the database. ACDSee creates a new category for each album you import.
To Import Album Information into the Database:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Import, and then select Album.
2.
In the Open dialog box, locate and select the .ais file you want to import.
3.
Click Open.
Working with Descript.ion Files
In previous versions of ACDSee, file descriptions were stored in a separate descript.ion file in each folder that
contained images. ACDSee now stores file descriptions as captions in the database, along with other file
information such as notes and keywords.
You can use the Descript.ion tools to import your old descript.ion files and add the information to the database, or
export your existing file captions to a descript.ion file.
To Import a Descript.ion File:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Import, and then select Descript.ion File.
2.
In the Open dialog box, locate and select the descript.ion file you want to import.
3.
Click Open.
To Export Captions to a Descript.ion File:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Export, and then select Descript.ion File.
2.
In the Save As dialog box, type a name for the descript.ion file in the File name field.
3.
Click Save.
Exporting Database Information
You can use the ACD Database Export Wizard to save selected database information in a compressed format, and
then store it as a backup, or share it with other ACDSee users. You can also choose to export your category and
keyword definitions to a text file.
Exporting your database information differs from creating a backup in that you can choose to export only the parts
of your database that you want to share or store with specific files, such as those on a CD. Other ACDSee users can
import your information without affecting their existing database.
To create a backup of your entire database, including image or media files, use the ACD Database Backup Wizard.
To back up the contents of a local folder to a remote location, such as a network drive, use the ACD Sync Wizard.
To Use the ACD Database Export Wizard:
1.
If you want to export your database information for a specific group of images or media files, select the
files in the File List pane in Manage mode.
2.
Click Tools | Database | Export | Database.
3.
Click Next to begin using the wizard.
4.
On the Content and Format Options page, specify how you want to export your database information by
selecting one of the following options, and then clicking Next:
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Export entire ACDSee database to a read-only, compressed version: Exports the entire
contents of your ACDSee database to a compressed version that can be shared with other ACDSee
users.
Export database information for selected items to a read-only, compressed version:
Exports all of your database information for the images selected in the File List pane.
Export database information to a text file: Exports the selected information to an XML-based
text file. Select the checkboxes next to the information you want to include.
5.
On the Location Options page, specify a location for the exported information, and a name for the text file,
if necessary, and then click Next.
6.
On the Summary page, review your choices. You can click Back to make changes, or click Next to begin
exporting your database information.
7.
Click Finish to close the wizard and return to ACDSee.
Generating File Lists
You can generate a text file that lists all of the files in the folder currently displayed in the File List pane. The text
file places the file name, size, image file format, modified date, image properties, caption, and rating for all of the
files in the folder into a table, and creates a single text file.
To Generate a List of Your Files:
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Export, and then select Generate File Listing.
ACDSee automatically generates the file listing and opens it as a text file in your default text editor. You can
then edit or save the text file.
Backing Up Your Database
You can use the ACDSee Backup Wizard to back up all of your database information, which you can then restore in
the case of a system failure or other event. You can also choose to back up your image, media, or archive files
along with the relevant database information.
The ACDSee Backup Wizard creates a series of files in a specified location that contain your entire database. The
backup is generated using your folder structure and is unique to your computer. To back up portions of your
database, or to share database information with another ACDSee user, use the ACD Database Export Wizard.
For some suggestions about managing your database backups, see Database backup tips and strategies .
To Back Up Your Database Information:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Back Up Database.
2.
On the Welcome page, select whether you would like to create a new backup, or update an existing
backup. Click Next.
If you choose to update an existing backup, please go to step #5.
3.
On the New Backup page, select the information you would like to back up. Click Next.
4.
On the Backup Location page, click Browse and specify a location for your backup, and type a name for
the backup file. Click Next.
5.
On the Backup Summary page, review your settings. If you chose to update an existing backup, click the
Backup to update drop-down list, and then select the existing backup. Click Next.
Backup Information Options
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Do not include
thumbnails
Excludes thumbnails from the backup, saving a substantial amount of storage
space on your hard drive.
Include thumbnails for
offline files
Includes only thumbnails for files that do not reside on your hard drive, such
as PhotoDiscs.
Include thumbnails
Includes all thumbnails in the database. This will require more space on your
hard drive to store the backup.
Backup files of type
Backs up the specified file types with the database information. Select from the
following file types:
Image: Includes image files in the backup.
Media: Includes audio and video files in the backup.
Archive: Includes archive files in the backup.
All files of specified types
on your local hard drives
Backs up all specified files on your hard drive.
All files of specified types
on local and network hard
drives
Backs up all specified files on your hard drive and network drives.
All files of specified types
in a folder (including
subfolders)
Backs up all specified files in a specified folder. Click the Browse button and
select the folder to back up.
Database Backup Tips and Strategies
The ACDSee database stores information about your files, including EXIF information, file name and folder location,
thumbnails, categories, ratings, and any other information you add using the Properties pane. The more
information you store in the database, and the more time you spend entering that information, the more important
it is to back up your database, and to have a good strategy for managing your backups. Losing hours of work to a
system crash or other uncontrollable event is something that should, and can, be avoided.
Backup Schedule
How often you need to back up depends on how often you add or change information in the database. A good rule
to use would be to back up your data as often as you want to avoid retyping it. You can use the backup reminder
settings on the Database page of the Options dialog box to set a regular reminder for yourself to back up your data
as often as you think appropriate. Business environments and professional users should back up every day.
It is also recommended that you back up your database before performing any major adjustments to it, such as
importing information from another ACDSee user, or converting a database from a previous version of ACDSee.
Backup Location
It's a good idea to consider where you back up your data, as well as how often. If you're backing up to your hard
drive, ACDSee creates a new folder for each day. This helps to avoid overwriting your backup, and gives you
several increments from which you can restore. Also helpful is a monthly backup that is stored in a different
physical location than your computer, such as a network drive.
Backup Size
To keep the size of the backup small, choose to back up database information only, and back up your images
separately, also on a regular basis.
Restoring Database Information From a Backup
You can use the ACD Database Restore Wizard to restore previously backed up database information.
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To Restore Database Information:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Restore Database.
2.
On the Welcome page, click Next to select the backup.
3.
On the Restore Options page, select the backup and date from which you want to restore, or browse to the
location of your backup and select a .bkup file.
4.
Click Next when you are ready to restore your database.
When restoring a backup from a series of backup files, ACDSee will only restore the information included
in and prior to the selected backup file. Therefore, unless required, it is recommended that you select the
last file in the backup sequence.
Maintaining the Database
It is recommended that you regularly perform database maintenance and optimization to increase hard drive
space, remove redundant or extraneous information, and increase overall ACDSee performance.
You can use the tools in the Database Maintenance dialog box to update folders, or to identify folders whose
thumbnails and database information you would like to delete. The Database Maintenance dialog box displays a list
of the folders on your system, and uses icons to indicate the status of database information within specific folders.
Database Content Icons
Folder contains files with cached thumbnails stored in the database.
Folder contains files that were changed without a database update. For example, a folder or file was
renamed or moved outside of ACDSee.
To Perform Database Maintenance:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Database Maintenance.
2.
In the Database Maintenance dialog box, browse for folders marked with the database content icons. If
there are no marked folders, you do not need to perform database maintenance and can exit the Database
Maintenance dialog box.
3.
Select a folder and click one of the following buttons to identify the maintenance you want to perform on
that folder:
Remove Thumbnails: Removes all thumbnail information for the selected folder.
Remove All DB Info: Deletes all database and thumbnail information for the selected folder.
Remove Orphan Folders: Deletes any out-of-date or broken references to missing files or
information for the selected folder. It is only possible to check for orphans in folders located on
your computer. This option will not be visible if the folder is located on a network.
Change Binding: Changes all location references for the selected orphaned folder to another
folder, and retains all database information. The default binding folder is My Pictures.
4.
The Database Maintenance tool will delete records, creating unused space in your database. To reclaim
the unused space, click Optimize Database, and follow the instructions in the wizard.
5.
Click Close.
Optimizing the Database
You can use the Optimize Database Wizard to quickly remove redundant or outdated database records. Optimizing
your database, along with performing regular database maintenance, helps regain hard drive space and improves
the overall performance of ACDSee.
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If you are cataloging large numbers of files regularly, it is helpful to optimize weekly, or after an extended
cataloging session. This is also a good time to backup the database.
To Optimize Your Database:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Optimize Database.
2.
In the Database Optimization Wizard, click Next.
3.
Select one or both of the following:
Optimize the database tables and fields: Removes obsolete information from the database,
reduces the space used by database fields, and re-indexes the tables.
Remove orphans from database: Removes any orphan database entries, caused by files or
folders deleted by other programs.
4.
Click Next.
5.
When the wizard has finished, click Finish to return to ACDSee.
Mapping Drives For an Incoming Database
If you are upgrading to ACDSee or are importing or restoring your ACDSee database, the Database Drive Mapping
dialog displays how drive mappings (in the incoming database) will be re-established in the ACDSee database. You
can use this dialog to change how each drive will be mapped in the database.
To Select New Drive Mappings:
1.
In the Database Drive Mapping dialog, select a drive and do one of the following:
To create a new drive map, select Create new database entry.
To map the drive to a local drive, select a drive from the Local Drive drop-down list.
2.
Click Done.
Rebuilding Thumbnails and Metadata
Situations can develop in which your images will be out of sync with the thumbnail images displayed in the File List
pane and the embedded metadata. You can use the Rebuild Thumbnails and Metadata tool to immediately
regenerate the thumbnails for selected images and rebuild the metadata.
To Rebuild Thumbnails:
1.
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
Select one or more thumbnails in the File List pane.
Select a folder in the Folders pane.
2.
Click Tools | Metadata | Rebuild Thumbnails and Metadata.
Quarantined Files
If ACDSee has trouble reading a corrupted or incomplete image or media file, or a file causes a plug-in to generate
an error, ACDSee will quarantine that file. You can view a list of quarantined files, and remove a file from the list.
To View Quarantined Files:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Quarantine Files.
2.
To remove a file, select it in the list, and then click Remove.
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To disable the Quarantine feature, clear the Enable Quarantine checkbox.
4.
Click OK to close the Quarantine Files dialog box and return to ACDSee.
Working with Plug-ins
A plug-in is a software module that adds functionality to a larger program. ACDSee comes standard with many
different plug-ins.
Types of Plug-ins
Image Decode: Converts a file from a binary format to the image displayed in ACDSee. Decode plug-ins
allow ACDSee to display images of many different file formats. The files that you can view with ACDSee
depend on which decoding plug-ins are installed on your computer.
Image Encode: Converts the image displayed in ACDSee to a binary file format. Encode plug-ins allow
ACDSee to save (or convert) images to many different file formats. The files that you can edit and save
with ACDSee depend on which encoding plug-ins are installed on your computer.
Archive: Allows ACDSee to display and save archives of many different file formats. The archives that you
can view and create with ACDSee depend on which archive plug-ins are installed on your computer.
Camera: Allows ACDSee to browse images on your digital camera and transfer them to a folder on your
hard drive.
Command Extension: Adds functionality to ACDSee. For example, there is a plug-in that you can use to
share your images over the Internet.
Pane Extension: Adds a pane to ACDSee where you can perform tasks like order prints of your digital
images.
We cannot ensure the quality of plug-ins that are not certified by ACD Systems. As with any other piece of
software, you are trusting that the plug-in is free of viruses and that the company that produced the
plug-in is trustworthy.
Managing Plug-ins
The Plug-in Settings dialog box displays a list of all the ACDSee plug-ins installed on your computer. You can also
use the Plug-in Settings dialog box to control which plug-ins ACDSee uses.
To Access the Plug-in Settings Dialog Box:
In Manage mode, click Tools | Plug-in Settings.
Disabling a Plug-in
You can disable a plug-in in the Plug-in Settings dialog box so that ACDSee no longer uses it.
To Disable a plug-in:
1.
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2.
Clear the checkbox beside the name of the plug-in that you do not want ACDSee to use.
3.
Click OK.
Changing the Plug-in Order
Some file formats can be supported by more than one plug-in. However, when this happens, you can control
which plug-in is used to read or write a file format. The order that plug-ins appear in the Plug-in Settings dialog
box is the order that ACDSee uses the plug-ins to read or write a file.
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To Change the Plug-in Order:
1.
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2.
Select a plug-in in the Plug-ins list.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click the Move up button to move the plug-in higher in the list.
Click the Move down button to move the plug-in lower in the list.
4.
Click OK.
Viewing Plug-in Properties and Getting Help
You can view and set properties for certain plug-ins.
To View Plug-in Properties:
1.
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2.
Select a plug-in in the Plug-ins list.
3.
Click the Properties button.
To View a Plug-in's Help File:
1.
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2.
Select a plug-in in the Plug-ins list.
3.
Click the Plug-in Help button.
ACDSee SeeDrive™
The ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane provides direct access to your ACDSee 365 account. You can use the ACDSee
SeeDrive™ to manage your ACDSee 365 images, and monitor your uploads and downloads to 365.acdsee.com, an
image sharing and storage service. An ACDSee 365 account requires a membership or the purchase of additional
storage, which you can obtain at 365.acdsee.com.
ACDSee SeeDrive™ allows you to browse through your online images without having to launch an Internet
browser. Alternatively, you can go to 365.acdsee.com with an Internet browser. To view the SeeDrive™ pane, go
to Panes | SeeDrive.
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To Use ACDSee SeeDrive™:
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane, press Connect and enter your ACDSee 365 login credentials. If you do not have
an ACDSee 365 account, select Create an account.
Alternatively, you can login through 365 mode.
Managing Your ACDSee 365 Files with SeeDrive™
You can create, rename, and delete ACDSee 365 folders directly from ACDSee SeeDrive™ in Manage mode.
To Create a New Folder:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, right-click your username and select New Online
Folder...
2.
In the New Online Folder dialog, enter a name for your folder and press OK.
To add a newly created folder to an existing folder hierarchy, drag the new folder to your desired location
inside of it.
To Create a New Folder Inside an Existing Folder:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, expose your folders by clicking the arrow next to your
username.
2.
Right-click your desired folder and select New Online Folder...
3.
In the New Online Folder dialog, enter a name for your folder and press OK.
To Rename a Folder:
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, right-click the folder and select Rename.
To Delete a Folder:
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, right-click the folder and select Delete.
To Rename a File:
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In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, navigate to and open your desired folder.
2.
In the File List pane, right-click the file and select Rename.
To Delete a File:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, navigate to and open your desired folder.
2.
In the File List pane, right-click the file and select Delete.
Uploading
Uploading Files to ACDSee 365 with SeeDrive™:
To upload a folder: Select a folder from the Folders pane and drag it into your desired folder in ACDSee
SeeDrive™.
To upload individual files: Select your desired files in the File List pane and drag them into your
desired folder in ACDSee SeeDrive™.
Manage your uploads by right-clicking any folder in ACDSee SeeDrive™ and selecting Transfer
Manager... Use the Transfer Manager controls as described in the table below.
Downloading
Downloading Files from ACDSee 365 with SeeDrive™:
1.
Select your destination folder in the Folders pane.
2.
Select the folder you would like to download in ACDSee SeeDrive™, right-click and choose Download.
Manage your downloads by right-clicking any folder in ACDSee SeeDrive™ and selecting Transfer Manager... Use
the Transfer Manager controls as described in the table below.
Transfer Manager Options
Choose the Uploads or Downloads tab.
Restarts paused transfer
Pauses transfer
Cancels transfer
Retry transfer
Select all
Clear finished
Making Folders Private or Public
You can set folders to private or public in the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode. When you make a folder
public, anyone can find and see the images in that folder when they browse or search 365.acdsee.com.
New folders are set to private by default.
To Change an ACDSee 365 Folder to Public Using ACDSee SeeDrive™:
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In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane, expose your folders by clicking the arrow next to your username.
2.
Right-click the folder you want to make public, and select Make Public.
To Change an ACDSee 365 Folder Back to Private Using ACDSee SeeDrive™:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane, expose your folders by clicking the arrow next to your username.
2.
Right-click the folder you want to make private, and select Make Private.
Sharing and Downloading with ACDSee SeeDrive™
You can perform sharing and downloading actions on your online content from right within ACDSee SeeDrive™.
You can also view and manage the progress of your uploads and downloads with the Transfer Manager.
Sharing a Folder with ACDSee SeeDrive™
You can share your ACDSee 365 folders with others right from your ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane. You can share using
Email, post to a social networking site, or create a widget.
To Share Your Folders Using ACDSee SeeDrive™:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, expose your folders by clicking the arrow next to your
username.
2.
Right-click the folder you want to share and select Share Folder.
3.
In the Share window, select your sharing method and enter your information, as described below.
Share Options
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Email
Facebook™
Twitter™
Widget
Scroll through your images at the bottom of the window and uncheck any photos you
do not wish to include. After you have entered the information below, press OK.
Recipient Email Addresses
Enter your recipients' email addresses. Separate
multiple email addresses with commas.
Your Message
Enter a message for your recipients.
Allow download of largest
available JPG
Allow your recipient(s) to download the largest
available versions of your images.
Email me too
Select this checkbox to receive a copy of your
email.
Optional private access
password
If you would like your album to be password
protected, enter the password here. The
password will be available to your recipient(s) in
the body of your email, which they can then enter
to gain access to your album.
Scroll through your images at the bottom of the window and uncheck any photos you
do not wish to include. After you have completed the steps listed below, press
Upload.
Upload to Facebook™
Press this button to launch Facebook™ in a
browser and enter your login credentials.
Select existing Facebook™
album
From the drop-down menu, select one of your
existing Facebook™ photo albums you would like
your photos added to.
Or create a new one
If you would like your photos uploaded to a new
Facebook™ photo album, enter the name of the
album here.
Scroll through your images at the bottom of the window and uncheck any photos you
do not wish to include. After you have completed the steps listed below, press
Upload.
Twitter™
Press this button to launch Twitter™ in a browser
and enter your login credentials.
Shorten URL with bit.ly
Shortens the length of your album's URL, allowing
you more characters for your message.
Preview
Displays a preview of your post.
Characters left
Displays how many characters you have left of
your message.
Allow download of largest
available JPG
Allows viewers to download the largest available
versions of your images.
A photo widget is a sort of an image viewer or slideshow that can be placed on a
website or blog. This option generates a piece of html code that you can copy and
paste onto your website or blog. Scroll through your images at the bottom of the
window and uncheck any photos you do not wish to include.
Orientation
Select the orientation of your photo widget from
the drop-down menu.
Theme
Select the color theme of your photo widget from
the drop-down menu.
Size
Select the size of your photo widget from the
drop-down menu.
Sharing Your Folders by Copying and Pasting its URL Using ACDSee SeeDrive™
You can copy the URL of a folder from ACDSee SeeDrive™ and paste it in a browser, email, or anywhere else.
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You can only copy an URL from a public folder.
Copying and Pasting a Folder's URL:
1.
In the ACDSee SeeDrive™ pane in Manage mode, expose your folders by clicking the arrow next to your
username.
2.
Right-click the folder you want to share and select Copy URL.
3.
Right-click and select Paste, or press CTRL + V, wherever you would like to paste the URL.
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Chapter 4: Photos Mode
Using Photos Mode
Photos mode is a quick and convenient way to view your entire image collection by date. Photos mode displays
images that have been cataloged . Images in Photos mode are displayed by the date they were taken, as indicated
in the images' EXIF data. If the EXIF data does not contain a date taken, Photos mode will display the images based
on the modified date.
You can modify the date taken by using Batch Adjust Time Stamp.
Photos mode contains two areas:
Date pane: This pane displays all of your cataloged photo collection by date.
Timeline pane: This pane displays the year and month of your photos and how many photos are in each.
Viewing Images
Images are displayed in Photos mode by date. To toggle viewing them by year, month, or day, do one of the
following:
Click the Year, Month, or Day buttons at the bottom right of the Date pane.
Use the forward and back arrows at the top left to move from Year to Month to Day view.
Choose View | Year/Month/Day.
Click an image to move from Year to Month to Day view.
Click on a year/month entry in the Timeline pane to navigate to the images from that time.
To View Only Your Microsoft OneDrive® Photo Collection:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select OneDrive.
To View All of Your Photo Collection (Including OneDrive):
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select All .
To View Photos from Your Pictures Folder Only:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select Pictures.
To View Photos from Your Desktop Only:
Click the Filter drop-down menu and select Desktop.
To View Orphaned Files with Your Photo Collection:
Click the Show Orphan Files button at the top of the Date pane. Orphaned files will appear in sepia.
To View a Larger Version of an Image:
Do one of the following:
Double-click an image to open it in View mode.
Select an image and press Enter to toggle between View mode and Photos mode.
To Open an Image in Another Mode:
Do one of the following:
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Right-click the image in Day view and select an option from the context menu.
Ctrl + right-click the image in Year or Month view and select an option from the context menu.
To Locate an Image in Windows Explorer®:
Right-click the image in Day view and select Show in File Explorer from the context menu.
Ctrl + right-click the image in Month or Year view and select Show in File Explorer from the context
menu.
Cataloging
Photos mode will only display images that have been cataloged. You can catalog your images by:
Browsing your folders in Manage mode.
Using the Catalog button at the top of Photos mode.
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Chapter 5: View Mode
View mode is the main viewing component of the user interface.
In View mode, you can:
Click+hold+drag to pan around large images.
Press the keyboard shortcut F to toggle in and out of full screen view.
Zoom in or out on your images.
View images in a slideshow.
Play video and audio files, and add audio to your image files.
Add captions to your images.
Catalog files by tagging them, adding categories, keywords, and other metadata.
Apply editing and special effect presets to your images.
Previewing Your Images with Auto Lens
You can use Auto Lens View to preview your images with a number of filters without actually applying them to the
file.
To View Your Image with an Auto Lens:
1.
Open an image in View mode.
2.
On the Toolbar, press the Auto Lens button.
3.
Select a filter to preview your image in.
4.
Use the Filmstrip or Previous/Next button to preview more images with your selected filter.
The Lens will remain turned on in View mode until you turn it off.
To Turn Off Your Selected Auto Lens:
1.
On the Toolbar, press the Auto Lens button.
2.
Select None.
Light EQ™
You can view your image with an instant exposure adjustment in View mode with Light EQ™. You will need to
select Light EQ™ for each image you view.
To View Your Image with Light EQ™:
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Open an image in View mode.
2.
On the Toolbar, press the Light EQ™ button.
On
Viewing RAW Images
A RAW image is like a photo negative. When your camera takes the photo, it captures all the raw data that makes
up the image and it includes an embedded JPEG so that you can preview the image. The same as with a negative, it
is necessary to develop your RAW file to view the photo.
When you double-click the thumbnail of a RAW image in Manage mode, ACDSee checks to see if you have
previously developed the RAW file. If you have, ACDSee displays the developed photo in View mode. If you have
not, ACDSee does one of the following:
If you have selected the Embedded preview radio button on the General page of the Options dialog box,
ACDSee displays the embedded JPEG, created by your camera when you took the photo. This is the default
setting.
If you have selected the RAW decode radio button on the General page, ACDSee quickly develops the
RAW file and displays a temporary photo of the RAW file.
When you zoom in on your undeveloped RAW image in View mode, if you have selected the Embedded preview
option, and if you zoom past the resolution of the embedded JPEG, ACDSee quickly develops the RAW image so that
you can see the image at that zoom level. When View mode changes the display from the embedded JPEG to the
decoded RAW image, you might see a change in the color, light, or detail of the image. This is due to a difference
between the settings applied by your camera to the JPEG and the settings used by ACDSee to develop the image.
Since different camera models apply different color, light, and detail settings to embedded JPEGs, these settings
do not always match the settings used by ACDSee. However, you can then use the ACDSee Develop tools to process
the RAW image to use your preferred settings.
ACDSee will automatically apply geometry corrections to DNG files that include geometric distortion
correction tags. DNG files created from the Adobe DNG Converter© will often generate geometric
distortion tags for micro 4/3rds cameras.
Rotating Images
You can rotate images in Manage and View modes using the Rotate icons in the bottom toolbar.
When you rotate unprocessed JPEG images, ACDSee performs a lossless rotation.
To Rotate Images:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, select one or more images.
2.
Click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right icon in the bottom toolbar.
Rotate Icons
Rotate Left
Rotates the image 90° to the left.
Rotate Right
Rotates the image 90° to the right.
Using the Histogram
The Histogram displays a graphical representation of the distribution of intensity levels of pixels for each color
channel in an image.
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To Display and Use the Histogram:
1.
In View or Edit mode, click Panes | Histogram.
2.
On the Histogram, select or clear the following checkboxes:
R: Shows or hides the red color channel.
G: Shows or hides the green color channel.
B: Shows or hides the blue color channel.
L: Shows or hides the lightness of the image.
Viewing Images with Auto Advance
You can use the Auto Advance feature to create a quick slideshow preview of a group of images, or all the images
in a folder.
To Start Auto Advance:
1.
Open a group of images in View mode.
2.
Click View | Auto Advance | Options.
3.
In the Auto Advance dialog box, set the options as described below.
4.
Click Start.
5.
To advance to the next image, press Space.
6.
To return to the previous image, press Backspace.
7.
To stop or restart Auto Advance, press Pause.
Auto Advance Options
Sequence
Determines the order that you want to display your images. Select one of the following
options:
Forward
Reverse
Random
Repeat
Automatically restarts the slideshow after the last image has been displayed.
Delay
Specifies how long to display each image. Drag the slider or type a value from 0 to
864000000 to set the time (in milliseconds).
Sound
Select the Play audio clips checkbox to play any audio embedded in the selected images.
Displaying Text on Images in View Mode
You can use the Header/Footer tool to display text with your images in View mode. The text is displayed while you
are viewing the image, but does not modify the original image. You can also hide the headers and footers without
changing the settings.
To add text directly to your photos and save it as part of the image, see Adding text to an image.
To Edit Image Headers and Footers:
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In View mode, click View | Edit Header/Footer.
2.
Do one or both of the following:
Select the Header checkbox to add text at the top of the image.
Select the Footer checkbox to add text at the bottom of the image.
3.
Select or change the text options as described below.
4.
Click OK.
Text Options
Alignment
Specifies the justification of the captions.
Background
Adds a background color to the text. Click Color to specify a color.
Description
Displays the text you want to see on your images. Type the text you want to appear,
or click inside the field to set an insertion point for inserting metadata.
Insert Metadata
Inserts file-specific information into the text for each image.
Font
Sets the font, size, and color of the caption text.
To Insert Metadata in Image Text:
1.
Position the cursor in the Description text box where you want to display the file information and click
Insert Metadata.
2.
In the Choose Properties dialog box, select the file information you want to include.
3.
Click OK.
The information you added is inserted as a placeholder that will be replaced by the specific text for each
image.
Hiding Image Text
You can hide either the header or footer, or disable both at once without changing or deleting the information in
the header and footer fields.
To Hide the Image Text:
1.
In View mode, click View | Edit Header/Footer.
2.
Do one or both of the following:
Clear the Header checkbox to remove text from the top of the image.
Clear the Footer checkbox to remove text from the bottom of the image.
3.
Click OK.
To show or hide both headers and footers simultaneously, click View | Show Header/Footer.
Synchronizing View Mode to a Folder
You can use the Sync to Folder option to change the images being displayed in View mode.
To Synchronize to a Folder:
1.
In View mode, click File | Sync To Folder.
2.
Type the path to the folder you want to synchronize, or click the Browse button to locate the folder.
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Select or change the New Images options as described below.
4.
Click OK.
New Images Options
Show new images
immediately
Displays images as soon as they appear in the folder. If this option is cleared, new
images are added to the end of the slideshow.
Ignore open files
Delays adding a new file to the slideshow until the transferring application has finished
moving or downloading the file.
Sort by name
Sorts the images displayed in the slideshow by their file name.
To Stop Synchronizing to a Folder:
In View mode, click File | Sync To Folder.
Viewing Offline Images
ACDSee stores thumbnails and database information for images contained on CDs or other removable media as
Photo Discs. You can then browse the thumbnails and view the information for those images even when the disc is
not in your CD-ROM drive.
To Add a Photo Disc:
1.
Place a disc containing images into your CD-ROM drive.
2.
In Manage mode, click File | New | Photo Disc.
3.
In the New Disc dialog box, type a name for your disc in the Title field, and then click OK.
You can then browse the contents of the Photo Disc in the Offline Media section of the Folders pane.
If you add or remove images from a disc that you have already added to ACDSee as a Photo Disc, you can
update the information stored in the database. Insert the disc in your CD-ROM drive, and then right-click
the name of the disc in the Folders pane and select Update Photo Disc.
By default, ACDSee identifies Photo Discs by their serial numbers. This is the most reliable setting to use when
working with Photo Discs, particularly if you are importing or converting Photo Discs from previous versions of
ACDSee.
However, if you are working with, or planning to work with, multi-session discs, the serial number may be
regenerated or changed each time you change the contents of a disc. Therefore, the volume label is the required
method of identification for multi-session Photo Discs.
Rebinding Photo Discs
Depending on the method used to identify Photo Discs, ACDSee may encounter a Photo Disc that it does not
recognize. This is most common when you are using the serial number method to identify Photo Discs and you
insert a multi-session disc. ACDSee may not recognize the disc, as serial numbers are likely to change when
updating a multi-session disc.
You can use the Rebind option to update the identification information, and associate the correct database
information with your disc.
To Rebind a Photo Disc to its ACDSee Database Information:
1.
In the Rebind Photo Disc dialog box, carefully review the Current disc information to be sure that the
correct disc is in the drive.
2.
Select the Photo Disc record that you want to rebind to the current disc from the Photo Disc Name list.
3.
Click Rebind.
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Using ACDSee Quick View
ACDSee Quick View is an image viewer that you can use to quickly view images without opening ACDSee. For
example, imagine that you want to view an image that someone sent to you in an email. If you double-click the
image it will open in Quick View, which is like a pared-down version of View mode in ACDSee.
With Quick View you can quickly scroll through your images, temporarily rotate images, and zoom in and out. If
you are viewing a particularly appealing image in Quick View, you can also set the image as your desktop wallpaper
or print the image.
You can easily switch from Quick View to ACDSee. You also have the option to open an image in Manage, View,
Develop, or Edit mode.
If you are accustomed to using keyboard and mouse shortcuts in View mode you can use most of those shortcuts
in Quick View as well.
To Open an Image in Quick View:
1.
With ACDSee closed, double-click an image. For example, double-click the image in Windows Explorer or
in an email message.
2.
Use the viewing options described below to view the image.
ACDSee Quick View Viewing Options
Previous
View the previous image.
Next
View the next image.
Rotate Left
Rotate the image to the left.
Rotate Right
Rotate the image to the right.
Zoom In
View the image at a higher magnification.
Zoom Out
View the image at a lower magnification.
Delete
Move the image to the computer's Recycle Bin.
You can close ACDSee by pressing ESC.
To Open the Image in ACDSee:
Click Manage, View, Develop, or Edit mode.
To Set an Image as Your Desktop Wallpaper:
1.
Click Previous or Next until the image that you want to make your desktop wallpaper displays in Quick
View.
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Click Tools | Set Wallpaper and select one of the following:
Centered: Displays the image in the center of the desktop.
Tiled: Displays the image in one or more tiles until the desktop is covered. If the image is small it
may appear in several tiles on the desktop. If the image is large it may appear in only one or two
tiles.
Stretched: Stretches the image proportionally to fill as much of the desktop as possible.
To Restore Your System to the Default Desktop Wallpaper:
Click Tools | Set Wallpaper | Restore.
To Print the Image :
1.
Click File | Print.
2.
Under Format, choose a print size.
3.
On the Printer Options tab, specify the printer you want to use, the paper size, the number of copies you
want, the range of pages that you want to print, and image resolution.
4.
On the Page Settings tab, specify the image position on the paper and the margin widths, and specify
the number of prints of each photo.
5.
Add captions, headers, or footers.
6.
Click Print.
Using Windows Touch Gestures™ with Quick View
If you have a Windows Touch Gestures™-enabled device, you can use it with ACDSee Quick View for quick, easy
viewing of photos.
To Use Windows Touch Gestures™ with Quick View:
Open an image in ACDSee Quick View.
Swipe on the image to scroll through images one at a time.
Hold and swipe slowly in one direction to go through all of the images in the folder.
Hold down on an image, and then let go to achieve the same results as right-clicking with a mouse.
Double-tap the image to launch it in ACDSee.
Move two fingers apart to zoom in, and toward each other to zoom out.
After zooming in, you can pan the image with your finger. To return, choose View | Zoom | Fit Image.
Viewing Images in Another Application
You can open a file in another program from within ACDSee. For example, you can open documents in the
application used to create them.
To Use the Shell Open and Edit Commands:
1.
In Manage mode, click File | Shell.
2.
Select one of the following options:
Open: Opens the file using the application that Windows associates with its file extension.
Edit: Opens the file using the default system application, or opens a dialog box where you can
select an application.
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Setting an Image as the Desktop Wallpaper
You can select any image and set it as the Windows desktop wallpaper. You can also automatically stretch a
wallpapered image to fill the screen, or restore your previous wallpaper.
To Set an Image as the Desktop Wallpaper:
1.
Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, select an image, and then click Tools | Set Wallpaper.
In View mode, click Tools | Set Wallpaper.
2.
Select one of the following:
Centered: Places the image in the center of the screen. If the image is larger than the screen, it
is shrunk to fit.
Tiled: Places the image in a tiled pattern that fills the entire desktop.
Stretched: Stretches the image to fit the screen.
The selected image is saved as ACD Wallpaper.bmp in the Windows folder. ACDSee automatically changes the
wallpaper settings in the Control Panel Display properties to display the image.
To Automatically Stretch Wallpapered Images to Fit the Screen:
1.
Click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click General.
3.
On the General page, select the Automatically stretch wallpaper to fit screen checkbox.
4.
Click OK.
To Display the Previous Wallpaper:
Click Tools | Set Wallpaper | Restore.
Viewing and Using Brush Files
You can view brush files in Manage mode just like fonts or other files. This means that you can assign ratings or
organize them just like any other file in ACDSee. Because many .abr files are actually groups of images in one file,
you need to open them in View mode to see the individual images.
This icon indicates an .abr brush file in ACDSee.
To View Brush Files:
In Manage mode, navigate to the folder containing your brush files.
To see just the top image in any .abr file, hover over the thumbnail to activate the pop-up, or click it to see
the image in the Preview pane.
To view the other images in the .abr file, double-click it to open it in View mode. The file opens in View
mode showing the individual images in a pane on the left-hand side.
To see the number of images, and select them by number, click the down-arrow at the top of the sidebar,
and then select the number of the image.
To scroll through the images, click the right and left arrows at the top of the sidebar, or on each image.
To Use Brush Files in Adobe Photoshop®:
With both Adobe Photoshop® and ACDSee open, drag the file from the File List (in Manage mode) onto the
Photoshop® window.
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Even though nothing appears to happen, the brush is loaded into the Photoshop® brush library. To view the new
brushes, open the library and scroll to the bottom of the pane.
To make it even easier to use brushes in Photoshop®, you can configure it to be your default editor. Then
you can use CTRL + ALT + X to open Photoshop® and use the brush right away.
Playing Video and Audio Files
You can play video or audio files in many formats in ACDSee. You can control playback volume, and create an
image from a video frame.
To Play Video or Audio Files:
In Manage mode, in the File List pane, do one of the following:
Double-click a video or audio file.
Select one or more files and press Enter.
Select one or more files, right-click a selected file, and then select View.
Use the Media toolbar to adjust the volume, pause, loop, or extract frames from playback.
Automatically Playing Audio and Video Files
You can configure your settings to play audio and video files automatically, as soon as you open them in View
mode, or as you view them in the Preview pane in Manage mode.
To Start Playing Media Files Automatically:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, click Tools | Options | Preview.
2.
Select the Autoplay audio or video clips checkbox.
3.
Click OK.
The Media Toolbar
You can use the Media toolbar to quickly access common media viewing and editing tools.
Media Toolbar Buttons
Play
Plays the media file or selection. Changes into the Pause button when a
media file or selection is playing.
Extract Frames
Opens a menu you can use to copy, save, and extract video frames.
Frames are extracted at the resolution you viewed them at, (your
screen resolution).
Loop
Continuously plays the media file or selection.
Saving Video Frames as Images
You can extract an individual frame from a video and save it as a still image.
To Extract and Save a Single Video Frame as an Image:
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Do one of the following:
While the video is playing, click the Pause button at the frame you want to save.
Skip to step 2 as the exact frame you want to extract is playing.
2.
On the Selection and media controls toolbar, click the Extract Frames button.
3.
In the Extract Current Frame dialog box, select a folder in which to save your file.
4.
In the File name field, type a filename.
5.
Click the Save as type drop-down list and select a file format. You can click the Options button to select
or change any options associated with the file format.
6.
Click Save.
Adding or Editing Image Audio
ACDSee supports images with embedded audio and images with associated audio files.
Images with embedded audio are TIFF or JPEG images with audio saved inside the image file. You can embed audio
inside an image file by adding audio to the image.
Images with associated audio are image files paired with separate WAV audio files. Image files and their associated
audio files contain the same file name and are located in the same folder. You can associate any WAV file with an
image file by giving them the same name and placing them in the same folder, or by adding audio to the image.
If you move or rename either an image file or the audio file associated with it, both files must be renamed
and in the same folder or they will no longer be associated. This does not apply to images with embedded
audio.
To Add Audio to an Image:
1.
Do one of the following:
Select an image in Manage mode.
Open an image in View mode.
2.
Click Tools | Image Audio | Edit.
3.
In the Edit Audio dialog box, click the Browse button.
4.
Select a WAV file and click Save.
5.
If you would like to truncate or clip the audio file, select the Use markers checkbox, and drag the Start
marker and End marker sliders. Do one of the following:
Click the Truncate button to remove the beginning and end of the audio file (the sections outside
of the start and end markers).
Click the Clip button to remove the section of the audio file inside the start and end markers.
6.
To hear a preview of the file, click the Play button.
7.
Click OK.
Recording Audio to an Image
You can record your own audio files and add them to your images. When you add audio to a JPEG or TIFF image,
the audio is embedded in the image. With other file formats, the audio file is associated with the image; the audio
file is saved in the same folder and is played when the image is viewed.
To Record and Add an Audio File to an Image:
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Do one of the following:
Select an image in Manage mode.
Open an image in View mode.
2.
Click Tools | Image Audio | Edit.
3.
In the Edit Audio dialog box, select or change the Record sound settings options as described below.
4.
Click Record and do one of the following:
Use a microphone and record a sound.
Play audio from an audio player on your computer.
5.
Click Record to stop the recording.
6.
Click Save As to save the audio file.
7.
In the Save Sound File dialog box, type a name in the File name field, and then click Save.
8.
Click OK.
Record Sound Settings Options
Capture device
Specifies which of your computer's devices you want to record the audio.
Input format
Determines which sample rate and audio type are used to record the sound. The
formats displayed depend on the sound card you have installed on your computer.
Overwrite
Replaces the recorded audio from the Start marker slider location.
Mix
Combines the recording with the existing audio file.
Insert using start
marker
Inserts the recording at the start marker location. Drag the Start marker slider to
select a position.
Append to sound
file
Adds the recording to the existing audio file.
Replace sound file
Replaces the entire audio file with the new recording.
Selecting Part of an Image
You can use the Select tool in View mode to select a rectangular area of an image. You can then zoom in on the
selection, copy the selection, save the selection as a new image, print the selection, and use the selection as the
desktop wallpaper.
To Select Part of an Image:
1.
Click the Select Tool icon.
2.
Drag the cursor across the image to create a marquee.
3.
Right-click inside the marquee and select one of the options described below.
4.
To cancel the selection, click an area of the image outside of the marquee.
Selection Options
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Zoom To
Zooms in on the selected area.
Copy
Copies the selected area to the Clipboard.
Save Crop As
Saves the selected area as a new image.
Print
Prints the selected area.
Wallpaper
Centered
Creates desktop wallpaper using the selected area and centers it on your desktop,
shrinking it to fit if necessary.
Wallpaper Tiled
Creates a tiled desktop wallpaper pattern using the selected area.
Applying Presets in View Mode
Many ACDSee developing tools allow you to save your settings as presets. This is convenient when you frequently
use the same settings for a particular tool or effect.
For most tools, ACDSee automatically saves the last option settings you applied to an image when you clicked
Apply or Done. This preset is called Last Used Settings. To create presets to be used at anytime see Using
Presets in Develop mode.
To Apply Presets in View Mode:
1.
In View mode, click Tools | Process | Apply Preset.
2.
Select one of the presets.
The preset is applied and automatically saved.
To undo the applied preset right-click and select Process | Restore to Original.
Presets created from Edit mode can only be applied in Edit mode.
Viewing File Properties in View Mode
You can view an image’s properties in View mode and edit the information in the Properties pane.
To View an Image’s Properties:
In View mode, click Panes | Properties.
For more information about the Properties pane, and adding or editing ACDSee Metadata, see Using the
Properties Pane.
Printing Images in View Mode
With the ACDSee print utility, you can print your images on any size of paper, in any orientation, and at any
resolution your printer can support. You can also use the print utility to create and print contact sheets, complete
with headers, footers, and captions specific to each image.
As you change the options in the Print dialog box, you can view a dynamically updated preview of the image and its
position on the page. You can adjust the output size, print multiple copies of each image, and change the
orientation of the images on each page.
To Print a Single Image:
1.
In View mode, select the image you want to print.
2.
Click File | Print Image.
3.
Under Format, choose a print size.
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On the Printer Options tab, specify the printer you want to use, the paper size, the number of copies you
want, the range of pages that you want to print, and image resolution.
5.
On the Page Settings tab, specify the image position on the paper and the margin widths, and specify
the number of prints of each photo.
6.
Add captions, headers, or footers.
7.
Click Print.
To Print All Images:
1.
In View mode, click File | Print All Images.
2.
Under Print layout, do one of the following:
Select Full page and then choose a print size from the Format list.
Select Contact sheet and then set the Contact sheet format options to define the appearance
of your contact sheet.
Select Layout and then choose one of the available layout options.
3.
On the Printer Options tab, specify the printer you want to use, the paper size, the number of copies you
want, the range of pages that you want to print, and image resolution.
4.
On the Page Settings tab, specify the image position on the paper and the margin widths.
5.
Specify the number of prints of each photo. If you are printing a Full page or a Contact sheet this option
is available on the Page Settings tab. If you are printing a Layout this option is available below the list of
layouts.
6.
Add captions, headers, or footers. You can only add captions, headers, or footers if you are printing a Full
page or a Contact sheet.
7.
Click Print.
Showing Originals
When you make changes to your images, the original image is saved so that you can restore the image to its
original settings.
To Show the Original Image:
1.
In View mode, select an image that has been developed or edited.
2.
Click and hold the Show Original button in the bottom toolbar.
When you release the mouse button, the developed or edited image is displayed.
Committing Changes
When you make changes to your images, the original image is saved so that you can restore the image to its
original settings. If you decide that you want to keep your developed or edited image and save that as your original
image, you can commit the changes to the image. This deletes any sidecar files or originals that have been saved,
and removes the Developed or Edited overlay icon that indicates the image has been developed or edited.
To Commit Changes to an Image:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, select an image that has been developed or edited.
2.
Click Tools | Process | Commit Changes.
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Zooming an Image
In View mode you can use the Zoom tools to enlarge or reduce the size of the image you are viewing. When an
image is zoomed to a larger size than the View mode window, you can use the Scroll tool (hand icon) to pan or
scroll the image.
When you zoom in on a RAW image, you might see a change in the color, light, or detail of the image. This
can occur if you have selected the Embedded preview checkbox on the General tab of the Options
dialog box. This option displays the embedded JPEG for the image, but when you zoom in past the
resolution of the embedded JPEG, ACDSee decodes the RAW image in order to display the image at that
zoom level. As ACDSee decodes the image, the Zoom tool might be slow to respond. See Viewing RAW
images for more information.
To Zoom an Image In or Out:
Click once on the image to toggle between your default view and Actual Size view.
Click Tools | Zoom, and then select one of the Zoom menu options.
Zoom Menu Options
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the image.
Zoom Out
Decreases the magnification of the image.
Actual Size
Displays the image at its original dimensions (100%).
Fit Image
Displays the image at the largest magnification that fits in View mode window.
Fit Width
Fits the image within the left and right sides of the View mode window.
Fit Height
Fits the image within the top and bottom of the View mode window.
Zoom Lock
Displays all images at the zoom option of the current image. If the zoom level is
adjusted, the new zoom level is applied to all images that you view.
Zoom To
Opens a dialog box where you can select a zoom level.
Pan Lock
Locks the panned area of an image.
If you select Fit Image you can display the previous or next image by pressing the left and right arrow
keys on your keyboard.
To change your default image view, click Tools | Zoom and select Actual Size, Fit Image (standard), Fit
Width, or Fit Height.
You can also quickly access the Zoom Lock on the Toolbar by toggling the Zoom Lock button.
Setting the Zoom Level
You can use the Set Zoom Level dialog box to set a specific zoom level in View mode.
To Set a Specific Zoom Level:
1.
Click Tools | Zoom | Zoom To...
2.
In the Zoom level area, select one of the following:
Fit whole image: Zooms the image to fit entirely within the window.
Fit width: Zooms the image to fit the width of the window.
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Fit height: Zooms the image to fit the height of the window.
Specify: Specifies a zoom percentage. Type a number in the field or click the drop-down list and
select a zoom level.
3.
To use this setting as the default View mode zoom level, select the Lock at this zoom level checkbox.
View mode displays all images based on the specified zoom level.
4.
Click OK.
If you select Fit whole image you can display the previous or next image by pressing the left and right
arrow keys on your keyboard.
Automatically Shrinking or Enlarging Images
You can use the settings on the Display page of the Options dialog box to automatically enlarge or shrink images to
fit the size of the ACDSee window. For information about how the combination of the choices affects the display of
images, see the Zoom mode and Resize results table below.
To Automatically Shrink or Enlarge Images:
1.
In Manage mode or View mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click View mode | Display.
3.
In the Zoom options area, select one of the following options from the Default zoom mode drop-down
list:
Actual Size: Keeps images at their original size.
Fit Width: Resizes images to fit the width of the View mode window.
Fit Height: Resizes images to fit the height of the View mode window.
Fit Image: Resizes images to fit the size of the View mode window.
4.
Select one of the following options from the Resize drop-down list:
Reduce Only: Reduces large images to fit the size of the View mode window.
Enlarge Only: Enlarges smaller images to fit the size of the View mode window.
Reduce or Enlarge: Reduces large images, and enlarges smaller images to fit the size of the
View mode window.
5.
Click OK.
Zoom Mode and Resize Results
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Reduce Only
Enlarge Only
Reduce and
Enlarge
Fit Image
Fit Width
Fit Height
Reduces large
images to fit the size
of the View mode
window.
Reduces large images to fit
between the left and right
sides of the View mode
window.
Reduces large images to
fit between the top and
bottom of the View mode
window.
Images that are
smaller than the
View mode window
are displayed at
their original size.
Images that are smaller
than the View mode
window are displayed at
their original size.
Images that are smaller
than the View mode
window are displayed at
their original size.
Enlarges small
Enlarges small images to
images to fit the size fit between the left and
of the Viewer.
right sides of the View
mode window.
Images that are
larger than the View Images that are larger
mode window are
than the View mode
displayed at their
window are displayed at
original size.
their original size.
Enlarges small images to
fit between the top and
bottom of the View mode
window.
Reduces large
images and enlarges
small images to fit
the size of the View
mode window.
Reduces large images and
enlarges small images to
fit between the top and
bottom of the View mode
window.
Reduces large images and
enlarges small images to
fit between the left and
right sides of the View
mode window.
Images that are larger
than the View mode
window are displayed at
their original size.
If you select Fit Image you can display the previous or next image by pressing the left- and right-arrow
keys on your keyboard.
Using the Navigator to View Select Areas of an Image
Use the Navigator pane to display a thumbnail overview of images that are larger than the View mode display area.
In the Navigator, a marquee indicates the area of the image that is visible.
To Display and Use the Navigator Pane:
1.
In View mode, click Panes | Navigator.
2.
Drag the slider to increase or decrease the magnification of the image in View mode.
3.
Drag the marquee to the area of the image you would like to display in View mode.
To Use the Quick Navigator Pane:
1.
In View mode, click and hold the Navigator button in the bottom toolbar.
2.
Drag the marquee to the area of the image you would like to display in View mode.
Panning a Magnified Image
In View mode, you can pan large images by moving them vertically, horizontally, and diagonally across the display
area to view specific areas of the image. When an image is larger than the ACDSee window and you use the Scroll
tool, the cursor changes to a hand.
To Pan an Image:
Do one of the following:
Drag the image to center the area you want to view.
Press an arrow key. You can hold the CTRL key to pan quickly, or hold the SHIFT key to pan more slowly.
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Using Pan Lock
You can use the Pan Lock setting to automatically center the same area of a series of larger images in View mode.
To Use Pan Lock:
1.
In View mode, pan over a large image to a specific area you want to view.
2.
Using the Zoom menu, zoom in on the image until you reach the magnification you want to use for all of
your images.
3.
Click Tools | Zoom | Zoom Lock to keep the current zoom level.
4.
Click Tools | Zoom | Pan Lock.
As you move through your images, each one will be automatically zoomed and panned to the same area.
Magnifying Specific Areas of an Image
You can view specific areas of an image at a higher magnification in the Magnifying Glass pane.
To Use the Magnifying Glass Pane:
1.
In View mode, click Panes | Magnifying Glass.
2.
Move the cursor over an area of the image to view that area in the Magnifying Glass pane.
3.
Change the Magnifying Glass pane settings by doing any of the following:
Move the slider at the bottom of the Magnifying Glass pane to increase or decrease the
magnification.
Select the Fixed checkbox to apply the slider setting to the original size of the image. Clear the
Fixed checkbox to apply the slider setting to the magnification of the zoomed image in View
mode.
Select the Smooth checkbox to apply anti-aliasing to the magnified portion of the image, or clear
the Smooth checkbox to view the individual pixels.
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Chapter 6: Develop Mode
Develop mode allows non-destructive processing of RAW, JPEG and other file types. Do most of your adjustments
on RAW images in Develop mode, where you can work on the RAW image data.
In Develop mode you can:
Tune the image using exposure, white balance, lighting, color, tone curves, soft focus, effects, split tone,
and post-crop vignette tools, or set the output color space of a RAW image.
Adjust details in your image using the sharpening, noise reduction, skin tune, and chromatic aberration
tools.
Fix geometry in your image using the lens distortion, rotate and straighten, perspective, vignette
correction, and cropping tools.
Repair your image with the Red Eye Reduction tool or remove flaws.
Using Develop Mode
Changes you make in Develop are applied to the entire image. When adjusting your images in Develop, the original
file is never changed. The changes are saved in a separate file, and are applied each time you open the image. This
allows for non-destructive developing of your images, and it is recommended that you do most of your image
adjustments in Develop.
When you open a developed image in Develop, it displays the settings you previously left them at. This allows you
to revisit the image at any time to adjust the previous settings.
For more information on how develop settings are saved, see How ACDSee Saves Changes to Images.
Developing an Image
To Develop an Image:
1.
Select Develop mode.
2.
In Develop, in the Tune tab, select General, White Balance, Light EQ™, Color EQ, Tone Curves, Soft Focus,
Effects, Split Tone, Post-Crop Vignette, or for RAW files: Output Color Space.
3.
On the Detail tab, select Sharpening, Noise Reduction , Skin Tune, or Chromatic Aberration.
4.
On the Geometry tab, select Lens Correction, Rotate & Straighten, Perspective, Crop, Vignette Correction.
5.
On the Repair tab, select Repair or Red Eye Reduction .
Saving and Canceling
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save as: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Discard: Discard your changes.
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Cancel: Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the
image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image your changes will be saved automatically without the
prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the Automatically
save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
Copy to Clipboard: Copy the developed image to the clipboard. (Go to Edit | Copy.)
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the unprocessed
RAW file with the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
Restoring Original Settings
You can discard your Develop settings and revert to the original image. For more information, see Restoring
original images.
Histogram and Image Viewing Controls
While developing an image, you can adjust the magnification with the zoom controls, located in the bottom right
corner.
It is extremely useful to have both the Exposure Warning
and Histogram
preview open while you
are adjusting exposure. Below the histogram, percentage of the pixels underexposed and overexposed is
shown.
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Histogram
Displays the histogram preview for the current image. The
histogram preview shows the red, green, and blue color
channels of the photo. Keeping the histogram open is particularly
useful when adjusting exposure, as the histogram reflects all
adjustments as you make them. When the histogram is enabled
the icon is blue, and gray when disabled.
At the bottom of the histogram, icons appear to notify you if there
is a loss in details in the highlights
, or loss in details in the
dark areas
of the image. Numbers beside these two icons
represents the percent of pixels that have lost details in either
the shadows or the highlights.
Clipped Shadows and Highlights
Displays clipped shadows and highlights. Click the icon or press
E on the keyboard, to highlight over- and under-exposed areas of
the image. When the shadows and highlights tool is enabled the
icon is yellow, and gray when disabled.
Undo/Redo
Undo to discard all changes made on the current tab. Redo to
return to the options that you had selected prior to clicking Undo.
Reset
Discards the settings that you have selected and revert to the
default settings for each individual group. When you apply
changes using one of the groups, the reset button turns blue.
Click on the reset button to reset the image to its default settings.
Preview
Turns on or off changes you have made within the group. This
button is available in each group, so you can view the effects of
each group's develop settings. When the icon is green the
group's changes are visible. A gray icon indicates that the
changes are hidden.
Develop Settings
Resets Develop Settings to Last Saved, Default, or Last Used. You
can also save your settings as a preset, copy, or paste them.
Display Full Screen
Displays the image on a full screen. Press F to view full screen.
Press any key to return to Develop.
Actual Size
Returns the current image to its actual size.
Navigator
The Navigator icon only appears when the image is magnified or
if the Actual Size icon has been clicked. Click the Navigator icon
to display a small duplicate of your image. Then drag your cursor
to the section of the image you would like to see magnified.
Release the cursor to settle on an area of the image.
Fit Image
Reduces the image to fit within the Develop mode area.
Show Original
Toggles the changes on or off, to compare your changes to the
original.
Zoom slider
Increases the size of the image if you drag it to the right,
decreases the size if you drag to the left.
Zoom drop-down list
Displays a list of zoom sizes to select.
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Viewing Images
You can view other images by clicking on the Filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. Or, click the arrows on the
Done button to select an image to develop.
Customizing the View
You can detach the Develop and Edit panes to suit your workflow.
You can also customize how the groups expand and collapse within the pane. From the View menu, select:
Expand all groups: Expands all the groups in pane.
Collapse all groups: Collapses all the groups that are open.
Auto-collapse groups: This is the default setting. This setting automatically collapses groups and keeps
the group you're working in open. This is useful for keeping groups in one pane without having to scroll.
Filmstrip: Toggles the filmstrip display on or off.
Exporting an Image to Multiple Formats and Resolutions
In ACDSee, you can export an image to multiple image formats and resolutions.
To Export an Image to Multiple Formats and Resolutions:
1.
In Develop mode, select the desired develop settings.
2.
Click Save and then select Export.
3.
Refer to the table below to make your selections from the Export dialog box.
Export Options
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n folder
folder
Select this option to use the same folder where the source images
currently reside.
Select the Create a new subfolder for the files checkbox to place
the images within a subfolder of the source folder.
Specific folder
File names Use Template to
rename files
Template
Click this button to change the output folder to a specific location.
Using a template gives you control over the output file name. If
you choose not use a template, the file name is unchanged.
Duplicate files are given an underscore and number suffix.
Select the Use Template to rename files checkbox to create
a renaming template. You can specify a numerical or
alphabetical sequence for the new file names, and use the
original file names, new names, or names based on image
metadata.
Template field
Displays the template to use to rename
the files.
Type an asterisk (*) to insert the
original file name into the template. Use
one or more number signs (#) to insert
numeric or alphabetic characters,
depending which options you selected.
Click the arrow on the drop-down list to
select a recently-used template.
Insert | Metadata
field
Inserts file-specific information into the
file name template.
Position the cursor in the Template
field, and then click Insert Metadata
to open the Choose Property dialog box.
Select the metadata you want to insert,
and then click OK.
Insert | Sequence
number
Replaces any number signs (#) in the
template with sequential numeric
characters or alphabetic characters.
Select numeric or alphabetic preference
in Sequence number options below.
Insert | Original
filename
Replaces any asterisk signs (*) in the
template name with the original
filename.
Insert | Sequence
number options
Specifies the first letter or number of
the sequence.
Start at
Format
Output
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File Format
Select the file format in which you would like to save the exported
images.
Format Settings
Click this button to change the settings for the format you have
selected.
Pixel format
Specify the color depth for your format settings.
Color space
Select the color space checkbox to choose a color space option
from the drop-down list.
Resize image
Select this option to specify how to scale the images. Select from
the following options:
Resampling method
Use this option to determine the method used to resize (resample)
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Box: Displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you
resize an image.
Triangle: Produces good results for image reduction and
enlargement, but displays sharp transition lines.
Bicubic: Produces good results with photo-realistic
images and with images that are irregular or complex.
Uses interpolation to minimize the raggedness normally
associated with image expansion.
Bell: Smoothes the image.
B-spline: Produces smooth transitions, but may cause
excessive blurring.
Lanczos: Produces the sharpest images, but may also
introduce some ringing artifacts.
Mitchell: Produces smooth transitions when enlarging
photo-realistic images. This filter is good compromise
between the ringing effect of Lanczos and the blurring
effect of other filters.
Dimensions
ClearIQZ: Slower than Bicubic and Lanczos, but
produces the best results when enlarging photos,
especially those of people.
Select this option to force the exported images to fit the set
dimensions independent of landscape or portrait orientation. Enter
the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Width and height
Select this option to resize the exported image to fit within the
values entered in the two boxes.
Long edge
Select this option to resize the image to the long edge only. Enter
the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Short edge
Select this option to resize the image to the short edge only. Enter
the dimensions in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Resolution
Enter a resolution to set the number of pixels per inch or
centimeter.
Enlarge only
Enlarge only resizes only those images that are smaller than the
specified height and width.
Reduce only
Resizes only those images that are larger than the specified height
and width.
Enlarge or reduce
Resizes all images to the specified height and width.
Preserve
Original
Aspect
ratio
Select this option to maintain original image proportions. Note: Images resized to long or
short edge maintain original image proportion.
Metadata
Select these options if the image contains metadata, and you want the exported image to
contain the same metadata and color profile.
Option: You can save your settings as a preset by clicking the new export preset button
for your preset. Select one or more presets in the list to apply.
4. Click Export.
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To edit a preset, click the preset in the list, make your edits, and click the Save current export preset
button.
Sharing Develop Settings
You can share your develop settings with other ACDSee users. To do this, you export the processing settings from
the database to a file, which has an .rpp file extension. You can then send the image and the settings file, to
another ACDSee user, who can import the .rpp settings into their ACDSee database. When they open the image in
ACDSee, the developed photo will have the appearance you intended.
For RAW files, your changes are stored in the XMP file. To share settings for RAW files, XMP sidecar files are the
preferred way for sharing settings.
To Export Your Develop Settings:
1.
In Manage mode, select the image(s) that you want to share.
2.
Click Tools | Database | Export | RPP Files. A summary of the export process displays in the Summary
dialog.
3.
Click OK.
4.
The .rpp file is saved in the same folder as the image.
When you send the image and the .rpp file to another ACDSee user, tell them to keep the image and the
.rpp file together in the same folder.
To Import Develop Settings:
1.
In Manage mode, select the shared image(s).
2.
Click Tools | Database | Import | RPP Files.
A summary of the import process displays in the Summary dialog.
3.
Click OK.
The thumbnails of the shared images are also updated to show your processing settings.
Restoring Original Images
Once you have developed an image, the settings you used are saved in the database and will be applied again each
time you open that file. You can remove the develop settings from a single image or from a batch of images.
To Remove Develop Settings from an Image:
1.
Select one or more developed images in Manage or View mode. Developed images have a
2.
Click Tools | Process | Restore to Original.
overlay icon.
You can also right-click a developed image and select Process | Restore to Original from the context
menu.
When you restore your image to its original state, all the develop settings will be deleted from the ACDSee
database.
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Copying and Pasting Develop Settings
In Develop mode, you can copy your precise adjustments and apply them to other images. This allows you to
perform complex adjustments once and have them benefit an unlimited number of images, rather than having to
perform the same actions over and over.
You can also save your Develop settings to be used as presets to be applied to other images in the future.
To Copy Develop Settings from a Previously Developed Image and Apply Them to Other Images:
1.
Open an image with the settings you want to copy in Develop.
2.
Select Edit | Copy Settings...
3.
In the Copy settings dialog box, select the settings you want to copy.
4.
Click OK.
5.
Select an image you want to paste the settings to by doing one of the following:
Click on an image in the filmstrip view.
Select File | Open Next Image (or press the Page Down key).
Select File | Open Previous Image (or press the SHIFT + Alt + L keys).
6.
Select Edit | Paste Settings.
A blue square icon appears at the top of the Tune, Detail, Geometry and Repair tab to indicate that
changes have been made.
To Copy Develop Settings from an Image (as it is Being Developed) and Applying Them to Other
Images:
1.
After adjusting an image in Develop mode, click the Develop Settings button.
2.
Press Copy Settings...
3.
In the Copy settings dialog box, select the settings you want to copy.
4.
Click OK.
5.
Right-click the image(s) you would like to paste the settings to, and:
In the Filmstrip: select Copy Settings...
In Manage mode: select Process | Paste Settings.
A blue square icon appears at the top of the Tune, Detail, Geometry and Repair tab to indicate that
changes have been made.
When copying settings from one image and pasting them to a second image with different dimensions,
the settings will be scaled to fit the target image automatically.
Taking Develop Snapshots
Develop Snapshots allow you to save your adjustments at any point during your development workflow. As you
make adjustments, you can take a snapshot at any time to save your work up to that point. You may then continue
to edit as desired, but can return to the version in your snapshot whenever you like. Unlike presets, snapshots
save directly to your image, allowing you to re-enter Develop mode and switch between them, continue editing
them, and apply them.
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To Take a Snapshot:
1.
Make any desired adjustments in Develop mode.
2.
Press the Snapshot button at the top of the Develop pane to reveal the Snapshots pane.
3.
Press the New Snapshot button.
4.
In the New Snapshot dialog, enter a name for your snapshot and press OK. Your saved snapshot will be
listed in the Snapshot pane.
Images with snapshots display the Snapshot icon in Manage mode.
Viewing Your Snapshot
You can view your image with any of the snapshots saved to that image in View mode. This viewing is
commitment-free, much like the Auto Lens.
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To View Your Image with a Snapshot:
1.
Open the image in View mode.
2.
On the Toolbar, press the Snapshot button.
The Snapshot button will only be visible when viewing images with Develop Snapshots you have
created in Develop mode.
3.
Select a snapshot to preview your image in.
If while viewing your snapshot, you want to return to the saved version of your image without leaving
Develop mode, click the Adjust Develop Settings button
menu.
and choose Apply Last Used from the
Using Presets in Develop Mode
You can save your develop settings as a preset to apply the same adjustments to additional images. Presets allow
you to quickly apply changes to an image without having to repeat the steps each time you want to apply the same
change. For example, if you always correct your images using the Contrast tool with the value of 25 and the
Midtones tool with the value of -8, you can save these settings as a preset and quickly apply them to change the
contrast and midtones in your images. You can also use presets to ensure that settings are applied consistently in
your images. You can create a preset with one or multiple develop settings.
You can apply as many presets as you want to an image. Each time you add a preset, the settings are
applied on top of the previous settings.
Creating and Applying Presets
You can create and access presets by clicking the develop settings button
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Top of the pane
Use the develop settings button from the top-level to
save all develop settings from Tune, Detail,Geometry,
and Repair tabs. Presets created at this level can be
accessed from Manage and View mode. In Manage
mode, presets can be applied to multiple images at a
time.
Tabs: Tune, Detail, Geometry, or Repair
Use the Develop Settings button within a tab to save
develop settings exclusively from the groups within
that tab only. The example on the left shows the
settings button to click to save develop settings from
the Tune tab. A preset created in a tab can only be
accessed through the same tab.
Groups
Use the Develop Settings button within a group to
save develop settings exclusively from within that
group only. The example on the left shows the
settings button to click to save develop settings from
the General group. A preset created in a group can
only be accessed through the same group.
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To Create a Preset from the Top of the Pane:
1.
Make corrections to your image in Develop mode.
2.
Click the develop settings button located at the top of the pane.
3.
Select Save Preset from the menu.
4.
In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, click Select All to save your settings, or select only the
specific settings you want to save as a preset.
5.
Enter a name for your preset.
6.
Click OK.
To Create a Preset from a Tab:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune, Detail, Geometry, or Repair tab.
2.
Make corrections to your image in the tab.
3.
Click the develop settings button on the top right of the tab.
4.
Select Save Preset from the menu.
5.
In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, enter a name for your preset.
6.
Click OK.
To Create a Preset from a Group:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune, Detail, Geometry, or Repair tab.
2.
Select a group and make corrections to your image.
3.
Click the develop settings button located on the top right of the group.
4.
Select Save Preset from the menu.
5.
In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, enter a name for your preset.
6.
Click OK.
Applying a Preset to a Single Image
To Apply a Preset to a Single Image in Develop Mode:
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Click a develop setting button from the top of the pane, tab, or group.
2.
From the menu, select a preset.
The image is updated with the selected preset.
You can also apply presets to an image in the Filmstrip. Select an image in the Filmstrip, right-click and
select Apply Preset. Then select the preset you want to apply to the image. The image is updated with
the selected preset.
To Apply a Preset to a Single Image in View Mode:
1.
In Manage mode, select an image and click the View tab.
The image opens in View mode.
2.
Right-click on the image and select Process | Apply Preset.
3.
Select the preset you want to apply to the image.
The image is updated with the selected preset.
Applying a Develop Settings Preset to a Batch of Images
Applying a preset to multiple images helps to save time, and improve the efficiency of your workflow.
To Apply a Preset to a Batch of Images:
1.
In Manage mode, select the images that you want to apply a preset.
2.
Click Tools | Process | Apply preset and then select a preset.
The thumbnail images are updated to reflect the preset applied.
To apply a preset to a batch of images and export them to other formats see Using Batch Develop.
Renaming Presets
You can rename a preset at any time.
To Rename a Preset:
1.
Click the develop settings button.
2.
Select Manage Presets.
3.
In the Manage Presets dialog, select a preset and click Rename.
4.
Enter a new name for the preset.
5.
Click OK to save and close the dialog.
Deleting Presets
You can delete presets that you no longer need. Deleting a preset does not affect images that already have the
preset applied.
To Delete a Preset:
1.
Click the develop settings button.
2.
Select Manage Presets.
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In the Manage Presets dialog, select a preset and click Delete.
4.
Click OK to save and close the dialog. Or click Cancel to cancel deleting your preset.
Saving Images in Develop Mode
In Develop, changes are saved to the database, so that every time you open an image the adjustments are where
you left them. This also allows you to return to the image to undo or further tweak adjustments. You have several
options for saving changes to an image in Develop.
Saving Images
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save
Save your changes.
Save as
Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Depending on your file type, any of the following checkboxes appear in the bottom left corner
of the Save as dialog box:
Preserve Metadata: Retains metadata with the new image.
Preserve database information: Maintains your catalog information, such as ratings.
Preserve develop settings for original image: Applies changes to the original image,
as well as the copy being saved.
Embed Color Profile in Image: Retains color profile selected in Color Management with
your new image.
Discard
Discard your changes.
Cancel
Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image, your changes will be saved automatically without
the prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the
Automatically save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
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Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the RAW file with
the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
How ACDSee Saves Changes to Images
How images are saved is different between non-encodable (e.g. RAW) and encodable (e.g. JPEG) images. The
table below outlines the differences in how changes to your image are saved by ACDSee. The purpose of saving
files in its original, developed, and edited states is to allow you to revert back to a setting if you decide to discard
your changes at a later time.
If you archive your images, ensure that you back up subfolders to preserve the original image files.
State
Non encodable files (e.g. RAW)
Encodable files (e.g. JPEG)
Original
Original images are located in the folders
you placed them in.
Original images are located in the folders you
placed them in.
Developed
When you make changes and click Done,
the image's develop settings are stored in
the XMP file of the RAW, and in the ACDSee
database.
When you develop an image and click Done, the
develop settings are stored in an XMP file, and
the original and XMP file are moved to the
[Originals] folder. In Manage and View modes,
the image with the changes applied is displayed.
The develop settings are also stored in the
ACDSee database.
Edited
When you take a RAW file directly into Edit,
and you click Save, ACDSee prompts you to
save the file in a different file format. In
RAW, to permanently save changes to an
image, you will need to save the image in a
different file format.
If you take an image directly to Edit and save
your image, the original image is saved to the
[Originals] folder in ACDSee.
When you develop an image, the image's
develop settings are stored in the XMP file of
the RAW. When you take the developed
image into Edit, and then apply edits and
save the image, ACDSee prompts you to save
the image in a new file format.
When you take a developed image into Edit and
apply edits and save it, the develop settings are
saved in the XMP file and placed in the
[Originals] folder. If the developed image is in
Edit, and has edits applied and you click Save,
ACDSee saves the image.
Developed
and Edited
If you edit an image first, and then take it into
Develop, ACDSee prompts that the edits will be
lost. You cannot revert an image back to Develop,
if it was not developed before taking the image to
Edit.
For RAW files, to permanently save changes, If you decide to take the edited image back into
you will need to save the image in a different Develop, ACDSee prompts that you will lose your
file format.
edits. If you choose to discard your edits, the
original image with its develop settings will be
opened.
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Pro 3 RAW Processing Emulation
ACDSee RAW processing pipeline uses a wide color gamut to maximize full use of the colors captured in your RAW
files. The wider ProPhoto color space ensures that no colors are clipped until the end of the pipeline where you can
then choose to keep the colors in ProPhoto or output to sRGB.
ACDSee emulates the RAW processing pipeline for images developed in Pro 3 or previous versions. However, if you
would like to take full advantage of the improved RAW processing, you can move your previously developed RAW
images into the ACDSee pipeline with the following two options.
One option is to use the Restore to Original command and redevelop your RAW images in ACDSee. Alternatively,
if you would like to convert over to the ACDSee pipeline but still want to maintain some of your Develop settings
from Pro 3, (such as Geometry settings), you can create a Preset to retain certain develop settings and clear
others.
To Use the ACDSee RAW Processing Pipeline While Maintaining Some Develop Settings:
1.
In ACDSee, open an undeveloped RAW image in Develop.
2.
Create a Develop Preset and in the Save Develop Settings Preset dialog box, select Camera (RAW Only)
under the Tone Curves group. You may also want to add Advanced Color, Vibrance, Contrast and
Exposure to this preset since the initial color, contrast, and exposure is very different in the RAW
processing engine of ACDSee.
3.
Enter a name for your Preset and click OK.
4.
Apply this preset in ACDSee to any image developed in Pro 3 to convert over to the new processing pipeline
(right-click and select Process | Apply Preset to select the preset).
Using the Develop Brush
The Develop Brush is designed to allow you to make a variety of touch ups to specific areas of your photos. You can
selectively adjust the Exposure, Saturation, Fill Light, Contrast, Clarity, Dehaze, and Sharpness in your photo by
simply brushing on the effects. For example, instead of adding fill light to an entire photo, you may want to only
add it to certain areas, such as backlit subjects. You can apply up to seven brushes to separate areas in the image
and assign each with unique effect settings.
Develop Brush
The Develop Brush button displays at the top of the Tune and Detail tab.
To Use the Develop Brush:
1.
In Develop mode, on the Tune or Detail tab, click the Brush button
at the top of the pane to
open the control panel and enter Brushing mode. Or, toggle the Brush panel open and closed with the B
key.
2.
Specify the brush settings in the panel, or on the fly as described in the table below.
3.
Start painting the effects onto your photo.
4.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
To apply another brush, (up to seven are available), select the next brush in the sequence at the
bottom of the panel. The box above the brush will become checked. The checkmarks represent the
activated brushes, while the selected brush icon (highlighted in blue) represents the currently
enabled brush. You can return to any of the brushes at any given time by selecting its respective
brush icon. A blue brush represents a brush that has been used. You can deactivate or re-activate
any brush by unchecking or rechecking its respective checkbox.
5.
Press Apply or Done.
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Hovering over a brush button will reveal that specific brush's strokes on the image. The brush strokes
will appear in the color selected in the drop-down next to the Show brush strokes checkbox. (By
default, the color is red.) Alternatively, hold down the S key to see your brush strokes on the image.
If all of the sliders are at zero, brush strokes will appear in color, (as selected in the drop-down next to
the Show brush strokes checkbox), as no changes have been made to the image.
To Delete Brush Strokes:
To remove brush strokes, select the brush you wish to delete and press the
brush checkbox will only remove the brush strokes until the box is re-checked.
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Nib Width
Adjusts the size of the brush. You can use the mouse
wheel to adjust nib width or adjust the Nib Width
slider.
Feathering
Adjust the slider to control the softness of the
transition between the brush strokes and the image.
Use SHIFT + mouse wheel to adjust the amount of
feathering or adjust the Feathering slider.
Pressure
Adjust the slider to control the strength of the brush.
Add brush stroke
Brush while holding the left mouse button down.
Erase brush stroke
Brush while holding the right mouse button down.
Clear all brush
strokes
Invert all brush
strokes
Smart Brushing
Removes all brush strokes of the currently
selected brush from the image.
Toggle this option to invert the brush strokes of
the currently selected brush. This makes brushed
areas no longer brushed and untouched areas
brushed. This is useful if you want the majority of the
image brushed and a small section untouched. Simply
brush only the small area you don't want affected and
invert the brush strokes.
See Smart Brushing section below.
Show brush strokes
When this option is checked, the currently selected
brush's strokes will be displayed in the color shown.
This is helpful when brushing a complex area with a
subtle effect because it can be hard to tell if you have
missed a spot. The color can be changed in case you
are brushing on a red area of the image.
Using the Develop Brush on the Detail Tab:
Sharpness
Move the Sharpness slider to the right to brush on
sharpness, or move the slider to the left to brush on
blur.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
To exit the brushing panel, toggle the Develop Brush button.
Smart Brushing
You can use the Smart Brush to target your brushing to specific colors, brightness values, or a combination of
color and brightness. The Smart Brush only affects pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush
stroke, and allows you to apply adjustments to those pixels.
To Use the Smart Brush:
1.
In Develop mode, on the Tune or Detail tab, click the Brush button
at the top of the pane to
open the control panel and enter Brushing mode. Or, toggle the Brush panel open and closed with the B
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key.
2.
Select an option from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu:
Color
Uses the color of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to
determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.
Brightnes
s
Uses the brightness of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to
determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.
Magic
Uses a combination of the color and brightness values similar to the pixel in the center of the
brush stroke to determine which pixels should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance
slider setting.
3.
Use the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the range of pixels affected by the Smart Brush.
4.
Place your cursor over the color or brightness you wish to select and begin painting on the effect.
5.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
To apply another brush, (up to seven are available), select the next brush in the sequence at the
bottom of the panel. The box above the brush will become checked. The checkmarks represent the
activated smart brushes, while the selected brush icon (highlighted in blue) represents the
currently enabled smart brush. You can return to any of the brushes at any given time by selecting
its respective brush icon. A blue brush represents a smart brush that has been used. You can
deactivate or re-activate any brush by unchecking or rechecking its respective checkbox.
6.
Press Apply or Done.
Hold down SHIFT to temporarily disable the Smart Brush.
You can erase brush strokes by right-clicking and brushing over your strokes.
To Turn off Smart Brushing:
Select Off from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu.
Using the Gradient Tool
While the Develop tools allow you to make a variety of adjustments to your photos, sometimes you want these
effects to gradually progress across your photo. You can adjust the Exposure, Saturation, Fill Light, Contrast,
Clarity, and Sharpness in one or a series of gradients over your photo. For example, instead of applying exposure
adjustments across an entire photo, you may want them to be stronger in some areas and weaker or absent from
others.
Gradient Tool
The Gradient tool button displays at the top of Tune and Detail tab.
To Use the Gradient Tool:
1.
In Develop mode, on the Tune or Detail tab, click the Gradient button
at the top of the pane to
open the control panel and enter gradient mode. Or, toggle the Gradient panel open and closed with the G
key.
2.
Specify the gradient settings in the panel as described in the table below.
3.
Position the guides on your photo. Inside the guide boxes, the gradient is transitioning. On either side of
the boxes, the effect being applied by the Gradient tool is at full strength or not applied at all. To make this
clearer, check the Show gradient mask checkbox. Move the boxes to define where the effect will begin
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or end. Hold down the SHIFT key while positioning the effect to lock to the nearest 45° angle, for
straightness.
4.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
To apply another gradient, (up to seven are available), select the next gradient in the sequence at
the bottom of the panel. The box above the gradient will become checked. The checkmarks
represent the activated gradients, while the selected gradient icon (highlighted in blue) represents
the currently enabled gradient. You can return to any of the gradients at any given time by selecting
its respective gradient icon. A blue gradient represents a gradient that has been used. You can
deactivate or re-activate any gradient by unchecking or rechecking its respective checkbox.
5.
Press Apply or Done.
Gradient Tool Options
Invert gradient
Toggle this option to invert the gradient. By
pressing the Invert button after applying a
gradient beginning at the top of the image, the
gradient would now begin at the bottom, and vice
versa.
Show gradient mask
When this option is checked, your gradient mask
will be displayed in the color shown. Alternatively,
hold down the S key to see the mask on the image.
Click the drop-down arrow to select another
display color.
Using the Gradient Tool on the Detail Tab
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Sharpness
Move the Sharpness slider to the right to sharpen the area
affected by the gradient, or move the slider to the left to blur the
area affected by the gradient.
To exit Gradient mode, toggle the Gradient tool button.
Using the Radial Gradient Tool
While the Develop tools allow you to make a variety of adjustments to your photos, sometimes you want these
effects to draw attention to a specific area of your photo. You can adjust the Exposure, Saturation, Fill Light,
Contrast, Clarity, and Sharpness in one or a series of gradients over your photo. For example, instead of applying
sharpening across an entire photo, you may want to only sharpen the center subject.
Radial Gradient Tool
The Radial Gradient Tool button displays at the top of Tune and Detail tab.
To Use the Gradient Tool:
1.
In Develop mode, on the Tune or Detail tab, click the Radial Gradient button
at the top of the
pane to open the control panel and enter radial gradient mode. Or, toggle the radial gradient panel open
and closed with the R key.
2.
Specify the radial gradient settings in the panel as described in the table below.
3.
Position the guides on your photo. Inside the circle, the image is unaltered. At the perimeter of the circle,
the effect being applied by the Radial Gradient tool is transitioning between not applied at all (inside), and
full strength (outside). To make this clearer, check the Show gradient mask checkbox. Move the guides
to define where the effect will begin or end. Hold down the SHIFT key while positioning the effect to
change the radial gradient to a perfect circle.
4.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
To apply another gradient, (up to seven are available), select the next gradient in the sequence at
the bottom of the panel. The box above the gradient will become checked. The checkmarks
represent the activated gradients, while the selected gradient icon (highlighted in blue) represents
the currently enabled gradient. You can return to any of the gradients at any given time by selecting
its respective gradient icon. A blue gradient represents a gradient that has been used. You can
deactivate or re-activate any gradient by unchecking or rechecking its respective checkbox.
5.
Press Apply or Done.
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Gradient Tool Options
Feathering
Adjust the slider to control how gradual the transition of the edge of the gradient
will be.
Invert gradient
Toggle this option to invert the gradient. By pressing the Invert button, the
effects will be applied to the center of the image (inside the circular guides), and
outside of the radial gradient will be unaltered.
Show gradient mask
When this option is checked, your gradient mask will be displayed in the color
shown. Alternatively, hold down the S key to see the mask on the image.
Using the Radial Gradient Tool on the Detail Tab
Sharpness
Move the Sharpness slider to the right to sharpen the area outside of the Radial
Gradient circle, or move the slider to the left to blur.
Double-click the + at center of the guides to expand the radial gradient to fill the entire width of the
image.
To exit Gradient mode, toggle the Radial Gradient Tool button.
About the Tune Tab
In the Tune tab, you can adjust exposure, white balance, saturation, brightness, hue, color profile and much
more.
To Use the Tune Tab:
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1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
Select the General, White Balance, Light EQ™, Color EQ, Tone Curves, Soft Focus, Effects, Split Tone,
Post-Crop Vignette, or Output Color Space group to develop the image.
Saving and Canceling
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save as: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Discard: Discard your changes.
Cancel: Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the
image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image your changes will be saved automatically without the
prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the Automatically
save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
Copy to Clipboard: Copy the developed image to the clipboard. (Go to Edit | Copy.)
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the unprocessed
RAW file with the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
Making General Adjustments
In the General group, you can make global adjustments to your image.
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You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Develop Your Image in General:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the General group, make adjustments as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjustment Options
Exposure
Drag the slider to the right to increase exposure, or drag to the left to decrease exposure.
One eV is equivalent to one stop of exposure change.
Highlight
Enhancement
Drag the slider to the right to recover detail in overexposed areas of the image.
Fill Light
Drag the slider to the right to add light to the darkest areas of the image.
Contrast
Drag the slider to the right to increase contrast, or to the left to decrease contrast.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation, or to the left to decrease saturation.
Vibrance
Drag the slider to the right to increase vibrance, or to the left to decrease vibrance.
Increasing the vibrance does not affect skin tone in an image. This is unlike saturation,
which intensifies all colors equally.
Clarity
The Clarity tool adds subtle definition to the details in your image. Use the Clarity slider to
enhance the contrast of midtones, without overpowering the shadows and highlights. Drag
the slider to the right to increase clarity, or to the left to reverse clarity.
Dehaze
The Dehaze tool restores contrast, detail, and lost color to images. This is especially useful
for images that have been captured through a haze. A haze can occur when dust, smoke, or
other particles obscure the clarity of the image, particularly the sky. Drag the slider to the
right to reduce haze.
Use the Settings button
to reset sliders to Last Saved or Last Used settings. You can also save your
settings as a preset, copy, or paste them.
A Brief Technical Explanation of eV
eV stands for exposure value. When you capture an image, the exposure is determined by several things — the fstop (or aperture) shutter speed, and ISO. Typically, the camera automatically determines the optimal exposure
based on a built-in light meter and then sets the f-stop and shutter speed accordingly. However, the light meter
can be fooled by a bright sky or dark surroundings, leading it to choose an incorrect f-stop and shutter speed.
This results in an underexposed or overexposed image. With the exposure slider you can compensate for exposure
problems caused by incorrect settings when the image was captured.
Adjusting White Balance
Use the White Balance group to remove unwanted color casts in your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust the White Balance in an Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the White Balance group, do one of the following:
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Automatically adjust white balance by selecting a portion of the image with neutral gray pixels with the
White Balance eyedropper.
Manually adjust white balance with the sliders as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
White Balance Options
White Balance
For RAW images, select one of the following white balance correction options:
As Shot: Selected automatically. Applies the camera's white balance setting
as stored in the camera when the photo was taken.
Auto: Adjusts the color temperature and tint to settings automatically
determined by analyzing the image.
Sunny: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of the
midday sun.
Cloudy: Adjusts the color temperature to 6500K, approximately that of a
lightly overcast sky.
Shade: Adjusts the color temperature to 7500K, approximately that of a
heavily overcast sky.
Tungsten: Adjusts the color temperature to 2850K, approximately that of a
household light bulb.
Fluorescent: Adjusts the color temperature to 3800K, approximately that of
a fluorescent light bulb.
Flash: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of a
camera flash.
Custom: Allows you to specify a specific white balance, by adjusting the
Temperature and Tint sliders. You can also hover your mouse over the image
until it turns into an eye dropper, and click an area of the image that is a
neutral color (gray).
For encodable images, such as JPEGs, select one of the following white balance
correction options:
As Shot: Selected automatically. Applies the camera's white balance setting
as stored in the camera when the photo was taken.
Auto: Adjusts the color temperature and tint to settings automatically
determined by analyzing the image.
Custom: Allows you to specify a specific white balance, by adjusting the
Temperature and Tint sliders. You can also hover your mouse over the image
until it turns into an eye dropper, and click an area of the image that is a
neutral color (gray).
Temperature
Drag the Temperature slider to the left (more blue) or right (more yellow) to select a
specific color temperature.
Tint
Drag the Tint slider to the left (more magenta) or right (more green) to match the
white balance settings that you selected when you took the photo.
Strength
Drag the slider to the right to increase, or to the left to decrease the white balance
adjustment.
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Adjusting Lighting
You can use the Light EQ™ tool to adjust tone levels in images that are too dark or too light, without affecting other
areas of the photo. Tone level is the average brightness of a pixel and its surrounding pixels.
You can also simultaneously lighten dark areas that are too dark, and darken areas that are too bright. Examples
would be a back-lit photo of a person silhouetted against a bright background like the sea, or a window. In fact,
most photos taken on a dull day, or with a flash, can be improved in various ways with fine adjustments using the
Light EQ™ tool.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Reduce Lighting in Your Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Light EQ™ group, select Basic mode, Standard mode, or Advanced mode from the drop-down
menu at the top of the pane and do one of the following:
Select an area of the image you would like to adjust, left-click and drag up to lighten or right-click
and drag down to darken.
Manually adjust the lighting as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Basic Light EQ™
Basic is for very quick and easy adjustments using just three sliders. You can also click directly on an area of the
image to generate automatic settings optimal for that area (usually the subject of the photo).
Basic Light EQ™ Options
Shadows
Drag the slider to the right to brighten or drag the slider to the left to darken the shadows.
Midtones
Drag the slider to the right to brighten or drag the slider to the left to darken midtones.
Highlights
Drag the slider to the right to brighten or drag the slider to the left to darken highlights.
Auto
Click the Auto button for ACDSee to automatically adjust the lighting in your image.
Standard Light EQ™
Standard works like a sound equalizer but with light. You can adjust the brightness and contrast of different tone
bands (areas of relative brightness or darkness) of the image – independently – using a slider for each tone band.
A graph shows the amount of brightening or darkening applied throughout the tonal range. The gray areas in the
graph are suggested boundaries for adjustment to avoid clipping and loss of detail, and turn pink to indicate
where you have adjusted the sliders far enough to cause clipping.
Standard Light EQ™ Options
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Brighte
n
sliders
(top)
Drag the sliders up to increase the brightening in each tonal band. The sliders on the left affect dark
tones. The sliders on the right affect bright tones. Moving a slider changes the amount of brightening
only in that particular tonal band in the image.
Darken
sliders
(botto
m)
Drag the sliders down to increase the darkening in each tonal band. The sliders on the left affect dark
tones. The sliders on the right affect bright tones. Moving a slider changes the amount of darkening
only in that particular tonal band in the image.
Graph
The graph indicates the amount of brightening and darkening applied throughout the tone range of
the image. The portion of the graph above the horizontal axis corresponds to brightening, while the
portion of the graph below the horizontal axis corresponds to darkening. When both brightening and
darkening are applied within the same tonal band, contrast is increased. The area between the top of
the brightening graph and the bottom of the darkening graph indicates the relative increase of
contrast throughout the tone range of the image. You can left-click on the graph or on the image and
drag the double-pointed arrow up to brighten or right-click and drag down to darken.
# tone
bands
Drag the slider on each tonal band to adjust areas of the curve.
You can also type a number into the number boxes and increment them slowly to make precise
adjustments.
You can also type a number into the number boxes and increment them slowly to make precise
adjustments.
Advanced Light EQ™
Advanced gives you ultimate control of the brightness and contrast in an image. Adjustment curves can be
constructed using four sliders, and you can manually adjust the curves by clicking and dragging within the graph
area or on the image itself.
Graph
The top half of the graph corresponds to brightening, and the bottom half corresponds to darkening. Tone levels
of the shadows are represented on the left, midtones in the middle, and highlights on the right.
The light gray in the graph shows the amount of brightening or darkening applied throughout the image. The dark
gray areas in the graph are suggested boundaries for adjustment, and turn red to indicate where you have
adjusted far enough to cause a loss in detail. When the cursor is over the image, the two vertical yellow lines
correspond to the lower and upper bounds of the tone level of the area under the cursor and indicate the center of
adjustment.
Adjustment Light EQ™ Options
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Area
Action
Result
Slider
s
Drag Brightening
slider
To the right: Increases the light applied to the darker areas.
Drag Darkening slider
To the right: Increases the darkening applied to the brighter areas of the
image.
To the left: Applies brightening more uniformly to all areas of the image.
To the left: Applies the darkening more uniformly to all areas of the image.
Drag Amplitude slider
(Brighten)
To the right: Increases the intensity of the brightening across all areas of
the image. The height of the curve increases.
To the left: Reduces the intensity of the brightening and the height of the
curve.
If the Amplitude slider is 0: No brightening is applied.
If the Amplitude is 100 - 200: Proportional amount of clipping increases.
In most cases, 110 is the right amount of amplitude. For images with fine
detail in the highlights, decreasing brighten amplitude preserves the detail.
In most cases it is not necessary to adjust amplitude.
Drag Amplitude slider
(Darken)
To the right: Increases the intensity of the darkening across all areas of the
image. The height of the bottom orange curve increases.
To the left: Reduces the intensity of the darkening and the height of the
curve.
On
Graph
Drag the graph (top)
The graph changes as you left-click and drag up on the graph itself. The
graph represents the brightening adjustments you are making. The gray
graph represents the maximum amount you can drag the graph before
clipping (pink) begins.
The height of the graph represents the level of brightening applied at each
tone level. (Tone moves from black on left to white on the right.)
When you make direct brightening or darkening adjustments on the graph
or image, the corresponding Brightening or Darkening slider changes to
Custom curve. If you adjust the position of the slider after this, it discards
all direct curve adjustments.
When you make direct brightening or darkening adjustments on the graph
or image, the corresponding Brighten or Darken Amplitude slider changes
to indicate the current curve amplitude. (An amplitude of 100 is the
maximum amplitude a curve can have without causing clipping.)
On
Imag
e
Drag the graph
(bottom)
The graph changes as you right-click and drag down on the graph itself.
The graph represents the darken adjustments you are making. The gray
graph represents the maximum amount you can drag the graph before
clipping (pink) begins.
You can use all the
shortcuts below that
apply to the image,
directly to the Graph
itself.
Changes the tonal band on the graph itself with a corresponding change in
the image. This is useful for making fine adjustments to a specific tonal
band.
Double-click with left
mouse button
Automatically sets brightening to optimum for that area of the image. A
brighter area (e.g. a face) works best.
Double-click with
right mouse button
Automatically sets the darkening compression to optimum for that area of
the image.
CTRL + double-click
with left mouse
button
Increases the amount of brightening around that tone level while decreasing
the brightening in the rest of the image.
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CTRL + double-click
with right mouse
button
Increases the amount of darkening around that tone level while decreasing
the amount of darkening in the rest of the image.
Scroll up or down
with the mouse
wheel above the
image
Increases or decreases the amount of brightening applied at that tone level
in the image. Both the image and the graph show the changes.
SHIFT + scroll with
the mouse wheel
above the image
Decreases or increases the amount of darkening applied at that tone level in
the image.
Hold down "A"
Sets the brighten Amplitude slider directly.
+ scrolling or
+ dragging with the
left mouse button
Hold down "A" +
SHIFT
Sets the darken Amplitude slider directly.
+ scrolling or
+ dragging with the
right mouse button
Click and drag up and
down on the image
(left mouse button).
Increases or decreases the amount of brightening amplitude applied at that
tone level in the image. Both the image and the graph show the changes.
SHIFT + click and
drag up and down on
the image (left
mouse button).
Decreases or increases the amount of darkening applied at that tone level in
the image.
(Only works if the image is actual size - no zooming.)
(Only works if the image is actual size - no zooming.)
Adjusting Color
Color EQ lets you make color adjustments for saturation, brightness and hue. You can make adjustments to the
entire image in Standard mode, or adjust on a color by color basis in Standard or High Quality mode. For
explanation on the controls, see below.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust Color:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Color EQ group, select the Saturation, Brightness or Hue tab, and adjust them according to the
options described in the table below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Color EQ Options
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Select High Quality mode or Standard mode from the Color EQ drop-down menu. To adjust colors
individually, left-click a color in the image and drag up or down to alter. Your changes are reflected in the color
sliders in High Quality mode, and the graph in Standard mode respectively. This works in the saturation,
brightness and hue tabs.
High
Quality
Adjust image colors individually. High Quality uses the newer, more modern color models,
allowing for a visually perceptive and higher quality adjustment.
Adjust each color individually by
dragging sliders right for more
intensity, or left for less intensity. You
can also enter a number into the fields
for precise adjustments. Or, select a
precise color to adjust by placing your
cursor on the image for the double
arrow icon to appear. Then, click and
drag up or down to adjust the colors
beneath the double arrow icon. The
affected color sliders automatically
adjust as you move your cursor.
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Vertical slider
Apply adjustments to the entire image.
A slider on the left has the following
effects on the tabs:
Saturation: Adjusts from
saturation to grayscale.
Brightness: Adjusts the light
or dark tones in the image.
Hue: Changes to a different
color.
You can also enter a number into the
field for precise adjustments.
Individual color sliders
Adjust each color with individual
sliders. Select the color you want to
adjust and click and drag the sliders.
You can also enter a number into the
fields for precise adjustments.
Direct image adjustments
Place your cursor on the image for the
double arrow icon to appear. Then click
and drag up or down to adjust the
colors beneath the double arrow icon.
The curve control and the affected color
sliders automatically adjust as you
move your cursor. The black down
arrow on the graph indicates the color
you are adjusting in the image.
The curve appears black in the graph,
and you cannot directly adjust it. To
apply further adjustments, you can
alter the white curve. When you adjust
the white curve, the black curve
automatically changes with it. You can
also enter a number into the fields for
precise adjustments.
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Black &
White Mode
Advanced Black & White
In Black & White mode, (as defined in
the General group of the Develop Tools
pane), the Color EQ group becomes the
Advanced Black & White group.
Brightness: Adjusts the
brightness of colors in the
image.
Colorization: Adds color back
into the image based upon the
color you select with the Hue
slider. The saturation of the
color added back to any given
pixel is scaled based both on
the amount of color/saturation
that existed in the original
image and the Amount slider.
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Adjusting Tone Curves
In Develop, you can use the Tone Curves tool to change the tonal range of an image. Select the RGB color channel
to adjust the entire range of the image, or select a specific color.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust the Brightness Curves in an Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Tone Curves group, adjust the curves as described below.
Right-click the number field or the arrow for Blacks, Midtones, or Whites to reset it to the default setting.
You can also double-click the number field or on the arrows to use automatic settings.
Tone Curves Options
Curve
Select a curve to apply to your image. Standard curve is the default. Use Camera to use the
curve generated by ACDSee to produce a curve suitable for the image. The Curve drop-down
list is only available for RAW files.
Channel
Specify the color channels to adjust.
Histogram
Displays a graphic of the color information levels in the image, based on the selected channel.
Click and drag the line to manipulate the curve. Each time you click the curve, a new node is
added. You can drag the nodes up and down the curve. To get rid of a node, click on it and drag
it up and out of the graph, or drag it down and out of the graph.
Blacks
Click and drag the black triangle or click it to automatically set the black point. You can also
enter a number into the fields or use the up or down arrow buttons to set an exact black point.
Midtones
Click and drag the gray triangle or click it to automatically set the midtone point. You can also
enter a number into the fields or use the up or down arrow buttons to set an exact midtone
point.
Whites
Click and drag the white triangle or click it to automatically set the white point. You can also
enter a number into the fields or use the up or down arrow buttons to set an exact white point.
Auto
Automatically sets the points for blacks, midtones, and whites.
Adjusting Soft Focus
You can use the Soft Focus tool to add a dreamy quality to your images. This softening can be applied across the
entire tonal range or limited to the image's midtones. To target the Soft Focus effect to a specific tonal range within
your image or the entire tonal range, use the Tonal Width slider.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Add Soft Focus to an Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Soft Focus group, make adjustments as described below.
Soft Focus Options
Strength
Adjusts the amount of soft focus. Move the slider to the right to intensify the effect.
Brightness
Drag the slider to the right to increase brightness.
Contrast
Drag the slider to the right to increase contrast.
Tonal Width
Drag the slider to the right to increase the tonal width of the soft focus and affect a wider
range of shadows, midtones and highlights, or to the left to decrease the tonal width by
limiting the soft focus' affect to a smaller range of shadows, midtones and highlights.
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Applying Develop Mode Effects
You can apply a number of effects to your image in Develop mode.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
Photo Effect
You can use the Photo Effect drop-down menu to apply a variety of filters to your images.
To Apply a Photo Effect:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Effects group, select the Photo Effect checkbox.
3.
Select a filter from the Photo Effect drop-down menu.
You can use the Opacity slider and Blend Modes drop-down menu to adjust how the selected effect
blends with your image. To access these tools, press the arrow button to the right of the Photo Effect
drop-down menu.
Color Overlay
You can use the Color Overlay drop-down menu to apply a color over your image.
To Apply a Color to Your Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Effects group, select the Color Overlay checkbox.
3.
Select a color from the Color Overlay drop-down menu.
You can use the Opacity slider and Blend Modes drop-down menu to adjust how the selected color blends
with your image. To access these tools, press the arrow button to the right of the Color Overlay dropdown menu.
Gradient Map
You can use the Gradient Map effect to add colors to the dark and light parts of your images. The Gradient Map
effect maps shadows to one color, and highlights to another based on the lightness value of each pixel. You can
give the darker parts of your image a completely different color from the lighter parts.
To Apply a Gradient Map Effect:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Effects group, select the Gradient Map checkbox.
3.
In the Shadows drop-down menu, specify a color to be added to the dark parts of your image. In the
Highlights drop-down menu, specify a color to be added to the light parts of your image.
You can use the Opacity slider and Blend Modes drop-down menu to adjust how the selected colors blend
with your image. To access these tools, press the arrow button to the right of the Highlights drop-down
menu.
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Add Grain
You can use the Grain effect to make your images look like they were printed in a newspaper. It is also useful to
use the Grain tool in combination with other effects to achieve a general vintage look.
To Apply a Grain Effect:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Effects group, adjust the Add Grain settings as described below.
Grain Options
Grain Amount
Specifies the strength of the grain.
Grain Smoothing
Specifies the smoothness of the grain.
Grain Size
Specifies the size of the grain.
Cross Process Effect
A popular film photography technique in the '80s and '90s involved processing film in a solution that was intended
for another type of film. This cross processing gave photos a boost in saturation and contrast, and shifted colors
towards greenish-yellow highlights and bluish shadows. You can simulate these retro-effects with the Cross
Process tool. Using Cross Process along with Post-Crop Vignette, creates an effect called Lomo.
To Apply the Cross Process Effect:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Effects group, drag the Cross Process slider to the right to increase the retro-effect.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Using Blend Modes and Opacity in Develop Mode
When using a tool from the Effects group in Develop mode, you can adjust the blend mode and opacity tools to
customize how the effect blends with your image.
Opacity
The Opacity slider changes the opacity of the effect being applied to the image. It gives you control of how much of
the effect should be visible on the image. You can access the Opacity slider by pressing the arrow button to the
right of the effect's drop-down menu.
Blend Modes
The ability to control how the effects and the image merge means that other blend modes besides opacity can be
used to affect the final image.
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Normal
Pixels in the developed image are combined with those in the original. Only opacity affects
this blend.
Screen
Combines the developed image color with the inverse of the original photo color, resulting in
a color that is the same or lighter.
Multiply
Combines the developed image color with the original photo to produce a darker color.
Multiplying any color with black produces black; multiplying any color with white leaves the
color unchanged.
Dodge
Combines the developed image color with the original pixels in the photo to produce a lighter
color.
Burn
Combines the developed image color with the original pixels in the photo to produce a darker
color.
Overlay
Preserves the shadows and highlights of the lower layers while applying either Multiply or
Screen blend mode based on the original image area's color values.
Difference
Subtracts the developed image color from the color of the original photo. Any white in the
developed image produces a true negative of the color in the image, while black produces no
effect.
Darken
Applies pixels in the developed image that are darker than the original image. Pixels in the
developed image that are lighter than the original image disappear (based on RGB values).
Lighten
Applies pixels in the developed image that are lighter than the original image. Pixels in the
developed image that are darker than the original image disappear (based on RGB values).
Hard Light
Adds strong highlights or shadows by applying Multiply or Screen based on the original
image area's color values.
Soft Light
Adds soft highlights or shadows by darkening or lightening based on the original image
area's color values.
Hue
Applies the hue value of colors in the developed image to the color of the original image
areas.
Saturation
Applies the saturation value of colors in the developed image to the color of the original image
areas.
Color
Applies the hue and saturation of the developed image to the image. This blend does not
affect the luminance of the original image.
Luminosity
Applies the lightness value of colors in the developed image to the color of the original image
areas.
Dissolve
Applies some pixels from the developed image layer onto the original image, resulting in
specks of color. The Opacity slider controls the amount of speckling.
Exclusion
Like Difference, but with less contrast, Exclusion subtracts the blend color from the color of
the underlying photo. Any white in the blend color produces a true negative of the color in
the image, while black produces no effect.
Vivid Light
Combines the blend color with the underlying pixels in the photo by increasing or decreasing
contrast to produce a lighter or darker color, as determined by the blend color.
Pin Light
When the light source is lighter than 50% gray, the pixels darker than the light source are
replaced. Pixels lighter than the light source remain the same. When the light source is
darker than 50% gray, the pixels lighter than the light source are replaced. Pixels darker
than the light source remain the same.
Linear Light
Dodges or burns by lightening or darkening the brightness value, depending on the blend
color.
Hard Mix
Applies red, green, and blue channel values of the blend color to the RGB values of the
image.
Subtract
Subtracts the blend color from the image (base) color in each channel.
Divide
Divides the blend color from the image (base) color.
Darker Color
From the blend color and the image (base) color, the lower channel values are chosen.
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Lighter Color
From the blend color and the image (base) color, the higher channel values are chosen.
Adjusting Split Tone
Split toning is a powerful technique originating in film photography to tint the highlights and shadows.
The Split Tone tool gives you creative control over the Hue and Saturation of your highlights and shadows. Use the
sliders to adjust the balance of tones in the highlights and shadows of your photos. Split toning allows you to add
a creative element to RAW conversion and non-destructive editing in ACDSee.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust Highlights and Shadows:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
Drag the sliders to apply colored highlights and shadows as described in the table below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjustment Options
Highlights
Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a highlight color.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the highlights
of the image.
Shadows
Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a shadow color.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the shadows of
the image.
Balance
Drag the slider to the right to emphasize the highlight color; drag the slider to
the left to emphasize the shadow color. For example if the slider is set to the
maximum at 50, then full emphasis is applied to the highlight color; if the
slider is set to the minimum - 50, then full emphasis is applied to the shadow
color.
Create a sepia tone effect by first reducing the saturation of your photo with the Advanced Color tool and
then applying a reddish brown hue with the Split Tone tool. Or create a monochromatic black and white
photo with a slight tint of hue.
Adding a Post-Crop Vignette
Use the Post-Crop Vignette effect to add a frame around a subject. You can also control the appearance of the
border. Use the Post-Crop Vignette as a finishing tool after an image is cropped. This gives you more control over
the focal point of the image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Vignette Effect:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2.
In the Post-Crop Vignette group, make adjustments as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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Vignette Options
Strength
Drag the slider to the right to add a white vignette, or drag to the left to add a black vignette.
Radius
Adjusts the distance from the corners of the image where the pixels will be softened. The higher
the radius, the further from the center the pixels will be before the softening begins.
Feathering
Feathering controls how soft or hard the edge of the vignette is. Drag the slider to the right to
increase the softness of the vignette transition.
Roundness
Drag the slider to the right to increase the roundness of the vignette, or to the left to make it
more rectangular.
Selecting an Output Color Space For RAW Files
You can select the output color space to use when developing RAW files. This option is only available for RAW files.
To Set the Output Color Space for a RAW File:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
Look to the Histogram to help determine the best Output Color Space for your image. The histogram provides
a graphical representation of the intensity level of pixels within each color channel. Spikes at either end of the
graph indicate clipped colors. Aim for an output color space that provides the widest gamut of colors possible
while minimizing spikes at either end of the graph.
2.
In the Output Color Space group, select a color space.
3.
Click Set as Default if you want to use this same color space as the default color space for developing
RAW files from Develop mode.
When saving your RAW images, the dialog box will have the Embed Color Profile in Image option selected
by default. If you deselect this option, your output color space will not be embedded.
About the Detail Tab
In the Detail tab, you can sharpen, reduce noise, or correct chromatic aberration in your photos.
To Use the Detail Tab:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Detail tab.
2.
Select the Sharpening, Noise Reduction , Skin Tune, or Chromatic Aberration group to develop the image.
Saving and Canceling
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save as: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Discard: Discard your changes.
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Cancel: Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the
image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image your changes will be saved automatically without the
prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the Automatically
save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
Copy to Clipboard: Copy the developed image to the clipboard. (Go to Edit | Copy.)
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the unprocessed
RAW file with the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
Sharpening
You can use the Sharpening tool to define details and fine-tune your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Sharpen Your Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Detail tab.
2.
In the Sharpening group, adjust the sliders as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Sharpening Options
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Amount
Specifies the amount of sharpening applied by increasing contrast around the edges.
Radius
Controls the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values increase the
number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out coarser detail, while lower values reduce
the number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out finer detail.
Mask
Allows the targeting of edges, while suppressing the sharpening of noise and texture. To
view the areas the mask affects, press the ALT key when moving the mask slider. Areas
affected by sharpening appear white. Detail
Suppresses the halo, (the light border that forms around edges with extreme sharpening),
by reducing its intensity. The higher the value, the stronger the reduction.
Threshold
Specifies how different the pixel lightness values within an edge must be before the pixels
within the edge are sharpened. Higher values sharpen only stronger edges but minimize the
appearance of noise. Lower values sharpen both strong and weaker edges, but can increase
the appearance of noise. We recommend you set the threshold to enhance edges while
keeping background noise to a minimum.
View the effects of your changes in the Preview Window, located at the top of the Detail pane. Move the
overlay square on your image to change the area the Preview Window displays.
Set the default sharpening for RAW files by clicking the Settings button
selecting Save New Default.
in the Sharpening group and
Reducing Noise
You can reduce noise in your images caused by high ISO settings or long exposure.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Reduce Noise in Your Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Detail tab.
2.
In the Noise Reduction group, adjust the sliders as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Noise Reduction Options
Luminance
Drag the slider to the right to reduce the visibility of lighting noise. Apply a setting that is
proportional to the noise in the image and refer to the preview window to ensure that you
balance the level of noise reduction with loss of detail. Hold down the ALT key while using
the slider to see the remaining noise in the image.
Strength
Drag the slider to the right to control how aggressively to reduce noise. Prevent the loss of
detail by balancing Luminance with Strength.
Color
Drag the slider to the right to remove color noise from the image. Hold down the ALT key
while using the slider to see the remaining color noise in the image.
Preserve
Detail
Restores details lost due to strong noise removal. Set the slider to adjust how much detail is
restored.
Preserve
Detail
Threshold
Determines the level of detail necessary to be included in the Preserve Detail slider's
adjustments.
View the effects of your changes in the Preview Window, located at the top of the Detail pane. Move the
overlay square on your image to change the area the Preview Window displays.
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Fine-Tuning Skin Tone
You can use the Skin Tune tool to even skin tone and smooth away blemishes and flaws.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Correct Skin Tone:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Detail tab.
2.
In the Skin Tune group, adjust the sliders as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Skin Tune Options
Smoothing
Drag the slider to the right to refine skin by suppressing texture detail.
Glow
Drag the slider to the right to increase the brightness of skin while subtly smoothing.
Radius
Specifies the scale of the texture detail that is affected by the effect. Drag the slider to the
left to enhance small details. Drag the slider to the right to enhance larger details.
View the effects of your changes in the Preview Window, located at the top of the Detail pane. Move the
overlay square on your image to change the area the Preview Window displays.
Correcting Chromatic Aberration
Chromatic aberration is a lens artifact that can result in fringes in high contrast areas of some photos. The camera
lens can cause different wavelengths of light to focus differently, which appears in photos as colored fringing or
colored lines on the borders of high contrast areas. Purple fringing can also occur when there is a bright spot of
light in front of the lens.
This zoomed-in image shows an example of blue/yellow fringing.
You can use the Defringe and Chromatic Aberration tools in Develop mode to reduce the appearance of colored
fringes. This can be especially useful for photos with architectural details. For best results, it's recommended that
you use the Chromatic Aberration sliders first, and then the Defringe sliders.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Reduce Fringing in Your Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Detail tab.
2.
In the Chromatic Aberration group, adjust the sliders as described below.
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Chromatic Aberration Options
Fix Red/Cyan
Adjust the red and cyan channels to reduce red/cyan fringing.
Fix Blue/Yellow
Adjust the blue and yellow channels to reduce blue/yellow fringing.
Defringe options
Defringe strength
Adjust the amount of fringe color you want to remove from high contrast edges. A
setting of zero means that defringing is off.
Defringe radius
Adjust the number of pixels surrounding an edge that will be defringed.
Color
Adjust the color to remove from high contrast edges.
View the effects of your changes in the Preview Window, located at the top of the Detail pane. Move the
overlay square on your image to change the area the Preview Window displays.
About the Geometry Tab
In the Geometry tab, you can correct lens distortion and perspective, or rotate and straighten your image. You can
also use the crop tool to change the composition of your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Geometry Tab:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
Select the Lens Correction, Rotate & Straighten, Perspective, Crop, or Vignette Correction group to develop
the image.
Saving and Canceling
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save as: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Discard: Discard your changes.
Cancel: Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the
image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image your changes will be saved automatically without the
prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the Automatically
save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
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To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
Copy to Clipboard: Copy the developed image to the clipboard. (Go to Edit | Copy.)
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the unprocessed
RAW file with the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
ACDSee will automatically apply geometry corrections to DNG files that include geometric distortion
correction tags. DNG files created from the Adobe DNG Converter© will often generate geometric
distortion tags for micro 4/3rds cameras.
Fixing Lens Distortion
You can correct barrel and pincushion distortion in digital photographs. In barrel distortion the photo appears to
bulge outwards from the center. In pincushion distortion the photo appears to shrink inwards toward the center.
Barrel and pincushion distortion are common in photos that were taken with wide angle or zoom lenses.
In ACDSee, you have the option of using manual correction via the Manual Correction slider, or you can enable lens
correction via your lens profile. This can be done by selecting the make, model, and lens of the camera used to
take your image. The Lens Correction tool can apply automatic adjustments based on the distortion inherent to the
lens used, or you can enable lens correction for each image manually. Once a lens profile has been mapped to an
EXIF profile, the Make and Model drop-down menus will be pre-populated with the camera used to take the image
based on its EXIF information. The Lens Correction tool contains a database of camera makes, models, and their
possible lenses. The possible lenses for the selected camera will be available for you to choose from the Lens dropdown menu, unless there is only one possible lens, in which case, that lens will be pre-selected.
You can find the name of the lens used in the EXIF information of your image. However, the lens value displayed in
the EXIF may not be reliable in the case of third party lenses as the camera itself may only recognize the third
party lens as an ID number. If possible, recover the correct lens value and select it from the Lens drop-down
menu.
You can also map the correction specific to your lens, (the lens profile), to your camera make, model, and lens
combination. Mapping the lens profile will enable you to apply the correction to all images with the same cameralens combination that you open in the Develop mode Lens Correction tool, should you choose.
You can use the Manual Correction slider for further adjustments after using automatic correction, or on its own.
You can also use your lens profile to correct chromatic aberration, if it is available.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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For quick viewing of the available lens profiles, go here.
To Fix Lens Distortion Using Your Lens Profile:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Lens Correction group, select the Enable Lens Profile checkbox.
3.
If the displayed camera make and model are not correct, select the correct options from the Make and
Model drop-down menus.
4.
From the Lens drop-down menu, select the lens used to take the image. You can find this information
displayed in the EXIF panel in the lower right corner of Develop mode. The correction will occur
automatically.
5.
If you desire further adjustments, move the Manual Correction slider to the left for a bulge effect, or to
the right to stretch the edges of the image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Click the Show Grid button
to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images. When the grid is not activated, it is gray
.
To Save Lens Profile as a Default for Future Use:
You can save your camera and lens combination's correction profile and use it as a default for other images taken
with the same camera/lens combination. This will ensure that every time you open an image from a particular
camera make, model, and lens combination in the Lens Correction tool, the Lens field will be pre-populated with
the lens you mapped to that camera. You can also choose to automatically apply this lens profile to other images
taken with the same camera/lens combination upon entering Develop mode.
As this function relies on EXIF data, this can mainly be performed with JPEG, DNG, RAW, and TIFF
images.
1.
With your desired camera and lens combination selected in the Make, Model, and Lens drop-down menus,
press the Map Default button.
2.
Enable the Auto-apply this mapped profile when entering Develop mode checkbox to apply the
mapped default to future images upon entering Develop mode.
3.
In the Map Default dialog box, press OK to save, or Cancel to abort.
To Manage Your Saved Defaults:
1.
Press the Manage Defaults button.
2.
In the Manage Mapped Defaults dialog box, do one of the following:
In the Manage Mapped Defaults dialog box, select your default and press the Delete Mapped Default
button.
Enable the Auto-apply the selected mapped profile when entering Develop mode checkbox to
apply the selected mapped default to future images taken with the same camera/lens combination upon
entering Develop mode.
3.
Press OK to continue, or press Cancel to keep your mapped default.
To Fix Chromatic Aberration Using Your Lens Profile:
Chromatic aberration occurs due to the properties of a given lens. Therefore, you can use the lens profile to
automatically correct it. The Chromatic Aberration checkbox will be enabled if your selected lens has a
corresponding chromatic aberration correction available.
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1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Lens Correction group, select the Enable Lens Profile checkbox.
3.
Select the Chromatic Aberration checkbox.
4.
Click to the Detail tab to view your corrected image.
Save your lens profile with the Chromatic Aberration checkbox selected to ensure that chromatic
aberration will always be corrected.
Rotating and Straightening
You can straighten a crooked photo in Develop mode by rotating the photo at a custom angle.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Correct a Crooked Photo:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Rotate and Straighten group, adjust your image as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Click the Show Grid button
to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images. When the grid is not activated, it is gray
.
Rotate Options
90 degrees to the left
Rotates image 90 degrees to the left.
90 degrees to the right
Rotates image 90 degrees to the right.
Straighten Options
Slider
Adjusts the horizontal angle of the image. Move the slider left or right until
the image appears straightened.
-5 Degrees left
Adjusts the image -5 degrees to the left.
+5 Degrees right
Adjusts the image +5 degrees to the right.
Straighten tool
Straightens the image. Use your cursor to draw a line along the crooked
horizon. Release the cursor to automatically straighten the horizon.
Correcting Perspective
Perspective issues, which can occur if the camera is not held horizontal or perpendicular to the object of the
photo, can be common in images taken with wide angle lenses. For example, if you take a photo of a tall building,
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looking up from street level, the building can appear to bend in the photo. You can correct perspective issues
using the tools in the Perspective group.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Correct Perspective:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Perspective group, set the options as described below.
Click the Show Grid button
to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images. When the grid is not activated, it is gray
.
Perspective Options
Vertical
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the vertical
axis.
Horizontal
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the horizontal
axis.
Vertical Shear
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the vertical
and diagonal axis.
Horizontal Shear
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the horizontal
and diagonal axis.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Cropping
You can use the Crop tool to remove unwanted parts of your images, or to reduce the image canvas to a particular
size.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Crop an Image:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Crop group, resize the crop window, and position it over the area of the image you want to keep. See
below for more details.
Click the Preview Cropped Image button
Click the Show Grid button
or press E to preview your image when cropped.
to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images. When the grid is not activated, it is gray
Resizing the Crop Window
You can resize the crop window in the following ways:
Drag the edges of the crop window to the desired size.
Specify an exact size for the crop window in inches.
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Apply a ratio to constrain to the crop window proportions.
Use the arrow keys to manipulate the size of the crop window.
To Resize the Crop Window by Dragging:
1.
Position your cursor over the edge or corner of the crop window until it changes into a double-pointed
arrow.
2.
Drag the crop window's border to the desired size.
To Maximize Crop Area:
1.
Click Maximize crop area. The crop selection expands to the outer edges of your images.
2.
Drag the crop window's border to the desired size.
To Specify an Exact Size for the Crop Window:
1.
Type the desired crop window proportions into the Width and Height spin boxes.
2.
In the Units drop-down list, select a unit of measurement.
3.
Use the Dots per inch spin box to specify a resolution.
To Constrain the Crop Window to a Ratio:
1.
Select the Constrain proportion checkbox.
2.
Select a ratio from the drop-down list.
3.
Position your cursor over the edge of the crop window until it changes into a double-pointed arrow, and
then drag the edge of the crop window to the desired size.
To Delete a Proportion:
1.
Select a proportion from the Constrain proportion drop-down list.
2.
Click the down arrow button beside the drop-down list, and select Delete.
3.
Click Yes.
To Set a Proportion as Default:
1.
Select the Constrain proportion checkbox.
2.
Select a ratio from the drop-down list.
3.
Click the down arrow button beside the drop-down list, and select Set as Default.
Crop Options
Constrain
proportion
Select this option to constrain the crop area to a specified proportion. Select the
proportion from the drop-down list.
Maximize crop area
Click to expand the crop area to the entire image, and then click and drag the crop
borders. To redo your crop selection, click on the Maximize crop area button to
expand the selection to the entire image again, and make your crop adjustments.
Rotate crop area
Click to rotate the crop area.
Fixing Lens Vignetting
Vignetting, an unusual darkness in the corners of images, is the result of the inability of the lens to distribute light
into the corners of the image. You can fix lens vignetting in Develop mode by brightening the corners of the image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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To Fix Vignetting:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Geometry tab.
2.
In the Vignette Correction group, adjust your image as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Vignette Correction Options
Strength
Adjust how much the corners of the image will be brightened.
Radius
Adjust the distance from the corners of the image that pixels will be brightened. The
higher the radius, the closer to the center of the image pixels will be brightened.
Click the Show Grid button
to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images. When the grid is not activated, it is gray
.
About the Repair Tab
In the Repair tab, you can reduce red eye and repair images.
To Use the Repair Tab:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Repair tab.
2.
Select the Red Eye Reduction or Repair tool.
Saving and Canceling
When you have finished developing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save as: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Discard: Discard your changes.
Cancel: Remain on the same image in Develop with your changes intact, without saving the
image.
If you want your changes saved automatically (without the prompt to save), select the Auto Save
checkbox. Then next time you switch to a new image your changes will be saved automatically without the
prompt. You can change this setting back by clicking Tools | Options and selecting the Automatically
save Develop Mode adjustments checkbox on the Develop Mode page.
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To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save As: Save a version of your developed image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format, and continue to
work on the original file.
Export: Export one or more copies of your developed image with the option to specify a format
and size for each.
Copy to Clipboard: Copy the developed image to the clipboard. (Go to Edit | Copy.)
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from
the original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save
a copy of it as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the unprocessed
RAW file with the settings still intact.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
Reducing Red Eye
You can use the Red Eye Reduction tool in Develop mode to correct red eye in digital photographs. The Red Eye
Reduction tool specifically targets red pixels so that nearby pixels are unaffected.
To Correct Red Eye:
1.
In Develop mode, select the Repair tab.
2.
Use the Zoom tools in the bottom right corner to enlarge and center the eye you want to correct.
3.
Click within the red portion of the eye.
4.
In the Red Eye Reduction group, adjust the sliders as described below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Red Eye Reduction Options
Size
Drag the slider to the right to increase the size of the area being darkened, or to the left to
decrease.
Darkening
Drag the slider to the right to darken the corrected portion of the eye.
You can correct as many red eyes as you want. Simply keep clicking on the image to add a new eye-definition.
Move the eye-definitions after you have placed them by clicking and dragging, or delete them by hitting the
Delete key.
Scroll with your mouse to adjust the size of the area you would like to darken at any time.
You can show or hide the red eye outline by toggling the eye button, located in the top left corner of the
Red Eye group, on or off.
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Use the Delete key to remove the currently selected red eye adjustment.
Repairing Your Image
You can use the Repair Tool to remove flaws, such as:
Skin blemishes
Telephone wires and other unwanted objects
Flash flares from snowflakes or windows
Lens scratches and water drops
Shadows cast on the sensor by dust
There are two options available for the Repair Tool: the Healing Brush and the Cloning Brush.
When you select the Healing Brush, it copies pixels from one area of a photo to another, but it analyzes the pixels
in the source area before copying them. It also analyzes the pixels in the target area, and then blends the pixels of
both source and target, to match the surrounding area. This ensures that the lighting and color of the replacement
pixels integrate with the surrounding area. The Healing Brush works particularly well with photos that involve
complicated textures like skin or fur.
When you select the Cloning Brush, the tool copies the exact pixels from one area of a photo to another, creating an
identical image area. The Cloning Brush is more effective for photos that have strong, simple textures or uniform
colors, as it is more difficult to identify the copied pixels in the finished photo.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
Recommended workflow: To achieve the best results, perform any geometric operations on your image
before using the Healing Brush.
To Remove Flaws from a Photo:
1.
In Develop mode, on the Repair tab, in the Repair group, select one of the following:
Heal: Copies the pixels from the source area to the target area, and blends pixels into the surrounding
image area.
Clone: Copies the pixels from the source area to the target area.
2.
Drag the Nib Width and Feathering sliders as described in the table below.
3.
Right-click the image to set a source location. Pixels will be copied from this location and used in the target
location.
4.
Click and drag over the area that you want to cover. If you selected the healing brush, ACDSee analyzes
and replaces the pixels when you release the mouse button.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Scroll with your mouse to adjust the brush size on the fly, or press the SHIFT key while you scroll to
adjust feathering.
For the most accurate preview, zoom your image to 100% while healing or cloning.
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Red Eye Reduction and selective adjustments, such as the Develop Brush and gradients, are the only
adjustments that cannot be healed or cloned.
Repair Tool Options
Nib Width
Sets the width of the brush. The maximum brush width is relative to the size of your
image.
Feathering
Sets the amount to feather on the edge of the brush to prevent sharp transitions
between the original and healed part of the photo.
Feathering is set as a percentage of the nib width, not as a specific number of pixels.
This means that you do not have to adjust the feathering when you reset the Nib Width,
as it automatically adjusts to a percentage of the new nib width.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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Chapter 7: Edit Mode
Make your final edits in Edit mode, where you can apply fine-tuned adjustments on the more limited RGB image
data. Use the tools in Edit mode for any touch-ups to specific areas of your images.
In Edit Mode You Can:
Use the Selection tools to select and apply edits to a specific part of the image.
Use the Edit Brush to paint an effect onto specific areas of your image.
Use Pixel Targeting to target specific colors or tones for adjustment, selecting, and masking.
Use the Layers pane to create complex photo manipulations with layers.
Remove flaws, red eye, adjust skin tone, or correct chromatic aberration.
Add text, watermark, borders, vignettes , a tilt-shift, a grain effect, special effects, and drawing tools.
Crop, flip, resize, rotate, liquify, and correct perspective and lens distortion.
Adjust lighting using the Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels, Tone Curves, Light EQ™, Dehaze, and Dodge and
Burn tools.
Adjust color using the White Balance, Color EQ, Color Balance, Convert to Black & White or Split Tone tool.
Add details to your image using Sharpen, Blur, Remove Noise, Add Noise, Detail Brush, or Clarity tools.
Using Edit Mode
After completing all of your image corrections using the non-destructive tools in Develop, take your image into Edit
to apply finishing touches to your image. In Edit, use the pixel-based editing tools, such as red eye removal,
special effects and many other tools, and combine them with the Selections tool to fine-tune your image.
What Happens from Develop to Edit
When you take an image through Develop or Edit, the original is never altered. Changes you make are saved to a
separate file, so that you can revert to the original or the developed version at any time. To understand more on
how changes are saved, see How ACDSee saves changes to images.
Editing an Image
To Edit an Image:
1.
Select Edit mode.
2.
Do any one or more of the following:
At the top of the panel, use the Selections or Drawing tools.
Open the Layers pane to work with layers.
In the Repair group, click Red Eye Reduction, Skin Tune, Chromatic Aberration, or Repair tool.
In the Add group, click Text, Watermark, Borders, Vignette, Tilt-Shift, Grain, or click Special Effect and
select an effect.
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In the Geometry group, click Rotate, Flip, Crop, liquify, Perspective Correction, Lens Distortion Correction,
or Resize.
In the Exposure/Lighting group, click Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels, Tone Curves, Light EQ™, Dehaze,
Dodge and Burn.
In the Color group, click White Balance, Color EQ, Color Balance, Convert to Black & White, or Split Tone.
In the Detail group, click Sharpen, Blur, Clarity, Detail Brush, or click Noise to remove or add noise.
3.
You have several options in saving your images. See Saving images in Edit for more information.
You can apply adjustments to specific tones or colors with Pixel Targeting.
Reverting to Develop Settings or Original Settings
You can discard your Edit settings and revert to the Develop or the original settings for your image. For steps to
revert your image, see Restoring originals and develop settings.
Undo and Redoing
Using the History Pane:
You can use the History pane to view the sequence of changes you have made to your image. You can also use the
History pane to jump around in your editing sequence and revert back to a previously-applied adjustment. For
example, if you applied a series of adjustments, such as color adjustments, followed by sharpening, and exposure
tweaking, but you want to revert back several steps to the state your photo was in with just the color adjustment,
you would use the History pane.
To open the History pane, click Panes | History.
To return to a specific adjustment, select your desired adjustment in the pane and double-click it. Or select Undo
All to undo all of your adjustments.
Using the Edit Mode History Window:
You can use the Edit mode History Window to view the sequence of changes you have made to your image. You can
also use the History Window to jump around in your editing sequence and revert back to a previously-applied
adjustment. For example, if you applied a series of adjustments, such as color adjustments, followed by
sharpening, and exposure tweaking, but you want to revert back several steps to the state your photo was in with
just the color adjustment, you would use the Edit mode History Window.
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To return to a specific adjustment, select the Edit mode History Window arrow at the bottom of the Edit mode
panel, and select your desired adjustment and double-click it. You can select any adjustment in the list, or select
Undo All to undo all of your adjustments.
Histogram and Image Viewing Controls
While editing an image, you can adjust the magnification with the zoom controls, located in the bottom right
corner.
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Histogram
Displays the histogram preview for the current image. The histogram provides a
graphical representation of the intensity level of pixels within each color channel.
Spikes at either end of the graph indicate clipped colors. Keeping the histogram open
is particularly useful when adjusting exposure, as the histogram reflects all
adjustments as you make them.
You can also display the Histogram by selecting Panes | Histogram.
Undo/Redo
Undo to discard all changes made on the current tab. Redo to return to the options
that you had selected prior to clicking Undo. In Edit, Undo and Redo buttons display
the changes you can undo or redo.
Reset
Click on the Reset button to reset the image to its default settings.
Display Full Screen
Displays the image on a full screen. Press F to view full screen and to return to Edit
mode.
Actual Size
Returns the current image to its actual size.
Navigator Pane
Automatic Window: When Automatic Window is enabled, the Navigator pane
appears as soon as you zoom in on a photo. Drag your cursor to the section of the
image you would like to see magnified. Release the cursor to settle on an area of the
image.
Right-click on the Navigator pane to switch from Automatic to Manual.
Manual Window: When Manual Window is enabled, you can view the Navigator
pane by selecting the Navigator icon.
The Navigator icon only appears when the
image is magnified or if the Actual Size icon has been clicked. Click and hold the
Navigator icon to display a small duplicate of your image. Then drag your cursor to
the section of the image you would like to see magnified. Release the cursor to settle
on an area of the image.
Right-click on the Navigator icon to switch from Manual to Automatic.
Fit Image
Reduces the image to fit within the Edit mode area.
Show Previous
Toggles the changes on or off, to compare the current image to the last saved
version.
Zoom slider
Increases the size of the image if you drag it to the right, decreases the size if you
drag to the left.
Zoom drop-down list
Displays a list of zoom sizes to select.
Using Presets in Edit
Many ACDSee editing tools and special effects allow you to save your settings as presets. This is convenient when
you frequently use the same settings for a particular tool or effect.
For most tools, ACDSee automatically saves the last option settings you applied to an image when you clicked Apply
or Done. This preset is called Last Used.
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The Save Preset
and Delete
buttons are located at the top of an editing tool's panel.
To Save a Preset:
1.
In Edit mode, select a tool and specify its settings.
2.
Click the Save Preset button.
3.
In the New Preset dialog box, enter a name for your preset, and then click OK.
The new preset will appear in the tool's Presets drop-down list.
To Use a Previously Saved Preset:
1.
In Edit mode, select the tool for which you created the preset.
2.
Click the Presets drop-down list and select the preset you want to apply.
To Delete a Preset:
1.
In Edit mode, select the tool for which you created the preset.
2.
Click the Presets drop-down list and select the preset you want to delete.
3.
Click the Delete button.
4.
In the Confirm Delete dialog box, click Yes.
Using the Undo/Redo Button
You can undo and redo your changes when editing an image.
To Undo a Change:
In Edit mode, do one of the following:
Click the Undo button found at the bottom of the left pane.
Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Z.
To Redo a Change:
In Edit mode, do one of the following:
Click the Redo button found at the bottom of the left pane.
Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Y.
Restoring Originals and Develop Settings
You can also restore an edited image back to its develop settings, if you wish to discard work done in Edit. You can
read more information on how changes are saved in ACDSee.
If you have committed changes to an image, you cannot restore the original.
Restoring the Original Image
You can discard all your changes and revert to the original image.
To Revert an Image Back to the Original in Edit:
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In Edit mode, select File | Restore to Original.
To Revert an Image Back to the Original in Manage or View Mode:
1.
Select the image.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click the image and select Process | Restore to Original.
Select Tools | Process | Restore to Original.
Restoring Your Develop Settings
You can discard your Edit settings and revert to the Develop settings for your image.
To Revert an Image Back to Develop Settings in Edit:
1.
Take an edited image into Edit mode. A prompt will ask if you want to Discard your edits.
2.
Click Discard Edits.
Saving Images in Edit Mode
Saving Images
When you have finished editing an image, you can choose from one of the many options for saving your image,
depending on what you want to do next.
To Save the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
1.
Click Done.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save
Save your changes.
Save as
Save a copy of your developed image with a new name or format.
Depending on your file type, any of the following checkboxes appear in the bottom left corner
of the Save as dialog box:
Preserve Metadata: Retains metadata with the new image.
Preserve database information: Maintains your catalog information, such as ratings.
Preserve develop settings for original image: Applies changes to the original image,
as well as the copy being saved.
Embed Color Profile in Image: Retains color profile selected in Color Management with
your new image.
Discard
Discard your changes.
Cancel
Remain on the same image in with your changes intact, without saving the image.
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To Save the Image and Continue Processing Other Images:
1.
Click Save.
2.
Select one of the following:
Save: Save your changes.
Save As: Save a version of your edited image with a new name or format and switch to the
updated image.
Save a Copy: Save a copy of your edited image with a new name or format, and continue to work
on the original file.
Save a Copy is useful for making multiple versions of an image while continuing to work from the
original file instead of a new processed copy. For example, if you take a RAW image and save a copy of it
as a JPG, instead of switching to this lossy JPG image, you remain on the RAW file with the settings still
intact.
Save is not available for RAW file formats because you cannot directly save changes to a RAW file.
To Discard Changes to the Image and Return to the Mode You Were in Previously:
Click Cancel or use the keyboard shortcut ESC.
For more information on how different file formats are saved depending on their processed state, see How
ACDSee saves changes to images. To learn how images are saved in Develop, see Saving images in
Develop.
How ACDSee Saves Changes to Images
How images are saved is different between non-encodable (e.g. RAW) and encodable (e.g. JPEG) images. The
table below outlines the differences in how changes to your image are saved by ACDSee. The purpose of saving
files in its original, developed, and edited states is to allow you to revert back to a setting if you decide to discard
your changes at a later time.
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State
Non encodable files (e.g. RAW)
Encodable files (e.g. JPEG)
Original
Original images are located in the folders
you placed them in.
Original images are located in the folders you
placed them in.
Developed
When you make changes and click Done,
the image's develop settings are stored in
the XMP file of the RAW, and in the ACDSee
database.
When you develop an image and click Done, the
develop settings are stored in an XMP file, and
the original and XMP file are moved to the
[Originals] folder. In Manage and View modes,
the image with the changes applied is displayed.
The develop settings are also stored in the
ACDSee database.
Edited
When you take a RAW file directly into Edit,
and you click Save, ACDSee prompts you to
save the file in a different file format. In
RAW, to permanently save changes to an
image, you will need to save the image in a
different file format.
If you take an image directly to Edit and save
your image, the original image is saved to the
[Originals] folder in ACDSee.
When you develop an image, the image's
develop settings are stored in the XMP file of
the RAW. When you take the developed
image into Edit, and then apply edits and
save the image, ACDSee prompts you to save
the image in a new file format.
When you take a developed image into Edit and
apply edits and save it, the develop settings are
saved in the XMP file and placed in the
[Originals] folder. If the developed image is in
Edit, and has edits applied and you click Save,
ACDSee saves the image.
Developed
and Edited
If you edit an image first, and then take it into
Develop, ACDSee prompts that the edits will be
lost. You cannot revert an image back to Develop,
if it was not developed before taking the image to
Edit.
For RAW files, to permanently save changes, If you decide to take the edited image back into
you will need to save the image in a different Develop, ACDSee prompts that you will lose your
file format.
edits. If you choose to discard your edits, the
original image with its develop settings will be
opened.
Applying Photoshop® Plug-ins
ACDSee supports 32-bit and 64-bit Adobe® Photoshop® plug-ins in Edit mode. 32-bit Photoshop® plug-ins will
only work in 32-bit versions of ACDSee. Similarly, you can only run 64-bit plug-ins in 64-bit versions of ACDSee.
Not all plug-ins will work exactly as they do in Photoshop®.
To Apply a Photoshop® Plug-in:
With an image open in Edit mode, choose Tools | Photoshop Plug-ins | [your plug-in].
You can undo the effects of your plug-in by pressing the Undo button at the bottom of the Edit panel.
You cannot open the same plug-in in two ACDSee windows at the same time.
Photoshop is a registered trademark of Adobe Inc.
Recording and Applying Adjustments with ACDSee Actions
ACDSee Actions allow you to record all of your Edit mode adjustments and then apply them to other images by
"playing" them back. You can use this method to batch edit multiple photos with any adjustment available in Edit
mode. In addition, after applying a recording with adjustment layers, you can open the image in Edit mode and
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continue tweaking and adjusting the adjustment layers in the Layered Editor, allowing for non-destructive image
editing.
You can also apply pre-loaded default actions for quick adjustments. Actions can be organized into existing
categories, or you can create your own. You can delete categories, as desired.
For quick access in Edit mode, you can use the Record, Stop, and Play buttons at the top of the Tools
panel.
window.
Or you can use the Toggle Actions Browser button to open the ACDSee Actions
You can also tear off this ACDSee Actions bar and move it anywhere on your screen(s).
To Record Your Adjustments:
1.
In Edit mode, on the right side of the Toolbar, press the Record button.
will appear and list your adjustment steps as you make them.
2.
Make any adjustments you desire in Edit mode.
3.
Press the Stop button in the Toolbar to stop the recording at any time.
by accident, press Cancel to continue recording.
4.
In the Save Action dialog box, enter a name for your recording.
5.
Select a category for your action from the drop-down menu, or enter a name to create a new category.
6.
Press Save. Your recording will now be available in the Actions Browser under the category you chose (or
created).
To Preview a Recording:
1.
In Manage mode, do one of the following:
Click Actions | Actions Browser...
Click Tools | Browse Actions...
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Click Tools | ACDSee Actions | Actions Browser...
Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee Actions | Actions Browser... from the context menu.
Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions... from the context menu.
If you select multiple images, only the first image will be previewed. However, if you play a
recording, it will apply to all selected images.
In View mode, do one of the following:
Press the Open Actions Browser pane button.
Click Tools | Browse Actions...
Click Tools | ACDSee Actions | Actions Browser...
In Edit mode, do one of the following:
Click Panes | Actions Browser.
Click Tools | Browse Actions...
Click Tools | ACDSee Actions | Actions Browser...
Press the Toggle Actions Browser button in the Toolbar.
2.
In the Actions Browser, choose a category from the drop-down menu.
3.
Select the thumbnail of the recording you wish to preview from the left column of the Actions Browser.
4.
Do one of the following:
View a preview of how your current image would appear with your recording applied in the Preview
column.
Toggle the Preview button in the top right corner to view the adjustment steps of the selected
action.
Preview Image
Preview Steps
To Delete a Recording:
Note that you cannot undo deleting a recording. Your deleted recording will not appear in your system's
Recycle bin.
1.
Select the recording in the left column of the Actions Browser.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click and choose Delete.
Press the Delete button.
To Rename a Recording:
1.
Select the recording in the left column of the Actions Browser.
2.
Do one of the following:
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Right-click and choose Rename.
Press the Rename button.
3.
Enter a new name in the Name field.
4.
Press OK.
To Move a Recording to a New Category:
1.
Select the recording in the left column of the Actions Browser.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click the Move to Category button.
Right-click and choose Move to Category from the context menu.
3.
In the Move to Category dialog, select a category from the drop-down menu.
4.
Press OK.
Managing Recording Categories
You can add and delete recording categories.
To Add a Category:
1.
In the Actions Browser, click the Add a New Category button.
2.
In the Add a new Category dialog, enter a name for your new category.
3.
Press OK.
To Delete a Category:
In the Actions Browser, click the Delete Category button. All actions from this category will be moved to
Uncategorized.
Applying Recordings
You can apply your recordings to other images, allowing you to batch edit using any Edit mode adjustments you
have recorded. You can also apply any of the pre-loaded default actions, which are organized into categories in the
Actions Browser.
When applied to images that are a different size than the one used in the recording, actions that involve drawings,
geometry, or the layering of images will be scaled to the target image proportionally using a percentage of the
width and height independently. However, crop size is absolute, (based on the number of pixels). Crop position is
relative, also based on the number of pixels.
For best results with tools from the Geometry group, apply your recordings to similarly sized images.
To Apply a Recording:
Recordings are applied in the same order they were recorded in.
In Manage Mode
1.
Select the image(s) in the File List pane.
2.
Do one of the following:
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Choose Tools | ACDSee Actions | <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
Choose Tools | Browse Actions... In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the
drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee Actions | <your desired recording> | Play.
Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions... In the Actions Browser, select your desired
category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play
button.
Choose Actions | Actions Browser... In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the
drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Choose Actions| <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
In View Mode
Do one of the following:
Choose Tools | ACDSee Action | <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
Choose Tools | Browse Actions. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the dropdown menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Press the Open the Action Browser Pane button.
In the Actions Browser, select your desired
category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee Actions | <your desired recording> | Play.
Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions...In the Actions Browser, select your desired
category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
In Edit Mode
1.
Open your image in Edit mode.
2.
Do one of the following:
Choose Panes | Actions Browser. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the
drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Choose Tools | ACDSee Actions | <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
Choose Tools | ACDSee Actions | Actions Browser... In the Actions Browser, select your desired
category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play
button.
Choose Tools | Browse Actions. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the
drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
Press the Toggle Actions Browser button.
In the Actions Browser, select your desired category
from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
You can apply a recording to a singular image layer by selecting the layer in the Layered Editor and
pressing the Play button in the Actions Browser.
To Set the Output Options for a Recording:
You can configure the options that will determine how files are outputted when recordings are applied to them.
Each output option you configure is specific to the selected (right-clicked) recording. Output options only affect
recordings that are applied to images in modes other than Edit mode.
Configured output options will not travel with shared recordings.
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1.
Select the recording in the left column in the Actions Browser.
2.
Do one of the following:
Right-click and choose Options.
Click the Options button.
3.
Configure the options as described below.
4.
Press OK.
Output Options
Action Results
Overwrite existing
Overwrite
the selected
file, create
copy in case
of nonencodable
files
When a recording is applied, the file is overwritten with the
edited version. If the file cannot be overwritten, such as in the
case of a RAW file, a copy will be saved.
Rename
modified
images and
place in
source folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited images with a
new name, in the same folder as the original images.
Place the
modified
images in
the
following
folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited images to a
specific folder. Browse to the folder.
Use this option to determine what ACDSee should do if the destination folder
contains an image with the same file name as one of the edited images:
Ask: Prompts you to choose different options (skip, rename, overwrite)
depending on the image.
Skip: Skips processing that image, and begins processing the next image.
Replace: Replaces the image in the destination folder with the edited image.
Rename: Renames the edited file.
Preserve last-modified
dates
Select this option if the original image has a last-modified date, and you want the
edited image to have the same last-modified date.
Preserve metadata
Select this option if the original image contains metadata, and you want the edited
image to contain the same metadata and color profile.
Preserve database
information
Select this option if you want to preserve ACDSee Metadata from the original image.
File Output
File format
Select the file format in which you would like to save the
outputted images.
Pixel format
Use this option to determine number of bits per pixel (BPP) in the
output images, and whether the images will be color or
grayscale. Select Automatic if you want the output images to
have the same pixel format (or the closest possible match) as the
original images. You can use this option to convert the images
from color to grayscale, or to convert the images to a pixel format
that is compatible with other software or processes.
Color space
Select the color space checkbox to choose a color space option
from the drop-down list.
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If you begin recording after adjustment layers are added, the recording can only be applied to a target
image that has the same adjustment layers already added to it.
If you record adding a layer to a single layered image, and then try to apply this recording to a multilayered target image, the layer will be added on top of all of the other layers.
If you record adjusting specific adjustment layers of a multi-layered image, the recording can only be
applied to a target image with the same adjustment layer. For example, if your recording contains a
sharpening adjustment layer as its third layer and you adjust it, your target image must also have a
sharpening adjustment layer as its third layer.
If you record making global adjustments to a single layered image, then add layers, and then apply the
recording to a multi-layered target image, the target image will be flattened. The global adjustments will
be applied to the whole image, and then the layers will be added on top of that.
To Share a Recording:
1.
Navigate to C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Local\ACD Systems\Actions\
2.
Select and copy your desired recording.
3.
Share the .acda file using the method of your choice. For example, you can attach it to an email.
Targeting Adjustments by Color or Tone
While Edit mode tools allow you to make a variety of global adjustments to your images, and the Edit brush makes
it possible to adjust specific sections of your image, Pixel Targeting allows you to target distinct tones, colors, and
skin tones. You can select a number of Edit mode adjustments and apply them to a photo's individual colors or
tones, or just to skin tone, by using Pixel Targeting. For example, when you open an image in the Exposure tool,
the exposure is adjusted over the entire image. However, if you want to only adjust the exposure of the blue sky in
the image, you could use Pixel Targeting to target the color blue, and thereby only increase the exposure on the
sky.
To Perform Targeted Adjustments with Pixel Targeting:
1.
Open one of the following Edit mode tools: Vignette, any Special Effect, Tilt-Shift, Exposure, Levels, Auto
Levels, Tone Curves, Light EQ™, White Balance, Advanced Color, Color Balance, Convert to Black & White,
Split Tone, Sharpen, Blur, Noise, or Clarity.
2.
At the top of the Context Bar, click the Pixel Targeting button.
3.
Configure the settings on the Pixel Targeting panel, as described below.
4.
Adjust the settings on your selected Edit mode tool. The adjustments will now affect your targeted color or
tones.
The Pixel Targeting Panel
The Pixel Targeting panel consists of four sections: Targeted Tones, Targeted Colors, Skin Targeting, and the
Target Mask.
Target Mask:
The Target Mask allows you to see the areas in the image that are targeted by displaying them in white. When no
pixels are targeted, the Target Mask will appear completely black. Conversely, when all pixels are targeted, as is
the case before any sliders have been altered on the Pixel Targeting panel, the entire Target Mask will appear
completely white.
Targeted Tones:
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The Targeted Tones sliders allows you to target tones of brightness for adjustment. To target one or more tones,
you may find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Tones section. This deselects all tones, and you
can then select specific tones to target by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on your desired
intensity.
Targeted Colors:
The Targeted Colors sliders allows you to target specific colors for adjustment. To target one or more colors, you
may find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Colors section. This deselects all colors, and you
can then select specific colors to target by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on your desired
intensity.
Skin Targeting:
The Target Skin slider allows you to specifically target skin tones for adjustment. To target skin tones, move the
slider to the right between 0 and 100, depending on your desired intensity.
When you move the Skin Targeting slider, all other colors (except for skin tones), are excluded. You cannot then
alter the green color slider, for instance. If you would like to target skin and another color, you will need to perform
skin targeting, configure the Edit mode tool as desired, and apply the Edit mode tool by pressing Apply. Then use
the Pixel Targeting panel to target the additional color(s).
To exclude skin tones from your adjustments, move the slider to the left between 0 and -100. You can use this
method to ensure that, while applying adjustments with a variety of Edit mode tools, the skin tones will remain
untouched.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Pixel Targeting becomes even more powerful when paired with Selections or the Edit Brush. These tools in
combination with Pixel Targeting make it possible to target very precise areas, such as only the blue of a person's
eyes, rather than all of the blue in the image.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use. Using the Save Preset button on the Pixel Targeting
panel will only save your pixel targeting settings, and not the settings on the Edit mode tool you are
using. Those must be saved separately.
Using the Edit Brush
While the tools in Edit mode allow you to make a variety of global adjustments, sometimes you may only want to
adjust specific areas of your photos. For example, instead of blurring an entire photo, you may want to blur certain
areas, such as the background. To do this, and other local adjustments, you can use the Edit Brush.
The Edit Brush allows you to selectively edit your photo by simply brushing on the effects. The Edit Brush is
essentially creating a mask that is used to determine which pixels will be affected by the current settings of the
chosen operation.
Edit Brush
The Edit Brush button displays at the center of the top editing panel toolbar for all applicable Edit mode tools.
To Use the Edit Brush:
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In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.
2.
Click the Edit Brush button to enter Brushing mode and open the Brush controls.
the Brush panel open and closed with the B key.
3.
Specify the brush settings in the panel or on the fly as described in the table below.
4.
Start painting the effects on your photo.
5.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
6.
Press Done to apply your brush strokes.
Or, toggle
Edit Brush Controls
Add brush stroke
Brush while holding the left mouse button down.
Erase brush stroke
Brush while holding the right mouse button down.
Nib Width
Adjusts the size of the brush. You can use the mouse wheel to adjust nib width or
adjust the Nib Width slider.
Feathering
Adjust the slider to control the softness of the transition between the brush strokes
and the image. Use SHIFT + mouse wheel to adjust the amount of feathering or
adjust the Feathering slider.
Pressure
Adjust the slider to control the strength of the brush.
Alternating between
Brush mode and
cursor-applied tools
For filters that involve drawing or clicking on the image, such as Light EQ™ and
White Balance, hold down the ALT key to switch from Brush mode to using the tool.
Clear all brush
strokes
Invert all brush
strokes
Load last applied
brush strokes
Smart Brushing
Removes all brush strokes from the image.
Toggle this option to invert brushed strokes. This makes brushed areas no
longer brushed and untouched areas brushed. This is useful if you want the
majority of the image brushed and a small section untouched. Simply brush only
the small area you don't want affected and invert the brush strokes.
Applies effects to the area most recently brushed and applied.
See Smart Brushing section below.
Show brush strokes
When this option is checked, your brush strokes will be displayed in the color
shown. This is helpful when brushing a complex area with a subtle effect, as it can
be difficult to tell if you have missed a spot. Alternatively, hold down the S key to
see your brush strokes on the image.
When you click the Edit brush and enter Brushing mode, you need to apply brush strokes in order to see
any of your adjustments.
To exit Brushing mode, toggle the Edit brush button.
You can undo and redo each brush stroke individually using the Undo and Redo buttons at the bottom of
the Filter Menu.
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You can also use the Edit Brush with Blend Modes and Selections to alter the way the effect is applied.
The Edit Brush is enabled in many of the editing tools and special effects filters. When it does not make sense to
have this option, it is omitted. The Edit Brush is not available in the following tools: Crop, Resize, Lens Distortion
Correction, Perspective Correction, Rotate, Flip, Watermark, Text, Red Eye Reduction, Repair Tool, and Selections.
Smart Brushing
You can use the Smart Brush to target your brushing to specific colors, brightness values, or a combination of
color and brightness. The Smart Brush only affects pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush
stroke, and allows you to apply adjustments to those pixels.
To Use the Smart Brush:
1.
In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.
2.
Click the Edit Brush to enter Brushing mode and open the Brush controls.
Brush panel open and closed with the B key.
3.
Or, toggle the
Select an option from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu:
Color
Uses the color of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to
determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.
Brightnes Uses the brightness of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to
s
determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.
Magic
Uses a combination of the color and brightness values similar to the pixel in the center of the
brush stroke to determine which pixels should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance
slider setting.
4.
Use the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the range of pixels affected by the Smart Brush.
5.
Place your cursor over the color or brightness you wish to select and begin painting on the effect.
6.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
7.
Press Done to apply your brush strokes.
Hold down SHIFT to temporarily disable the Smart Brush.
You can erase brush strokes by right-clicking and brushing over your strokes.
To Turn off Smart Brushing:
Select Off from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu.
Using the Gradient Tool
While the tools in Edit mode allow you to make solid, global adjustments, sometimes you want these effects to
gradually progress over your photo. For example, instead of applying a blur across an entire photo, you may want
a blur that advances across the image, or advances over a section of the image. Use the Gradient tool to gradually
progress an effect across an image.
Gradient Tool
The Gradient tool button displays at the center of the top Editing panel toolbar for all applicable Edit mode tools.
To Use the Gradient Tool:
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In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.
2.
Click the Gradient tool button
closed with the G key.
3.
Specify the gradient settings in the panel or on the fly, as described in the table below.
4.
Position the guides on your photo. Inside the guide boxes, the gradient is transitioning. On either side of
the boxes, the effect being applied by the Gradient tool is at full strength or not applied at all. To make this
clearer, check the Show gradient mask checkbox. Move the boxes to define where the effect will begin
or end. Hold down the SHIFT key while positioning the effect to lock to the nearest 45° angle, for
straightness.
5.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
6.
Press Apply or Done.
to enter Gradient mode. Or, toggle the Gradient panel open and
Gradient Tool Options
Invert gradient
Toggle this option to invert the gradient. By pressing the Invert button after
applying a gradient beginning at the top of the image, the gradient would now
begin at the bottom, and vice versa.
Show gradient mask
When this option is checked, your gradient mask will be displayed in the color
shown. Alternatively, hold down the S key to see the mask on the image. Click the
drop-down arrow to select another display color.
Alternating between
the Gradient tool and
cursor-applied tools
For filters that involve drawing or clicking on the image, such as Light EQ™ and
White Balance, hold down the ALT key to switch from Gradient mode to using the
tool.
To exit Gradient mode, toggle the Gradient tool button.
To maintain your gradient mask while switching to Edit Brush mode, hold down SHIFT and click the Edit
Brush button. This allows you to add to the gradient mask or erase parts of it that you don't want.
The Gradient tool is enabled in many of the editing tools and special effects filters. When it does not make sense to
have this option, it is omitted. The Gradient tool is not available in the following tools: Detail Brush, Dodge and
Burn, Resize, Lens Distortion Correction, Perspective Correction, Crop, Rotate, Drawing Tools, Vignette, Borders,
Watermark, Text, Repair Tool, Red Eye Reduction, and Selections.
Using the Radial Gradient Tool
While the Edit tools allow you to make a variety of adjustments, sometimes you want these effects to draw attention
to a specific area of your photo. For example, instead of applying sharpening across an entire photo, you may want
to only sharpen the center subject. Use the Radial Gradient tool to apply effects around, or directly to, a center
point.
Radial Gradient Tool
The Radial Gradient tool button displays at the top of the Editing panel toolbar for all applicable Edit mode tools.
To Use the Gradient Tool:
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In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.
2.
Click the Radial Gradient tool button
Gradient panel open and closed with the R key.
3.
Specify the Radial Gradient settings in the panel or on the fly, as described in the table below.
4.
Position the guides on your photo. Inside the circle, the image is unaltered. At the perimeter of the circle,
the effect being applied by the Radial Gradient is transitioning between not applied at all (inside), and full
strength (outside). To make this clearer, check the Show gradient mask checkbox. Hold down the
SHIFT key while positioning the effect to change the radial gradient to a perfect circle.
5.
Adjust the sliders to get the effect you want.
6.
Press Done.
to enter Radial Gradient mode. Or, toggle the Radial
Gradient Tool Options
Invert gradient
Toggle this option to invert the radial gradient. By pressing the Invert button,
the effects will be applied to the center of the image (inside the circular guides),
and outside of the radial gradient will be unaltered.
Show gradient mask
When this option is checked, your radial gradient mask will be displayed in the
color shown. Alternatively, hold down the S key to see the mask on the image. Click
the drop-down arrow to select another display color.
Alternating between
the Radial Gradient
Tool and cursorapplied tools
For filters that involve drawing or clicking on the image, such as Light EQ™ and
White Balance, hold down the ALT key to switch from Radial Gradient mode to using
the tool.
To exit Radial Gradient mode, toggle the Gradient tool button.
To maintain your radial gradient mask while switching to Edit Brush mode, hold down SHIFT and click
the Edit Brush button. This allows you to add to the gradient mask or erase parts of it that you don't want.
The Radial Gradient tool is enabled in many of the editing tools and special effects filters. When it does not make
sense to have this option, it is omitted. The Radial Gradient tool is not available in the following tools: Detail Brush,
Dodge and Burn, Resize, Lens Distortion Correction, Perspective Correction, Crop, Rotate, Drawing Tools, Vignette,
Borders, Watermark, Text, Repair Tool, Red Eye Reduction, and Selections.
Using Blend Modes and Opacity
When using a tool in Edit, at the top there are blend mode and opacity tools. These tools give you creative control
and let you combine the two to create a new image. You can apply blend modes and opacity to an entire image or to
a selected part of an image.
Opacity
The Opacity slider changes the opacity of the edited image. It gives you control of how much of the edit should be
visible on the image.
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Blend Modes
The ability to control how the edits and the image merge means that other blend modes besides opacity can be
used to affect the final image.
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Normal
Pixels in the edited image are combined with those in the original. Only opacity affects this
blend.
Screen
Combines the edited image color with the inverse of the original photo color, resulting in a
color that is the same or lighter.
Multiply
Combines the edited image color with the original photo to produce a darker color.
Multiplying any color with black produces black; multiplying any color with white leaves the
color unchanged.
Dodge
Combines the edited image color with the original pixels in the photo to produce a lighter
color.
Burn
Combines the edited image color with the original pixels in the photo to produce a darker
color.
Overlay
Preserves the shadows and highlights of the lower layers while applying either Multiply or
Screen blend mode based on the original image area's color values.
Difference
Subtracts the edited image color from the color of the original photo. Any white in the edited
image produces a true negative of the color in the image, while black produces no effect.
Darken
Applies pixels in the edited image that are darker than the original image. Pixels in the edited
image that are lighter than the original image disappear (based on RGB values).
Lighten
Applies pixels in the edited image that are lighter than the original image. Pixels in the edited
image that are darker than the original image disappear (based on RGB values).
Hard Light
Adds strong highlights or shadows by applying Multiply or Screen based on the original
image area's color values.
Soft Light
Adds soft highlights or shadows by darkening or lightening based on the original image
area's color values.
Hue
Applies the hue value of colors in the edited image to the color of the original image areas.
Saturation
Applies the saturation value of colors in the edited image to the color of the original image
areas.
Color
Applies the hue and saturation of the edited image to the image. This blend does not affect
the luminance of the original image.
Luminosity
Applies the lightness value of colors in the edited image to the color of the original image
areas.
Dissolve
Applies some pixels from the edited image layer onto the original image, resulting in specks
of color. The Opacity slider controls the amount of speckling.
Exclusion
Like Difference, but with less contrast, Exclusion subtracts the blend color from the color of
the underlying photo. Any white in the blend color produces a true negative of the color in
the image, while black produces no effect.
Vivid Light
Combines the blend color with the underlying pixels in the photo by increasing or decreasing
contrast to produce a lighter or darker color, as determined by the blend color.
Pin Light
When the light source is lighter than 50% gray, the pixels darker than the light source are
replaced. Pixels lighter than the light source remain the same. When the light source is
darker than 50% gray, the pixels lighter than the light source are replaced. Pixels darker
than the light source remain the same.
Linear Light
Dodges or burns by lightening or darkening the brightness value, depending on the blend
color.
Hard Mix
Applies red, green, and blue channel values of the blend color to the RGB values of the
image.
Subtract
Subtracts the blend color from the image (base) color in each channel.
Divide
Divides the blend color from the image (base) color.
Darker Color
From the blend color and the image (base) color, the lower channel values are chosen.
Lighter Color
From the blend color and the image (base) color, the higher channel values are chosen.
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You can use the Edit Brush
to paint an effect onto specific areas of your image, and then
set the blend mode and opacity slider to change the way the effect is applied.
The blend mode and opacity controls apply to many of the editing tools and special effects filters. When it does not
make sense to have these controls, they are omitted. The blend mode and opacity controls are not on the following
tools: Crop, Resize, Lens Distortion Correction, Perspective Correction, Rotate, Flip, Watermark, Text, Red Eye
Reduction, Repair Tool, Selections.
Using Layers
In Edit mode, you can use the Layers pane to add effects and shapes to your photos in layers, perform photo
manipulations, create composite images, and much more. Layers allow you to work on a single element of an image
without disturbing others. Layers can be as transparent or opaque as you desire. This allows you to stack layers to
achieve the level of visibility you want for the elements you add on each layer. You can also hide layers.
You can use layers in conjunction with image effects and adjustment tools, drawing tools, text, and more. Effects
and adjustments will be applied to the layer selected in the Layers pane. You can also create a blank image and
layer other elements on top of it.
Geometry adjustments are applied to all layers.
You have the option of adding text or watermarks to a new layer.
To Open the Layers Pane:
With an image open in Edit mode, go to Panes | Layers.
In the Layers pane, you will see Layer 1 with your image on it. At this point, you have the option of editing the
photo, or adding additional layers containing other photos or drawing elements, such as shapes. You can also
create a mask to hide or reveal portions of the layers below.
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To Add a Layer:
Do one of the following:
Press the Add Layer button at the bottom of the Layers pane.
Go to Layer | Add New Layer.
To edit a layer, select the layer in the Layers pane.
To Add Another Image to the Layers Pane:
Do one of the following:
Press the Add layer from file button at the bottom of the Layers pane.
Go to Layer | Add Layer From File.
Select an image thumbnail from the Filmstrip at the bottom of Edit mode and drag it into the Layers pane.
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Right-click an image thumbnail from the Filmstrip at the bottom of Edit mode and choose Add Layer From
File from the context menu.
To Set Layer Visibility:
Select the Layer and press the Hide Layer button.
Show
Layer
Hide
Layer
To Delete a Layer:
Select the layer and press the Delete Layer button.
To Duplicate a Layer:
Select the layer you would like to duplicate and press the Duplicate button.
To Move a Layer:
In the Layers pane, select the layer and drag it up or down.
To Name a Layer:
1.
To rename a layer from "Layer 1", etc, select the layer and right-click.
2.
Choose Rename Layer.
3.
In the Rename Layer dialog, enter a name for your layer and press OK.
To Merge a Layer:
You can merge a layer with the layer below.
1.
Select the top layer, or a layer above another.
2.
Press the Merge Layer Down button.
To Flatten an Image:
To merge all layers into a single image, do the following:
Choose Layer | Flatten Layers.
To Change a Layer's Blend Mode and Opacity:
Blend modes describe how the layers blend together. Blending sticks with the layer it was applied to, regardless of
the layer order being changed. Opacity describes how transparent the layer is.
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Select the layer.
2.
Select a Blend Mode from the drop-down menu at the top of the Layers pane.
3.
Move the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers pane.
Saving Layered Images:
When you save a layered image, the Save Image As dialog opens with the file format set to .acdc by default. By
saving in the .acdc file format, your layers will remain accessible should you re-open the image in Edit mode in the
future.
The .acdc file format will not be displayed in the Save Image As dialog by default if you have flattened or
merged all layers.
This file format saves in 8 bits per channel by default for all bit depth images. You can choose to save in 16 bits
per channel for images that already have 16 bits per channel data, such as RAW files, 64 bit TIFF files, etc. This
will allow for a higher quality image, but will also create a larger file size. To save in 16 bit, choose the 16 bit per
channel data checkbox in the Save Image As dialog box. If you try to use this option to save images that have
lower than 16 bits per channel data, it will still save as 8 bits per channel.
To Create a New Image:
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You can create a new, blank image.
1.
Go to File | New Image...
2.
In the New Image dialog, enter a name for your image and the dimensions.
3.
From the Background Contents drop-down, select the color of your image's background.
4.
From the Bit Depth drop-down, select whether your image will be 32 or 64-bit.
5.
Press OK. The new image will open in the .acdc format.
To add a layer mask, see Using Masks with Layers.
Using Adjustment Layers
You can use the Adjustment Layers section of the Layers pane to non-destructively adjust and add effects to your
images in Edit mode. Adjustment layers stack in the Layers pane, allowing you to return to individual layers at any
time and continue making adjustments to each effect. Each adjustment layer includes a mask by default.
By saving an image with adjustment layers as a .acdc file, you can re-open it in Edit mode and still adjust each
effect individually at any time.
For best results, make all global adjustments prior to adding adjustment layers.
To Add an Adjustment Layer:
With an image open in Edit mode, select an adjustment layer icon from the bottom of the Layers pane.
The adjustment layer will be added above your image in the Layers pane. The settings for your adjustment layer
will appear at the bottom of the panel. Configure the settings as described below.
To Apply an Adjustment Layer to a Particular Image:
If you have multiple images in the Layers pane, you can restrict adjustment layers to a specific image.
To apply an adjustment layer only to the closest image layer below it, enable the Clipping button.
Clipping off
Clipping on
You can apply multiple adjustment layers to one particular image layer by enabling all of their Clipping buttons.
Adjustment Layers and Settings
Exposure Adjustment Layer Options
Exposure
Drag the slider to the right to increase exposure, or drag to the left to decrease exposure.
Contrast
Drag the slider to the right to increase contrast, or drag to the left to decrease contrast.
Levels Adjustment Layer Options
Use the buttons on the right of the Levels panel to select Luminance, Red, Green, or Blue as the channel to
adjust.
Use the arrows at the bottom of the panel to adjust the shadows, midtones, and highlights. Move the
shadows arrow to define the blackest area of the image. Move the midtones arrow to define the midtone.
Move the highlights arrow to define the whitest area of the image.
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Curves Adjustment Layer Options
Use the buttons on the right of the Curves panel to select the RGB, Red, Green, or Blue color channel to adjust.
See Adjusting Tone Curves.
Light EQ™ Adjustment Layer Options
Brighten
Drag the slider to increase the brightness of dark areas in your image.
Darken
Drag the slider to decrease the brightness of light areas in your image.
White Balance Adjustment Layer Options
Temperature
Adjusts the warmth of the correction, from blue to yellow.
Tint
Adjusts the tint of the correction, from magenta to green.
Vibrance Adjustment Layer Options
Vibrance
Drag the slider to the right to increase vibrance, or to the left to decrease vibrance.
Increasing vibrance does not affect skin tone in an image. This is unlike saturation, which
intensifies all colors equally.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation, or to the left to decrease saturation.
Hue
Adjusts the hue of the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to the left to
decrease hue.
Lightness
Adjusts the image brightness. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to the left to
decrease the image's brightness.
Color EQ Adjustment Layer Options
Choose the Saturation, Hue, or Brightness tab and adjust colors individually by dragging the sliders.
Vibrance
Drag the slider to adjust the vibrance of the image without affecting
skin tones.
Saturation
Adjusts from saturation to grayscale.
Hue
Changes the color's hue.
Brightness
Adjusts the light or dark tones in the image.
RGB Adjustment Layer Options
Adjust the Red, Green, or Blue sliders to balance or heighten the RGB channels in the image.
Split Tone Adjustment Layer Options
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Highlight
s Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a highlight color.
Highlight
s
Saturatio
n
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the specified color in the highlights of the
image.
Shadows
Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a shadow color.
Shadows
Saturatio
n
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the specified color in the shadows of the image.
Balance
Drag the slider to the right to emphasize the highlight color; drag the slider to the left to emphasize
the shadow color. For example if the slider is set to the maximum at 50, then full emphasis is
applied to the highlight color; if the slider is set to the minimum -50, then full emphasis is applied
to the shadow color.
Add Color Adjustment Layer Options
Select a color to add to your image.
Use the Density slider to specify the strength of the added color.
Black & White Adjustment Layer Options
Adjust the Red, Green, or Blue sliders to add color back into the black and white image.
Brightness
Adjusts the brightness of the colors in the image.
Negative Adjustment Layer
The Negative adjustment layer creates a negative out of your image. There are no settings for this adjustment
layer.
Photo Effect Adjustment Layer Options
Select a photo effect from the drop-down menu to change the look and feel of your image.
You can use your mouse wheel to quickly scroll through the photo effects.
Skin Tune Adjustment Layer Options
Smoothing
Refines skin by suppressing texture detail.
Glow
Increases the brightness of skin while subtly smoothing.
Radius
Specifies the scale of the texture detail that is affected by the effect. A lower value
enhances small details, while a large value enhances larger details.
Sharpen Adjustment Layer Options
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Strength
Specifies the strength of the sharpening applied by increasing contrast around
edges.
Radius
Controls the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values increase the
number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out coarser detail, while lower values
reduce the number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out finer detail.
Detail
Suppresses the halo, (the light border that forms around edges with extreme
sharpening), by reducing its intensity. The higher the value, the stronger the
reduction.
Threshold
Specifies how different the pixel lightness values within an edge must be before the
pixels within the edge are sharpened. Higher values sharpen only stronger edges
but minimize the appearance of noise. Lower values sharpen both strong and weaker
edges, but can increase the appearance of noise. We recommend you set the
threshold to enhance edges while keeping background noise to a minimum.
Blur Adjustment Layer Options
Select the Gaussian or Directional button to select the type of blur.
Gaussian
Produces an even, smooth blur.
Strength
Specifies the strength of the blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Directional
Produces a blurring effect that gives the illusion of movement.
Strength
Specifies the strength of the blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the blur effect.
Noise Reduction Adjustment Layer Options
Luminance
Removes the random variations of brightness in the noise.
Color
Reduces the random variations of color in the noise.
Clarity Adjustment Layer Options
Clarity
Drag the slider to the right to enhance texture in the image. Drag the slider to
the left to smooth out texture in the image.
Orton
Drag the slider to enhance local contrast while subtly smoothing texture.
Soft Light
Drag the slider to increase brightness while subtly smoothing texture.
Tonal Width
Drag the slider to control the amount shadow and highlights are affected by
the Clarity, Orton, and Soft Light sliders. Choose a value of 0 to restrict the
adjustments to midtones. Choose a value of 100 to apply the adjustments
equally in all tones.
Radius
Drag the slider to control the scale of the texture detail being affected. Choose
a value of 0 to enhance small details, or a value of 100 to enhance larger
details.
Enhanced edge processing
Select this checkbox to reduce the appearance of halos around edges with
enhanced texture, and to minimize the softening of edges when texture is
smoothed.
Dehaze Adjustment Layer Options
Drag the slider to adjust the strength of the contrast, detail, and color correction.
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Gradient Map Adjustment Layer Options
Shadows
Specify the color to be added to the dark parts of your image.
Highlights
Specifies the color to be added to the light parts of your image.
Vignette Adjustment Layer Options
Strength
Specifies the size and intensity of the vignette.
Distance
Specifies the size of the clear area around the focal point in the portrait. Drag the slider to
the left to reduce the size of the clear area. Drag the slider to the right to increase the size
of the clear area.
Shape
Specifies the shape of the frame.
Posterize Adjustment Layer Options
See Applying a Posterize Effect.
Threshold Adjustment Layer Options
Use the slider to select a brightness level. All pixels brighter than that brightness will become white, and every
darker pixel will become black.
Using Masks with Layers
Layer masks allow you to control a layer's level of transparency. While it is easy to control the opacity of a layer
globally using the Opacity slider, layer masks are useful when you want to target a particular part of a layer. Use
layer masks to hide or reveal portions of the layer beneath. Layer masks are effective for combining multiple
images into a single image or for making localized adjustments.
The easiest way to understand layer masks may be to think of them in the following ways:
A white layer mask completely covers the layer below it. As you paint on the white layer mask with a black brush,
you are brushing "holes" through the mask, allowing you to see through to the layer below. Conversely, a black
layer mask is transparent and completely displays the layer below it. As you paint on the black layer mask with a
white brush, you are masking the image, covering the layer below.
To Create a Layer Mask:
Do one of the following:
In the Layers pane, right-click the layer you want to add a layer mask to and select Set Mask White or
Set Mask Black.
Go to Layer | Mask | Set Mask White or Set Mask Black.
At the bottom of the Layers pane, press the Add layer mask button.
The layer mask will appear as a white or black box in the Layers pane next to the thumbnail of the image on the
layer you selected. To perform actions to the layer mask, you must select it in the Layers pane. You can alter the
opacity of the layer mask by dragging the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers pane. You can apply any Edit mode
adjustment to the layer mask by selecting it and entering the tool.
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Selected white layer
mask
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Selected black layer
mask
Mask Properties
You can adjust the properties of each layer mask on each layer individually using the Mask Properties panel. The
adjustments you make are non-destructive, meaning that you can adjust them at any time throughout the editing
process.
To Access the Mask Properties Panel:
Select the mask in the Layers pane. The Mask Properties will appear at the bottom of the pane, above Adjustment
Layers.
You can make the following adjustments to your layer mask:
Feathering
You can non-destructively feather your mask to avoid sharp edges or a stark
contrast between the mask and the layer. Move the slider to blur the edges of the
mask.
Invert
You can non-destructively invert your mask. This will turn a white mask black, and
a black mask white.
Displaying a Mask Overlay:
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You can make your mask easier to see by enabling the Show Overlay checkbox in the Mask Properties panel.
To Customize the Mask Overlay:
1.
Right-click on the mask in the Layers pane and choose Mask Overlay Options...
2.
In the Mask Overlay Options dialog, select one of the following overlay options:
Mask Highlighted
This option highlights your mask in the color of your choosing. Select a color
from the drop-down menu. You can customize the transparency of the mask
overlay by using the Opacity slider.
Mask Exposed
This option highlights the non-masked areas of your layer in the color of your
choosing. Select a color from the drop-down menu. You can customize the
transparency of the unmasked area by using the Opacity slider.
3.
Press OK.
The mask overlay is only visible when the layer is selected.
To Edit a Layer Mask:
Select the layer mask in the Layers pane, then choose any adjustment, or drawing or selection tool.
Mask Flexibility
You can create or modify selections from masks.
To Create a Layer Mask from a Selection:
You can make a layer mask from a selection.
1.
Make a selection.
2.
Go to Layer | Mask | From Selection.
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Or:
1.
Make a selection.
2.
Press the Add layer mask button. Or add any adjustment layer by selecting one of the icons from the
bottom of the Layers pane. A mask will automatically be made from the selection.
To Add a Mask to a Selection:
1.
With the mask selected in the Layers pane, make a selection.
2.
Right-click the mask and choose Add Mask To Selection .
To Subtract a Mask from a Selection:
1.
With the mask selected in the Layers pane, make a selection.
2.
Right-click the mask and choose Subtract Mask From Selection .
To Select the Area Common to the Mask and the Selection:
1.
With the mask selected in the Layers pane, make a selection.
2.
Right-click the mask and choose Intersect Mask With Selection .
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To Delete Selected Mask Pixels:
See Using Selections.
Creating Layer Masks From Specific Colors and Tones
You can create masks from specific targeted colors and/or tones—and even skin tones.
To Create a Layer Mask by Targeting Colors or Tones:
1.
Select your layer and set a white or black mask, as described above.
2.
Right-click the mask and choose Pixel Targeting...
3.
On the Pixel Targeting panel, configure the settings as described below.
4.
Press OK. The mask will be created from the targeted color(s) and/or tone(s).
The Pixel Targeting Panel
The Pixel Targeting panel consists of four sections: Targeted Tones, Targeted Colors, Skin Targeting, and the
Target Mask.
Target Mask:
The Target Mask allows you to see the areas in the image that are targeted by displaying them in white. When no
pixels are targeted, the Target Mask will appear completely black. Conversely, when all pixels are targeted, as is
the case before any sliders have been altered on the Pixel Targeting panel, the entire Target Mask will appear
completely white.
Targeted Tones:
The Targeted Tones sliders allow you to target tones of brightness for the mask. To target one or more tones, you
may find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Tones section. This deselects all tones, and you can
then select specific tones to target for the mask by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on your
desired intensity.
Targeted Colors:
The Targeted Colors sliders allow you to target specific colors for the mask. To target one or more colors, you may
find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Colors section. This deselects all colors, and you can
then select specific colors to target for the mask by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on your
desired intensity.
Skin Targeting:
The Target Skin slider allows you to specifically target skin tones for the mask. To target skin tones, move the
slider to the right between 0 and 100, depending on your desired intensity.
When you move the Skin Targeting slider, all other colors (except for skin tones), are excluded. You cannot then
alter the green color slider, for instance.
To exclude skin tones from your mask, move the slider to the left between 0 and -100.
Retouching with Frequency Separation
You can use Frequency Separation to get rid of reflections, uneven lighting, and splotchiness in skin while
retaining detail. By separating images into high frequency and low frequency layers, you can smooth out flaws
without losing texture.
To Apply Frequency Separation:
With your image selected in the Layers pane, do one of the following:
Right-click the layer and choose Frequency Separation .
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Select Layer | Frequency Separation.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + F.
Your image is now separated into two layers: high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF). The low frequency
layer contains the tones, colors, and shadows of the image, and will appear blurry on its own. This is because the
texture information is stored on the high frequency layer.
Retouching Images
By isolating adjustments to one layer or the other, you can repair flaws while maintaining a natural look. You can
approach retouching with Frequency Separation in two ways.
Low Frequency Layer
You can use blurring on your low frequency layer to smooth out lighting inconsistencies and splotchiness. With
the low frequency layer selected, use the Detail Brush or Blur tool, or apply blurring to specific areas by using a
selection tool or brush.
High Frequency Layer
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You can use cloning on the high frequency layer to even texture and correct detail-related flaws. With the high
frequency layer selected, use the Repair tool to apply cloning.
Using Selections
Use Selections to isolate an area of a photo in order to apply edits or filters to only that area, rather than the whole
photo. There are six different selection tools and each selects an area of a photo in a unique way. The controls
available change depending on which tool you select.
To Use a Selection Tool:
1.
In Edit mode, at the top of the panel, select the button for one of the following selection tools: Brush
selection tool,Polygon selection tool, Rectangular selection tool, Elliptical selection tool, Lasso selection
tool, Magic wand selection tool. See below for more detailed steps for using these tools.
You can use Selections with the following Edit tools:
Repair: Skin Tune, Chromatic Aberration
Add: Vignette, Special Effects, Tilt-Shift, Drawing tools, Grain
Exposure/Lighting: Exposure, Levels, Auto Levels, Tone Curves, Light EQ™, Dehaze, Dodge and Burn
Color: White Balance, Color EQ, Color Balance, Convert to Black and White, Split Tone
Detail: Sharpen, Blur, Noise, Clarity, Detail Brush
The Selection Tools
Freehand Lasso: Click the left mouse button and drag the cursor to draw around the area that you
wish to select. As you draw, a line appears showing where you have drawn. When you release the mouse,
the end of the line joins to the start automatically to complete the selection. The whole selection animates
and looks like marching ants.
Magic Wand: Click on any area of the image and all the pixels the same color are included in the
selection. You can choose whether to select only the same color pixels that are actually touching the one
you clicked, or all the pixels in the photo that are similar. You can increase the threshold to include more
pixels in the selection. The lower the threshold, the more similar a pixel has to be to the one clicked in
order to be included. The greater the threshold, the more different a pixel can be and still be in the
selection.
Rectangular or
Elliptical: Click and drag either a rectangle or an ellipse that begins where
you first click and ends when you release the mouse.
Polygon: Click on any area of the image to begin the selection. As you move your mouse, the
selection will follow your cursor. To change the direction of the selection line, click the left mouse button.
Double-click to complete the selection.
Brush: You can use the Brush selection tool to target your selection based on color, brightness, or a
combination of both color and brightness. Select Color, Brightness, or Magic from the drop-down menu in
the Context bar to define your selection. Then align the center of the brush with the color, brightness, or
combination that you wish to target and begin brushing. You can increase the Tolerance to include a wider
range of pixels in your selection. The lower the Tolerance, the more similar a pixel has to be to the one
clicked in order to be included. You can erase the selection by right-clicking.
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Overlay Options
You can customize the look of your selection based on the visualization best suited to your selection task.
To Customize the Selection Overlay:
1.
Choose Select | Overlay Options...
2.
In the Overlay Options dialog, select one of the following overlay options:
Marching Ants
This option outlines the selection with animated dashes.
Selection Highlighted
This option highlights your selection in the color of your choosing. Select a color
from the drop-down menu. You can customize the transparency of the color
overlay by using the Opacity slider.
Selection Exposed
This option highlights the non-selected areas of your image in the color of your
choosing. Select a color from the drop-down menu. You can customize the
transparency of the non-selected area by using the Opacity slider.
3.
Press OK.
Using the Selection Tools
To Use the Lasso:
1.
Select the Lasso button.
2.
On the image, click and hold down the left mouse button as you draw around the area you want to select.
3.
Release the mouse button to complete the selection.
4.
To clear the selection, click anywhere on the image (for the Lasso , Rectangular, or Elliptical selection).
5.
To add to an existing selection, hold down SHIFT, or press the Add to selection button in the Context
bar, and draw a shape that includes any part of the original selection line.
When you release the mouse, the original selection expands to include the outer edge of your addition.
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To add multiple areas into your selection, hold down SHIFT, or press the Add to selection button in the
Context bar and draw around any part of the image.
As long as you do not touch the line of any other selection, you can add several separate areas to a
selection.
7.
To subtract from a selection, hold down CTRL, or press the Subtract from selection button in the
Context bar, and draw a shape that includes part of the original selection, or encircles it completely.
8.
If you wish to apply edits or effects to the outside areas of the image, you need to click Select | Inverse
to reverse the selected area.
Now the selection includes all the outside areas of the image with the central area outside the selection.
You can preview the selection mask by holding down the Preview button:
You can select an editing tool or a special effect to apply to the selection .
To Use the Magic Wand:
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Select the Magic Wand button.
2.
Click any color in the image.
3.
Do any of the following:
Slide the Threshold slider to adjust the number of pixels to be included or excluded. The
Threshold slider sets how similar a pixel needs to be to the one you clicked in order to be included
in the selection.
Click the Connected checkbox if you want to include only pixels that are touching the one you
clicked.
Hold down SHIFT and click around the selection to include more pixels.
Hold down CTRL and click around the selection to remove pixels from the selection.
4.
From the Wand type drop-down list, select one of the following:
Brightness: Selects pixels similar in brightness to the area of the image you clicked.
Color: Selects pixels similar in hue and brightness to the area of the image you clicked.
Color is generally your best option.
RGB: Selects pixels with red, green, and blue combination similar to the area of the image you
clicked.
You can preview the selection mask by holding down the Preview button:
You can select an editing tool or a special effect to apply to the selection.
To Use the Rectangular or Elliptical Selection Tool:
1.
Select either the Rectangular or Elliptical button.
2.
Click and drag to draw the selection on the image.
3.
Do any of the following:
To add to an existing selection, hold down SHIFT, or use the Add to selection button
, and
drag another selection that includes any part of the original selection line. Release the mouse and
the selection now includes the additional area.
To add multiple areas to your selection, hold down SHIFT and drag as many as you want.
To subtract from an existing selection, hold down CTRL, or use the Subtract from selection
button
, and drag another selection that intersects with the one you want to reduce. Release
the mouse and any part that was inside the new selection is removed.
You can preview the selection mask by holding down the Preview button:
You can select an editing tool or a special effect to apply to the selection.
To Use the Polygon Selection Tool:
1.
Select the Polygon button.
2.
Click anywhere on the image to start your selection.
3.
Click again to change the direction of the selection line.
4.
Double-click to complete the selection.
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Do any of the following:
To add to an existing selection, hold down SHIFT, or use the Add to selection button
, and
drag another selection that includes any part of the original selection line. Double-click and the
selection now includes the additional area.
To add multiple areas to your selection, hold down SHIFT and drag as many as you want.
To subtract from an existing selection, hold down CTRL, or use the Subtract from selection
button
, and drag another selection that intersects with the one you want to reduce. Doubleclick and any part that was inside the new selection is removed.
You can preview the selection mask by holding down the Preview button:
You can select an editing tool or a special effect to apply to the selection.
To Use the Brush Selection Tool:
1.
Select the Brush Selection button.
2.
Select an option from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu:
Color
Selects pixels based on how similar they are to the color value of the pixel in the
center of the brush, depending on the Tolerance setting.
Brightness
Selects pixels based on how similar they are to the brightness value of the pixel in
the center of the brush, depending on the Tolerance setting.
Magic
Selects pixels based on how similar they are to the combination of the color and
brightness values in the center of the brush, depending on the Tolerance setting.
3.
Use the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the range of pixels selected.
4.
Place your cursor over the color or brightness you wish to select, and click and/or drag on the image to
create a selection.
To remove areas from your selection, right-click and drag over the area you want to deselect.
To use the brush as a regular selection tool, hold down SHIFT while brushing.
You can select an editing tool or a special effect to apply to the selection.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Combining the Tools
You can use the Selection tools separately or in combination. For example, you can use the Magic Wand to select
most of a particular color, then switch to the Freehand Lasso to add to, or subtract from, the selection. Or you
could use the Rectangular selection to select a large general area, then refine it using the Freehand Lasso.
To Combine Selection Tools:
1.
Choose a tool and make a selection.
2.
Switch to another tool.
3.
Press the Add to selection button.
4.
Make another selection.
Saving Selections as Presets:
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You can save your settings as a preset for future use. After you have made a selection, click Select | Save
Selection...
To use a previously saved selection, click Select | Load Selection...
To delete a saved selection, click Select | Manage Selections...
To Cut and Paste Selections:
1.
Make a selection.
2.
Do one of the following:
Press Ctrl + C or Ctrl + X.
Go to Edit | Copy.
3.
Do one of the following:
Press Ctrl + P.
Go to Edit | Paste.
Your selection will paste onto a new layer above the selected (active) layer in the Layered Editor.
To Delete Selected Pixels:
You can delete selected areas of images or masks. To retrieve your deleted pixels, use the Undo button.
1.
Make a selection.
2.
Click Select | Delete Selected Pixels.
You can also delete pixels by pressing ALT + DELETE.
To Create a Layer Mask from a Selection:
See Using Masks with Layers.
To Add or Subtract a Mask from a Selection:
See Using Masks with Layers.
To Intersect a Mask with a Selection:
See Using Masks with Layers.
Targeting Selections
You can target selections to specific color tones and brightness values, as well as skin tones.
To Select Pixels by Color or Tone:
1.
Click Select | Pixel Targeting...
2.
On the Pixel Targeting panel, configure the settings as described below.
3.
Press OK. Your targeted color(s) or tone(s) will be selected.
The Pixel Targeting Panel
The Pixel Targeting panel consists of four sections: Targeted Tones, Targeted Colors, Skin Targeting, and the
Target Mask.
Target Mask:
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The Target Mask allows you to see the areas in the image that are targeted by displaying them in white. When no
pixels are targeted, the Target Mask will appear completely black. Conversely, when all pixels are targeted, as is
the case before any sliders have been altered on the Pixel Targeting panel, the entire Target Mask will appear
completely white.
Targeted Tones:
The Targeted Tones sliders allow you to target tones of brightness for selection. To target one or more tones, you
may find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Tones section. This deselects all tones, and you can
then choose specific tones to target for selection by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on
your desired intensity.
Targeted Colors:
The Targeted Colors sliders allow you to target specific colors for selection. To target one or more colors, you may
find it easiest to press the Min button under the Targeted Colors section. This deselects all colors, and you can
then choose specific colors to target for selection by moving their sliders up between 0 and 100, depending on
your desired intensity.
Skin Targeting:
The Target Skin slider allows you to specifically target skin tones for selection. To target skin tones, move the
slider to the right between 0 and 100, depending on your desired intensity.
When you move the Skin Targeting slider, all other colors, (except for skin tones), are excluded. You cannot then
alter the green color slider, for instance.
To exclude skin tones from your selections, move the slider to the left between 0 and -100.
Applying Edits or Effects to Selections
You can use the Selections tools to isolate an area of an image. Once selected, you can apply many of the editing
tools, such as color and exposure, or any of the special effects filters, to the selected area. An active selection in an
image looks like a line of marching ants.
To Apply an Edit or Effect to a Selection:
1.
Use the Selections tools to create a selection.
2.
Select a tool to use from any of the following groups:
Exposure/Lighting
Color
Detail
Add (Special Effects)
Ensure that the Use Selection button is toggled on.
3.
Use the tool to edit the image.
Use Any of These Special Selections Options:
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Show/Hide
Selection
Click to show or hide the marching ants around the selection. Hiding the selection line
makes it easier to judge the effect of various effects.
Use Selection
Click to use the selection or apply the edit or effect to the whole image. This control
means you can edit just the selection, then deselect Use Selection and apply
another edit to the whole image without clearing the selection.
Invert Selection
Click to invert the selection.
Feathering
Drag to increase or decrease the blurring between the edge of the selection and the
edit or effect.
Feathering prevents an unnatural or sharp transition between the selection and the
rest of the image as it blends the edges. This control also makes it unnecessary for
your selection to be perfectly on the edge of the area you want to select.
Using the Smart Erase Tool
You can remove unwanted objects from your images by selecting or brushing them and using the Smart Erase
function. Smart Erase will analyze the image and predict how to best fill in the brushed or selected area. This is
based on what the image would most likely look like without the selected or brushed object(s).
Smart Erase will not work as intended if you select or brush more than 25% of the image.
To Erase and Fill a Selection:
1.
In Edit mode, at the top of the panel, choose a selection tool.
2.
Select the area of the image you would like filled.
3.
Click Select | Smart Erase. The fill will be applied.
4.
Repeat steps until the desired look is achieved.
If you are using the Brush Selection tool, you must have the Strength slider set to 50 or more.
To Erase and Fill Using the Smart Erase Brush:
1.
In Edit mode, at the top of the panel, select the Smart Erase Brush from the Toolbar.
2.
Brush over the area you would like filled. When you release the mouse button, the fill will be applied.
3.
Repeat steps until the desired look is achieved.
Reducing Red Eye
You can use the Red Eye Reduction tool in Edit mode to correct red eye in digital photographs.
To Correct Red Eye:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Repair group, select Red Eye Reduction.
You can also access the Red Eye Reduction tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
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Use the Zoom tools in the bottom right corner to enlarge and center the eye you want to correct.
3.
Click within the red portion of the eye.
4.
In the Red Eye Reduction group, adjust the sliders as described below.
Red Eye Reduction Options
Size
Drag the slider to the right to increase the size of the area being darkened, or to the left to
decrease.
Darkening
Drag the slider to the right to intensify the fill color, or to the left to lighten.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Scroll with your mouse to adjust the size of the area you would like to darken at anytime.
You can show or hide the outline of the darkened area by toggling the Show Outline checkbox.
Use the Delete key to remove the currently selected red eye adjustment.
Removing Flaws
You can use the Repair Tool to remove flaws, such as:
Skin blemishes
Telephone wires and other unwanted objects
Flash flares from snowflakes or windows
Lens scratches and water drops
There are two options available for the Repair Tool: the Healing Brush and the Cloning Brush.
When you select the Healing Brush, the Repair Tool copies pixels from one area of a photo to another, but it
analyzes the pixels in the source area before copying them. It also analyzes the pixels in the target area, and then
blends the pixels of both source and target, to match the surrounding area. This ensures that the lighting and
color of the replacement pixels integrate with the surrounding area. The Healing Brush works particularly well
with photos that involve complicated textures like skin or fur.
When you select the Cloning Brush, the Repair Tool copies the exact pixels from one area of a photo to another,
creating an identical image area. The Cloning Brush is more effective for photos that have strong, simple textures
or uniform colors, as it is more difficult to identify the copied pixels in the finished photo.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Remove Flaws from a Photo:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Repair group, select Repair Tool.
You can also access the Repair Tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
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Select one of the following:
Heal: Copies the pixels from the source area to the target area, and blends pixels into the
surrounding image area.
Clone: Copies the pixels from the source area to the target area.
3.
Drag the Nib Width and Feathering sliders as described in the table below.
4.
Right-click the image to set a source location. Pixels will be copied from this location and used in the target
location.
5.
Click and drag over the area that you want to cover. If you selected the healing brush, ACDSee analyzes
and replaces the pixels when you release the mouse button.
6.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to reset the sliders. If you saved your changes, you cannot reset your settings. If you want to
discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Scroll with your mouse to adjust the brush size on the fly, or press the SHIFT key while you scroll to
adjust feathering.
Repair Tool Options
Nib Width
Sets the width of the brush. The maximum brush width is relative to the size of your
image.
Feathering
Sets the amount to feather on the edge of the brush to prevent sharp transitions
between the original and healed part of the photo.
Feathering is set as a percentage of the nib width, not as a specific number of pixels.
This means that you do not have to adjust the feathering when you reset the Nib Width,
as it automatically adjusts to a percentage of the new nib width.
Pressure
After setting a source point for the Clone tool, adjust the slider to control the strength of
the effect being applied.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjusting Skin Tone
You can use the Skin Tune tool to even skin tone and smooth away blemishes and flaws.
To Correct Skin Tone:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Repair group, select Skin Tune.
You can also access the Skin Tune tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
On the Skin Tune panel, adjust the settings as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
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Skin Tune Options
Smoothing
Refines skin by suppressing texture detail.
Glow
Increases the brightness of skin while subtly smoothing.
Radius
Specifies the scale of the texture detail that is affected by the effect. A lower value
enhances small details, while a large value enhances larger details.
Correcting Chromatic Aberration
Chromatic aberration is a lens artifact that can result in fringes in high contrast areas of some photos. The camera
lens can cause different wavelengths of light to focus differently, which appears in photos as colored fringing or
colored lines on the borders of high contrast areas. Purple fringing can also occur when there is a bright spot of
light in front of the lens.
This zoomed-in image shows an example of blue/yellow fringing.
You can use the Chromatic Aberration tool in Edit mode to reduce the appearance of colored fringes. This can be
especially useful for photos with architectural details. For best results, it's recommended that you use the
Chromatic Aberration sliders first, and then the Defringe sliders.
To Reduce Fringing in Your Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Repair group, select Chromatic Aberration .
You can also access the Chromatic Aberration tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Adjust the sliders as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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Fix Red/Cyan
Adjust the red and cyan channels to reduce red/cyan fringing.
Fix Blue/Yellow
Adjust the blue and yellow channels to reduce blue/yellow fringing.
Defringe strength
Adjust the amount of fringe color you want to remove from high contrast edges. A
setting of zero means that defringing is off.
Defringe radius
Adjust the number of pixels surrounding an edge that will be defringed.
Color
Adjust the color to remove from high contrast edges.
You can use the Edit Brush
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adding Text to an Image
You can use the Add Text tool in Edit mode to add formatted text to a photo, or add talk and thought bubbles to
create a comic-book effect. You can also adjust the opacity of the text to create a watermark effect, which is useful
for putting copyright information onto your photos.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Add Text to an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Text.
You can also access the Text tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Type the text you want to add in the Text field.
3.
In the Font area, specify the font you want to use, the formatting options, such as italics or justification,
and the color of the text. Drag the Size slider to specify a point size, and then drag the Opacity slider to
specify the transparency of the text.
4.
Click and drag the text marquee to reposition it anywhere on your image, or drag the marquee's handles to
resize it.
5.
Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the text to blend into the
underlying image.
6.
Do one of the following:
Select the Bubble Text checkbox, and set the Bubble Text settings as explained in the table
below. Note that other text effects cannot be applied to bubble text.
Select one or more of the Effects, Drop Shadow, and Bevel checkboxes to customize your text.
Click the Settings button to adjust the settings for each of these options as explained in the table
below.
7.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to add the text to your image, and keep the Text tool open so you can add more text.
The Text tool creates a new, empty marquee, and you can return to step 3 in the list above.
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Click Done to add the text to your image, and leave the tool. If you still have an empty marquee
open, it will be discarded.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and leave the tool.
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Bubble Text Settings
Talk
Encloses your text in a comic-book text bubble with a
pointed stem.
Thought
Encloses your text in a comic-book text bubble with a
dotted stem.
Stem Angle
Specifies the direction of the text bubble stem. Drag
the arrow to adjust the angle.
Thickness
Specifies the thickness of the text bubble border.
Length
Specifies the length of the text bubble stem.
Fill
Specifies the background color of the text bubble.
Click the arrow to select a color.
Border
Specifies the color of the text bubble border. Click the
arrow to select a color.
Effect Settings
Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to your text.
Each effect has different options that control its
appearance. Drag the sliders to adjust the
appearance of the text.
Drop Shadow Settings
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and
the text. The higher the value, the farther the shadow
and the higher the text appears.
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp
edge, you may need to increase the size of the text
rectangle.
Bevel Settings
Add text as a new layer
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop
shadow. Sharp shadows tend to seem less realistic
than those with a slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it
falls on the image.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source
that creates the drop shadow. Drag the arrow to
adjust the angle — note that this also adjusts the
shading of the text bevel.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each letter's edge is bevelled.
Higher values give the text a more rounded, smoother
look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and
lowest points on the text. Higher values heighten the
difference between the flat portions of the text and the
bevelled edges.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel's shadowed effect. Lower values
produce longer shadows on the text, while a higher
value produces a more direct lighting effect and
shorter shadows.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source
that creates the bevel effect. Drag the arrow to adjust
the angle — note that this also adjusts the angle of the
drop shadow.
Select this checkbox if you would like your text to appear on a new layer in the
Layered Editor.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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Adding Drawings to Your Image
You can use the Drawing Tools in Edit mode to add lines and shapes, such as squares, circles, and arrows to your
image. You can also adjust the width, feathering, and blending of your brush, which is useful for creating subtle
and dramatic drawings.
To Draw on Your Image:
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In Edit mode, at the top of the panel, select from the following tools:
Tool
Instructions
Hand
Use the Hand tool to exit out of any other drawing or
selection tool. If you have a scrollable image, the Hand tool
also allows you to pan it.
Move
Use the Move tool to move images and selections, as well as
to rotate and resize images. You can also move and rotate
objects, such as circles, lines, etc, that you have created on
their own respective layer. Select the Move tool, then click
and drag the image. If moving an object on its own
respective layer, select the layer, then click the object on the
image and drag it to your desired location. To commit your
move, press the Commit button in the Context bar. To
discard your move and revert back to your image's original
position, press the Discard button.
To ensure that your image's aspect ratio is maintained while
resizing, click the Lock Aspect Ratio checkbox in the
Context bar and drag from the corners of your image. The
Lock Aspect Ratio checkbox is enabled by default.
To rotate images or objects, hover your cursor over the
rotation handle at the center of the image or object until your
cursor becomes a circular arrow. You can then drag your
cursor clockwise or counterclockwise. You can also lock your
rotation to each 45° angle by holding down the SHIFT key
while rotating.
You can move a layer outside of the image area, commit it,
then press the Move tool button again and move it back into
the image area without a loss of image data. You can even
retrieve your moved layer after saving your file as a .acdc,
closing it, and re-opening it at a later date. However, there
are some adjustments that will trigger the loss of image data
if applied to the moved layer. These adjustments are called
destructive operations.
The following are destructive operations:
Repair tool
Add Text (when added without checking the Add text
as new layer checkbox)
Add Watermark (when added without checking the Add
watermark as new layer checkbox)
Add Border
Add Vignette
Add Tilt-Shift
Rotate
Crop
Perspective Correction
Lens Correction
Resize
Dodge and Burn
Detail Brush
Blur
Flip
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The following Special Effects:
Bathroom Window
Granite
Scattered Tiles
Blinds
Grunge
Sheet Metal
Blue Steel
Jiggle
Shift
Bob Ross
Lomo
Slant
Bulge
Mirror
Solarize
Cartoon
Oil Paint
Somber
Childhood
Old
Stained Glass
Clouds
Orton
Sunspot
Collage
Outline
Swirl
Contours
Pixel Explosion
Topography
Crosshatch
Pixelate
Water
Dauber
Purple Haze
Water Drops
Dramatic
Radial Waves
Waves
Furry Edges
Rain
Weave
Gloom
Ripple
Wind
Adjustments applied using their Auto button (may have
mixed results)
Selections
Drawing tools
Adding or modifying masks
Recording a non-destructive operation and playing it
back will result in a destructive operation.
We recommend applying destructive operations to
the layer you want to move prior to moving it.
The following are non-destructive operations that will not
trigger the loss of image data if applied to the moved layer:
If you do not have enough space on your hard drive,
even non-destructive operations will become
destructive.
Red Eye
Text (when added with the Add text as new layer
checkbox checked)
Watermark (when added with the Add watermark as
new layer checkbox checked)
Exposure
Levels
Auto Levels
Tone Curves
Dehaze
White Balance
Black and White
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Split Tone
Skin Tune
Sharpen
Noise
Clarity
Light EQ
Adjustment Layers
Duplicate Layers
Blend Modes
Opacity
Brushing in compatible layers
Pixel Targeting
Selections in compatible layers
The following Special Effects:
Convolution
Edge Detect
Sepia
Photo Effect
Glowing Edges
Seventies
Posterize
Sobel
Crayon Drawing
Threshold
Gradient Map
Emboss
Colored Edges
Negative
Pencil Drawing
Rectangle
Drag over the image to create rectangle. Press SHIFT as you
draw to create a square. To fill your shape with color, ensure
that the Fill checkbox is selected.
Ellipse
Drag over the image to create an ellipse. Press SHIFT as you
draw to create a circle. To fill your shape with color, ensure
that the Fill checkbox is selected.
Line
Drag over the image to draw a straight line. Press SHIFT as
you draw to create a vertical or horizontal line.
Arrow
Drag over the image to create an arrow. Press SHIFT as you
draw to create a vertical or horizontal arrow.
Polygon
Click to set the corner points of a polygon, then double-click
to connect the start and end points to complete the polygon.
To fill your shape with color, ensure that the Fill checkbox is
selected.
Curve
Drag over the image then release. Next, move your mouse to
create the curve and click to set.
Brush
Drag over the image to draw a free-flowing line. Left-click
with your mouse to draw with the foreground color, and
right-click to draw with the background color.
Use the mouse wheel to adjust nib width or use
the Nib Width slider at the top of the panel, near
the Opacity slider.
Use SHIFT + mouse wheel to adjust the amount
of feathering or adjust the Feathering slider at the
top of the panel, near the Opacity slider.
You can undo and redo each brush stroke
individually using the Undo and Redo buttons at the
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bottom of the Filter Menu.
Fill
Select the Fill button, and click on a pixel to shade every
pixel of that same color value with your selected color. Your
selected color is defined in the color box, as described
below. Use the Threshold slider to adjust the number of
pixels to be included or excluded. The Threshold slider sets
how similar a pixel needs to be to the one you clicked in order
to be included in the selection. Enable the Connected
checkbox in the Context Bar to fill all of the connected pixels
of the same color.
Gradient
Use the Gradient tool to draw gradients across your image, or
use the radial option to draw a gradient around an area.
Select the Gradient tool, then configure your color, opacity
and blend mode using the Context bar. For a radial gradient,
select the Radial Gradient button in the Context bar. Then
draw your gradient by dragging across the image. To discard
your gradient, press the Discard button in the Context bar.
Rearrange your gradient as desired, then press the Commit
button in the Context bar. You can undo your commit by
pressing Ctrl + Z, selecting Edit | Undo, or by using the
History Window.
Eraser
Use the Eraser tool to erase pixels. To erase pixels on a layer
to reveal the layer beneath, select the second layer or higher
in the Layered Editor and drag your cursor over the pixels
you would like to erase on the image. This tool modifies the
alpha channel value of the pixels.
Eye Dropper
Use the Eye Dropper tool to select colors from your images.
Click a color in the image, which will appear in the color
boxes at the top right of the panel. You can then apply this
color using the drawing tools, such as the Brush tool.
You can select the background color (bottom of the color
boxes) by right-clicking on your image.
You can select a color from outside of the application by leftclicking on your image and dragging your cursor to the color
outside of the application. When you release your mouse
button, the color will be selected and shown in the color
boxes at the top right of the panel.
2.
Select from one or more of the following options (Note: options vary depending on the tool selected):
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Option
Instructions
Color
Select a color by clicking the color boxes at the top right of the panel
to open the Foreground or Background Color dialog, which displays a
dialog of swatches to choose from. If you are drawing a solid shape,
such as a rectangle, the top (foreground) color box defines the color
for the outline of the shape. The bottom (background) color box
defines the color that fills the center of the shape. If you want your
shape to be a solid color, set both color boxes to match.
You can reset to black and white by pressing the reset button
directly next to the color boxes.
You can also access the color palette on the fly by using the
Color pane at the top of the Layered Editor.
Nib Width
Drag the Nib Width slider to set the diameter of the brush measured
in pixels. You can also adjust the nib width with the mouse wheel or
by right-clicking on the image to reveal the Nib Width sliders.
Feathering
Select the Nib Width button to reveal the Feathering slider. Drag the
Feathering slider to set the blurring radius of the brush. You can
also right-click on the image to reveal the Nib Width and Feathering
slider. Or, you can also hold down SHIFT while using the mouse
wheel to adjust the feather radius, represented by the dotted circle.
Spacing
Drag the Spacing slider to set how far apart each brush segment will
be. This slider specifies the percentage of the size of the nib width,
which determines how smooth or choppy the strokes will appear.
Use Auto Spacing: Select the Use Auto Spacing checkbox to allow
ACDSee to choose a spacing percentage based on the nib width and
feathering settings, which will create a smooth-looking stroke.
Fill
Select the Fill checkbox to fill the shapes you draw with the selected
color.
Opacity
Drag the Opacity slider to specify the transparency of the brush
strokes.
Select an option from the Blending drop-down menu to affect how
your brush strokes blend with your image as you draw.
Blending
3.
Drag over the image to draw.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adding a Watermark to an Image
You can use the Watermark tool to add a watermark to a photo. You can move the watermark to any position on the
photo. You can also change the opacity of the watermark and blend the watermark into the image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
You will need to create a watermark image before you can add the watermark to your photos.
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To Add a Watermark to an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Watermark. A watermark displays in the center of the photo by
default.
You can also access the Watermark tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Browse, select your watermark, and then click Open.
3.
Click and drag the watermark to reposition it anywhere on your image, or click Center to quickly position
the watermark image in the center.
4.
Drag the marquee handles to resize the watermark image.
5.
Select Maintain aspect ratio when resizing if you want to resize the watermark image without
distorting it.
6.
Select Apply Alpha Channel to apply the alpha channel if it is present in the watermark.
(Only TIF and ICO watermark files can have an alpha channel.)
7.
Select Apply Transparency to make a color in the watermark transparent.
The default color is white. You can enter the RGB value of the color. If you do not know the RGB value,
move your mouse over the watermark preview thumbnail on the Edit panel, and then click on the color that
you want to make transparent.
8.
Select an option from the Blending Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the watermark to blend
into the underlying image.
9.
Drag the Opacity slider to specify the transparency of the watermark.
10.
Select the Add watermark as a new layer checkbox if you would like your watermark to appear as a
new layer in the Layered Editor.
11.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to add the watermark to your image, and keep the Watermark tool open.
Click Done to add the watermark to your image, and leave the tool.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and leave the tool.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Adding Borders
You can use the Borders tool to add one or more borders and edge effects to your images. You can set the size of
each side of the border, change the color and texture of the border or pick up a color from within the image by
clicking on that color in the image.
There are libraries of edges and textures to get you started, but you can save your own textures or edges to the
ACDSee folder so that they appear in the library for you to use.
You can also use Edge blur to soften the edges or blend the image into the background texture. You can also add a
third dimension to your images using the Drop Shadow and Raised edge effects.
Using combinations of multiple borders and edge effects can add to the mood and atmosphere of a photo,
emphasize contrast, and enhance color.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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To Add a Border to an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Borders.
You can also access the Borders tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Create the border by selecting its size, color, texture, edge, or edge effects as described in the Borders
options below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Border tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
4.
To add another border, restart the border tool and repeat these steps.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Border Options
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Eyedropper
Picks up the color beneath the cursor when you click on the
image. The border changes to the clicked color, which also
appears in the Color box on the Borders pane so that you can
adjust it if you open the Color dialog box.
The eyedropper is not available when you are using a
texture.
Border
Size
Sets the size of all the sides of the border
simultaneously. Drag the slider left and right to
adjust the width of the border. You can also type
in a different number or use the up and down
arrows to change the size of the border.
The text below the Size field shows the final size of
your image with the border added. The final size
changes dynamically as you adjust the size of the
border.
Advanced
size
controls
Opens a fly-out of advanced size controls. Use the
sliders, up- and down-arrow keys, or type in a
number, to set the size of each side of the border
individually. For example, you can set the bottom
border to be larger to include a space for
copyright information. Click on the arrow beside
the Size slider to open the advanced size controls
menu.
Color box
Activates when you select the Color radio button.
Do any of the following:
Click on a color in the image to make the
border that color. The clicked color
appears in the Color box.
Click on the color in the middle of the Color
box to open the Colors dialog, where you
can adjust the color in multiple ways.
Click the down-arrow beside the box and
hover over the quick-color box until you
find a color you like. When you click inside
the quick color box, the picked color
appears in the Color box and the border
changes to the selected color.
Texture
box
Activates when you select the Texture radio
button.
Do any of the following:
Click the side arrow to open the texture
library and view thumbnails of textures to
select.
Click the forward and back arrows to
browse through the textures one at a time,
without opening the library.
Edge
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Straight
Sets the edge of the border to be a straight line.
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Irregular
Activates when you select the Irregular radio
button.
Do any of the following:
Click the side arrow beside the edge box to
open the edge library and view thumbnails
of edges to select.
Click the forward and back arrows to
browse through the edges one at a time,
without opening the library.
Edge effects
Edge blur
Blurs the edges of the edge of the image into the
border. Drag the slider to the right to increase the
blur, or to the left to decrease the blur.
Drop
shadow
Adds a drop shadow to the image that appears to
lift it off the page. The drop shadow appears
behind the image, between it and the border. You
can adjust the depth of the blur on the edge of the
shadow, and the transparency of the shadow,
which affects how much of the border shows
through the shadow. You can also change the
direction of the imaginary source of light by
dragging the glow on the Light Source ball.
Blur: Adjusts the blur on the edge of the
shadow when you drag the slider.
Opacity: Adjusts the transparency of the
drop shadow when you drag the slider.
Raised
Adds a raised edge to the image that appears to
raise it above the border, giving it a 3D look. The
raised effect is applied to the image, between it
and the border. You can change the direction of
the imaginary source of light of the raised edge by
dragging the glow on the Light Source ball. You
can also adjust the size, strength, and color of the
raised edge in the following ways:
Size: Drag the slider to the right to
increase the size of the raised edge so that
it appears higher. The greater the size the
more rounded the effect.
Strength: Drag the slider to the right to
increase the 3D effect of the raised edge.
Colored: Select this option to apply the
border color to the raised edge.
Light Source
Activates when you click either the Drop shadow or Raised
checkboxes. Click and drag the glow on the ball to reposition the
imaginary light source for the 3D effect of the Drop shadow or
Raised edge effects.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adding Your Own Textures or Edges
It is possible to add custom textures and edges to the libraries in the Borders tool. If you make your own edges or
textures, or own a collection from the Internet, you can add them to the texture and edge libraries. You can also
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delete existing files from the libraries to make room for others.
The textures or edges have to be in the following file formats with these extensions:
BMP
EMF
GIF
JPG
GIF
PNG
TIF
Textures
As the textures are tiled, it is important to use an image that can be seamlessly repeated. The files are used at
their full resolution, not scaled up or down. For example, if your texture image is 100 x 100 pixels and you are
creating a bordered image that is 1000 x 1000 pixels, then your texture file will be tiled 10 times. If you use a
texture file that is 1000 x 1000 pixels, then there would just be the one texture tile for the whole border.
To Add Your Own Textures to the Texture Library:
1.
In ACDSee, close the Borders tool if it is open.
2.
Copy and paste your texture files into this folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ACD Systems\borders\textures
3.
In Manage mode, select the image you want to use and then click Tools | Process | Edit.
4.
In the Add group, click Borders.
5.
Select the Texture radio button and then click the arrow on the right side of the texture box to open the
texture library.
Thumbnails of the textures display for you to select.
Edges
Edge files are grayscale images that are resized to fit the image. The image file shows through any areas in the
edge file that are white, and does not show through any black areas. Pixels that are tones of gray in the edge file
show through with relative opacity depending on how close the pixels are to black or white (in other words, the
darker the gray pixel, the less it shows through).
To Add Your Own Edges to the Edges Library:
1.
In ACDSee, close the Borders tool if it is open.
2.
Copy and paste your edge files into this folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ACD Systems\borders\edges
3.
In Manage mode, select the image you want to use and then click Tools | Process | Edit.
4.
In the Add group, click Borders.
5.
Select the Irregular radio button and then click the arrow on the right side of the edge box to open the
edge library.
Thumbnails of the edges display for you to select.
If you open an image with borders already applied, another border will be applied to the image.
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Adding a Vignette
You can use the Vignette effect to add a frame around a subject, such as a person or a bouquet of flowers. You can
change the focal point in the portrait. You can also control the appearance of the border.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Vignette Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Vignette.
You can also access the Vignette tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Set the options as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
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Horizontal
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places
the center in the middle of the photo.
Vertical
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the
center in the middle of the photo.
Clear zone
Specifies the size of the clear area around the focal point in the portrait. Drag the
slider to the left to reduce the size of the clear area. Drag the slider to the right to
increase the size of the clear area.
Transition zone
Specifies the width of the transition area between the clear zone and the frame. Drag
the slider to the left to narrow the transition area. Drag the slider to the right to widen
the transition area.
Stretch
Stretches the vignette horizontally to make the shape elliptical rather than round.
Shape
Specifies the shape of the frame:
Round: Select Round if you want the frame to be round.
Rectangular: Select Rectangular if you want the frame to be square.
Show outline
Select Show outline if you want to display an outline that shows the outside edge of
the clear zone and the inside edge of the frame.
Frame
Applies the following special effects to the vignette frame area around the focal point:
Color: Changes the color of the frame area to the color you select in the color
picker.
Saturation: Removes color from the people or objects in the vignette frame
so they are gray scale.
Blur: Blurs the vignette frame area.
Clouds: Applies a Clouds effect to the frame area.
Edges: Applies an Edges effect by tracing the lines and details of people or
objects with neon colors.
Radial Waves: Creates the appearance of waves radiating from the focal
point into the frame area.
Radial Blur: Creates a Radial Blur that rotates and stretches the frame area.
Zoom Blur: Applies a Zoom Blur to the frame area.
Crayon Edges: Applies the Crayon Edges effect by tracing the lines and
details around people or objects with crayon.
Dauber: Creates the impression that the people or objects around the focal
point were painted with a brush.
Pixelate: Applies a pixel effect to the frame.
Old: Applies an aging effect to the frame to make it look like an old photo.
Glowing Edges: Applies glowing edges to all the strong lines in the frame
area.
Ripple: Adds ripples to the frame so that it looks like liquid ripples moving
outwards from the focal area.
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The settings that display below the Frame drop-down list change depending on the
frame you select. For example, if you select Color in the Frame drop-down list, a
color picker displays so that you can select the color for the vignette. Similarly, if you
select Blur in the Frame drop-down list, a slider appears that you can use to change
the amount of blur surrounding the photo. For some choices, like Edges, there are no
settings to apply.
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adding a Tilt-Shift Effect
You can use the Tilt-Shift effect to create emphasis on specific subjects in your photos, or make your photos look
like miniature landscapes.
To Use the Tilt-Shift Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Tilt-Shift.
You can also access the Tilt-Shift tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
On the Tilt-Shift panel, set the options as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Tilt-Shift Options
Use the guides on the image to place the effect. The inside boxes represent the points where the focus is
transitioning to blur. Complete blur occurs at the outside boxes. Move the boxes to define where the effect will
begin or end. Hold down the Shift key while positioning the effect to lock to the nearest 45° angle, for
straightness.
Blurring
Select the type of blur you want from the Blur drop-down menu.
Lens Blur
Gaussian Blur
See Blur Types for more information.
Saturation
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur
applied.
Bokeh Frequency
Specifies how often the bokeh
shapes occur.
Bokeh Brightness
Specifies how bright the bokeh
shapes appear.
Bokeh Sides
Defines the number of sides the
bokeh shape will have.
Drag the slider to the right to intensify the effect.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Adding a Grain Effect
You can use the Grain effect to give your images a stylized look, like old film grain. The Grain tool can also be used
in combination with other effects to achieve a general vintage look.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Grain Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Grain.
You can also access the Grain tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Set the options as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Grain Options
Amount
Specifies the strength of the grain.
Smoothing
Specifies the smoothness of the grain.
Size
Specifies the size of the grain.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
About Special Effect Filters
You can use filters to add unique effects to your images. ACDSee includes more than 40 special effect filters, such
as Crosshatch, Pencil Drawing, and Solarize.
To Access the Special Effects Filters:
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
For more information about each effect, click the Help button to view a Help file page specific to that effect.
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Applying a Bathroom Window Effect
The Bathroom Window effect divides your images into bars, transforming them so they resemble the view through
privacy glass often found in bathrooms. You can select or change the Bathroom Window options to apply this
effect to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Bathroom Window Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Bathroom Window.
3.
Drag the Bar width slider to set the thickness of the bars. Thinner bars result in a more distorted image.
4.
In the Bar direction area, select one of the following to specify the orientation of the bars in your image:
Vertical
Horizontal
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Blinds Effect
Use the Blinds effect to divide your image into bars that look like venetian or vertical window blinds. You can
customize the characteristics of the blinds you would like added to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Blinds Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Blinds.
3.
On the Blinds panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Blinds Options
Width
Specifies the width of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 1000 or drag the slider to
adjust the width of each blind. As the value increases, the width of the blind also
increases.
Opacity
Specifies the opacity of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 99 or drag the slider to
adjust the opacity of the blinds. The higher the opacity, the more the image is
obscured.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 360 or drag the arrow to
adjust the angle.
Blind color
Specifies the color of the blinds.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Blue Steel Effect
You can use the Blue Steel effect to give your images a stylish blue tint.
To Apply the Blue Steel Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Blue Steel.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Bob Ross Effect
You can use the Bob Ross effect to give your images a painted look.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Give Your Photos a Bob Ross Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Bob Ross.
3.
On the Bob Ross panel, set the options as described in the table below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Bob Ross Options
Background
color
Brush size
Drag the Brush size slider to specify the width of the brush strokes in
the effect. The higher value, the wider the brush stroke.
Coverage
Drag the Coverage slider to specify the amount or density of paint on
the "canvas" of your photo.
Paint thickness
Drag the Paint thickness slider to specify how three dimensional the
paint appears.
Colorfulness
Drag the Colorfulness slider to specify the amount of color in your
image.
Image
Enable the Image checkbox to use the color in the image as the
background color behind the brush strokes added to the photo. To use
a different color for the background, disable the Image checkbox and
select a new color from the color drop-down menu.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the paint daubs. When you apply
the Bob Ross effect to an image, ACDSee places the daubs randomly.
This makes the paint daubs different every time you apply the filter. To
generate a new random placement of the paint daubs, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Bulge Effect
Use the Bulge effect to stretch or shrink areas of your images horizontally and vertically. You can customize the
strength, radius and position of the distortion.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Bulge Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Bulge.
3.
On the Bulge panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Bulge and Shrink Options
Horizontal position
Specifies the center of the distortion along the horizontal axis. A lower value moves
the distortion towards the left side of the image, while a higher value moves it
towards the right side of the image.
Vertical position
Specifies the center of the distortion along the vertical axis. A lower value moves the
distortion towards the bottom of the image, while a higher value moves it towards the
top of the image.
Radius
Specifies the radius of the distorted area. A lower value decreases the radius of the
distortion, while a higher value increases the radius of the distortion.
Strength
Specifies the strength of the distortion. A negative value shrinks the center of the
distortion, while a higher value bulges the distortion.
Background color
Specifies the background color for the filtered image.
Select the Image checkbox to use the original image color, or click the color picker to
select a different color.
Bulge direction
Specifies the direction of the distortion. Select one or both of the following options:
Horizontal: Moves the distortion horizontally.
Vertical: Moves the distortion vertically.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Cartoon Effect
You can use the Cartoon Effect to give your images a sketched appearance.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Cartoon Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Cartoon.
3.
On the Cartoon panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Cartoon Options
Shading strength
Specifies the strength of the shading in the image. The higher the setting, the
more intense the shading that is applied to the image.
Shading radius
Specifies how spread out the shading is.
Shading threshold
Specifies how sharp an edge must be in the image before shading is applied. If
you specify a higher value, more edges in the photo will be shaded.
Smoothness
Controls how smooth the transitions between similar colors are.
Outline detail
Specifies how much the details are outlined in black.
Outline strength
Specifies how strong the black outlines are applied.
Artifact Suppression
Remove small details
Prevents small details from being outlined in
black, allowing the image to appear more
cartoon-like.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Applying a Childhood Effect
You can use the Childhood effect to give your images a dreamy, nostalgic look.
To Apply the Childhood Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Childhood.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Clouds Effect
You can use the Clouds effect to make graphical content out of your images, such as backgrounds and more.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply Clouds to a Photo:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Clouds.
3.
On the Clouds panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Clouds Options
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Size
Specifies the size of the clouds. Drag the slider to the right to increase the size.
Detail
Specifies how fine the detail is. Type a number from 0 to 10 or drag the slider to
adjust the details of the clouds.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the clouds.
When you apply the Clouds effect to an image, ACDSee places the fragments
randomly. This makes the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical fragment patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Collage Effect
You can use the Collage effect to creatively break up a photo into a number of photos.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Collage Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Collage.
3.
Drag the sliders to set the Number and Size of the photos.
4.
Select a background color by clicking the drop-down arrow to display gradients of colors, or click the color
box to display a dialog of swatches to choose from.
5.
If you would like to reshuffle the photos, click Randomize.
6.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
7.
Click Exit to leave Special Effects, and return to the Filter menu.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Colored Edges Effect
You can use the Colored Edges effect to trace the lines and details of people or objects in your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Colored Edges Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Colored Edges.
3.
On the Colored Edges panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Colored Edges Options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color added to the edges within the image. The higher the
setting, the thicker the color that is applied to the image.
Edge color
Specifies the color of the edges.
Edge detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula used to
detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
Blurring
Blurs the edges in the image. Select the Use blurring checkbox, and then select a
blur setting to determine how much blur is applied.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Contours Effect
You can use the Contours effect to draw contour lines on your image to create a cartoon effect. Select or change
the rounding, line frequency, color and strength setting to apply to your image.
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You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Contours Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Contours.
3.
On the Contours panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Contours Options
Rounding
Specifies the amount of curve in the contour lines. The higher the value, the rounder
the lines.
Line frequency
Specifies the amount of space between the contour lines. The higher the value, the
closer the lines move together.
Strength
Specifies the strength of the line. The higher the value, the darker the line.
Line color
Specifies the color of the contour lines.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Crayon Drawing Effect
You can use the Crayon Drawing effect to give your photos the appearance of a crayon drawing.
To Use the Crayon Drawing Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Crayon Drawing.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Crosshatch Effect
You can use the Crosshatch effect to add crosshatching to an image.
To Use the Crosshatch Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Crosshatch .
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Dauber Effect
You can use the Dauber effect to make your images look like they were painted with a paint dauber. Select or
change the settings of the effect you want applied to your image, such as intensity, frequency and more.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Dauber Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Dauber.
3.
On the Dauber panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Dauber Options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color applied with each daub.
Frequency
Specifies the number of daubs added to the image.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image.
Select the Image checkbox to use the original image colors or click the color picker to
select a different color.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the paint daubs.
When you apply the Dauber effect to an image, ACDSee places the daubs randomly.
This makes the paint daubs different every time you apply the filter. You can define a
specific random seed to generate identical daubs.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Dramatic Effect
You can use the Dramatic effect to make your images look dramatic and moody by drastically changing the
contrast in specific areas.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Dramatic Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Dramatic.
3.
On the Dramatic panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Dramatic Options
Strength
Specifies the strength of the contrast being applied.
Spread
Specifies how far the effect spreads over the details in the photo.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying an Edge Detect Effect
You can use the Edge Detect effect to create a highlighted outline of your image. After creating a black image, the
effect uses colored lines to outline the detail of an image where significant color differences exist. Greater
differences between colors in the original image produce brighter outline colors. (The Sobel effect is similar to the
Edge Detect effect, but produces sharper and brighter outlines.)
To Use the Edge Detect Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Edge Detect.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying an Emboss Effect
You can use the Emboss effect to add a grayscale relief to an image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Emboss an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Emboss.
3.
On the Emboss panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Emboss Options
Elevation
Specifies the light source's elevation on the image. Lower values produce more
shadows and a darker image. Higher values produce fewer shadows and a lighter
image.
Weight
Specifies the amount of relief added to the image. Higher values increase the relief
depth.
Azimuth
Specifies the angle of shadows that extend from the edges of image details. A value of
0 adds shadows to the left side, while a value of 180 adds shadows to the right side.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Furry Edges Effect
You can use the Furry Edges effect to add fur and bristles to the lines and details of people or objects in your
image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Furry Edges Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Furry Edges.
3.
On the Furry Edges panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Furry Edges Options
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Frequency
Specifies how much fur is added to the image. The higher the setting, the more
dense the fur that is applied to the image.
Threshold
Specifies how sharp an edge must be before fur is applied to it. As the value
decreases, the area of the image that fur is added to increases.
Fur length
Specifies the length of each strand of fur. As the value increases, the length of each
fur strand also increases.
Variance
Specifies how much of the fur grows in the direction indicated by the Hair direction
setting. The higher the value, the more random the fur direction will be.
Hair direction
Specifies the general direction in which fur appears to grow.
Edge detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula used to
detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image checkbox to
use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Fur color
Specifies the color of the fur. Select the Image checkbox to use the original image
colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the fur strands.
When you apply the Furry Edges effect to an image, ACDSee places the fur randomly.
This makes the fur strands different every time you apply the filter. You can define a
specific random seed to generate identical fur patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Gloom Effect
You can use the Gloom effect to give your images a dark, gloomy appearance.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Gloom Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Gloom.
3.
On the Gloom panel, drag the Color slider to add a color tint to the image.
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4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Glowing Edges Effect
You can use the Glowing Edges effect to add color to the lines and details of people or objects in your images. The
colored lines and details appear to glow.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Glowing Edges Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Glowing Edges.
3.
On the Glowing Edges panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Glowing Edges Options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color added to the edges within the image. The higher the
setting, the more intense the color that is applied to the image.
Color
Specifies the color of the edges.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying the Gradient Map Effect
You can use the Gradient Map effect to add colors to the dark and light parts of your images. The Gradient Map
effect maps shadows to one color, and highlights to another based on the lightness value of each pixel. You can
give the darker parts of your image a completely different color from the lighter parts.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Gradient Map Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Gradient Map.
3.
On the Gradient Map panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Gradient Map Options
Dark
Specify the color to be added to the dark parts of your image.
Light
Specifies the color to be added to the light parts of your image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Granite Effect
You can use the Granite effect to give your images the appearance of being painted on a rock wall.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Granite Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
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Click Granite.
3.
On the Granite panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Granite Options
Light Angle
Specifies the direction from which an imaginary light source is shining on the image.
Drag the arrow to adjust the angle. Different light angles will change the highlights
and shadows in the peaks and valleys on the rock.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Grunge Effect
You can use the Grunge effect to give your images a moody, dark look. You can use the Color slider to tint the
image a variety of colors.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Grunge Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Grunge.
3.
On the Grunge panel, drag the Color slider to specify a color tint. When the Color slider is set to 0, no tint
has been added.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Jiggle Effect
Use the Jiggle effect to add jiggly distortions to your image. You can customize the characteristics of the
distortions you would like added to your image. Some distortions will change the shape of the outside edges of the
image, revealing a transparent background.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Jiggle Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Jiggle.
3.
On the Jiggle panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Jiggle Options
Size
Specifies the size of the jiggle distortion. Type a number from 1 to 100 or drag the
slider to adjust the width of the distortions. As the value increases, the width of the
wave also increases.
Detail
Specifies how jagged the distortion becomes. Type a number from 1 to 10 or drag the
slider to adjust the detail.
Strength
Specifies the intensity of the distortion. Type a number from 1 to 100 or drag the
slider to adjust the strength.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the distortions.
When you apply the Jiggle effect to an image, ACDSee places the fragments
randomly. This makes the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical fragment patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Applying a Lomo Effect
Simulate the retro-effects of a lomo camera. Photos taken with a lomo camera are high contrast, with a golden hue
and a noticeable vignette.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Lomo Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Lomo.
3.
Drag the Color Distortion slider to the right to increase the color distortion.
4.
Drag the Vignette Strength slider to the right to increase the vignette strength.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
6.
Click Exit to leave Special Effects, and return to the Filter menu.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Mirror Effect
You can use the Mirror effect to reflect an image along the horizontal or vertical axis. Select or change the Mirror
options to apply mirroring to your image, including mirror axis and direction.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Mirror Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Mirror.
3.
On the Mirror panel, in the Mirror direction area, select one of the following options to indicate which
direction you want to mirror the image:
Horizontal
Vertical
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Drag the Mirror axis slider to adjust the position of the mirror. A value of 500 places the mirror in the
center of the image.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Negative Effect
You can use the Negative effect to create a negative of your image. You can also apply the Negative filter to a
negative scanned from a roll of film to produce a positive image.
To Create an Image Negative:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Negative.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying an Oil Paint Effect
You can use the Oil Paint effect to give your images a painted appearance.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Create an Oil Painting from a Photo:
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In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Oil Paint.
3.
On the Oil Paint panel, drag the Brush width slider to specify the width of the brush strokes in the effect.
The higher the value, the wider the brush stroke.
4.
Drag the Variance slider to specify the color variance in each brush stroke. Higher values increase the
number of colors used in each stroke.
5.
Drag the Vibrance slider to adjust the intensity of the colors in the image.
6.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying the Old Effect
You can use the Old effect to give your images an antique look. (The Old effect is similar to the Sepia effect, but
produces a more realistic appearance of age.)
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply the Old Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Old.
3.
On the Old panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Old Options
Age
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Specifies the intensity or degree of the effect. (The numbers do not correspond to
how old the photo should appear.)
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying the Orton Effect
Create beautiful impressionistic images with the Orton effect. The Orton effect mimics a darkroom technique
created by sandwiching two images together, one of which is slightly out of focus, and both of which are slightly
overexposed.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Orton Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Orton.
3.
Drag the Blur, Contrast, and Brightness sliders to adjust each effect.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
5.
Click Exit to leave Special Effects, and return to the Filter menu.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying an Outline Effect
The Outline effect is similar to the Edge Detect effect. You can use the Outline effect to create a highlighted outline
of your image. However, with the Outline effect you can control the thickness of the outline, whether an edge is
outlined or not, and the color that displays behind the outlined image.
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You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Outline Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Outline.
3.
On the Outline panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Outline Options
Line width
Specifies the width of the outline in the effect. The higher the value, the wider the
outline.
Threshold
Specifies how sharp an edge must be in order to be outlined. If you specify a higher
value, more edges in the photo will be outlined.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Click the color picker to select a
different color.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Pencil Drawing Effect
You can use the Pencil Drawing effect to create a pencil drawing from your images.
To Create a Pencil Drawing from an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Pencil Drawing.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Photo Effect
You can use the Photo Effect to apply a variety of filters to your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Photo Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Photo Effect.
3.
On the Photo Effect panel, select an option from the Filter Type drop-down menu.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Pixel Explosion Effect
You can use the Pixel Explosion effect to explode pixels from a center point in your images. Select or change the
Pixel Explosion settings, such as intensity and direction, to apply this effect to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Use the Pixel Explosion Effect:
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In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Pixel Explosion.
3.
On the Pixel Explosion panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Pixel Explosion Options
Horizontal center
Specifies the center point of the explosion on the horizontal axis. A value of 500
places the explosion at the middle of the image.
Vertical center
Specifies the center point of the explosion on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places
the explosion at the middle of the image.
Intensity
Specifies the intensity of the explosion. A higher value creates a larger, more brilliant
spread of the pixels in the image.
Explosion direction
Specifies the direction of the explosion. Select one or both of the following:
Explode horizontally: Explodes the pixels towards the right and left sides
of the image.
Explode vertically: Explodes the pixels towards the top and bottom of the
image.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the pixels.
When you apply the Pixel Explosion effect to an image, ACDSee places the pixels
randomly. This makes the pixels different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical pixel patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Pixelate Effect
A pixel is the smallest piece of a digital image, arranged in rows and columns. When you reduce the resolution of
your image, the size of the pixel increases and produces blurring. You can use the Pixelate effect to increase the
size of the pixels in your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Pixelate Effect:
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In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Pixelate.
3.
On the Pixelate panel, drag the Width and Height sliders to set the size of the pixels in your image. Select
the Square checkbox to make the width and height equal.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Posterize Effect
You can use the Posterize effect to reduce the number of brightness levels in your image. Select or change the
Posterize options to apply this effect to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Posterize Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Posterize.
3.
On the Posterize panel, drag the Brightness levels slider to adjust the variance of colors in the image.
The lower the value, the fewer colors used in the image.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Purple Haze Effect
You can use the Purple Haze effect to give your image a hyper-retro, purple tint.
To Apply the Purple Haze Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Purple Haze.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Radial Waves Effect
You can use the Radial Waves effect to display waves radiating from a center point in the photo. You can change
the center point in the photo and you can also control the appearance of the waves.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Radial Waves Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Radial Waves.
3.
On the Radial waves panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Radial Waves Options
Horizontal position
Specifies the center of the waves on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places the
waves in the middle of the image.
Vertical position
Specifies the center of the waves on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the waves
in the middle of the image.
Amplitude
Specifies the depth and height of each wave.
Wavelength
Specifies the amount of space between waves.
Light strength
Specifies the amount of light contrast between the top and bottom of each wave.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image checkbox to
use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Wave direction
Specifies the direction of the waves. Select one, or both, of the following:
Wave horizontally: Makes the waves move towards the right and left sides
of the image.
Wave vertically: Makes the waves move towards the top and bottom of the
image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Rain Effect
You can use the Rain effect to make it look like it was raining when you took a photo. Control the amount, the angle,
strength and other characteristics of the rain.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply Rain to a Photo:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Rain.
3.
On the Rain panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Rain Options
Strength
Specifies the length of the rain drops. Drag the slider to the right to increase the
length.
Opacity
Specifies the opacity of the rain drops. Type a number from 0 to 100 or drag the
slider to adjust the opacity of the rain drops. The higher the opacity, the more the
image is obscured.
Amount
Specifies the number of rain drops.
Angle variance
Specifies the angle of the rain drops. Type a number from 0 to 50 or drag the arrow
to adjust the angle.
Strength variance
Specifies how much variety there should be in the length of the rain drops. Drag the
slider to the left if you want rain drops to have a similar length. Drag the slider to the
right if you want to vary the length of rain drops. If you vary the length of rain drops
they look natural.
Background blur
Specifies the amount of blur in the photo. Heavy rain will block your vision. Use this
option to blur the photo so the rain effect looks natural.
Angle
Specifies the angle at which the rain drops are falling.
Color
Specifies the color of the rain drops.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Ripple Effect
You can use the Ripple effect to divide your images into concentric circles that resembles what you see when you
drop a pebble into water. Select or change the Ripple settings to apply to your image, such as position, strength
and more.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Ripple Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Ripple.
3.
On the Ripple panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Ripple Options
Horizontal position
Specifies the center of the ripples on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places the
ripples in the middle of the image.
Vertical position
Specifies the center of the ripples on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the
ripples in the middle of the image.
Amplitude
Specifies the depth and height of each ripple.
Wavelength
Specifies the amount of space between ripples.
Light strength
Specifies the amount of light contrast between the top and bottom of each ripple.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image checkbox to
use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Ripple direction
Specifies the direction of the ripples. Select one or both of the following:
Ripple vertically: Makes the ripples move towards the top and bottom of the
image.
Ripple horizontally: Makes the ripples move towards the right and left
sides of the image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Scattered Tiles Effect
You can use the Scattered Tiles effect to divide your images into rectangular tiles, and scatter and stack the tiles.
Select or change the Scattered Tiles options to apply this effect to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Scattered Tiles Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Scattered Tiles.
3.
On the Scattered Tiles panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Scattered Tiles Options
Tile size
Specifies the size of the tiles.
Scatter amount
Specifies how much the tiles will move from their original positions.
Background color
Specifies the color of the background. Click the color picker to select a different color.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the tiles.
When you apply the Scattered Tiles effect to an image, ACDSee places the tiles
randomly. This makes the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical tile patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Sepia Effect
You can use the Sepia effect to give your images an antique look. (The Old effect is similar to the Sepia effect, but
produces a more realistic appearance of age.)
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Add a Sepia Tone to an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Sepia.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Seventies Effect
You can use the Seventies effect to give your images a retro look.
To Apply the Seventies Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Seventies.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Sheet Metal Effect
You can use the Sheet Metal effect to turn your images into sheet metal impressions.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Sheet Metal Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Sheet Metal.
3.
On the Sheet Metal panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Sheet Metal Options
Rounding
Specifies the amount of curve in the edges of the impressions.
Detail
Specifies the amount of detail in the impression.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the grain in the sheet metal.
Metal color
Specifies the color of the sheet metal.
Direction
Specifies the direction in which the sheet metal was manipulated. Select one of the
following:
Indented: Stamps the metal from the top side of the image.
Pushed out: Stamps the metal from underneath the image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Shift Effect
You can use the Shift effect to divide your images into bars and shift them in random directions.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Shift Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Shift.
3.
On the Shift panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Shift Options
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Strength
Specifies the amount of shift between the bars.
Width
Specifies the width of each bar.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the bars.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image checkbox to
use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Slant Effect
You can use the Slant effect to make a photo appear slanted. For example, you could use the Slant effect to distort
a photo by pushing the top of the photo to the left and the bottom of the photo to the right. Similarly, you could use
the slant effect to push the left side of the photo upwards and the right side of the photo downwards.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Slant Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Slant.
3.
On the Slant panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Slant Options
Amount
Specifies the degree of the slant.
Fulcrum
Specifies the center of the slant. Drag the slider to the left to place the center of the
slant near the bottom of the photo. Drag the slider to the right to place the center of
the slant near the top of the photo.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Click the color picker to select a
different color.
Slant Direction
Specifies the angle of the slant:
Horizontal: Select Horizontal to push the top or bottom of the photo to the
left or right.
Vertical: Select Vertical to push the left or right side of the photo up or down.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Sobel Effect
You can use the Sobel effect to create a highlighted outline of your image. After creating a black image, the effect
uses colored lines to outline the detail of an image where significant color differences exist. Greater differences
between colors in the original image produce brighter outline colors. (The Sobel effect is similar to the Edge Detect
effect, but produces sharper and brighter outlines.)
To Use the Sobel Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Sobel.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Solarize Effect
You can use the Solarize effect to simulate the effect of overexposing an image, as though the film was exposed to
light before developing. Select or change the Solarize options to apply this effect to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Solarize Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Solarize.
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On the Solarize panel, drag the Threshold slider to specify the brightness threshold of the image.
4.
In the Effect area, specify which pixels you want to adjust by selecting one of the following options:
Solarize: adjusts pixels located above the specified threshold option. The effect takes any pixels
above the threshold and replaces them with their negative value. When you solarize an image, a
higher threshold value sets a brighter threshold, and colors need to be brighter to be
overexposed.
Lunarize: adjusts pixels located below the specified threshold option. The effect takes any pixels
below the threshold and replaces them with their negative value. When you lunarize an image, a
higher threshold value sets a darker threshold, and colors do not have to be as bright to be
overexposed.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Somber Effect
You can use the Somber effect to give your images an austere or sleek look.
To Apply the Somber Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Somber.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
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You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Stained Glass Effect
You can use the Stained Glass effect to divide your image into fragments of a random size and shape, to give the
photo the appearance of a stained glass window. Control the size and position of the fragments using the effect
settings.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Stained Glass Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Stained Glass.
3.
On the Stained Glass panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Stained Glass Options
Fragment size
Specifies the size of the fragments.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the fragments.
When you apply the Stained Glass effect to an image, ACDSee places the fragments
randomly. This makes the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical fragment patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Sunspot Effect
You can use the Sunspot effect to add a bright spot in your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Sunspot Effect:
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In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Sunspot.
3.
On the Sunspot panel, drag the Horizontal Position and Vertical Position sliders or click the image to
set the location of the sunspot.
4.
Drag the Brightness slider to set the intensity of the sunspot.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Applying a Swirl Effect
You can use the Swirl effect to rotate and stretch people and objects in your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Swirl Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Swirl.
3.
On the Swirl panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Swirl Options
Horizontal position
Specifies the center of the swirl on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places the swirl
in the middle of the image.
Vertical position
Specifies the center of the swirl on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the swirl in
the middle of the image.
Radius
Specifies the size of the swirl effect.
Strength
Specifies the strength and direction of the swirl. Higher values create a clockwise
swirl, while negative values create a counter-clockwise swirl.
Focus
Specifies the concentration of the swirl. Higher values concentrate the effect on the
center of the swirl, while lower values spread the swirl across the image.
Background color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image checkbox to
use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Swirl direction
Specifies the direction of the swirl. Select one or both of the following:
Swirl horizontally: Moves the swirl towards the top and bottom of the
image.
Swirl vertically: Moves the swirl towards the right and left sides of the
image.
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying the Threshold Effect
You can use the Threshold effect to create a black and white image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply the Threshold Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Threshold.
3.
On the Threshold panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Threshold Options
Threshold
This slider determines which pixels become black and which ones become white in
the black and white image. Any pixels that are brighter than the selected threshold
will become white and any pixels that are darker than the threshold will become
black.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
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Applying a Topography Effect
You can use the Topography effect to change the details of your images into contour lines.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Topography Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Topography.
3.
On the Topographic Map panel, drag the Rounding slider to adjust the amount of curve in the contour
lines.
4.
Drag the Number of lines slider to specify how many contour lines you want to add.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Water Effect
You can use the Water effect to insert an expanse of water below the subject of a photo and to display a reflection
of the subject in the water. You can control the position of the water below the subject. For example, you can
position the water below a person's chin, or below their waist. You can also control the appearance of ripples in
the water and how dark or light the water appears.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Water Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Water.
3.
On the Water panel, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Water Options
Position
Specifies the position of the water below the subject of the photo.
Amplitude
Specifies the height of the ripples in the water. Drag the slider to the left to reduce
the height of the ripples and the distortion caused by the ripples. Drag the slider to
the right to increase the height of the ripples and the distortion caused by the
ripples.
Wavelength
Specifies the distance between ripples. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the
distance between ripples and increase the distortion caused by the ripples. Drag the
slider to the right to increase the distance between ripples and reduce the distortion
caused by the ripples.
Perspective
Changes the size of the waves as they get farther from the subject. Drag the slider to
the left to increase the size of the waves farthest from the subject and to increase the
illusion of distance.
Lighting
Specifies the amount of light in the water.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Water Drops Effect
You can use the Water Drops effect to display water drops on the surface of the photo. You can control the number
and size of water drops, and their position on the photo.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply Water Drops to a Photo:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Water Drops.
3.
On the Water Drops panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
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Water Drops Options
Density
Specifies the number of water drops on the photo. Drag the slider to the left to
remove water drops. Drag the slider to the right to add water drops.
Radius
Specifies the size of the water drops. Drag the slider to the left to make the water
drops smaller. Drag the slider to the right to make the water drops larger.
Height
Specifies the height of the water drops above the photo surface. Drag the slider to the
left to reduce the height of the water drops and the distortion caused by the water
drops. Drag the slider to the right to increase the height of the water drops and the
distortion caused by the water drops.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the water drops.
When you apply the Water Drops effect to an image, ACDSee places the water drops
randomly. This makes the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can
define a specific random seed to generate identical water drop patterns.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Waves Effect
You can use the Waves effect to display waves across the photo. You can change the distance between waves.
This distance is called wavelength. You can also change the height of the waves, and the angle at which the waves
cross the photo.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Waves Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Waves.
3.
On the Waves panel, select or change the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Waves Options
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Wavelength
Specifies the distance between waves. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the
distance between waves and increase the distortion caused by the waves. Drag the
slider to the right to increase the distance between waves and reduce the distortion
caused by the waves.
Amplitude
Specifies the height of the waves. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the height of
the waves and the distortion caused by the waves. Drag the slider to the right to
increase the height of the waves and the distortion caused by the waves.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the waves. Type a number from 1 to 360 or drag the arrow to
adjust the angle.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Select the Image checkbox to use the original image
colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Weave Effect
You can use the Weave effect to give a photo the appearance of being woven into a tapestry or basket. You can
control the width of the vertical and horizontal strips, the width of the gap between the strips, and the background
color that displays through the gap.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Weave Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Weave.
3.
On the Weave panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Weave Options
Strip width
Specifies the width of the vertical and horizontal strips.
Gap width
Specifies the width of the gap between the strips.
Background color
Specifies the color of the background. Click the color picker to select a different color.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Applying a Wind Effect
You can use the Wind effect to add wind lines that make stationary objects in your image look like they are moving.
Select or change the settings to control the effect of the wind added to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Apply a Wind Effect:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click Wind.
3.
On the Wind panel, select or change the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Wind Options
Strength
Determines how strong the wind lines are in the image. The higher the value, the
stronger the wind lines.
Threshold
Determines how sharp an edge must be before the filter will apply wind. The higher
the value, the sharper the edge needs to be.
Chance of wind
Determines the amount of wind lines to place in the image.
Edge detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula used to
detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Select the Image checkbox to use the original image
colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Wind color
Specifies the color of the wind lines. Select the Image checkbox to use the original
image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Wind angle
Specifies the angle of the wind lines.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of the wind lines.
When you apply the Wind effect to an image, ACDSee places the wind lines randomly.
This makes the wind lines different every time you apply the filter. You can define a
specific random seed to generate identical wind lines.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Creating a Custom Special Effect Filter (Convolution Effect)
You can use the Convolution filter to create your own special effects and apply them to your image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Create a Custom Effect Filter:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Add group, select Special Effect.
You can also access the Special Effects menu from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Click User Defined Convolution.
3.
On the User Defined Convolution panel, set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
User Defined Convolution Options
Convolution Matrix
Specifies the formula to use when altering the image.
Type numbers in the matrix fields to change the pixels in the image. Using a
mathematical formula, the color value of each pixel in an image is multiplied by the
numbers in the matrix to produce an effect.
Division
Specifies the fractional coefficient of the matrix.
Type a number into the Division field to use fractional coefficients in the matrix. The
product of the convolution matrix is divided by the division factor before being
applied to a pixel.
Bias
Specifies the brightness of the image.
Type a number into the Bias field to change the brightness of the image. The bias
number is added to the RGB values of each pixel. A positive number brightens the
image, while a negative number darkens the image.
Clear Matrix
Resets the matrix.
Sample Filters
Drop-Down Menu
Loads a sample effect to use as a starting point for creating your own effect.
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You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
About Blend Modes
Blend modes are filters that change the appearance of the text added to your images with the Add Text tool. The
following table lists the blend modes available in the Text tool, and gives a brief explanation of their effects.
Blend Modes
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Normal
Applies the text to the underlying image with the specified color. Only opacity affects
this blend.
Screen
Combines the text color with the inverse of the underlying photo color, resulting in a
color that is the same or lighter.
Multiply
Combines the text color with the underlying photo to produce a darker color.
Multiplying any color with black produces black; multiplying any color with white
leaves the color unchanged.
Dodge
Combines the text color with the underlying pixels in the photo to produce a lighter
color.
Burn
Combines the text color with the underlying pixels in the photo to produce a darker
color.
Overlay
Preserves the shadows and highlights of the lower layers while applying either
Multiply or Screen blend mode based on the underlying image area's color values.
Difference
Subtracts the text color from the color of the underlying photo. Any white in the text
produces a true negative of the color in the image, while black produces no effect.
Darken
Applies pixels in the text that are darker than the underlying image. Pixels in the text
that are lighter than the underlying image disappear (based on RGB values).
Lighten
Applies pixels in the text that are lighter than the underlying image. Pixels in the text
that are darker than the underlying image disappear (based on RGB values).
Hard Light
Adds strong highlights or shadows by applying Multiply or Screen based on the
underlying image area's color values.
Soft Light
Adds soft highlights or shadows by darkening or lightening based on the underlying
image area's color values.
Hue
Applies the hue value of colors in the text to the color of the underlying image areas.
Saturation
Applies the saturation value of colors in the text to the color of the underlying image
areas.
Color
Applies the hue and saturation of the text to the image. This blend does not affect the
luminance of the underlying image.
Luminosity
Applies the lightness value of colors in the text to the color of the underlying image
areas.
Dissolve
Randomly replaces the pixels with the image (base) or text (blend) color, depending
on the opacity at any pixel location.
Exclusion
Like Difference, but with less contrast, Exclusion subtracts the text (blend) color
from the color of the underlying photo. Any white in the text produces a true negative
of the color in the image, while black produces no effect.
Vivid Light
Combines the text (blend) color with the underlying pixels in the photo by increasing
or decreasing contrast to produce a lighter or darker color, as determined by the
blend color.
Pin Light
When the light source is lighter than 50% gray, the pixels darker than the light
source are replaced. Pixels lighter than the light source remain the same. When the
light source is darker than 50% gray, the pixels lighter than the light source are
replaced. Pixels darker than the light source remain the same.
Linear Light
Dodges or burns by lightening or darkening the brightness value, depending on the
text (blend) color.
Hard Mix
Applies red, green, and blue channel values of the text (blend) color to the RGB
values of the image.
Subtract
Subtracts the text color from the image (base) color in each channel.
Divide
Divides the text color from the image (base) color.
Darker Color
From the text color and the image (base) color, the lower channel values are chosen.
Lighter Color
From the text color and the image (base) color, the higher channel values are chosen.
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You can use the Edit Brush
to paint an effect onto specific areas of your image, and then
set the blend mode and opacity slider to change the way the effect is applied.
Rotating an Image
You can rotate an image at preset or custom angles in Edit mode.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Rotate an Image at a Custom Angle:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Rotate.
You can also access the Rotate tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select one or more of the following:
Select one of the default orientation options.
Drag the Straightening slider to the left or right until the image appears straightened.
Click the Horizontal or Vertical button, and use the tools as described below.
Select Crop straightened image if you want to crop the image after it is straightened.
Select Preserve straightened image if you do not want to crop the straightened image. Select
the color that you would like to display behind the straightened image from the Fill color dropdown.
Select Show grid overlay to display a grid over the image. You may find that the grid helps you
straighten the image and understand how the image will be cropped.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Rotate Icons
Horizontal
Click on the horizontal icon, and then use the cursor to draw a line on the image that you
want to set as the horizontal line.
Vertical
Click on the vertical icon, and then use the cursor to draw a line on the image that you want
to set as the vertical line.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Flipping an Image
You can flip an image both vertically and horizontally in Edit mode.
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You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Flip an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Flip.
You can also access the Flip tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Do one or both of the following:
Select the Horizontal Flip checkbox.
Select the Vertical Flip checkbox.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
Cropping an Image
You can use the Crop tool to remove unwanted parts of your images, or to reduce the image canvas to a particular
size.
You can also save your settings as a preset for future use.
When zooming in, hold down the Spacebar to pan the image.
To Crop an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Crop.
You can also access the Crop tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Resize the crop window, and position it over the area of the image you want to keep.
3.
To darken the parts of the image outside the crop window, drag the Darken outside crop area slider to
the left. Drag the slider to the right to lighten the area outside the crop window.
4.
Click Estimate new file size to view how big your image file is after cropping.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to crop the image and close the tool.
Click Cancel to exit the tool without cropping the image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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Resizing the Crop Window
You can resize the crop window in three ways:
Drag the edges of the crop window to the desired size.
Specify an exact size for the crop window in pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters.
Apply a ratio to constrain the crop window proportions.
To Resize the Crop Window by Dragging:
1.
Position your cursor over the edge or corner of the crop window until it changes into a double-pointed
arrow.
2.
Drag the crop window's border to the desired size.
To Specify an Exact Size for the Crop Window:
1.
Type the desired crop window proportions into the Width and Height spin boxes.
2.
In the Units drop-down list, select a unit of measurement.
3.
Use the Dots per inch spin box to specify a resolution.
To Constrain the Crop Window to a Ratio:
1.
Select the Constrain cropping proportion checkbox.
2.
Select a ratio from the drop-down list and select or clear the Landscape checkbox to toggle the crop
window between landscape and portrait orientation.
3.
Do one of the following:
Position your cursor over the edge of the crop window until it changes into a double-pointed
arrow, and then drag the edge of the crop window to the desired size.
Use the Width or Height spin box to specify a dimension for one side of the crop window.
ACDSee automatically resizes the other dimension based on the ratio you selected.
Correcting Perspective Distortion
You can use the Perspective Correction tool to correct perspective distortion in digital photographs. Perspective
distortion is caused by wide-angle and telephoto lenses, which distort the perspective of large or far-away
objects. For example, if you take a photo of a tall building, the building may appear to be narrower at the top even
though the building is the same width from top to bottom.
To Correct Perspective Distortion:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Perspective Correction.
You can also access the Perspective Correction tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
An outline displays around the image. The outline has handles at all four corners, and in the middle of all
the sides. Drag the handles to change the perspective.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
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Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Perspective Correction Options
Background color
When you correct distortion in a photo, the edges of the photo may bulge outwards or
shrink inwards. Use the Background color options to fill gaps in the corners or
sides of a corrected photo:
Transparent: Select this option if you want to fill gaps in the corners or sides
of a corrected photo with transparency.
Show Grid
Select this option if you want to display a grid over the photo while you correct
distortion. This is useful if you want to assess whether objects in the photo are
straight.
Correcting Distortion
You can use the Lens Distortion Correction tool to correct barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion in digital
photographs. In barrel distortion the photo appears to bulge outwards from the center. In pincushion distortion
the photo appears to shrink inwards toward the center. In fisheye distortion, the photo appears to bulge outwards
from the center, as if the photo were wrapped around a sphere.
Barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion are common in photos that were taken with wide angle or zoom lenses.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Correct Lens Distortion:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Distortion Correction.
You can also access the Distortion Correction tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
In the Type of Distortion section, select Barrel, Pincushion , or Fisheye.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
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Horizontal center
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the horizontal
axis.
Vertical center
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image on the vertical
axis.
Correction strength
Drag the slider to the right until the objects in the photo appear to be straight.
Scale
Drag the slider to the left or right to change the scale of the photo.
Background color
When you correct distortion in a photo, the edges of the photo may bulge outwards or
shrink inwards. Use the Background color options to fill gaps in the corners or
sides of a corrected photo:
Image: Select this option if you want to fill gaps in the corners or sides of a
corrected photo by placing the uncorrected photo in the background. This is
useful if the gaps are small.
Show Grid
Select this option if you want to display a grid over the photo while you correct
distortion. This is useful if you want to assess whether objects in the photo are
straight.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Automatically Correcting Lens Distortion
You can correct barrel and pincushion distortion in digital photographs. In barrel distortion the photo appears to
bulge outwards from the center. In pincushion distortion the photo appears to shrink inwards toward the center.
Barrel and pincushion distortion are common in photos that were taken with wide angle or zoom lenses.
In ACDSee, you have the option of using manual correction via the Manual Correction slider, or you can enable lens
correction via your lens profile. This can be done by selecting the make, model, and lens of the camera used to
take your image. The Lens Correction tool can apply automatic adjustments based on the distortion inherent to the
lens used, or you can enable lens correction for each image manually. The Lens Correction tool contains a database
of camera makes, models, and their possible lenses. The possible lenses for the selected camera will be available
for you to choose from the Lens drop-down menu, unless there is only one possible lens, in which case, that lens
will be pre-selected.
You can find the name of the lens used in the Current Lens Information section. However, the lens value displayed
in the EXIF may not be reliable in the case of third party lenses as the camera itself may only recognize the third
party lens as an ID number. If possible, recover the correct lens value from the Info palette in Edit mode, (but
outside of the Lens Correction tool), and select it from the Lens drop-down menu (inside the Lens Correction tool).
You can use the Manual Correction slider for further adjustments after using automatic correction, or on its own.
You can also use your lens profile to correct chromatic aberration, if it is available.
For quick viewing of the available lens profiles, go here.
To Fix Lens Distortion Using Your Lens Profile:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Lens Correction.
You can also access the Lens Correction tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select the Enable Lens Profile checkbox.
3.
If the displayed camera make and model are not correct, select the correct options from the Make and
Model drop-down menus.
4.
From the Lens drop-down menu, select the lens used to take the image. You can find this information
displayed in the Current Lens Information section. The correction will occur automatically.
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5.
If you desire further adjustments, move the Strength slider in the Manual Correction section to the left
for a bulge effect, or to the right to stretch the edges of the image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Enable the Show Grid checkbox to display a grid over your image. This tool is useful when fixing
alignment in your images.
To Fix Chromatic Aberration Using Your Lens Profile:
Chromatic aberration occurs due to the properties of a given lens. Therefore, you can use the lens profile to
automatically correct it. The Chromatic Aberration checkbox will be enabled if your selected lens has a
corresponding chromatic aberration correction available.
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Lens Correction.
2.
Select the Enable Lens Profile checkbox.
3.
Select the Chromatic Aberration checkbox.
To Fill in the Edges of a Manually Corrected Image:
Some manual adjustments may affect the edges of the image. You can choose what color will fill the discrepancies
created by the lens correction. Alternatively, you can opt for transparency in this area.
Disable the Transparency checkbox, then select a color from the Background Color drop-down menu.
Resizing an Image
You can resize an 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 the resized image's appearance.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Resize an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Resize.
You can also access the Resize tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select one of the following resize options:
Pixels: resizes the image to specific dimensions in pixels.
Percent: Resizes the image to a percentage of the original.
Actual/Print size in: Resizes the image to match a specific output size. Click the drop-down list
to specify a unit of measurement.
3.
If you want to maintain a specific width to height ratio, select the Preserve aspect ratio checkbox, and
then select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
Original: Maintains the original image's width to height ratio.
1 x 1: Forces the width and height to be equal.
2 x 3: Forces a width to height ratio of 2:3.
3 x 2: Forces a width to height ratio of 3:2.
3 x 5: Forces a width to height ratio of 3:5.
5 x 3: Forces a width to height ratio of 5:3.
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Custom: Applies a custom ratio. Enter a width to height ratio in the Custom Aspect Ratio dialog
box.
4.
Select a resizing filter from the Resizing Filter drop-down list.
5.
Under the resize option you selected in step #3, type the image's new dimensions into the Width and
Height spin boxes. If you selected Actual/Print size in, click the Resolution drop-down list, and then
select a resolution (in dots per inch) for your output image.
6.
To estimate the size of the output image, click Estimate new file size.
7.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Resize tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Resizing Tips:
Maintain image quality by reducing images only by 33%, 50%, or 66%. Other percentages can distort the
aspect ratio.
Avoid resizing an image repeatedly. Each resizing places image pixels using a slightly different
orientation. As a result, multiple resizes can change the overall color and appearance of the image. If your
first resize attempt does not produce the desired result, click the Undo button.
Avoid increasing the size of an image. Increasing image size makes the image's pixels more apparent,
causing a grainy effect.
Pixel Resize Options and Resulting Action
You can reduce and enlarge the size of one or more images from Manage mode by entering a new dimension in
pixels. For more information on how to resize an image using pixel dimensions, please see Resizing an image or
Resizing multiple images.
Enlarging an image tends to pixelate the image, reducing image quality. It is best to avoid enlarging
images.
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Resize Options
Fit within Options
Action
Enlarge only
Width only
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are larger than the image's original dimensions.
The width is increased to the specified value and
the height is increased to maintain the aspect
ratio.
Height only
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are larger than the image's original dimensions.
The height is increased to the specified value
and the width is increased to maintain the
aspect ratio.
Width and height
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are larger than the image's original dimensions.
The width and height are increased as close to
the specified value as possible, while
maintaining the aspect ratio.
Width or height (largest
image)
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are larger than the image's original dimensions.
The width or height is increased as close to the
specified value as possible to maximize the size
of the image, while maintaining the aspect ratio.
Width only
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are smaller than the image's original
dimensions. The width is decreased to the
specified value and the height is decreased to
maintain the aspect ratio.
Height only
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are smaller than the image's original
dimensions. The height is decreased to the
specified value and the width is decreased to
maintain the aspect ratio.
Width and height
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are smaller than the image's original
dimensions. The width and height are decreased
as close to the specified value as possible, while
maintaining the aspect ratio.
Width or height (largest
image)
Resizes the image if the specified dimensions
are smaller than the image's original
dimensions. The width or height is decreased as
close to the specified value as possible to
minimize the size of the image, while
maintaining the aspect ratio.
Width only
Resizes the width to the specified value and
resizes the height to whatever value is
necessary to maintain the aspect ratio.
Height only
Resizes the height to the specified value and
resizes the width to whatever value is necessary
to maintain the aspect ratio.
Width and height
Resizes the image within the specified width and
height. The width and height are resized as
close to the specified value as possible while
maintaining the aspect ratio.
Width or height (largest
image)
Resizes the image within the specified width and
height. The width or height is resized as close to
the specified value as possible to maximize (or
Reduce only
Enlarge or reduce
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Action
minimize) the size of the image, while
maintaining the aspect ratio.
Distorting and Retouching with the Liquify Tool
You can use the Liquify tool to move pixels without changing them.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Distort an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Geometry group, select Liquify.
2.
In the Distortion Tools section, select the type of distortion to apply.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Liquify tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Liquify Options
Distortion
Tools
You can distort your images by moving your cursor, essentially brushing on the effect by
pushing and pulling pixels around the image.
Shift
Pinch
Bulge
Restore
You can use the Shift tool to push pixels in
images.
You can use the Pinch tool to condense pixels
towards a center point.
You can use the Bulge tool to expand pixels
outward.
You can use the Restore tool to brush the
pixels back to their original position.
You can hold down the right mouse
button to activate the Restore tool
while using any of the other
Distortion tools.
Nib Width
Adjusts the size of the brush. You can use the mouse wheel to adjust nib width or adjust
the Nib Width slider.
Density
Adjusts the size of the area affected. Within the inner circle of the nib, the effect is being
applied at 90% or more. The area between the inner and outer circle, the effect is
transitioning between 90%-0% at the outer edge.
Use SHIFT + mouse wheel to adjust Density.
Strength
Adjusts the intensity of the overall effect. Move the slider to the right to intensify the effect.
Fill color
In some cases, you may distort the image to the point where its edges are pulled in. You
can select the color that you would like to display behind the image.
Transparen In some cases, you may distort the image to the point where its edges are pulled in. You
t
can select the Transparent checkbox for the discrepancies created behind the image.
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Adjusting Image Exposure
You can use the Exposure tool to adjust an image's exposure, contrast, and fill light.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust the Image Exposure:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Exposure.
You can also access the Exposure tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Set the options as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Image Exposure Options
Exposur
e
Drag the slider to the right to increase the exposure, or drag to the left to decrease exposure.
Auto
Click the Auto button to automatically adjust the exposure level.
Contras
t
Drag the slider to the right to increase contrast, or drag to the left to decrease contrast.
Fill
Light
Drag slider to the right to increase the amount of light in the darkest areas of the image, or drag to
the left to decrease fill light. Fill light brightens dark areas of the image.
Exposur
e
warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image. Overexposed pixels turn red,
underexposed pixels turn green. The icon is gray when disabled, and turns yellow if enabled.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adjusting Image Levels
You can use the Levels tool to precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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To Adjust Image levels:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Levels.
You can also access the Levels tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Do one of the following:
Set the options as described below to adjust the contrast and light levels manually.
Click Auto and select a menu option to automatically adjust image properties.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to apply your changes.
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Levels tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
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Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the black point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the
blackest area of an image. As the value increases, the dark colored areas of the image
become darker. You can also click on the arrow to automatically set it to where the
black point start in the image.
Midtones
Specifies the midtones in an image.
Move the slider or type a number into the spin box to set the midtone. Higher values
make the image appear brighter, while lower values make the image appear darker.
You can also click on the arrow to automatically set it to the midtone of the image.
Highlights
Specifies the white point of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the whitest
area of an image. As the value increases, the light colored areas of the image become
lighter. You can also click on the arrow to automatically set it to where the highlights
start in the image.
Auto
Select one of the following options:
Adjust Contrast : Automatically analyzes and adjusts image contrast.
Adjust Color and Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts each color
channel independently, and then adjusts the contrast.
Adjust Color and Brightness: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image
color and brightness.
Tolerance: Opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the maximum
clipping percentage for black and white levels, and click OK. ACDSee adjusts
the image levels automatically.
Black Point picker
Click the Black Point picker, and then click the image area you want to set as the
black point.
Mid Point picker
Click the Mid Point picker, and then click the image area you want to set as the mid
point.
White Point picker
Click the White Point picker, and then click the image area you want to set as the
white point.
When you click around the image with a selected eye dropper you will see the RGB numbers changing to
reflect the RGB values of the pixel under the eye dropper. The RGB values represent the source pixel
(unprocessed) and the current pixel as it appears on the screen.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Adjusting Levels Automatically
You can use the Auto Levels tool to automatically correct the exposure levels of your images. Auto Levels makes the
darkest image pixels darker, and the brightest pixels brighter.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Automatically Correct an Image's Levels:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Auto Levels.
You can also access the Auto Levels tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select one of the following options:
Auto Contrast and Color: Adjusts color differences, brightness, and balances RGB channels.
Auto Contrast: Adjusts the color differences and brightness only.
Auto Color: Balances the RGB channels in the image, without changing the brightness or
contrast.
3.
Use the Strength slider to fine tune the amount of exposure you want to apply.
4.
Click Exposure Warning to make overexposed and underexposed pixels visible. Overexposed pixels turn
red, underexposed pixels turn green.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adjusting Tone Curves
In Edit, you can use the Curves tool to change the tonal range of an image. Select the RGB color channel to adjust
the entire range of the image, or select a specific color.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
Remember that any changes you make with this tool in Edit, are pixel-based edits, recommended for final
touch-ups to your image. For non-destructive changes, use the Tone Curves tool in Develop.
To Adjust the Brightness Curves in an Image:
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1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Tone Curves.
You can also access the Tone Curves tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Set the options as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to apply your changes.
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Curves tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Curves Options
Channel
Specifies the color channels to adjust.
Show Histogram
Toggles the histogram display on and off.
Histogram
Displays a graphic of the color information levels in the image, based on the selected
channel. Click and drag the line to manipulate the curve. Each time you click the
curve, a new node is added. You can drag the nodes up and down the curve. To
remove a node, drag the node up and out of the graph, or down and out of the graph.
Exposure warning
Highlights overexposed and underexposed areas of the image. Overexposed pixels
turn red, underexposed pixels turn green.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adjusting Lighting
You can use the Light EQ™ tool to adjust areas in an image that are too dark or too light, without affecting other
areas of the photo. You can also simultaneously lighten dark areas that are too dark, and darken areas that are too
bright. Examples would be a photo of a person silhouetted against a bright background like the sea, or a window.
In fact, most photos taken on a dull day, or with a flash, can be improved in various ways with fine adjustments.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
The Light EQ™ tool is very versatile. There are 4 tabs — each allows you to achieve results in different ways. In
addition, there are several keyboard and mouse shortcuts that allow you to make adjustments on specific areas of
the photo itself.
1-Step tab: For an instant, effortless exposure adjustment.
Basic tab: Is for very quick and easy adjustments using three sliders. ACDSee analyzes the photo and
varies the adjustment throughout the image automatically. For example, darker images are brightened
more. By clicking the Auto button, you can have ACDSee fully analyze the photo and set the slider
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positions automatically. You can also click directly on an area of the image to generate automatic settings
optimal for that area, (usually the subject of the photo).
Standard tab: Works like a sound equalizer but with light. You can adjust the brightness and contrast of
different tone bands (areas of relative brightness or darkness) of the image independently using a slider
for each tone band. A graph shows the amount of brightening or darkening applied throughout the tonal
range. The gray areas in the graph are suggested boundaries for adjustment to avoid clipping and loss of
detail, and turn red to indicate where you have adjusted the sliders far enough to cause clipping.
Advanced tab: Gives you ultimate control of the brightness and contrast in an image. Basic adjustment
curves can be constructed using four sliders, and you can manually adjust the curves by clicking and
dragging within the graph area or on the image itself.
To Open the Light EQ™ Tool:
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Light EQ™.
You can also access the Light EQ tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
Using the 1-Step Tab
When you open an image in the Light EQ™ tool, 1-Step automatically adjusts your image's exposure. You can
further adjust it using the Amount slider. To return to the 1-Step automatic adjustment, press the Reset button.
Using the Basic Tab
To Add Light to Dark Areas:
1.
Drag the Highlights slider to the right to add light to the dark parts of the photo.
2.
Adjust the settings using any of the controls in the table below.
To Darken Areas That Are Too Bright:
1.
Drag the Shadows slider to the right to lighten and return detail to areas that are too dark.
2.
Adjust the settings using any of the controls in the table below.
To Adjust Midtones That Are Too Light or Dark:
1.
Drag the Midtones slider to the right to lighten and return detail to areas that are too dark.
2.
Adjust the settings using any of the controls in the table below.
Light EQ™ Controls
Right-click on a
slider
Right-click on a slider to reset it.
Exposure Warning
Click the Exposure Warning to make any overexposed or
underexposed areas visible. Overexposed pixels turn red,
underexposed pixels turn green. You can also toggle Exposure
Warning on and off momentarily by holding down the E key.
Auto
Click to allow the software to analyze the photo and apply
optimal settings based on the amount of light and dark pixels
in the photo. Darker photos are brightened more than photos
that are already bright.
Done
Click to apply your changes and close the tool.
Cancel
Click to discard all changes and close the tool.
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Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Using the Standard Tab
The Standard tab has two sets of sliders. The top set is
for brightening. The lower set is for darkening. The
dark-to-light gradient on each slider indicates that you
brighten that tone band when you move the slider up
(top row of sliders) or darken that tone band when you
move the slider down (bottom row).
Between the two sets of sliders are two horizontal bars
graded from black to white. These bars indicate that
sliders on the far left affect the dark tonal bands. The
sliders on the right affect light tonal bands. Moving a
slider changes the light in that particular tonal band.
In the middle of the bands are two graphs that change
as you adjust the sliders to represent the amount of
darkening and lightening throughout the tonal range
of the image. The two gray graphs show the maximum
amount of brightening or darkening that you can apply
before clipping begins. If you push a slider too far, the
clipping is shown in bright pink.
To increase contrast within a tonal band, apply brightening and darkening simultaneously in equal amounts by
dragging the upper and lower sliders up and down, respectively. The area between the top of the upper graph and
the bottom of the lower graph indicates the amount by which contrast is increased.
To Use the Standard Tab:
1.
Do one of the following:
Drag the tone band sliders up or down depending on which light bands you want to adjust.
Type the exact number into the number boxes or increment the numbers to make precise
adjustments.
Click the # Tone drop-down list to increase or decrease the number of tone band sliders.
Click
(or press E) to see any overexposed or underexposed pixels.
Click the Auto button to apply settings automatically.
Drag the Darkening slider to darken the light areas of the image.
Drag the Contrast slider to increase the contrast in the image.
Drag the Fill Light slider to lighten dark areas of the image.
Left-click and drag upwards to brighten the dark areas of the photo. Try to prevent clipping
(shown in pink on the graph).
Right-click and drag downwards to darken the bright areas of the photo. Try to prevent clipping
(shown in pink on the graph).
2.
Click Done to apply your settings and close the tool. Or click Cancel to discard your changes and close
the tool.
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Using the Advanced Tab
Sliders
The Advanced tab has two sliders for brightening and
two for darkening. The Brightening and Darkening
sliders control the shape of the adjustment curves,
while the Amplitude sliders control the height of the
curves.
The more you brighten or darken, the more you
increase the balance of the dark against the light areas
in the image. The Amplitude sliders increase the
intensity of the effects of brightening or darkening.
The Scale slider at the bottom of the tool adjusts the
overall adjustment sensitivity to local variation in
brightness. Moving this slider to the left makes the
adjustment more sensitive to smaller areas of
brightness variation, which may be beneficial in some
images. For most images, however, leaving the slider
in the default position gives the best result. You can
also adjust the Contrast slider to decrease or
increase contrast, or use the Fill Light slider to
lighten dark areas of the image.
Graphs
Between the Brightening and Darkening controls are two gray graphs that indicate the maximum amount of
lightening or darkening that you can apply before clipping (shown as bright pink) begins.
Two colored curves appear and change as you drag the Brightening, Darkening and Amplitude sliders — these
curves indicate the amount of brightening and darkening applied throughout the tonal range of the image. Darker
tonal areas are on the left, and brighter tonal areas are on the right. As you move your cursor over the image, a
vertical line in the graph indicates the tone level of the area under the cursor within the tonal range. At times there
are two lines because the tone levels for brightening and darkening are not necessarily the same. This is because
brightening is sensitive to maximum color values while darkening is sensitive to minimum color values.
The Advanced tab is unique in that you can adjust the curves manually, either on the graph itself, or on the actual
photo. Adjustments made on the photo are reflected in the curve on the graph. Adjustments made on the graph
are reflected on the photo.
To increase contrast within a tonal range without changing the brightness, apply brightening and darkening
simultaneously in equal amounts by dragging the upper and lower curves up and down, respectively. The area
between the top of the upper graph and the bottom of the lower graph indicates the amount by which contrast is
increased.
To Use the Advanced Tab:
1.
Do one of the following:
Drag the Brightening or Darkening sliders to adjust the bright or dark pixels. As you drag, a
gray curve appears to indicate your adjustments.
Left-click and drag upwards to brighten the dark areas of the photo. Try to prevent clipping
(shown in pink on the graph).
Right-click and drag downwards to darken the bright areas of the photo. Try to prevent clipping
(shown in pink on the graph).
Drag the Scale slider to the right to make your adjustments more sensitive to smaller areas of
brightness variation.
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Drag the Contrast slider to increase or decrease contrast in your image.
Drag the Fill Light slider to add light to the dark areas in your image.
Make adjustments using any of the options in the table below, including on the image itself.
2.
Click Done to apply your settings and close the tool. Or click Cancel to discard your changes and close
the tool.
Adjustment Options - Advanced Tab
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Area
Action
Result
Sliders
Drag Brightening
To the right: Increases the lightening applied to the darker
areas.
To the left: Applies brightening more uniformly to all areas
of the image.
(The name of the slider changes to Custom curve when
you change the curve manually or make adjustments on the
image.)
Drag Darkening
To the right: Increases the darkening applied to the
brighter areas of the image.
To the left: Applies the darkening more uniformly to all
areas of the image.
Drag Amplitude (Brightening)
To the right: Increases the intensity of the brightening
across all areas of the image. The height of the curve
increases.
To the left: Reduces the intensity of the brightening and the
height of the curve.
If the Amplitude slider is 0 - no brightening is applied.
If the Amplitude is 100 - 200, the proportional amount of
clipping increases.
In most cases it is not necessary to adjust amplitude.
Drag Amplitude (Darkening)
To the right: Increases the intensity of the darkening
across all areas of the image. The height of the bottom
curve increases.
To the left: Reduces the intensity of the darkening and the
height of the curve.
Drag Scale
To the left: Makes the tool more sensitive to smaller areas of
brightness variation.
This means that smaller areas can be adjusted
independently. Generally the default scale of 10 gives the
best result, but if an image contains small details that need
brightening, a lower scale might give better results.
On Graph
Drag the graph (top)
The graph changes as you left-click and drag up on the
graph itself. The graph represents the brighten
adjustments you are making. The dark gray graph
represents the maximum amount you can drag the graph
before clipping (pink) begins.
The height of the graph represents the level of brightening
applied at each tone level. (Tone moves from black on the
left to white on the right.)
When you make direct brightening or darkening
adjustments on the graph or image, the corresponding
Brightening or Darkening slider changes to Custom curve.
If you adjust the position of the slider after this it discards
all direct curve adjustments.
When you make direct brightening or darkening
adjustments on the graph or image, the corresponding
Brightening or Darkening Amplitude slider changes to
indicate the current curve amplitude.
Drag the graph (bottom)
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The graph changes as you right-click and drag down on the
graph itself. The graph represents the darken adjustments
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Action
Result
you are making. The dark gray graph represents the
maximum amount you can drag the graph before clipping
(pink) begins.
You can use all the shortcuts below Changes the tonal band on the graph itself with a
that apply to the image, directly to corresponding change in the image. This is useful for
the Graph itself.
making fine adjustments to a specific tonal band.
On Image
Double-click with left mouse
button
Automatically sets Brightening to optimum for that area of
the image. A brighter area (e.g. a face) works best.
Double-click with right mouse
button
(or SHIFT + double-click with
left mouse button)
Automatically sets the Darkening to optimum for that area of
the image.
CTRL + double-click with left
mouse button
Increases the amount of brightening around that tone level
while decreasing the brightening in the rest of the image.
Use this method to quickly brighten a specific subject or
area to bring it out of the image.
CTRL + double-click with
right mouse button
Increases the amount of darkening around that tone level
while decreasing the amount of darkening in the rest of the
image.
Scroll up or down with the
mouse wheel above the
image
Increases or decreases the amount of brightening applied
at that tone level in the image. Both the image and the
graph show the changes.
SHIFT+ scroll with the mouse
wheel above the image
Decreases or increases the amount of darkening applied at
that tone level in the image.
Hold down "A"
+ scrolling or
+ dragging with the left
mouse button
Sets the brightening Amplitude slider directly.
Hold down "A" +SHIFT
+ scrolling or
+ dragging with the right
mouse button
Sets the darkening Amplitude slider directly.
Click and drag up and down
on the image (left mouse
button)
Increases or decreases the amount of brightening applied
at that tone level in the image. Both the image and the
graph show the changes.
(Only works if the image is actual size - no zooming.)
SHIFT + click and drag up
and down on the image (left
mouse button)
Decreases or increases the amount of darkening applied at
that tone level in the image.
(Only works if the image is actual size - no zooming.)
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
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You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Reducing Haze
You can use the Dehaze tool to restore contrast, detail, and lost color to images. This tool is especially useful for
images that have been captured through a haze. A haze can occur when dust, smoke, or other particles obscure
the clarity of the image, particularly the sky.
To Dehaze an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select Dehaze.
You can also access the Dehaze tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Drag the Amount slider to adjust the strength of the correction.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to accept your changes and close the panel.
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the panel.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Dodge and Burn
Enhance your photos and improve contrast by controlling the light and intensity of color in select areas. Dodge,
burn, saturate and desaturate your photos to accentuate and define shapes, magnify and fade color, and add
shadows and highlights.
You can use the Dodge and Burn tool to lighten or darken areas in a photo without affecting other areas. The tool is
often used to lighten underexposed areas or darken overexposed areas.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
Dodging and Burning Parts of an Image
To Lighten or Darken Areas of a Photo:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Exposure/Lighting group, select the Dodge tool to lighten areas, or the Burn tool to
darken areas.
You can also access the Dodge and Burn tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Under Tool Settings, select the area to adjust: Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights.
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3.
Drag the range slider to fine-tune targeted areas within the shadows or highlights. Increasing the range
broadens the affected range of tones, while decreasing the range narrows the affected range of tones.
4.
Under Brush settings select from the following preference settings:
Drag the Nib Width slider to select a brush size.
Drag the Feathering slider to soften the edges of your strokes.
Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of your strokes.
5.
Draw over the areas of the image you want to lighten or darken.
6.
Click Done.
When you adjust the range slider, a preview of the areas of the image that will be affected by brushing
will be shown as a grayscale image. The brighter the pixels are in the preview image, the more they will
be affected by brush strokes. Areas that are pure white will be affected with full strength, and areas that
are black will be completely unaffected. For best results, move the range slider until the pixels you want
to dodge or burn are white, and areas that you want to leave unaffected are black.
Scroll with your mouse to adjust the brush size on the fly, or use SHIFT + mouse scroll to adjust
feathering.
To Saturate or Desaturate Areas of a Photo:
1.
Select the Saturate tool to intensify colors, or the Desaturate tool to fade colors.
2.
Under Tool Settings, select one of the following:
Standard to target all areas of the photo.
Vibrance to target the less saturated colors and to prevent skin tones from becoming oversaturated.
3.
Under Brush settings select from the following preference settings:
Drag the Nib Width slider to select a brush size.
Drag the Feathering slider to soften the edges of your strokes
Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of your strokes
4.
5.
Draw over the areas of the image you want to lighten or darken.
Click Done.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjusting White Balance
You can use the White Balance tool to remove unwanted hue from an image. For example, if you take a photo at
sunset and the resulting image has a reddish hue, you can use the White Balance tool to remove it.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Remove a Color Cast from an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Color group, select White Balance.
You can also access the White Balance tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
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2.
Click an image area that should be white or gray. The color square shows the color of the original pixel on
the left, and the modified pixel on the right.
3.
Drag the Temperature slider to the left (more blue) or right (more yellow) to select a specific color
temperature.
4.
Drag the Tint slider to the left (more magenta) or right (more green) to match the white balance settings
that you selected when you took the photo.
5.
To specify the strength of the white balance adjustment, move the Strength slider. Higher settings
remove more of the unwanted color.
6.
Click Done to save your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and leave the tool.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
If you are having difficulties achieving the desired effect, try clicking an image area that is a different
shade of white or gray.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
You can use the Gradient tool
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adjusting Color
You can use the Color EQ (hue, saturation, and brightness) tool to adjust overall colors in an image or each color
individually. The advanced tools can subtly fine-tune and enhance colors, or completely change individual colors
in an image.
Color EQ is useful for changing a single color in an image. If you have an image with a yellow car, you can use the
Saturation tab to saturate the yellow, or use the Brightness tab to brighten the yellow. In the Hue tab, you can
change the color of the car from yellow to pink.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
If you have an image of a yellow car with a yellow building in the background, you can change just the car
by using the Selections tool. Select the car using the Selections tool and then apply your color
adjustments.
To Adjust Color:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Color group, select Color EQ.
You can also access the Color EQ tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select the Saturation, Brightness, or Hue tab, and adjust them according to the options described in the
table below.
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3.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to apply your changes.
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Select High Quality mode or Standard mode from the top of the Color EQ pane. To adjust colors individually,
left-click a color on the image and drag up or down to alter. Your changes are reflected in the color sliders in High
Quality mode, and the graph in Standard mode respectively.This works in the Saturation, Brightness and Hue
tabs.
High
Quality
Adjust image colors individually. High Quality uses the newer, more modern color models,
allowing for a visually perceptive and higher quality adjustment.
Adjust each color individually by
dragging sliders right for more
intensity, or left for less intensity.
You can also enter a number into
the fields for precise adjustments.
Or select a precise color to adjust
by placing your cursor on the
image for the double arrow icon to
appear. Then click and drag up or
down to adjust the colors beneath
the double arrow icon. The affected
color sliders automatically adjust
as you move your cursor.
Standard
Vibrance
Drag the slider to adjust the
vibrance of the image without
affecting skin tones.
Saturation
Drag the slider to adjust the
saturation of the image.
Supports previously developed images. Adjust colors individually or make global adjustments.
Vertical slider
Apply adjustments to the entire
image. A slider on the left has the
following effects on the tabs:
Saturation: Adjusts from
saturation to grayscale.
Brightness: Adjusts the
light or dark tones in the
image.
Hue: Changes to a
different color.
You can also enter a number into
the field for precise adjustments.
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Individual color sliders
Adjust each color with individual
sliders. Select the color you want to
adjust and click and drag the
sliders. You can also enter a
number into the fields for precise
adjustments.
Direct image adjustments
Place your cursor on the image for
the double arrow icon to appear.
Then click and drag up or down to
adjust the colors beneath the
double arrow icon. The curve
control and the affected color
sliders automatically adjust as you
move your cursor. The black down
arrow on the graph indicates the
color you are adjusting in the
image.
The curve appears black in the
graph, and you cannot directly
adjust it. To apply further
adjustments, you can alter the
white curve. When you adjust the
white curve, the black curve
automatically changes with it. You
can also enter a number into the
fields for precise adjustments.
Vibrance
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Drag the slider to adjust the
vibrance of the image without
affecting skin tones.
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjusting Split Tone
Split toning is a powerful technique originating in film photography to tint the highlights and shadows.
The Split Tone tool gives you creative control over the Hue and Saturation of your highlights and shadows. Use the
sliders to adjust the balance of tones in the highlights and shadows of your photos. Split toning allows you to add
a creative element to RAW conversion and non-destructive editing in ACDSee.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust Highlights and Shadows:
1.
In Edit mode, under the Color group, select Split Tone.
You can also access the Split Tone tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Drag the sliders to apply colored highlights and shadows as described in the table below.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjustment Options
Highlights
Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a highlight color.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the specified color in the
highlights of the image.
Shadows
Hue
Drag the slider to the right to select a shadow color.
Saturation
Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the specified color in the
shadows of the image.
Balance
Drag the slider to the right to emphasize the highlight color; drag the slider to
the left to emphasize the shadow color. For example if the slider is set to the
maximum at 50, then full emphasis is applied to the highlight color; if the slider
is set to the minimum - 50, then full emphasis is applied to the shadow color.
Create a sepia tone effect by first reducing the saturation of your photo with the Advanced Color tool and
then applying a reddish brown hue with the Split Tone tool. Or create a monochromatic black and white
photo with a slight tint of hue.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Adjusting Color Balance
You can adjust an image's color values using the Color Balance tool.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust an Image's Color:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Color group, select Color Balance.
You can also access the Color Balance tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Adjust the sliders as described in the table below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Apply to apply your changes.
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Color Balance Options
Vibrance
Boosts color in the image, and avoids affecting skin tones.
Saturation
Adjusts the saturation of the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to the
left to decrease saturation.
Hue
Adjusts the hue of the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to the left to
decrease hue.
Lightness
Adjusts the image brightness. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to the left
to decrease the image's brightness.
Red
Adjusts the red channel in the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to
the left to decrease the red tone in your image.
Green
Adjusts the green channel in the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to
the left to decrease the green tone in your image.
Blue
Adjusts the blue channel in the image. Drag the slider to the right to increase or drag to
the left to decrease the blue tone in your image.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Creating a Grayscale Image
You can create rich grayscale images when you can control the brightness of the red, green, and blue channels,
as well as the overall brightness. Use the Convert to Black and White tool to emphasize different areas or aspects
of a photo, as well as alter its mood and tone.
If you hover your mouse over each slider and watch the effect on the small preview, it shows you which parts of
the image will be affected by each channel. This helps to gauge the effect of each slider on the image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Create a Grayscale Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Color group, select Convert to Black & White.
You can also access the Convert to Black & White tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter
toolbar.
2.
Do any of the following:
Drag the Percent Red slider to the left or right.
The more red there is in a pixel, the more effect the red slider has on that pixel. The area of
red in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
Drag the Percent Green slider the left or right.
The more green there is in a pixel, the more effect the green slider has on that pixel. The area
of green in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
Drag the Percent Blue slider to the left or right.
The more blue there is in a pixel, the more effect the blue slider has on that pixel. The area of
blue in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
Drag the Percent Brightness slider to the right or left to brighten or darken the whole image.
You can right-click the slider to reset the value to zero.
3.
Click Done to save your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the Filter menu.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Using the Histogram
The Histogram displays a graphical representation of the distribution of intensity levels of pixels for each color
channel in an image.
To Display and Use the Histogram:
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1.
In View or Edit mode, click Panes | Histogram.
2.
On the Histogram, select or clear the following checkboxes:
R: Shows or hides the red color channel.
G: Shows or hides the green color channel.
B: Shows or hides the blue color channel.
L: Shows or hides the lightness of the image.
Changing Image Color Depth
You can modify an image's color depth in View mode. Color depth refers to the range of colors an image contains.
To Change the Color Depth of an Image:
In View mode, click Tools | Modify | Change Color Depth, and select one of the options described below.
Color Depth Options
Black and White
Two-color black and white palette
16 Grays
16-color grayscale palette
256 Grays
256-color grayscale palette
16 Colors
16-color palette
256 Colors
256-color palette (GIF format uses 256 colors by default)
Hicolor
32,768-color palette
Truecolor
16,777,216-color palette of all colors visible to humans
16 bit grayscale
16-bit grayscale palette
48 bit color
48-bit color palette
You can use ACDSee to convert an image to any of these color depths. However, to use certain image enhancement
tools, filters, blends, and adjustment options, the image must be Hicolor or Truecolor. To edit an image that is not
originally Hicolor or Truecolor, you can convert it, edit the image, and then convert it back to its original color
depth.
Using the Color Dialog Box
The Colors dialog box appears in several places in Edit mode when you select or apply a color. You can use the
Color dialog box to select a color in multiple ways and to adjust a color using several different tools.
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The Standard Tab
On the first tab, there is a fixed honeycomb of Basic colors to choose from, including gray, black, and white at the
bottom. Below it is a grid of Custom or Favorite colors that you can fill in by selecting a color and then rightclicking a box in the grid. To create a custom color, click the Custom tab.
The Custom Tab
On the second tab, there is a color palette. On the far right is a color slider, which you can use to navigate to a
color group and gain access to any or all colors of the spectrum. Add colors to your Custom colors by selecting the
color in the palette and then right-clicking a box in the grid.
Selecting and Adjusting Colors
To select a color, click on a square in the grid of custom colors, or on the color palette. You can also drag over the
color palette. When you click a color, that color appears in the New box and all of its numerical values, (Hue,
Saturation, Luminosity, as well as Red, Green, and Blue), appear in the fields on the Custom tab.
You can also adjust a color by changing the Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity values. To select a precise color, type
in the values for that color. You can do the same using the Red, Green, and Blue values.
Sharpening an Image
You can use the Sharpen tool to sharpen an image by enhancing medium and high contrast edges.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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To Sharpen an Image Using Sharpen Tool:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Sharpen.
You can also access the Sharpen tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Drag the sliders to enhance or fix your image as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Sharpen Options
Amount
Specifies the amount of sharpening applied by increasing contrast around the edges.
Radius
Controls the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values increase the
number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out coarser detail, while lower values
reduce the number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring out finer detail.
Mask
Allows the targeting of edges, while suppressing the sharpening of noise and
texture. To view the areas the mask affects, press the ALT key when moving the
mask slider. Areas affected by sharpening appear white.
Detail
Suppresses the halo, (the light border that forms around edges with extreme
sharpening), by reducing its intensity. The higher the value, the stronger the
reduction.
Specifies how different the pixel lightness values within an edge must be before the
pixels within the edge are sharpened. Higher values sharpen only stronger edges but
minimize the appearance of noise. Lower values sharpen both strong and weaker
edges, but can increase the appearance of noise. We recommend you set the
threshold to enhance edges while keeping background noise to a minimum.
Threshold
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Blurring an Image
You can use the Blur tool to apply different kinds of blur to an image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Blur an Image:
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In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Blur.
You can also access the Blur tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
In the Blur type section, select the type of blur to apply.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Blur tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Blur Types
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Produces an even, smooth blur.
Gaussian
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Produces a blurring effect that gives the illusion of movement.
Linear
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the blur effect.
Produces blur around a center point. Click the image to set the center point.
Radial
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Clockwise
Specifies clockwise blur.
Counter-clockwise
Specifies counter-clockwise blur.
Horizontal position
Specifies the blur's center point on the
horizontal axis.
Vertical position
Specifies the blur's center point on the
vertical axis.
Produces a smeared or frosted blur.
Amount
Spread
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Produces inward or outward blur to or from a center point.
Zoom
Smart Blur
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Zoom in
Creates a blur that zooms in to the image's
center.
Zoom out
Creates a blur that zooms out from the
image's center.
Horizontal position
Specifies the blur's center point on the
horizontal axis.
Vertical position
Specifies the blur's center point on the
vertical axis.
Produces blur by detecting and avoiding edges, and preserves detail based on the
threshold setting. This effect is usually used to smooth out skin.
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider
to the right to intensify the effect.
Threshold
Specifies how little detail an area must have
before the blur will apply to it.
Produces a blur that mimics the blurring effect of a camera aperture.
Select a bokeh shape from the options on the Blur panel. These shapes concentrate
in highlights.
Lens
Amount
Specifies the strength of the blur. Move the
slider to the right to intensify the effect.
Bokeh Frequency
Specifies how often the bokeh shapes show
up.
Bokeh Brightness
Specifies how much the bokeh shapes stand
out.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
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You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
About Noise and Noise Reduction
Image noise looks like random black, white, or colored pixels in an area of a photo where there should be solid
color, such as a dark night sky. In digital photography, noise is typically more visible in the dark areas of a photo.
There are many causes of image noise. You will increase image noise if you use a high ISO setting (such as ISO
800) to capture a photo, or if you extend the exposure time. (You would typically use a high ISO setting and extend
exposure time to take a photo in low light.) However, image noise can be caused by dead or stuck pixels in a digital
camera's image sensor. Similarly, dust on a camera lens or scanner bed can cause noise by blocking or reflecting
light.
Images generally have two types of noise: luminance and color. Luminance noise is random variations of
brightness, and particularly in gray areas, may appear spotted when there should be a solid color in the area of
the image.
Color noise is random variations of color in the image.
Noise is visually distracting, so in most cases you will want to reduce noise in your photos. However, if you reduce
noise too much you may unintentionally reduce image sharpness.You can use the Noise Removal tool to remove
both luminance and color noise in your images.
Removing Noise
You can use the Remove Noise tool to remove noise from your images while preserving details that you want to
retain.
You can use the Remove Noise tool to remove hot image pixels caused by digital cameras with
malfunctioning CCD array sensors, or the extra pixels caused by a dusty scanner or camera lens.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
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To Remove Noise from an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Noise.
You can also access the Noise tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select the Remove Noise tab.
3.
Select an option from the Noise Type section.
4.
Set the options as described below.
Hold down the ALT key while adjusting a slider to view a preview of its effect on the image.
5.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Remove Noise tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
Noise Removal Options
Noise Type
Camera Noise
Removes digital camera noise. Adjust the following sliders
to further remove noise:
Removal
Median Noise
Luminance
Reduces the random variations of
brightness in the noise.
Strength
Controls the strength of the
Luminance slider.
Color
Reduces the random variations of
color in the noise.
Preserve Detail
Restores details lost due to strong
noise removal. Set the slider to
adjust how much detail is
restored.
Preserve Detail
Threshold
Determines the level of detail
necessary to be included in the
Preserve Detail slider's
adjustments.
Square
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel
square.
X
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel
X shape. Use this option when
you want to preserve an image's
thin and diagonal lines.
Plus
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel
plus (+) shape. Use this option
when you want to preserve an
image's thin, vertical, and
horizontal lines.
Removal
Removes noise.
Despeckle
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You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
You can use the Radial Gradient tool
to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
Adding Noise
You can use the Add Noise tool to add a grainy texture to an image. Adding small amounts of noise can reduce the
appearance of minor imperfections in the original image.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Add Noise to an Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Noise.
You can also access the Noise tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Select the Add Noise tab.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Add Noise tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Click Reset to clear your changes and reset to default settings. If you saved your changes, you cannot
reset your settings. If you want to discard only the Edit settings, select File | Restore to Developed.
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Intensity
Specifies the amount of noise to add to the image. A higher intensity increases the
chance that a noise pixel will replace a pixel in the original image.
Color proximity
Specifies the color of noise pixels to add to the image. A lower value gives each noise
pixel a color similar to the pixel it replaces. Higher values result in a random selection
of the noise pixel color.
Noise color
Select one of the following options to specify noise pixel color:
Random: Randomly selects the color.
Monochrome: Produces black and white noise pixels.
Adjustable: Randomly selects the color of each noise pixel, but more pixels
match a defined color. To define a color, click the color picker and select a
color.
Noise placement
Adds noise to image areas that closely match a defined color. Select the Set color
checkbox to enable noise placement, and click the color picker to specify a color.
Randomize
Indicates the random placement of noise in an image.
When you use Add Noise tool, ACDSee places the noise pixels based on a random
seed. This makes the image noise different each time you use the Add Noise tool. You
can define a specific random seed to generate identical image noise.
To generate a new random seed, click Randomize.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
You can use the Gradient tool
to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
to transition this effect across specific areas of your image.
Adjusting Details
To highlight important details in your photo, and remove the emphasis off others, you can use the Detail Brush.
The impact of the Detail Brush is cumulative. This means that the more you brush in a particular area using the
blur option, for example, the more blurry the area will become.
To Adjust Details:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Detail Brush.
You can also access the Detail Brush tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
Adjust the settings as described below.
3.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Detail Brush Options
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Operation
Select the operation would you like to perform:
Blur
Sharpen
Tool settings
If you selected Sharpen, set the following:
Brush settings
Radius
Controls the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher
values increase the number of sharpened pixels and tend to bring
out coarser detail, while lower values reduce the number of
sharpened pixels and tend to bring out finer detail.
Threshold
Specifies how different the pixel lightness values within an edge
must be before the pixels within the edge are sharpened. Higher
values sharpen only stronger edges but minimize the appearance of
noise. Lower values sharpen both strong and weaker edges, but can
increase the appearance of noise. We recommend you set the
threshold to enhance edges while keeping background noise to a
minimum.
Nib Width
Drag the slider to select a brush size.
Feathering
Drag the slider to soften the edges of your strokes.
Strength
Drag the slider to determine the strength of the sharpening or
blurring.
You can also type a number into the number box and incrementally make precise adjustments.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
Adjusting Clarity
The Clarity tool adds subtle definition to the details in your image. Use the Clarity tool to enhance the contrast of
midtones in your images, without overpowering the shadows and highlights.
You can save your settings as a preset for future use.
To Adjust the Clarity of Your Image:
1.
In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Clarity.
You can also access the Clarity tool from the Filter drop-down menu or Filter toolbar.
2.
3.
Drag the Strength slider to the right for greater clarity, or to the left for reverse clarity.
Do one of the following:
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
You can also type a number into the number box and incrementally make precise adjustments.
You can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.
You can use the Edit Brush
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You can use the Radial Gradient tool
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to apply effects around, or directly to, a center point.
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Chapter 8: 365 Mode
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
You can use 365 mode to upload your images to 365.acdsee.com, an image sharing and storage service available
to ACDSee users. With 365 mode and 365.acdsee.com, you can upload and browse through your online images
without having to launch an Internet browser. You need to create a 365.acdsee.com account first, before
uploading your photos.
With 365.acdsee.com, you can:
Create Your 365.acdsee.com Account
Upload Images
Set Privacy Settings for Your Image Folders
Working in 365 Mode
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
You can use 365 mode to upload your images to 365.acdsee.com, an image sharing and storage service available
to ACDSee users. With 365 mode and 365.acdsee.com, you can upload and browse through your online images
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without having to launch an Internet browser. Or you can access 365.acdsee.com at any time directly from an
Internet browser.
365 Mode Has Two Parts: 365.acdsee.com and Transfer
To enable the 365.acdsee.com and Transfer tabs, you need to create a 365.acdsee.com account.
365.acdsee.com
Clicking the 365.acdsee.com tab takes you to 365.acdsee.com, where you can
browse through images you have uploaded to your online account, see other
users' images, or upgrade your membership level. 365.acdsee.com has the
following menus:
Manage: Organize your images into folders.
Upload: Click Upload to switch to Transfer for uploading images.
Profile: Modify your profile and set specific information to public or
private.
Support: See the Help or FAQs for assistance with 365.acdsee.com.
Transfer
Transfer allows you to upload images to your 365.acdsee.com account. In
Transfer, the screen splits into two. The bottom of the screen displays the
available images in your computer, and the top of the screen displays your
365.acdsee.com account.
You cannot take an image from 365 mode and open it in Develop or Edit mode for editing. To edit an
image, select an image in Manage or View mode and open it in Develop or Edit mode for processing.
Creating a 365.acdsee.com Account
Before you can upload your images to 365.acdsee.com, you need to create an account.
To Create an 365.acdsee.com Account:
1.
Click the 365 tab to enter ACDSee 365 mode.
2.
Press the Sign Up Now button.
3.
Enter your information into the fields and click Create your account.
If you already have an account, click the Login button.
Uploading Images to 365.acdsee.com
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
365.acdsee.com is an image sharing and storage service for ACDSee users. You need to create a 365.acdsee.com
account first, before uploading your photos. There is no size limit for uploading images to your 365.acdsee.com
account.
Depending on your ACDSee 365 account level, you can also upload videos.
To Upload Your Images:
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In 365 mode, click Login.
2.
Login to your account.
3.
Click Upload to switch to Transfer.
Your screen splits in two, with the bottom part of the screen displaying images on your computer, and the
top part of the screen representing your images online.
4.
Use the drop-down list in the top right corner to select one of the following:
Upload Original with associated data: Upload images in current file format, including any
associated files such as those containing metadata. This option is the best for images you want to
archive.
Upload Original (as JPG ): Uploads image as a JPG in it's original size.
Upload 1920 x 1440 JPG: Converts the image to JPG and sets the size to 1920 x 1440. This
option is the best for high quality JPGs.
Upload 1024 x 768 JPG: Converts the image to JPG and sets the size to 1024 x 768. This
option is the best for images you want to view on a Netbook, and results in the fastest upload.
5.
Do one of the following to select an image to upload:
Click and drag an image into the top part of the screen to upload it to your 365.acdsee.com
account. To select multiple images, press the SHIFT or the CTRL key and click on the images to
select them. You can also click and drag your cursor to select multiple images.
Drag a folder of your images to the top part of the screen.
Select images and click the up arrow icon beside Transfer Manager, or click Sync to Web to
upload all the images in the Sync to Web folders.
When upload is complete, images are displayed in the order they were uploaded. Overlay icons indicate
the file type and if the image has been developed or edited.
You can upload a folder with sub-folders. 365 mode respects folder hierarchy when uploading a folder to
your 365.acdsee.com account.
Setting Folders to Automatically Sync to Web
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
If you want to upload all the images from a folder on your computer to 365.acdsee.com and keep the folder synced
as you add new images, you can set your folder to automatically Sync to Web. The sync works in one direction;
images from your computer are uploaded to your 365.acdsee.com account. Set selected folders to Sync to Web,
and have all files in these folders upload to your365.acdsee.com pages whenever you click Sync to Web.
To Set a Folder to Automatically Sync to Web:
1.
In 365 mode, click Login.
2.
Login to your account.
3.
Click the Transfer tab.
4.
In the Folders pane in the bottom half of the screen, right-click a folder and select Set as Sync to Web
Folder.
5.
In the Set up Sync to Web folder dialog box, set the options as described below.
6.
Click OK.
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You can also set Sync to Web folders by clicking File | Manage Sync to Web Folders.
To Run Sync to Web:
1.
In Transfer, on the right side along the screen split, click Sync to Web.
2.
Click OK.
To Edit a Folder's Sync to Web Settings:
1.
In Transfer, in the Folders pane in the bottom half of the screen, right-click a Sync to Web folder, and
select Edit Sync to Web Folder.
2.
In the Edit Sync to Web Folder dialog box, set the options as described below.
3.
Click OK.
Sync to Web Folder Options
Upload Type
Use the drop-down list to select one of the following:
Upload Original with associated data: Uploads images in their current
file format, including any associated files such as those containing
metadata. This option is the best for images you want to archive.
Upload Original (as JPG): Converts the image to JPEG in it's original size.
Upload 1920 x 1440 JPG: Converts the image to JPEG and sets the
resolution to 1920 x 1440. This option is the best for high quality JPEGs.
Upload 1024 x 768 JPG: Converts the image to JPEG and sets the
resolution to 1024 x 768. This option is the best for images you want to
view on a Netbook, and results in the fastest upload.
Local Folder
Displays the path to the folder you selected. Click the Browse button to select a
different folder.
Online Folder
Enter a name for the online folder. By default this is set to the same name as the
folder on your computer that you want to sync to Web.
Sync to Web right
away
Select to upload the images in the selected folder immediately. If you do not select
this checkbox, you can click Sync to Web to upload all the images in all the folders
you have chosen to sync.
Creating Folders and Setting Privacy
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
In 365.acdsee.com and Transfer, you can create folders and make them private or public. When you make a folder
public, anyone can find and see the images in that folder. You can also copy the URL for your public folders and
share it with family and friends.
When you create a new folder, it is set to private by default.
To Create a Folder and Make it Private or Public in Transfer:
1.
In 365 mode, click Transfer.
2.
In the Folders pane on the top left, right-click your user name, and select New Online Folder...
3.
In the New Online Folder dialog box, enter a name for the new folder.
4.
Click OK.
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By default the new folder is Private.
To change the folder to Public
, right-click on the folder, and then click Make Public.
To Share the URL for a Public Folder:
1.
In 365 mode, click Transfer.
2.
In the Folders pane on the top left, right-click on a public folder.
3.
Click Copy URL.
4.
Paste the URL into an email, instant message, or other application to share it.
Right-click a public folder and select Share folder to share in an email, post on a social networking site,
or to create a widget.
Changing the Rating System
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
Photos that you have rated in Manage mode are rated with a star rating system in 365 mode. You can select how to
use stars to rate your photos.
To Change Your Rating System:
1.
Click Tools and then select Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, select ACDSee 365.
3.
In Ratings, select Convert 'Rating 1' to 5 stars or Convert 'Rating 1' to 1 star.
4.
Click OK.
Downloading Images
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
365.acdsee.com is also a storage service for ACDSee users. You can download your images from your
365.acdsee.com account to your computer at any time.
To Download Your Images:
1.
In 365 mode, click Login.
2.
Login to your account.
3.
Click the Transfer tab.
Your screen splits in two, with the bottom part of the screen displaying images on your computer, and the
top part of the screen representing your images online.
4.
In the top part of the screen, in the Folders pane in the top left, navigate through your 365.acdsee.com
folders to the images you want to download.
5.
In the bottom part of the screen, in the Local Computer pane, select a folder that you want to download
your image to.
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6.
Do one of the following to select an image to download:
Click and drag an image into the bottom part of the screen to download it to your computer. To
select multiple images, press the SHIFT or the CTRL key and click on the images to select them.
You can also click and drag your cursor to select multiple images.
Drag a folder of your images to the bottom part of the screen.
Select images and click the down arrow icon beside Transfer Manager.
Using Transfer Manager
For help with 365.acdsee.com, click the Web tab, then click Support.
The Transfer Manager lets you monitor the progress of your uploads and downloads on your 365.acdsee.com
account, and also lets you cancel or pause image transfers. The Transfer Manager has two tabs: Uploads and
Downloads. These two tabs list images that are being uploaded, downloaded, paused, or canceled.
To Open the Transfer Manager:
Click Tools | Transfer Manager.
You can do the following in Transfer Manager:
Cancel an upload or download.
Retry the image upload or download.
Pause an upload or a download.
Continue the image upload or download.
Selects all images in the list.
Clear uploaded, downloaded or canceled images from the list.
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Chapter 9: Dashboard Mode
Using Dashboard Mode
Dashboard mode is a quick and convenient way to browse your file, camera, and database statistics. Camera
statistics are read from your images' metadata, and file information is analyzed from your ACDSee database.
Therefore, it is important to catalog to get the most out of Dashboard mode.
Cataloging Files
To catalog, do one of the following:
Go to Tools | Database | Catalog.
Browse your folders in Manage mode.
Dashboard Mode
Dashboard mode contains the following tabs:
Overview tab: The Overview tab summarizes the information found on the other tabs. It also displays a
graph detailing your monthly or yearly photo counts. You can use the drop-down menu at the top of the
tab to switch between viewing a range of months or a range of years. You can use the Prev and Next
buttons to navigate backward or forward in time.
Database tab:The Database tab displays data pertaining to your database, such as its location, size,
backup information, a breakdown of your assets, and more.
Cameras tab: The Cameras tab displays data pertaining to your camera usage, such as which cameras
you use the most, your favorite ISO setting, and more.
Files tab: The Files tab displays data pertaining to your image and video files, such as your most used bit
depths, image resolutions, and more.
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Chapter 10: PicaView
About ACDSee PicaView
ACDSee PicaView is a quick and easy file viewer "add-on" for Windows/File Explorer™ that saves you time by
letting you preview files without having to open them in an application. You can view your image files in various
sizes — including RAW files — or its EXIF information, or both, by right-clicking. You can also view a preview of
any other image file format supported by ACDSee. You can access the ACDSee PicaView preview by right-clicking a
file in Windows/File Explorer™.
You can configure a variety of ACDSee PicaView's settings, including the size of the preview, what information
displays, and more. Access these settings by clicking ACDSee PicaView | Options..., or through ACDSee, by
going to Tools | Options... and navigating to ACDSee PicaView in the Options dialog's menu.
To Adjust the ACDSee PicaView Options:
1.
Right-click a file in Windows/File Explorer™ to access the ACDSee PicaView preview.
2.
At the top of the preview, click ACDSee PicaView | Options...
3.
On the ACDSee PicaView Options dialog, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes.
ACDSee PicaView Options
Display Image
Select the Display Image checkbox to display a preview of the right-clicked file
on the context menu.
Location:
Add image to main menu: When you right-click,
displays preview in the main menu.
Add image to sub-menu: When you right-click,
displays preview in a sub-menu, available by clicking
the arrow next to ACDSee PicaView.
Size:
Select the size of the preview that displays when you
right-click.
Show Original
Select Show Original to display the pre-developed or
pre-edited version of the image when you right-click.
Show EXIF Information
Toggle the Show EXIF Information checkbox to display the right-clicked
photo's EXIF information.
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Chapter 11: Options and Configuration
Setting the General Options
You can adjust settings in the Options dialog box to display helpful tips, set the format for date displays, set
automatic rotate options, and control the display of certain image types.
To Access the General Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click General.
3.
On the General page, set or change any of the options described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
General Options
Enable gamma
correction
Applies the specified amount of gamma correction when viewing or previewing
images.
Automatically stretch
wallpaper to fit
screen
Stretches small images to fit the entire desktop when you set them as your
wallpaper.
Disable image
animation
Displays only the first frame of an animated image in Manage mode's Preview pane
and in View mode.
Automatically rotate
JPEG and TIFF
images based on EXIF
orientation
Automatically corrects the orientation of TIFF and JPEG images (based on their EXIF
data) when displayed in ACDSee.
Status bar date
Specifies the date to display in the status bar for a selected file.
Date/Time output
format
Select one of the following:
Default system format: Uses the default system format when displaying
the date and time in information overlays.
Custom format: Uses the specified format to display the date and time in
all information overlays. Select a format for both Date and Time from the
drop-down lists.
Show icon in Taskbar
Notification area
Displays the ACDSee icon in the Taskbar Notification area.
Show the Mode
Switching icons
Displays the icons next to the names of each mode.
Enable OpenCL image
processing
If your computer's video card driver supports it, you can enable this checkbox to
improve the speed of processing RAW files. You may wish to ensure that you have
the latest video card driver in order to take advantage of this option.
RAW display
Select one of the following:
Embedded preview:Use embedded JPEG
RAW decode: Perform high quality decode
See Viewing RAW Images for more information.
Setting the Mode Options
You can control the appearance of the mode buttons to maximize viewing space.
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To Set the Mode Button Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Mode Configuration.
3.
On the Mode Configuration page, hide modes by deselecting their corresponding checkboxes.
You cannot hide Manage mode.
4.
Use the modes' corresponding drop-down menus to set them to display icons and labels, labels only, or
icons only.
5.
Click Condense the appearance of the mode buttons to conserve space with smaller mode buttons.
6.
Click OK.
Setting the Manage Mode Options
You can use the Options dialog box to set various options for Manage mode, including the default start folder.
To Set Manage Mode Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Manage Mode.
3.
On the Manage mode page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Manage Mode Options
Default start folder
Remember from
previous session
Opens Manage mode in the same folder that was open the
last time you used ACDSee, and automatically applies any
browsing criteria you were using.
Home folder
Always opens Manage mode to the specified Home folder.
Click the Browse button to locate a starting folder on your
hard drive.
Show warning if
start folder does
not exist
If you have enabled Remember from previous session,
and that folder, or your Home folder, no longer exist, you
will receive a warning.
Display theme
Specifies the color scheme to use in ACDSee.
Clear path history on
exit
Clears the list of recently-accessed folders whenever you exit ACDSee.
Show full path in title
bar
Displays the full path of an image in the ACDSee title bar.
Show database
filename in title bar
Displays the name of the database that ACDSee is currently running in the title bar.
Folder Tree
Display Density
Sets how condensed the Folder tree appears.
Use plus signs to
expand folder tree
Displays plus signs next to items on the Folder tree that can
be expanded.
Error Reporting
Select this option if you do not want to see a system error report if there is an error
in ACDSee.
Scanning Destination
Click the Browse For Folder button to specify the destination for your scanned
images.
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Setting the Quick Search Options
You can use the Quick Search options to refine your search.
To Set Quick Search Options:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Manage Mode | Quick Search.
3.
On the Quick Search page, set or change any of the Quick Search options described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Quick Search Options
Include file names
Searches for file and folder names that begin with the search term.
Include categories
Searches for categories that match the search term, and returns any files assigned
to those categories. Subcategories are not included.
Include contents of
folders
Searches for folder names that begin with the search term and returns the contents
of those folders. Subfolders are not included.
Setting the File List Pane Options
You can use the Options dialog box to set options for the File List pane to suit your preferences, such as grouping
archive files with subfolders, or highlighting image types with different background colors. You can also
customize your thumbnails, the file types ACDSee displays, and adjust how ACDSee handles files and thumbnails
in the File List pane.
To Adjust the File List Pane Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click File List.
3.
On the File List page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
File List Options
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Configure Filters
Automatically select
new files
Automatically selects new files when they are added to
the folder displayed in the File List pane.
Group archives with
folders
Treats archive files as folders when sorting items in the
File List pane.
Use embedded
thumbnails
Displays the RAW files embedded thumbnail if the RAW
file has them.
Generate high quality
thumbnails
Creates a high-quality thumbnail of the RAW file in the
background while the embedded thumbnail is
displayed, then replaces the poorer quality thumbnail
once it is ready.
Show thumbnails on
folders
Displays thumbnails of a folder's contents on the folder
icon in the File List pane.
Remember each
folder's sort settings
Select this option if you want ACDSee to remember the
sort settings that you used in specific folders.
<CTRL> key activates
hot-tracking
Activates hot-tracking when holding the CTRL key.
When selected, you can hot-track (update the contents
of the Preview and Properties panes without changing
your file selection) by holding the CTRL key and moving
your cursor over the File List pane.
Use animations
Activates or deactivates animation for some features as
they close or open. For example, group headers.
Show all files
Shows image files, folders, media files and archive files
in the File List.
Apply filtering
criteria
Shows any of the following that you select, and hides
any that are not selected.
Show image files
Show folders
Show media files
Show archive files
Highlight image files
Pop-ups
Show hidden files
and folders
Shows system and other files and that are normally
hidden for safety.
Show THM files
Shows Canon THM files in the File Fist.
Show XMP files
Shows XMP sidecar files in the File List.
Don't highlight image
files
Does not highlight image files in Details and
Thumbs+Details views.
Use a single color to
highlight image files
Uses a single color to highlight all image file types in
Details and Thumbs+Details views.
Use multiple colors to
highlight image files
Uses a different color to highlight each image type in
Details and Thumbs+Details views.
Mouse cursor hover
activates pop-ups
Activates or deactivates the animated pop-up preview
that displays when you hover over thumbnails in the File
List.
Settings below allow you to include text and/or an image
in the pop-up, or if you turn this option off, to activate
the pop-up only when you hold down the SHIFT key.
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<SHIFT> key
activates pop-ups
Activates the pop-up only if you hold down the SHIFT
key while hovering over a thumbnail in the File List. You
can turn this option off if it interferes with SHIFT
selection.
Auto hide pop-ups
Hides pop-ups after 5 seconds, even if you are still
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Show thumbnail in
pop-ups
Shows a pop-up preview of images in the File List when
you hover over them with a mouse.
Show information in
pop-ups
Includes text file information in the mouse-over pop-up.
You can select the information to display by clicking
theConfigure file information...button and selecting
your desired pop-up information.
Configure file
information
Opens the Choose Pop-up Information dialog where you can select what information
to display in the pop-up when you hover over a thumbnail in the File List. The
default is file name, location, size, modified date, and image dimension, but you can
select other ACDSee Metadata, EXIF, file, image, IPTC, or multimedia attributes.
Show the Windows
Explorer shell context
menu as the default
right-click menu
Displays the default Windows Explorer context menu instead of the ACDSee context
menu.
Setting the Thumbnail Info Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change what information to display with thumbnails of images in the File List
pane. These options are set under File List | Thumbnail Info.
To Adjust the Thumbnail Info Options:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Thumbnail Info.
3.
On the Thumbnail Info page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Information
Overlay icons
To view the
overlay icons, go
to Browsing Files
in the File List
Pane.
File name
Displays the name of each file on the thumbnail in the
File List pane.
Choose Thumbnail
Info
Opens a dialog box where you can select the information
to display on each thumbnail in the File List pane.
Choose Tiles Info
Opens a dialog box where you can select the information
to display on each tile in Tiles view mode.
Show unrated,
untagged, and
unlabeled overlay
icons on hover
Shows unrated, untagged, and unlabeled overlay icons
on hover.
Rating
Displays a rating overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
has been rated in the ACDSee database.
Embed Pending
Displays a database overlay icon on the thumbnails of
files that have had metadata information added and
stored in the ACDSee database, but have not yet been
written to the files. This icon indicates that a file and the
database are out of sync.
Icon
Displays a file format overlay icon on thumbnails in the
File List pane.
Category
Displays a category overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
has been categorized.
Collection
Displays a collection overlay icon on thumbnails if the
file has been added to a collection.
Shortcut
Displays a shortcut overlay icon on thumbnails if the
item is a shortcut to another file.
Offline
Displays an offline overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
is stored on an offline device.
Excluded items
Displays an excluded file icon on thumbnails if the file is
excluded from the ACDSee database.
Tagged items
Displays a tagging overlay icon on thumbnails. If the file
is tagged, a checkmark displays in the icon.
Auto-rotate
Displays an auto-rotate overlay icon on thumbnails if the
file was automatically rotated.
Edited
Displays an Edit overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
has been edited.
Developed
Displays a Develop overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
has been developed.
Geotagged
Displays a marker overlay icon on thumbnails if the file
has been pinned on the map.
Label
Displays a color label overlay icon on thumbnails if the
file has been labeled.
Snapshots
Displays a Snapshot overlay icon on thumbnails if the
file has a Develop Snapshot attached to it.
Setting the Thumbnail Style Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change how the thumbnails of images display in the File List pane. These
options are set under File List | Thumbnail Style.
To Adjust the Thumbnail Style Options:
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1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Thumbnail Style.
3.
On the Thumbnail Style page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Thumbnail Style Options
Thumbnail frame
Show drop shadow
Shows thumbnails with a 3D drop shadow.
Show slide
background
Displays a shaded background behind the thumbnail
and its information.
XP style folder
Displays folders as an XP-style image.
3D style folder
Displays folders as a 3D folder with transparency.
Custom
Specifies a custom height-to-width ratio for the shape
of the thumbnails in the File List pane. Drag the slider
under the preview to set the ratio. The preview shows
you the shape as you move the slider.
Portrait
Specifies a standard 3:4 portrait ratio for the shape of
the thumbnails in the File List pane.
Landscape
Specifies a standard 4:3 landscape ratio for the shape
of the thumbnails in the File List pane.
Thumbnail spacing
Slider
Increases or decreases the space between each
thumbnail.
High-quality scaling
Uses high-quality thumbnail scaling in the File List pane.
Folder style
Thumbnail ratio
Setting the Details View Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change how thumbnails display in the File List pane.
To Adjust the Details View Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Details View.
3.
On the Details View page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Details View Options
Show grid lines
Separates each row and column in Details view mode with a grid line.
Full row select
Selects the entire row when you click a column entry in that row.
Column auto-width
Automatically resizes each column to fit its contents.
Highlight sort column
Highlights the column used to sort files when you click on the column's title.
Choose Details
Specifies the columns you want to use to sort files in Details view mode.
Setting the Preview Pane Options
You can specify how ACDSee displays previews of your images, and configure settings to play audio and video files
automatically, as soon as you view them in the Preview pane.
To Set the Preview Options:
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Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options | Preview.
In Manage mode, right-click in the Preview pane and select Preview Options.
2.
On the Preview options page, set or change the options as described below.
3.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Preview Options
Delay
Specifies how quickly the Preview pane displays an image after you select it in the
File List pane.
Size
Specifies the size of the previewed image in relation to the selected image.
Preview audio and
video clips
Previews media files as you select them in the File List pane.
Autoplay audio and
video clips
Automatically starts playing audio and video files in the Preview pane.
Instant image
preview
Displays an instant preview that improves in quality as the image is decoded.
Image and
Information
Select one of the following:
Show image: Displays a preview of the selected image in the Preview
pane.
Show information: Displays information about the selected image in the
Preview pane.
Show histogram: Displays a histogram for the selected image.
Choose Preview Info
Specifies the type of information you want to display in the Preview pane. For more
information, see Previewing Images.
Setting the Folders Pane Options
You can customize the Folders pane by showing or hiding the Easy-Select bar, displaying archives, and identifying
excluded folders.
To Customize the Folders Pane:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Folders.
3.
On the Folders page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Easy-Select
Folder display
Show Easy-Select
Displays the Easy-Select bar in the Folders pane, which
you can use to select multiple folders.
Enable Easy-Select
tooltip
Displays a tool-tip when you place your cursor over the
Easy-Select bar.
Show archives in
Folder Pane
Lists archive files in the Folders pane.
Confirm drag & drop
move within folder
views
Prompts you for confirmation of folder movements
within the Folders pane.
Show overlay for
excluded folders
Displays an overlay icon on folders that are excluded
from the ACDSee database.
Setting the Catalog Pane Options
You can customize the Catalog pane to specify which confirmations you want to be prompted for while working
with categories, and choose whether to show the Easy-Select bar.
To Set the Catalog Pane Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Catalog.
3.
On the Catalog page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK.
Catalog Options
Category deletion
Confirm if category
has assigned files
Prompts you for confirmation when deleting a category
with assigned files.
Confirm if category
has sub-categories
Prompts you for confirmation when deleting a category
containing sub-categories.
File removal
Confirm file removal
from category
Prompts you for confirmation when un-assigning files
from a category.
Easy select
Show Easy-Select
Displays an Easy-Select bar in the Catalog pane, which
you can use to select multiple categories, special items,
and ratings.
Enable Easy-Select
tooltip
Displays a tool-tip when you place your cursor over the
Easy-Select bar.
Show icons for
categories, ratings,
color labels, and
special items
Displays icons so you can easily identify categories,
ratings, color labels, and special items.
Enable setting
categories, keywords,
ratings, and color
labels
Allows you to set categories, ratings, and color labels in
the Catalog pane.
Icons
Setting the Calendar Pane Options
You can customize the ACDSee Calendar to start each week on a specific day, to use a 12- or 24-hour clock format,
and to use one of four date types when sorting files.
To Set the Calendar Pane Options:
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In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Calendar.
3.
On the Calendar page, set or change any of the options described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
Calendar Pane Options
Date types
Filters
Database
date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the date stored in the
ACDSee database.
Date taken
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the EXIF date of each
item.
File modified
date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the last-modified date
of each item.
File created
date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the date each file was
created on your computer.
Apply
Advanced File
List Filters
(excluding
folders)
Filters the items displayed in the Calendar pane based on the
current File List pane filter settings.
Show image
and media
files only
Displays only image, audio, and video files in the Calendar pane.
Start of week
Specifies the first day of each week in the Calendar pane.
Clock formats
12 hour
Uses a 12-hour clock in the Calendar pane.
24 hour
Uses a 24-hour clock in the Calendar pane.
Setting the CD/DVD Management Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change the folder where Burn Basket files are stored and to set the preferred
method for identifying Photo Discs.
To Change the Burn Basket or Photo Disc Identification Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click CD/DVD Management.
3.
On the CD/DVD Management page, set or change any of the options described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Identification
Burn Basket
Use disc
volume label
Attempts to identify a Photo Disc by its volume label. This setting
is recommended if you are working with multi-session Photo
Discs.
Use disc
serial
number
Attempts to identify a Photo Disc by its serial number. This
setting is preferred when working with single-session Photo
Discs, or importing or converting Photo Discs from a previous
version of ACDSee.
Show Burn
Basket
Wizard
welcome
step
Displays the Welcome step in the Burn Basket Wizard.
Browse
Opens the Browse For Folder dialog box where you can change
the folder where Burn Basket files are stored.
Setting the Properties Pane Options
You can use the Options dialog box to customize the information available on the Metadata tab in the Properties
pane.
To Customize the Metadata Tab in the Properties Pane:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Properties Pane.
3.
On the Properties Pane page, hide the Tagged, Rating, and Color Labels, by deselecting the corresponding
checkbox.
4.
Hide the Categories by deselecting the checkbox.
5.
Click Manage Metadata Views to open the Choose Metadata to Display dialog box.
6.
Click the plus signs to expand the tree and select your preferences.
7.
Click OK.
8.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
You can also click the Metadata View drop-down list in the Properties pane Metadata tab and select
Manage Metadata Views.
Setting the File Management Options
You can specify how ACDSee handles renaming and deleting files and folders, and whether ACDSee sends deleted
files to the desktop Recycle Bin by default.
To Set the File Management Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click File Management.
3.
On the File Management page, set or change any of the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Overwriting duplicate
files
Save Originals
Ask
Prompts you for confirmation when overwriting
duplicate files.
Rename
Automatically resolves any naming conflicts when
moving or copying files by renaming the source files.
In the Separator character field, type a character to
use to separate file names in the automatic renaming
system.
Replace
Automatically overwrites files in the target folder
without prompting for confirmation.
Skip
Does not move, copy, or overwrite any files that result
in naming conflicts.
Saves a copy of the original file when it is edited using one of the batch editing
tools. This makes it possible to restore the original file later. Turning this option off
means that originals are not saved during batch editing, and so cannot be restored.
In Develop and Edit mode, a copy of the original file is always saved, whether or not
this option is selected.
Other
Click to edit file
name
Specifies that file names can be edited by clicking the
file name in the File List pane.
Use Recycle Bin
Sends files to the Desktop Recycle Bin. If not selected,
deleted files are permanently removed from your hard
drive.
Preserve database
information when
files are copied
Copies database information with files when you copy
them to another location.
Control confirmations for folder delete, file delete, and read-only rename and delete actions in your
operating system settings.
Setting the Color Management Options
The ACDSee color management options help reduce color matching problems between devices, such as your
computer, your monitor, and printers. ACDSee automatically detects the color profile assigned to your monitor, (if
setup correctly within your operating system). It is recommended that you regularly profile your monitor with
color management hardware and software.
Before changing the color management settings, make sure you have accurate color profiles for each of the
devices that you plan to use. You can obtain color profiles from device manufacturers if the profiles were not
included in the device's software, or from the professional printers.
Color management can be a complex process. If you are not familiar with color management systems, it is
recommended that you accept the default color management settings in ACDSee.
To Set the Color Management Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Color Management.
3.
On the Color Management page, set or change any of the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Enable
Input
Soft Proofing
Enable Color
Management
Activates the color management system in ACDSee and
the fields in this dialog box.
Apply to thumbnails
Activates color management for thumbnails.
Color Management
Engine
Select from the drop-down list of color management
engines.
Default Input Profile
Specifies the default color profile to use when the image
is not tagged with an ICC profile.
Profile Details
Displays the details for all color profiles currently stored
on your computer. Scroll down to find the profile for a
specific color space, such as sRGB.
Enable Soft Proofing
Allows you to choose from a selection of device profiles
you want your monitor to simulate for proofing. You can
choose your printer profile to be the emulated device
and then preview what the output from your printer
would look like on your monitor (soft proofing).
Emulated Device
Profile
Choose the device to be emulated.
Rendering Intent
A strategy for handling situations where not all colors
will fit in the output device's color space. Strategy
options consist of:
Perceptual: Remaps colors outside of the
target color space by compressing all colors for
the entire image. Colors may become less
saturated as everything condenses towards
neutral and away from the saturated colors at
the edges of the target color space.
Saturation: Preserves the saturation of colors,
potentially at the cost of hue and lightness. This
intent is most valuable for business
applications, such as graphics, where images
need to be vibrant and contrast distinctly from
one another.
Relative Colorimetric: Maps all out-of-gamut
colors to the closest in-gamut color. Colors that
fall outside the range of what the output device
can render are adjusted to the closest color the
device is capable of displaying.
Absolute Colorimetric: Colors that fall outside
the range of what the output device can render
are adjusted to the closest color that can be
rendered. However, the white point does not
move, which may result in the distance of the
colors to the white point changing.
In View, Develop, and Edit Mode, the shortcut [ toggles Soft Proofing on and off.
Some Soft Proofing menu items are also available through View, Develop, and Edit Mode. Under View |
Soft Proofing, select your Rendering Intent or whether to enable Soft Proofing.
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Setting the Database Options
You can adjust settings in the Options dialog box to display reminders, control database information, and specify a
location on your hard drive where you want to store your database files and cached thumbnails.
To Set the Database Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog, click Database.
3.
On the Database page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Database Options
Database file
Displays the location on your hard drive where the ACDSee database is stored.
Display backup
reminder
Automatically reminds you to back up your ACDSee database. Click the Every dropdown list and select how often you would like to be reminded.
Manage excluded
folders
Opens the Excluded Folders List dialog box, where you can specify which folders
you want to exclude from the ACDSee database.
Display embed
ACDSee Metadata
reminder
Displays a reminder to embed ACDSee Metadata.
Set database date to
EXIF date
Automatically adds the EXIF date to the ACDSee database when you catalog the
contents of a folder.
Note: If the database date is changed, the Embed Pending flag does not
show up.
Import EXIF and
IPTC metadata from
cataloged files
Automatically imports EXIF and IPTC information into the ACDSee database
whenever you catalog the contents of a folder.
Set "Embed Pending"
when tagging files
Displays a database overlay icon on thumbnails if the file has been tagged, but this
metadata has not yet been written to the file. This icon indicates that the file and
the database are out of sync. When this option is disabled, tagged images will not
show up under Embed Pending in the Special Items section of the Catalog pane.
Show separator
conflict dialog for
IPTC keywords
Displays the IPTC Keywords dialog box when a separator conflict occurs. You can
specify a method of handling conflicts within the dialog and select not to display it
again. Select this option to change or adjust those settings the next time a
separator conflict occurs.
Show separator
conflict dialog for
IPTC supplemental
categories
Displays the IPTC Supplemental Categories dialog box when a separator conflict
occurs. You can specify a method of handling conflicts within the dialog and elect
not to display it again. Select this option to change or adjust those settings the
next time a separator conflict occurs.
If this option is not selected, ACDSee does not import the EXIF and IPTC
information, but does set aside space within the database records. To remove the
empty records, be sure to optimize your database frequently.
Setting the Photos Mode Options
You can adjust settings in the Options dialog box to determine which files will display in Photos Mode and how.
To Set the Photos Mode Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog, click Photos Mode.
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On the Photos Mode page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Photos Mode Options
Photos
Show
database
orphan files
Select Show database orphan files to display missing files flagged as
orphans. Orphans will be displayed in sepia.
Show
navigation
thumbnail
while
scrolling
Activates or deactivates the animated pop-up navigation thumbnail, which
displays the date on the thumbnail during scrolling. This option is to assist with
orientation for users scrolling through large photo collections.
This option only works when using the scroll bar and pausing in the
desired photo area/date range.
Sort
Select whether your thumbnails will display from oldest to newest or newest to oldest.
thumbna
il dates
Pop-ups
Mouse cursor
hover
activates popups
Activates or deactivates the animated pop-up preview that displays when you
hover over thumbnails.
<Shift> key
activates popups
Activates the pop-up only if you hold down the SHIFT key while hovering over a
thumbnail.
Auto hide
pop-ups
Hides pop-ups after 5 seconds, even if you are still hovering over the image.
Show
thumbnail in
pop-ups
Shows a pop-up preview of images when you hover over them with a mouse.
Show
information
in pop-ups
Includes file information in the mouse-over pop-up. You can select the
information to display by clicking the Configure file information... button and
selecting your desired pop-up information.
Setting the View Mode Options
You can use the Options dialog box to adjust the behavior of View mode to suit your preferences, and increase the
speed with which images are displayed.
To Set the View Mode Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click View Mode.
3.
On the View mode options page, set or change any of the View mode options described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Decoding and caching
Startup files
Dropped files
Decode next image in
advance
Automatically decodes the next image in sequence in
View mode, resulting in shorter load times.
Keep previous image
in memory
Keeps the previously decoded image in memory for
quick display in View mode.
Replace images in list
Does not open a new View mode window if an image is
opened from another application.
Images in new
window
Opens a new View mode window to display images
opened from another application.
Replace images in list
Replaces the list of images open in View mode with
images dropped into View mode from another
application.
Add images to list
Adds any images dropped into View mode by another
application to the list of images already open.
Always on top
Keeps the ACDSee window as the top window in a stack of windows.
Full-screen
Opens images in View mode in full-screen mode. (Press F to exit full-screen mode.)
Hide mouse cursor in
full-screen
Hides the cursor in full-screen mode.
Instant image preview
Displays an instant preview in View mode that improves in quality as the image is
decoded.
UseACDSee Quick View If selected, ACDSee Quick View is set as the default viewer for images when ACDSee
is closed.
Show pixels when
zoomed past 100%
Resampling is not applied to images zoomed past 100%. When the box is
unchecked, images zoomed past 100% are resampled to produce smooth
transitions, but this may result in excessive blurring.
Always open in
selected ACDSee Lens
On startup, opens images in the ACDSee Lens last selected prior to closing ACDSee.
Exit after delete/move
Automatically returns to Manage mode after moving or deleting an image in View
mode.
View all images in
folder
Adds all images in a folder to the current image list when viewing any file from that
folder.
Show full image file
path
Displays the image's full file path in View mode title and status bars.
Sharpen subsampled
images
Automatically sharpens the view for images zoomed in at less than 100%.
Setting the Display Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change the window background and specify how images are zoomed.
To Set the Display Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click View Mode | Display.
3.
On the Display options page, set or change the options described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Zoom options
Default zoom mode
Specifies the default zoom level for images in View
mode.
Reset zoom mode to
default on every
image change
Resets the zoom mode to the selected default when the
displayed image changes.
Resize
Resizes the image based on the selected option. For
more information about how these choices affect the
Viewer, see Automatically shrinking or enlarging
images.
Pan tool
Enable click-zooming
Deselect to turn off the one click image toggle between
Default view and Actual Size view.
Pan speed
Slow - Fast
Specifies the speed when panning an image.
Background
Default color
Uses the default ACDSee color for the background in
View, Develop and Edit mode.
Custom color
Specifies a color to use as the background in View,
Develop, and Edit mode.
Tiled image
Uses a tiled image as the background in View, Develop,
and Edit mode. Click Browse to locate an image on your
hard drive.
The background color and tiled image options do not affect full screen mode.
To change the background color in ACDSee Quick View, open an image in Quick View, and then click
Tools | Options.
Setting Develop and Edit Mode Options
You can use the Options dialog box to set options for Develop and Edit mode.
To Set Develop and Edit Mode Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Develop Mode or Edit Mode.
3.
Set the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Edit
Show icons in edit
pane
Displays icons next to the tools in Edit.
GPU selection
In order to ensure optimum performance, parts of Edit
mode run off of your GPU. ACDSee automatically chooses
the best GPU in your system. This option —Let ACDSee
decide — is enabled by default. When Let ACDSee
decide is enabled, GPU model text displays next to the
option, specifying whether Edit mode is running off of
your primary GPU or another, more superior GPU that
ACDSee has detected. In most cases, the GPU detected
and identified as the best by ACDSee will be one and the
same: your primary GPU.
Use primary: You can enable this option if you
prefer to use your primary GPU over the GPU
ACDSee has chosen.
Let ACDSee decide: Select this option to enable
using the superior GPU found by ACDSee.
Recorded Actions
Folder
Displays the path of the location where your action
scripts (your recordings) are stored on your hard drive.
Click the Browse button to specify a new location on
your hard drive.
Adobe® Photoshop®
Plug-in Paths
Displays the paths of the hard drive locations of your
Photoshop® plug-ins. This will tell ACDSee where to
find your plug-in. Ideally, you will direct the path to the
location where your Photoshop® plug-ins are already
stored.
To change or add a location, press Add, then browse to
the location, select it and press Select Folder.
You will not be able to change the plug-in paths
while multiple ACDSee windows are open.
To remove a location, select it and press Remove.
To move your plug-ins to a listed location, select the
location and press Open Folder. You can then drag
your plug-ins into the folder.
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Enable fast image
switching for RAW files
in Develop
Enables fast image switching for RAW and other nonencodable files in Develop so that when you switch to
the next image you do not have to wait for the
processing to be finished. The processing is done as a
background task when you exit Develop, so that you can
process images more quickly. If you deselect this
option, non-encodable images are processed one at a
time and you can immediately see the results of your
processing, but you have to wait for the image
processing each time you switch to another image.
Automatically save all
Develop Mode
adjustments
Enables the automatic saving of images in Develop so
when you switch to the next image you are not
prompted to save changes to the current image. This
lets you quickly develop a number of images, saving
your changes automatically. If you deselect this option,
each time you switch to a new image you are prompted
to save changes to the current image—you choose to
save your changes to current file, save a copy of the
image, or discard your changes.
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Setting the ACDSee 365 Options
You can use the Options dialog box to set options for ACDSee 365, such as the temporary folder location and what
to do with uploads and downloads when you close ACDSee.
To Set the ACDSee 365 Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click ACDSee 365.
3.
On the ACDSee 365 page, set or change any of the options described below.
4.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
ACDSee 365 Options
Folder locations
Temporary folder
Click the Browse button to change the folder where
ACDSee temporarily keeps files during uploads and
downloads.
Uploads/Downloads
On shutdown, always
pause all transfers
Pauses all transfers when you close ACDSee.
On startup, always
automatically resume
all paused transfers
Resumes all transfers when you reopen ACDSee.
Number of concurrent
uploads (1-10)
Select the number of files to be uploaded at the same
time.
Number of concurrent
downloads (1-10)
Select the number of files to be downloaded at the same
time.
Convert 'Rating 1' to
5 stars
Converts a numeric rating of 1 to five stars.
Convert 'Rating 1' to
1 star
Converts a numeric rating of 1 to one star.
Ratings
Setting the ACDSee Showroom Options
You can customize the ACDSee Showroom desktop slideshow in a number of ways, including changing the slide
duration, order, and transition or changing the frame opacity, size, and frame style.
To Customize the ACDSee Showroom Desktop Slideshow:
1.
Start ACDSee Showroom by doing one of the following:
In any mode, click Tools | Create | ACDSee Showroom.
Click Start | Programs | ACD Systems | ACDSee Showroom.
2.
Right-click anywhere in the ACDSee Showroom window and select Options.
3.
Set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click Set As Default to use the currently selected options as the default for new Showroom windows.
5.
Click OK to apply your changes.
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Picture Folder
Slide
Showroom Window
Run at startup
Include subfolders
Select this option if you want to include photos from
subfolders in the slideshow.
Skip hidden folders
Select this option to skip hidden folders such as the
[Originals] folders that are created when you process
images.
Duration
Drag the slider to the left to decrease the display time
for each photo and to the right to increase the display
time for each photo.
Order
From the Order drop-down list select Sequential to
display photos in order or Random to display photos
randomly.
Transition
From the Transition drop-down list select None if you
do not want any special transition effects, Slide if you
want photos to enter the window from the right and exit
to the left, and Fade if you want to reduce photo opacity
during the transition from one photo to another.
Apply to all
Select Apply to all if you want to apply these changes
to all slideshows.
Opacity
Drag the Opacity slider to the left to reduce the opacity
of the Showroom window and to the right to increase
opacity.
Size
From the Size drop-down list select either a Small,
Medium, or Large Showroom window frame.
Frame
From the Frame drop-down list select a frame style.
Always on top
Select Always on top if you want the Showroom
window to display on top of all other application
windows.
Apply to all
Select Apply to all if you want to apply these changes
to all Showroom windows.
Select Run at startup if you want to start ACDSee Showroom automatically when
you start your computer.
Setting the ACDSee Quick View Options
You can customize ACDSee Quick View in a number of ways, including displaying Quick View on top of any open
windows, displaying Quick view at full screen, or even changing the background color in the Quick View window.
To Customize ACDSee Quick View:
1.
Double-click on an image. For example, double-click on the image in Windows Explorer or in an email
message.
2.
Click Tools | Options.
3.
Set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes.
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Use ACDSee Quick
View
If selected, ACDSee Quick View is set as the default viewer for images when ACDSee
is closed.
Enable gamma
correction
Applies the specified amount of gamma correction when viewing images.
Disable animation
Displays only the first frame of an animated image.
Always on top
Keeps the Quick View window as the top window in a stack of windows.
Full screen
Opens images in the Quick View window in full screen mode.
Hide mouse cursor in
full screen
Hides the cursor in full screen mode.
Default zoom mode
Fit image: Displays the image at the largest magnification that fits in the Quick
View window. Images that are smaller than the Quick View window display at their
original size.
Actual size: Displays the image at its actual size in the Quick View window.
Background
Default color: Uses the ACDSee background color in Quick View.
Custom color: Specifies a color to use as the background in the Quick View
window. Click the color swatch to select a different color.
Setting JPEG Options
You can change the settings in the Options dialog box to control the quality of the JPEG image, encoding method,
color subsampling method, and whether to update or create embedded thumbnails in the JPEG image.
JPEG Options
Image quality
Drag the slider to determine the quality of the JPEG image.
Encoding
Progressive: Select to enable progressive encoding.
Color component
sampling
Optimize Huffman codes: Select to optimize Huffman codes to increase
compression.
2:1 Horizontal: Select to subsample color channels on the horizontal axis
by a factor of 2:1.
2:1 Vertical: Select to subsample color channels on the vertical axis by a
factor of 2:1.
Only update existing thumbnails: Select to update any existing
embedded thumbnails.
Embedded thumbnails
Always add/update thumbnails: Select to update any existing
embedded thumbnails, or create embedded thumbnails.
Never add/update thumbnails: Select if you do not want to update any
existing embedded thumbnails, or if you do not want to create embedded
thumbnails.
Generate DCF compatible thumbnails: Select to generate thumbnails
that meet the Digital Camera Format (DCF) specification and are compatible
with the thumbnail view on the LCD of a digital camera. This option forces a
fixed resolution of 160 x 120 and pads any extra space with black.
Save these settings
as the defaults
Select this option to use these JPEG settings by default for all JPEGs.
Setting the Media Options
You can change what application handles your audio and video files when launched from ACDSee.
To Customize the Default Media Player for Files Launched from ACDSee:
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1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Media.
3.
To launch audio and video files in your system's default media player, check the Use default media
player to open audio and video files checkbox.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes.
Setting the ACDSee Indexer Options
You can use the Options dialog to customize the functionality of the ACDSee Indexer.
To Customize the ACDSee Indexer:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click ACDSee Indexer.
3.
On the Folders page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
ACDSee Indexer Options
Auto index folders or
images when computer is
idle for
Enables the indexing of folders or images while the computer is idle. Set the
slider to indicate how long your computer should be idle before indexing begins.
Index image files only
Deselect to index all file types supported by ACDSee.
Current database
Displays which database will be indexed.
Folders to monitor
Displays which folders will be indexed.
Add Folder...
Click the Add Folder... button to add additional folders to be indexed.
Remove Folder
Select a folder from the list and click the Remove Folder button to remove it
from the folders to be indexed.
Include Microsoft
OneDrive
Enables the indexing of your OneDrive folder.
Setting the ACDSee PicaView Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change your ACDSee PicaView settings, as well as toggling it on and off.
To Adjust the ACDSee PicaView Options:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click ACDSee PicaView.
3.
On the ACDSee PicaView page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Enable ACDSee
Picaview
This checkbox enables or disables ACDSee PicaView. When enabled, ACDSee PicaView
appears when an ACDSee-supported file is right-clicked anywhere on your hard drive.
You have the option of displaying a preview of the file or image, and its EXIF information,
or one or the other.
Display Image
Select the Display Image checkbox to display a preview of the
right-clicked file.
Location:
Add image to main menu:
When you right-click, displays
image in the main menu.
Add image to sub-menu:
When you right-click, displays
image in a sub-menu, available
by clicking the arrow next to
ACDSee PicaView.
Show EXIF
Information
Size:
Select the size of the preview that
displays when you right-click.
Show Original
Select Show Original to display the
pre-developed or pre-edited version
of the image when you right-click.
Toggle the Show EXIF Information checkbox to display the
right-clicked photo's EXIF information.
Setting the ACDSee Mobile Sync Options
You can use the Options dialog box to change your ACDSee Mobile Sync settings.
To Set the ACDSee Mobile Sync Options:
1.
In any mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog, click ACDSee Mobile Sync.
3.
On the ACDSee Mobile Sync page, set or change the options as described below.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
ACDSee Mobile Sync Options
Root Folder
Click the Browse For Folder button to specify the destination for your sent
images and videos.
Server Name
To customize the name of the target server (ACDSee on your PC), enter text in the
field. This name will appear in your list of targets in the ACDSee Mobile Sync app.
Show ACDSee Mobile
Sync Root Folder on
Folder Tree
Displays the ACDSee Mobile Sync folder in the Folders pane.
Using ACDSee on Multiple Monitors
If you are using a second monitor, you can view and adjust your images simultaneously using ACDSee. This allows
you to streamline your workflow and reference the saved version of the image while adjusting it.
You can switch which screen displays ACDSee by clicking and dragging it to the second screen.
To Use ACDSee with Your Second Monitor:
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Manage Mode
1.
In Manage mode, select an image.
2.
Click View | Second Monitor. Your image will open on your second monitor.
Toggle your image in and out of full-screen mode by double-clicking.
View Mode
1.
Open an image in View mode.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click View | Second Monitor: File List. A full-screen file list will open on your second monitor.
Click View | Second Monitor: Image. Your selected image will open on your second monitor.
Toggle the image or file list in and out of full-screen mode by double-clicking.
Develop and Edit Mode
1.
With an image open in Develop or Edit mode, do one of the following:
Click View | Second Monitor: Image. The saved version of the selected image will open on your second
monitor. This image does not represent a live preview of the changes that are being made to it in Develop
or Edit mode. However, this allows you to compare the image to its original as you process it.
Click View | Second Monitor: File List. A full-screen file list will open on your second monitor.
Toggle the image or file list in and out of full-screen mode by double-clicking.
Creating Custom Workspaces
You can create and save custom Manage mode workspaces based on your preferences or the tasks you perform in
ACDSee. For example, you could create and save an editing workspace, an organizing workspace, and a browsing
workspace, each with its own panes and tools arranged for easy access.
To Create and Save a Custom Workspace:
1.
Change the Manage mode workspace by displaying or hiding specific panes, moving and docking panes,
stacking panes, or resizing panes.
2.
When you are satisfied with the layout of the panes, click View | Workspaces | Manage Workspaces.
3.
In the Manage Workspaces dialog box, click Save Workspace.
4.
Type a name for the workspace, and then click OK.
5.
Click OK.
To Load a Saved Workspace:
1.
Click View | Workspaces.
2.
Select the saved workspace.
To Restore the Default Workspace:
Click View | Workspaces | Default Workspace.
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Auto-hiding Panes and Panels
You can use the Auto Hide button to automatically hide some panes and panels in ACDSee. When a pane is set to
auto-hide, it rolls away when you click outside of it, leaving a tab displayed. You can access the pane by moving
the cursor over the tab. When a pane or panel is floating, the auto-hide feature is not available. You cannot move
the pane to a new location if it is set to auto-hide.
The Auto Hide button's appearance on the pane’s title bar reflects its current setting:
A horizontal pushpin indicates that the pane is set to automatically hide when you click outside of
it.
A vertical pushpin indicates that the pane is fixed and will remain visible even if you click outside
of it.
To Set or Remove Auto-Hide:
Click the Auto Hide button on the title bar so that it displays a slanted or horizontal pushpin.
Using the Task Pane
The Task Pane displays groups of often-used tasks from the menus and toolbars based on your current location
and selections in ACDSee. By default, the Task Pane opens on the right side of the Manage mode window.
To Open or Close the Task Pane:
In Manage mode, click Panes | Task Pane.
The menus in the Task Pane change depending on what area of the Manage mode window you are working in
and what items you select. For example, if you select more than a folder in the File List pane, the Task Pane
displays different menus than it does if you select a photo or media file.
The options on the Task Pane menus also change dynamically. For example, if you select multiple images in the
File List, the options in the Fix and Enhance Photos menu change to list options that you can use with multiple
images.
Customizing Toolbars
You can customize the appearance and organization of toolbars in Manage mode and View mode by selecting
which toolbars to display, and specifying each toolbar’s buttons or commands. You can also discard your changes
and reset the toolbars to their default layout at any time.
Displaying and Hiding Toolbars
You can choose to display or hide the specific toolbars in Manage mode and View mode.
To Display or Hide a Toolbar:
In Manage or View mode, click View | Toolbars, and then select the toolbar you want to display or hide.
Customizing Toolbar Contents
You can customize the following toolbars:
In Manage mode: The Main toolbar and the File List toolbar.
In View mode: The Bottom toolbar.
You can add, remove, and rearrange buttons on these toolbars. You can also display or hide text labels and tool
tips for the buttons on these toolbars. All toolbar customization options are in the Customize dialog box.
To Display the Customize Dialog Box:
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Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars and then select Customize.
In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar,
select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
In View mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Bottom toolbar, select Add or
Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
To Add or Remove Toolbar Buttons:
In Manage Mode:
Main toolbar:
1.
Click the drop-down arrow located on the right side of the Main toolbar.
2.
Select Add or Remove Buttons | Main Toolbar, then select the name of the button you want to add or
remove.
File List toolbar:
With the Customize dialog box open, on the Commands tab, drag items from the Commands field to the
toolbar to add buttons.
To remove buttons, drag them from the toolbar to the Customize dialog box.
In View Mode:
Bottom toolbar:
1.
Click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Bottom toolbar.
2.
Select Add or Remove Buttons | Bottom Toolbar, then select the name of the button you want to add
or remove.
To Rearrange Toolbar Buttons:
With the Customize dialog box open, drag buttons to your desired toolbar location.
To Display or Hide Text Labels Below Toolbar Buttons:
1.
Display the Customize dialog box.
2.
Click the Toolbars tab.
3.
In Manage mode: Select File List Toolbar or Main Toolbar.
In View mode: Select Bottom Toolbar.
4.
Select the Show text labels checkbox to display text labels, or clear the Show text labels checkbox to
hide text labels.
5.
Click Close.
To Display or Hide Tool Tips for Toolbar Buttons:
1.
Display the Customize dialog box.
2.
Click the Options tab.
3.
Select Show ScreenTips on toolbars to display tool-tips, or clear Show ScreenTips on toolbars to
hide tool-tips. If you select this option, you can also select Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips to show
keyboard shortcuts in the tool-tips.
4.
Click Close.
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Resetting Toolbars
You can discard all of your changes, and return the toolbars and buttons to their default states.
To Reset the Toolbars:
1.
Display the Customize dialog box.
2.
Click the Toolbars tab, and then click Reset All.
3.
Click Yes to reset the toolbars.
4.
Click Close.
Customizing Toolbar and Pane Locations
You can hide, resize, float, move, and dock most toolbars and panes to suit your preferences. To learn about all the
ways you can customize your experience in Manage mode, see Using Manage Mode.
Hiding Panes
At the top right corner of Manage, View, Develop, and Edit mode, you can use the Hide/Unhide buttons to hide and
reveal panes on the left, right, or bottom of the screen.
Hide/Unhide Left Panels
Hide/Unhide Bottom Panels
Hide/Unhide Right Panels
Moving Panes and Toolbars in View, Develop, and Edit Mode
You can move a pane or toolbar from a docked or floating position to a new location.
Some toolbars do not activate the Docking Compass.
To Move a Pane or Toolbar:
1.
Drag the pane or toolbar's title bar and hold your cursor over any of the arrows of the Docking Compass.
2.
When the shaded marquee displays the position of the pane or toolbar you want, release the mouse
button.
3.
To return a pane to its previous location, double-click its title bar.
To Move a Docked or Floating Pane or Toolbar:
Do one of the following:
Drag the pane or toolbar's tab to a new location.
Drag the pane or toolbar's title bar to a new location.
If you use dual monitors, you can move the panes and toolbars to your second monitor to free up space on
your main monitor.
Docking Panes and Toolbars in View, Develop, and Edit Mode
When you select a pane or toolbar, the Docking Compass activates to help you place the pane precisely. The
Docking Compass consists of an outer and inner ring of arrows. When you hold your cursor over any of the
arrows, a shaded marquee displays the potential position of the pane.
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Some toolbars do not activate the Docking Compass.
To Dock a Pane or Toolbar:
Drag the pane or toolbar's title bar or tab to activate the Docking Compass. To dock a pane around the outer edge
of the window, hold your cursor over any of the outer arrows of the Docking Compass, and then release the mouse
button.
Resizing Panes
You can resize all the panes and toolbars, whether they are docked or floating.
To Resize a Docked Pane:
1.
Hold your cursor over the edge of the pane or toolbar until the cursor changes to arrows and lines.
2.
Drag the edge of the pane or toolbar to the size you want.
To Resize a Floating Pane:
Hold your cursor over the edge or corner of the pane or toolbar and then drag the pane to the size you want.
You can enlarge the Filmstrip in View, Develop, and Edit mode to expedite browsing your folder. To resize
the Filmstrip, drag one of its edges.
You can tear off and move the Drawing and Selections Toolbar, as well as the ACDSee Actions bar and the
Color pane.
Creating a Custom Menu
You can create a new menu in Manage mode with custom commands for easy access. You can also customize the
name and location of your new menu.
To Create a New Menu:
1.
Do one of the following:
In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars and then select Customize.
In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar,
select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
2.
In the Customize dialog, on the Commands tab, select New Menu from the Categories field.
3.
In the Commands field, select New Menu and drag it to your desired toolbar location.
To Add Commands to a New Menu:
1.
In the Customize dialog, on the Commands tab, select any option from the Categories field.
2.
In the Commands field, select your command and drag it over to your new menu on the toolbar. The new
menu will expand down. Drop the command on the menu.
To Delete a New Menu or Command:
The Customize dialog must be open to delete a new menu or command.
Right-click the new menu or command and choose Delete from the context menu.
To Name a New Menu:
The Customize dialog must be open to name a new menu.
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1.
Right-click the new menu and choose Button Appearance... from the context menu.
2.
In the Button Appearance dialog, with Text only selected, enter a name in the Button text field.
3.
Press OK.
Configuring External Editors
You can configure ACDSee to work with a variety of image editors, such as Canvas, and specify which image editor
ACDSee uses by default. You can then open images in any of your external editing applications from within
ACDSee.
You must configure an external editor before you can assign a shortcut key to it or place it as a button on
the toolbar.
To Configure an External Editor in ACDSee:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | External Editors | Configure Editors.
2.
In the Configure Photo Editors dialog box, click Add.
3.
Browse to the folder on your hard drive that contains an image editing application.
4.
Select the executable file of the editing application. For example, Canvas16.exe.
5.
Click Open.
6.
In the Name field, type a name for the editor, and then click OK.
To Create a Shortcut to an External Editor:
1.
Click the Toolbar drop-down arrow (to the right of the External Editors menu item) and select Add or
Remove Buttons | Customize.
2.
In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab and select External Editors from the Category list.
3.
Enter a shortcut key into the Press New Shortcut Key field.
4.
Click Assign and close the dialog box.
Your new keyboard shortcut has been set.
To Add an External Editor to the FileList Toolbar in Manage Mode:
1.
Click the Toolbar drop-down arrow (to the right of the External Editors menu option) and select Add or
Remove Buttons | Customize.
2.
In the Customize dialog box, in the Commands tab, select External Editors from the Category list.
3.
Click and drag an External Editor from the list onto the FileList toolbar.
4.
Close the dialog box.
The External Editor is added to the FileList toolbar.
To Add an External Editor Button to the Toolbar in View Mode:
1.
Click the Toolbar drop-down arrow next to the tools and select Add or Remove Buttons | Customize.
2.
In the Customize dialog box, in the Commands tab, select External Editors from the Category list.
3.
Click and drag an External Editor from the list onto the toolbar.
4.
Close the dialog box.
The External Editor is added to the toolbar.
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In the Configure Photo Editors dialog box, in the Editors list, select the application you want to change.
2.
Do any of the following:
To change the location of the executable file or the name of the application displayed in the Editors
list, click Edit. Set the location and name of the application, and then click OK.
To set the application as the default external editor for ACDSee, click Set As Default.
To specify whether the application can handle multiple images at the same time, select or clear
the checkbox in the Supports Multiple Images column.
To remove the application from the list, click Remove.
3.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
To Open an Image in an External Image Editor:
1.
In Manage or View mode, select the image you want to open in the external editor.
2.
Do one of the following:
Click Tools | External Editors | Default External Editor or the name of an editor.
Press CTRL + ALT + X to open the image in the default external editor.
Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
There are pre-defined keyboard shortcuts for commands that you use frequently. You can change pre-defined
shortcuts, or create keyboard shortcuts for commands that do not currently have shortcuts. The options available
in the Customize Shortcut dialog will be mode-specific, depending on which mode you opened the dialog from.
To Customize Keyboard Shortcuts:
In Manage mode:
1.
Do one of the following:
Click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
Click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar, select Add or Remove
Buttons, and then select Customize, or File List toolbar, and then select Customize.
2.
3.
4.
In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab.
From the Category drop-down menu, select a top-level menu, such as File, Edit, or View. The commands
available from that menu display in the Commands list box.
Select a command in the Commands list box.
If a keyboard shortcut has been defined for that command, it displays in the Current Keys box.
If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be
empty.
5.
To remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then
click Remove.
In View, Develop, and Edit mode:
1.
Click Tools | Customize Shortcuts.
2.
From the Category drop-down menu, select a top-level menu, such as File, Edit, or View. The commands
available from that menu display in the Commands list box.
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Select a command in the Commands list box.
If a keyboard shortcut has been defined for that command, it displays in the Current Keys box.
If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.
To remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then click
Remove.
To Define a New Keyboard Shortcut:
1.
Click in the Enter a new shortcut key text box.
2.
Press the keys on your keyboard that you want to use for the keyboard shortcut.
The keys display in the Enter a new shortcut key text box. The Currently assigned to field will display the
function your entered shortcut is assigned to, if applicable.
3.
Click Assign.
The new keyboard shortcut displays in the Current Keys box.
4.
Click Close.
To remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts, click Reset All .
Changing the Display Theme
In ACDSee you can change the display theme to change the background color of the panes and toolbars.
To Change the Display Theme:
1.
In Manage mode, click Tools | Options.
2.
In the Options dialog box, click Manage Mode.
3.
In the Display theme drop-down list, select a theme.
4.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Chapter 12: Shortcuts
Manage Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while working in Manage mode. There are also shortcuts that can be
used specifically in the Calendar pane.
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Has This Result
ALT + F4
Closes ACDSee.
CTRL + W
ALT + O
Opens the Options dialog box.
F1
Opens the Help file.
ENTER
Opens the selected item in View mode.
DELETE
Deletes the selected items.
\ (backslash)
Tags or untags the image.
` (grave accent)
Toggles image audio on or off.
ALT + 0 to 5
Assigns a color label to the currently
selected item. Press ALT + 0 to remove a
color label.
ALT + B
Adds the selected items to the Burn Basket.
ALT + C
Copies one or more selected files to a folder
you specify.
ALT + COMMA
Opens the previous tab in the Properties
pane.
ALT + PERIOD
Opens the next tab in the Properties pane.
ALT + ENTER
Opens or closes the Properties pane.
ALT + G
Opens the Import dialog box.
ALT + I
Opens the Filters dialog box where you can
specify the types of files displayed in the File
List pane.
ALT + K
Places the cursor in the Keyword section of
the IPTC group in the Metadata tab of the
Properties pane.
ALT + M
Moves one or more selected files to a folder
you specify.
ALT + Q
Removes currently displayed item from the
Burn Basket.
ALT + SHIFT + F
Maximizes the File List pane.
F2
Renames one or more selected files.
ALT + W
Restores your desktop wallpaper to the
settings you were using before you applied
an ACDSee wallpaper.
ALT + X
Removes currently displayed item from the
Image Basket.
BACKSPACE
Moves up one level in the current drive's
folder structure.
CTRL + 0 to 5
Assigns a rating to the currently selected
item. Press CTRL + 0 to remove a rating.
CTRL + \ (backslash)
Selects the tagged images.
CTRL + A
Selects the entire contents of the current
folder.
CTRL + B
Adds the selected items to the Image Basket.
CTRL + D
Opens the current image in Develop mode.
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CTRL + E
Opens the currently selected image in Edit
mode.
CTRL + G
Generates a file listing as a text document.
CTRL + I
Selects all images in the current folder.
CTRL + ALT + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
CTRL + K
Places the cursor in the Keywords field of the
Organize tab in the Properties pane.
CTRL + M
Opens the Manage Metadata Presets dialog
box.
CTRL + N
Creates a new folder in the File List pane.
CTRL + O
Opens the Open Files dialog box, in which
you can select one or more images to open in
View mode.
CTRL + P
Opens the currently selected image or
images in the ACDSee Print utility.
CTRL + TAB
Moves the focus of the Manage mode window
between the currently displayed panes.
CTRL + X
Cuts the currently selected items to the
Clipboard.
CTRL + C
Copies the selected items to the Clipboard.
CTRL + INSERT
CTRL + V
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
SHIFT + INSERT
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F5
Refreshes Manage mode.
F3
Opens the Search pane.
CTRL + ALT + E
Opens the Export dialog box.
F4
Displays the Contents bar drop-down list.
F6
Changes the File List to Thumbs+Details
view.
F7
Changes the File List to Filmstrip view.
F8
Changes the File List to Thumbnails view.
F9
Changes the File List to Tiles view.
F10
Changes the File List to Icons view.
F11
Changes the File List to List view.
F12
Changes the File List to Details view.
SHIFT + DELETE
Removes the selected item from your hard
drive.
SHIFT + F5
Refreshes the File List pane.
SHIFT + TAB
Moves the focus of the Manage mode window
to the previous pane or tool in sequence.
TAB
Moves the focus of the Manage mode window
to the next pane or tool in sequence.
CTRL + ALT + R
Opens the selected images in the Compare
Images viewer.
CTRL + ALT + W
Sets the selected image as a stretched
desktop wallpaper.
CTRL + ALT + X
Opens the current image in the default
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CTRL + RIGHT CLICK
Opens Windows Explorer context menu.
CTRL + SHIFT + 1
Opens or closes the Folders pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + 2
Opens or closes the Catalog pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + 3
Opens or closes the Search pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + 4
Opens or closes the Calendar pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + 5
Opens or closes the Image Basket.
CTRL + SHIFT + A
Selects all files in the current folder.
CTRL + SHIFT + B
Shows or hides the status bar.
CTRL + SHIFT + C
Copies the currently selected image to the
Clipboard.
CTRL + SHIFT + D
Clears your current selection.
CTRL + SHIFT + E
Opens the current file in the default system
application or opens a dialog box where you
can select an application.
CTRL + SHIFT + F
Toggles the full-screen view for the File List
pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + I
Inverts your current selection.
CTRL + SHIFT + L
Opens or closes the Selective Browsing
panel.
CTRL + SHIFT + M
Opens or closes the Map pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + N
Opens a second instance of the ACDSee
program.
CTRL + SHIFT + O
Opens the file using the system application
associated with its file extension.
CTRL + SHIFT + T
Displays or hides the Manage mode Main
toolbar.
CTRL + SHIFT + TAB
Moves the focus of the Manage mode window
between the currently displayed panes.
CTRL + SHIFT + W
Sets the selected image as a tiled desktop
wallpaper.
CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + W
Sets the selected image as a centered
desktop wallpaper.
ALT + LEFT ARROW
Returns to the previous folder you browsed
in the File List pane.
ALT + RIGHT ARROW
Returns to the folder you last moved back
from in the File List pane.
CTRL + S
Creates a slideshow from the currently
selected images.
CTRL + SHIFT + P
Opens or closes the Preview pane.
Viewing
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CTRL + R
Opens the Batch Resize Images dialog box.
CTRL + T
Opens the Batch Adjust Time Stamp dialog
box.
CTRL + ALT + B
Opens the Batch Edit dialog box.
CTRL + F
Opens the Batch Convert File Format dialog
box.
CTRL + J
Opens the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog
box.
CTRL + L
Opens the Batch Adjust Exposure dialog box.
CTRL + F2
Switches to Photos mode.
CTRL + F3
Opens the image in View mode.
CTRL + F4
Opens the image in Develop mode.
CTRL + F5
Opens the image in Edit mode.
CTRL + F6
Switches to 365 mode.
CTRL + F7
Switches to Dashboard mode.
Mode Switching
Manage Mode Mouse Shortcuts
You can use the following mouse shortcuts in Manage mode.
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Resulting Action
Double-click
Opens the selected image in View mode.
Right-click
Opens the Manage mode context menu.
SHIFT + click
Selects a group of images.
Click + drag
Selects a group of images. Be sure to click on a blank area of the screen, not
on an image or folder, before you drag, so you can draw a selection box
around the group of images.
CTRL + click
Selects images you click on.
CTRL + right click
Opens the Windows Explorer context menu.
CTRL + Wheel up
Increases the magnification of the thumbnail (zooms in).
CTRL + Wheel down
Decreases the magnification of the thumbnail (zooms out).
View Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while working in View mode.
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
ALT + F4
Closes ACDSee.
CTRL + W
` (grave accent)
Toggles the display of the full file path in the Status bar.
ENTER
Switches to the previous mode.
ESC
SHIFT + ESC
Minimizes ACDSee in View, Develop, and Edit mode.
ALT + O
Opens the Options dialog box.
F1
Opens the Help file.
CTRL + O
Opens the Open files dialog box.
File Menu
INSERT
SHIFT + F4
Closes the current item.
CTRL + SHIFT + F4
Closes all images.
CTRL + S
Opens the Save Image As dialog box, in which you can save your
image with a different name or file format.
CTRL + ALT + E
Opens the Export dialog box.
SHIFT + L
Opens the file using the system application associated with its file
extension.
SHIFT + E
Opens the current file in the default system application or opens a
dialog box where you can select an application.
CTRL + P
Opens the current image in the ACDSee Print utility.
CTRL + SHIFT + P
Prints all currently selected images, or all images in the current
folder.
ALT + F
Opens the Facebook Uploader dialog box.
ALT + L
Opens the Flickr Uploader dialog box.
ALT + U
Opens the SmugMug Uploader dialog box.
ALT + Z
Opens the Zenfolio Uploader dialog box.
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CTRL + SHIFT + A
Toggles the Actions pane open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + H
Toggles the Histogram open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + M
Toggles the Magnifying Glass pane open and closed.
CTRL + + (plus)
Zooms in on the Magnifying Glass pane.
CTRL + - (minus)
Zooms out on the Magnifying Glass pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + S
Toggles the Navigator open and closed.
ALT + ENTER
Toggles the Properties pane open and closed.
ALT + ,
Switches to the tab to the left on the Properties pane.
ALT + .
Switches to the tab to the right on the Properties pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + F
Toggles the Filmstrip open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + I
Toggles the Info palette open and closed.
T
Toggles the Toolbar open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + T
B
Toggles the Status bar open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + B
CTRL + SHIFT + V
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CTRL + X
Cuts the current item to the Clipboard.
CTRL + C
Copies the currently displayed file to the Clipboard.
CTRL + V
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
ALT + C
Opens the Copy To Folder dialog box.
ALT + M
Opens the Move To Folder dialog box.
DELETE
Deletes the selected image.
F2
Opens the Rename File dialog box.
ALT + R
CTRL + B
Adds the selected image to the Image Basket.
ALT + X
Removes the selected image from the Image Basket.
ALT + B
Adds currently displayed item to the Image Basket in Manage mode.
ALT + Q
Removes the selected image from the Burn Basket.
ALT + A
Opens the Add Shortcut dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
\ (back slash)
Tags or untags the image.
CTRL + M
Opens the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box.
CTRL + 0
Clears the rating.
CTRL + 1
Assigns a rating of 1.
CTRL + 2
Assigns a rating of 2.
CTRL + 3
Assigns a rating of 3.
CTRL + 4
Assigns a rating of 4.
CTRL + 5
Assigns a rating of 5.
ALT + 0
Clears the color label.
ALT + 1
Assigns a red color label.
ALT + 2
Assigns a yellow color label.
ALT + 3
Assigns a green color label.
ALT + 4
Assigns a blue color label.
ALT + 5
Assigns a purple color label.
CTRL + K
Opens the Keywords section of the Properties pane.
ALT + K
Opens the Metadata tab of the Properties pane.
CTRL + SHIFT +
ALT + W
Sets the selected image as the desktop wallpaper, centered.
CTRL + SHIFT + W
Sets the selected image as the desktop wallpaper, tiled.
CTRL + ALT + W
Sets the selected image as the desktop wallpaper, stretched.
ALT + W
Restores your desktop wallpaper to the settings you were using
before you applied an ACDSee wallpaper.
PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Displays the next image.
Viewing
PAGE DOWN
3 (numeric keypad)
SPACEBAR
PAGE ARROW LEFT
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Displays the previous image.
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PAGE UP
9 (numeric keypad)
BACKSPACE
END
Switches to the last image in the Filmstrip.
HOME
Switches to the first image in the Filmstrip.
CTRL + Right-click
Opens the Windows Explorer context menu.
+ (plus)
Zooms in.
- (minus)
Zooms out.
SHIFT + Z
Zooms in to the area you select.
/ (forward slash)
Zooms the image to its actual size.
* (numeric keypad
asterisk)
Fits the image to the viewing area.
SHIFT + 8
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ALT + PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Fits image width to the display area.
ALT + PAGE DOWN
Fits image height to the display area.
ALT + \
Toggles the zoom lock on and off.
L
Toggles the pan lock.
Z
Opens the Set Zoom Level dialog box.
PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Pans right when zoomed into the image.
PAGE ARROW LEFT
Pans left when zoomed into the image.
PAGE DOWN
Pans down when zoomed into the image.
PAGE UP
Pans up when zoomed into the image.
F
Toggles full screen mode.
CTRL + PAGE
ARROW RIGHT
Toggles the right pane open and closed.
CTRL + PAGE
ARROW DOWN
Toggles the bottom pane open and closed.
O
Displays saved version of the image.
E
Toggles the exposure warning on and off.
R
Toggles the RAW decode/embedded preview on and off.
SHIFT + F1
Activates the Hand tool after zooming in with the Zoom tool.
SHIFT + F2
Activates the Select tool.
CTRL + Q
Clears the current selection.
SHIFT+ F3
Activates the Zoom tool.
F5
Refreshes the View mode window and reloads the current image.
ALT + F5
Toggles a full screen display of the image on your second screen
open and closed.
ALT + F6
Toggles a full screen display of the file list on your second screen
open and closed.
1
Sets the Auto Lens to None.
2
Sets the Auto Lens to Black & White.
3
Sets the Auto Lens to Orton.
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Sets the Auto Lens to Lomo.
5
Sets the Auto Lens to Sepia.
6
Toggles the Light EQ button on and off.
ALT + S
Automatically advances to the next image every 1 to 2 seconds.
CTRL + ALT + S
Launches the slideshow.
CTRL + A
Displays or hides headers and footers.
CTRL + SHIFT + Q
Opens the View Header/Footer dialog box, in which you can specify
the text to display on your images in View mode.
ALT + CTRL + S
Starts or stops the Auto Advance slideshow.
SHIFT + PAGE
ARROW DOWN
Advances to the next page of a multi-page image.
SHIFT + PAGE
ARROW UP
Switches to the previous page of a multi-page image.
SHIFT + HOME
Switches to the first page of a multi-page image.
SHIFT + END
Switches to the last page of a multi-page image.
CTRL + SHIFT +
PAGE ARROW LEFT
Rotates the current image 90° counterclockwise.
CTRL + SHIFT +
PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Rotates the current image 90° clockwise.
ALT + E
Opens the image in the default editor.
SHIFT + R
Restores an edited image to the developed version (if the image was
first developed, then edited).
SHIFT + O
Restores an edited image to the original version.
SHIFT + S
Commits the changes.
SHIFT + C
Opens the Copy settings dialog box for a developed image.
SHIFT + V
Pastes the copied develop settings to the image.
CTRL + ALT + E
Opens the Export dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + N
Opens the Batch Develop dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + B
Opens the Batch Edit dialog box.
CTRL + F
Opens the Batch Convert File Format dialog box.
CTRL + J
Opens the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog box.
CTRL + R
Opens the Batch Resize Images dialog box.
CTRL + L
Opens the Batch Adjust Exposure dialog box.
CTRL + T
Opens the Batch Adjust Time Stamp dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + R
Opens the Batch Rename dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + 1
Changes the image color depth to Black and White.
CTRL + SHIFT + 2
Changes the image color depth to 16 grays.
CTRL + SHIFT + 3
Changes the image color depth to 256 grays.
CTRL + SHIFT + 4
Changes the image color depth to 16 colors.
CTRL + SHIFT + 5
Changes the image color depth to 256 colors.
CTRL + SHIFT + 6
Changes the image color depth to Hicolor.
CTRL + SHIFT + 7
Changes the image color depth to Truecolor.
CTRL + SHIFT + 8
Converts the image to a 16-bit grayscale palette.
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CTRL + SHIFT + 9
Converts the image to a 48-bit color palette.
CTRL + F4
Opens the currently selected image in Develop mode.
CTRL + F5
Opens the currently selected image in Edit mode.
CTRL + F1
Switches to Manage mode.
CTRL + F2
Switches to Photos mode.
CTRL + F6
Switches to 365 mode.
CTRL + F7
Switches to Dashboard mode.
Mode Switching
View Mode Mouse Shortcuts
You can use the following mouse shortcuts while working in View mode.
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Resulting Action
Double-click
Closes View mode and returns to the previous mode.
Right-click
Opens the View mode context menu.
Middle click
Toggles full screen mode (on 3-button mouse).
Wheel click
Toggles full screen mode.
Wheel up
Displays the previous item.
Wheel down
Displays the next item.
CTRL + Right-click
Opens the Windows Explorer context menu.
CTRL + Wheel up
Increases the magnification of the image (zooms in).
CTRL + Wheel down
Decreases the magnification of the image (zooms out).
SHIFT + Wheel up
Displays the previous page of a multiple-page image.
SHIFT + Wheel down
Displays the next page of a multiple-page image.
Calendar Pane Shortcuts
Once you are familiar with the basic calendar pane options, consider using the following shortcuts:
Click the title bar on a year, month, or day table to display all available images for that year, month, or day.
Right-click the title bar on a year, month, or day table to scroll through and select from adjacent years,
months, or days.
In Year view double-click any month to switch to Month view. Or, in Month view, double-click any date to
switch to Day view.
In Month view click the letter indicating a day of the week to display all available images for that day of the
week. For example, click F to select all Fridays in that month.
In Day view click AM or PM to select the first or second half of a day.
In Event view press and hold the CTRL key and click any month or day to display all available images for
those months or days.
Click on the title of any month calendar, to select all the photos in that month.
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Click the name of the week, to select all the photos in those weeks of the month.
Drag and select any days in the calendar to select all the photos in those days.
Develop and Edit Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
Use the following keyboard shortcuts in Develop and Edit mode.
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
ALT + F4
Closes ACDSee in all modes.
SHIFT + ESC
Minimizes ACDSee in View, Develop, and Edit mode.
ALT + O
Opens the Options dialog box.
F1
Opens the Help file.
` (grave accent)
Toggles the display of the full file path in the Status
bar.
PAGE ARROW RIGHT
Opens the next image.
File Menu
PAGE DOWN
3 (numeric keypad)
PAGE ARROW LEFT
Opens the previous image.
PAGE UP
9 (numeric keypad)
CTRL + S
Saves the image.
CTRL + ALT + S
Saves a copy.
CTRL + ALT + E
Opens the Export dialog.
CTRL + D
Switches to Develop mode.
END
Switches to the last image in the Filmstrip.
HOME
Switches to the first image in the Filmstrip.
ESC
Switches to the previous mode.
ENTER
Edit Menu
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CTRL + Y
Redo.
CTRL + Z
Undo.
CTRL + SHIFT + Z
Undo all.
CTRL + C
Copy.
CTRL + V
Paste.
DELETE
Delete.
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ALT + 0
Clears the color label.
ALT + 1
Assigns a red color label.
ALT + 2
Assigns a yellow color label.
ALT + 3
Assigns a green color label.
ALT + 4
Assigns a blue color label.
ALT + 5
Assigns a purple color label.
CTRL + 0
Clears the rating.
CTRL + 1
Assigns a rating of 1.
CTRL + 2
Assigns a rating of 2.
CTRL + 3
Assigns a rating of 3.
CTRL + 4
Assigns a rating of 4.
CTRL + 5
Assigns a rating of 5.
CTRL + K
Opens the Keywords section of the Properties pane.
ALT + K
Opens the Metadata tab of the Properties pane.
\ (back slash)
Tags the photo.
CTRL + M
Opens the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
[
Enables soft proofing.
CTRL + PAGE ARROW RIGHT
Toggles the right pane open and closed.
CTRL + PAGE ARROW LEFT
Toggles the left pane open and closed.
CTRL + PAGE ARROW DOWN
Toggles the bottom pane open and closed.
/ (forward slash)
Zooms the image to its actual size.
SHIFT + 8
Fits the image to the viewing area.
Viewing
* (numeric keypad asterisk)
+ (plus)
Zooms in.
- (minus)
Zoomed out.
F
Displays the image full screen.
'
Toggles Navigator open and closed when zoomed
into the image.
Z
Displays saved version of the image.
PAGE ARROW RIGHT
Pans right when zoomed into the image.
PAGE ARROW LEFT
Pans left when zoomed into the image.
PAGE DOWN
Pans down when zoomed into the image.
PAGE UP
Pans up when zoomed into the image.
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F2
Toggles the Filter Menu open and closed.
F3
Toggles the Actions pane open and closed.
F4
Toggles the Properties pane open and closed.
ALT + ENTER
F5
Toggles the Filmstrip open and closed.
F6
Toggles the Info palette open and closed.
F7
Toggles the Histogram open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT + H
F8
Toggles the Layers pane open and closed.
F9
Toggles the Undo History pane open and closed.
F10
Toggles the Colors pane open and closed.
ALT + F1
Toggles the Toolbar open and closed.
ALT + F2
Toggles the Filters toolbar open and closed.
ALT + F3
Toggles the Actions toolbar open and closed.
ALT + F5
Toggles a full screen display of the image on your
second screen open and closed.
ALT + F6
Toggles a full screen display of the file list on your
second screen open and closed.
ALT + A
Selects all.
ALT + D
Deselects.
ALT + I
Inverts selection.
ALT + DEL
Deletes selected pixels.
ALT + SHIFT + F
Applies Smart Erase to a selection.
ALT + SHIFT + P
Opens the Pixel Targeting panel for targeting the
selection to specific colors and/or tones.
ALT + SHIFT + S
Saves the selection.
ALT + SHIFT + L
Opens the Load Selection dialog box.
ALT + SHIFT + M
Opens the Manage Selections dialog box
ALT + SHIFT + O
Opens the Overlay Options dialog box.
Selecting
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Y
Opens the Red Eye Reduction tool.
ALT + P
Opens the Repair tool.
K
Opens the Skin Tune tool.
X
Opens the Text tool.
ALT + Y
Opens the Chromatic Aberration tool.
ALT + W
Opens the Watermark tool.
ALT + B
Opens the Border tool.
V
Opens the Vignette tool.
ALT + S
Opens the Special Effects panel.
T
Opens the Tilt-Shift tool.
ALT + G
Opens the Grain tool.
ALT + R
Opens the Rotate tool.
ALT + F
Opens the Flip tool.
C
Opens the Crop tool.
P
Opens the Perspective Correction tool.
ALT + Z
Opens the Lens Distortion Correction tool.
J
Opens the Resize tool.
ALT + X
Opens the Exposure tool.
L
Opens the Levels tool.
ALT + L
Opens the Auto Levels tool.
U
Opens the Tones Curves tool.
Q
Opens the Light EQ tool.
H
Opens the Dehaze tool.
D
Opens the Dodge and Burn tool.
A
Opens the White Balance tool.
O
Opens the Color EQ tool.
ALT + H
Opens the Color Balance tool.
W
Opens the Convert to Black & White tool.
ALT + T
Opens the Split Tone tool.
ALT + N
Opens the Sharpen tool.
ALT + U
Opens the Blur tool.
N
Opens the Noise Reduction tool.
ALT + C
Opens the Clarity tool.
I
Opens the Detail Brush tool.
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B
Toggles Brush controls open and closed.
S
Toggles the brush stroke display when working
inside a filter.
G
Toggles Gradient controls open and closed.
R
Toggles Radial Gradient controls open and closed.
SPACEBAR
Switches to the Hand tool when working with the
Brush or Gradients inside a filter.
E
Toggles the exposure warning on and off in the
Exposure tool.
CTRL + ALT + I
Opens the Import image as layer dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + N
Adds a new blank layer.
CTRL + ALT + A
Duplicates the selected layer.
CTRL + DELETE
Deletes the selected layer.
CTRL + ALT + R
Opens the Rename Layer dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + V
Toggles the Show/Hide Layer button on and off.
CTRL + ALT + C
Toggles the Clipping button on and off.
CTRL + ALT + PAGE DOWN
Merges the selected layer with the layer below it.
CTRL + ALT + F
Merges all layers into a single image.
CTRL + ALT + W
Adds a white layer mask.
CTRL + ALT + B
Adds a black layer mask.
CTRL + ALT + ,
Adds the mask to a selection.
CTRL + ALT + -
Subtracts the mask from a selection.
CTRL + ALT + =
Selects the area common to the mask and the
selection.
CTRL + ALT + .
Creates a mask from the selection.
CTRL + ALT + J
Inverts the mask.
CTRL + SHIFT + DELETE
Deletes the mask.
CTRL + ALT + P
Opens the Pixel Targeting panel, allowing you to
mask specific colors and/or tones.
Layered Editor
Layer Masks
Adjustment Layers
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SHIFT + E
Adds an Exposure Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + B
Adds a Blur Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + Z
Adds a Posterize Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + U
Adds a Curves Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + I
Adds a Negative Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + F
Adds a Color Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + W
Adds a Black and White Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + T
Adds a Threshold Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + G
Adds a RGB Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + R
Adds a Clarity Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + L
Adds a Levels Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + X
Adds a Vibrance Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + V
Adds a Vignette Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + S
Adds a Sharpen Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + O
Adds a Color EQ Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + Q
Adds a Light EQ Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + M
Adds a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + K
Adds a Skin Tune Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + P
Adds a Photo Effect Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + A
Adds a White Balance Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + H
Adds a Dehaze Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + C
Adds a Split Tone Adjustment Layer.
SHIFT + N
Adds a Noise Reduction Adjustment Layer.
CTRL + Q
Activates the Hand tool.
M
Activates the Move tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + R
Activates the Rectangle tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + E
Activates the Elliptical tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + L
Activates the Line tool.
CTRL + A
Activates the Arrow tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + P
Activates the Polygon tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + B
Activates the Curve tool.
B
Activates the Brush tool.
CTRL + F
Activates the Fill tool.
CTRL + G
Activates the Gradient tool.
ALT + E
Activates the Eraser tool.
CTRL + E
Activates the Smart Erase tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + I
Activates the Eyedropper tool.
CTRL + [
Opens the Foreground Color dialog box.
CTRL + ]
Opens the Background Color dialog box.
CTRL + X
Switches the foreground and background color.
Tools
Color Tools
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CTRL + B
Activates the Brush Selection tool.
CTRL + R
Activates the Rectangle Selection tool.
CTRL + I
Activates the Ellipse Selection tool.
CTRL + L
Activates the Lasso Selection tool.
CTRL + W
Activates the Magic Wand Selection tool.
CTRL + SHIFT + S
Stops recording.
ALT + SHIFT + R
Starts recording.
CTRL + F1
Switches to Manage mode.
CTRL + F2
Switches to Photos mode.
CTRL + F3
Opens the image in View mode.
CTRL + F4
Opens the image in Develop mode.
CTRL + F6
Switches to 365 mode.
CTRL + F7
Switches to Dashboard mode.
Actions
Mode Switching
Develop Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
ALT + F4
Closes ACDSee in all modes.
SHIFT + ESC
Minimizes ACDSee in all modes.
ALT + O
Opens the Options dialog box.
F1
Opens the Help file.
`(grave
accent)
Toggles the display of the full file path in the Status bar.
PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Displays the next image.
File Menu
PAGE DOWN
3 (numeric
keypad)
PAGE ARROW
LEFT
Displays the previous image.
PAGE UP
9 (numeric
keypad)
CTRL + S
Saves the image.
CTRL + ALT +
S
Saves a copy.
CTRL + ALT +
E
Opens the Export dialog box.
CTRL + E
Switches to Edit mode.
END
Switches to the last image in the Filmstrip.
HOME
Switches to the first image in the Filmstrip.
ESC
Switches to the previous mode.
ENTER
Edit Menu
CTRL + Y
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Redo.
CTRL + Z
Undo.
CTRL + ALT +
C
Opens the Copy settings dialog box.
CTRL +
ALT + V
Pastes the copied settings.
DELETE
Delete.
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CTRL + B
Adds the selected image to the Image Basket.
ALT + X
Removes the image from the Image Basket.
ALT + B
Adds the image to the Burn Basket.
ALT + Q
Removes the image from the Burn Basket.
ALT + 0
Clears the color label.
ALT + 1
Assigns a red color label.
ALT + 2
Assigns a yellow color label.
ALT + 3
Assigns a green color label.
ALT + 4
Assigns a blue color label.
ALT + 5
Assigns a purple color label.
CTRL + 0
Clears the rating.
CTRL + 1
Assigns a rating of 1.
CTRL + 2
Assigns a rating of 2.
CTRL + 3
Assigns a rating of 3.
CTRL + 4
Assigns a rating of 4.
CTRL + 5
Assigns a rating of 5.
CTRL + K
Opens the Keywords section of the Properties pane.
ALT + K
Opens the Metadata tab of the Properties pane.
\ (back slash)
Tags or untags the photo.
CTRL + M
Opens the Manage Metadata Presets dialog box.
CTRL + ALT +
D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
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Enables soft proofing.
CTRL + PAGE
ARROW LEFT
Toggles the left pane open and closed.
CTRL + PAGE
ARROW
DOWN
Toggles the bottom pane open and closed.
/ (forward
slash)
Zooms the image to its actual size.
SHIFT + 8
Scrolls up when zoomed into the image.
Opens the next image.
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ALT + PAGE
ARROW
RIGHT
Fits image width to the display area.
ALT + PAGE
DOWN
Fits image height to the display area.
+ (plus)
Zooms in.
- (minus)
Zoomed out.
F
Toggles full screen mode.
'
Toggles Navigator open and closed when zoomed into the image.
Z
Displays saved version of the image.
PAGE ARROW
RIGHT
Pans right when zoomed into the image.
PAGE ARROW
LEFT
Pans left when zoomed into the image.
PAGE DOWN
Pans down when zoomed into the image.
PAGE UP
Pans up when zoomed into the image.
ALT + E
Expands all tool groups.
ALT + C
Collapses all tool groups.
ALT + A
Toggles a setting wherein tool groups will close when others are opened to
prevent the use of a scroll bar.
V
Toggles the Preview open and closed.
H
Toggles the Histogram open and closed.
ALT + ENTER
Toggles the Properties pane open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT
+F
Toggles the Filmstrip open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT
+I
Toggles the Info palette open and closed.
CTRL + SHIFT
+D
Toggles the Develop tools open and closed.
P
Toggles the Snapshots pane open and closed.
ALT + F5
Toggles a full screen display of the image on your second screen open and
closed.
ALT + F6
Toggles a full screen display of the file list on your second screen open and
closed.
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Opens the image in View mode.
CTRL + E
Opens the image in Edit mode.
SHIFT + E
CTRL + F5
CTRL + F1
Switches to Manage mode.
CTRL + F2
Switches to Photos mode.
CTRL + F6
Switches to 365 mode.
CTRL + F7
Switches to Dashboard mode.
Using Develop Mode
B
Toggles Brush controls open and closed.
I
Inverts brush strokes.
1
Selects the first brush
2
Selects the second brush.
3
Selects the third brush.
4
Selects the fourth brush.
5
Selects the fifth brush.
6
Selects the sixth brush.
7
Selects the seventh brush.
SHIFT + 1
Enables the first brush.
SHIFT + 2
Enables the second brush.
SHIFT + 3
Enables the third brush.
SHIFT + 4
Enables the fourth brush.
SHIFT + 5
Enables the fifth brush.
SHIFT + 6
Enables the sixth brush.
SHIFT + 7
Enables the seventh brush.
G
Toggles Gradient controls open and closed.
R
Toggles Radial Gradient controls open and closed.
SPACEBAR
Switches to the Hand tool when working with the Brush or Gradients while
zoomed in. You can then use the Hand tool to pan the image.
E
Toggles the exposure warning on and off when using the Exposure tool.
ALT + I
Toggles the grid on and off when using the Crop tool.
C
Toggles the cropped image preview when using the Crop tool.
CTRL + T
Switches to the Tune tab.
CTRL + D
Switches to the Detail tab.
CTRL + G
Switches to the Geometry tab.
CTRL + R
Switches to the Repair tab.
CTRL + P
Opens the New Snapshot dialog box.
Develop and Edit Mode Mouse Shortcuts
Use the following mouse shortcuts in Develop and Edit mode to make quick image adjustments.
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
SHIFT + click
Turns off the auto-collapse feature in the pane as you open groups.
SHIFT + mouse wheel
Makes large adjustments to the sliders. If the scroll is active in the Develop
pane, the wheel scrolls the pane.
SPACEBAR + click + drag
Scrolls the image by dragging the mouse. Use when you are using a tool in
Develop, and have the image zoomed in.
Right-click
Resets any slider to its default value.
Mouse wheel over slider
Makes fine adjustments to a slider. Place your cursor over the slider and scroll
up or down.
Mouse wheel over image
Adjusts brush size. Place your cursor over the image and scroll up or down to
adjust nib width.
SHIFT + mouse wheel
Adjusts feathering. Place your cursor over the image and scroll up or down to
adjust feathering.
365 Mode Keyboard Shortcuts
Use the following keyboard shortcuts in the Transfer mode.
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
ALT + A
Sets selected folder as an Upsync folder.
ALT + D
Downloads selected files and folders.
ALT + ENTER
Displays Properties pane in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
ALT + Num +
Group forward files and folders in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
ALT + Num -
Group backward files and folders in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
ALT + O
Displays Options dialog.
ALT + U
Uploads selected files and folders.
ALT + X
Removes files from the image basket.
ALT + SHIFT + U
Upsyncs all files.
CTRL + \
Selects tagged files.
CTRL + A
Selects all files and folders.
CTRL + F8
Changes the view in the upper screen in Transfer mode to thumbnail view of
images in your account.
CTRL + F12
Changes the view in the upper screen in Transfer mode to a detailed view of
images in your account.
CTRL + SHIFT + D
Clears image selection.
CTRL + SHIFT + I
Inverts image selection.
CTRL + SHIFT + 1
Displays Folders pane in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + 2
Displays Catalog pane in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + 3
Displays Search pane in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + 4
Displays Calendar pane in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + 5
Displays the image basket.
CTRL + W
Closes ACDSee.
DELETE
Deletes files or folders.
ENTER
Opens the selected item in View mode.
F2
Renames files and folders.
F5
Refreshes the view.
F6
Displays thumbnails and details of folders and files in the lower screen of
Transfer mode.
F7
Displays filmstrip view of folders and files in the lower screen of Transfer
mode.
F8
Displays thumbnails of folders and files in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
F9
Displays tile view of folders and files in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
F10
Displays icon view of folders and file types in the lower screen of Transfer
mode.
F11
Displays a list of folder and file types in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
F12
Displays a detailed view of folders and files in the lower screen of Transfer
mode.
Num +
Sort forward files and folders in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
Num -
Sort backward files and folders in the lower screen of Transfer mode.
SHIFT + ALT + A
Displays 365.acdsee.com mode.
SHIFT + ALT + C
Copies URL.
SHIFT + ALT + T
Displays Transfer mode.
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365 Mode Mouse Shortcuts
Use the following mouse shortcuts in Transfer mode.
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Shortcut
Resulting Action
Click + drag
Selects a group of images.
CTRL + click
Selects images you click on.
SHIFT + click
Selects a group of images.
ACDSee PicaView Keyboard Shortcuts
You can use the following shortcut with ACDSee PicaView.
This Shortcut
SHIFT + right-click an
image
Has This Result
If you have Display Image enabled: The image will not display in the
main context menu.
If you have Display Image disabled: The image will display in the main
context menu.
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Chapter 13: File Formats
About RAW Files
A RAW file is like a negative. RAW files contain all of the data that was collected by your digital camera's sensor
when you took a photo. If you tried to view a RAW file without processing, it would appear almost completely black.
It is therefore necessary to process your RAW files to produce a photo.
ACDSee offers a new RAW processing engine providing improved Color, Contrast and Exposure. ACDSee also
emulates Pro 3's pipeline for RAW images developed in Pro 3 or earlier versions.
You can use Develop and Edit mode to select exposure, color, and image sharpness settings for your RAW files.
You can select and save unique settings for each RAW file, or you can select and save generic settings as presets.
If you save generic settings as presets, you can apply those presets to numerous RAW files using the batch tool, or
by going to Manage mode, and selecting Tools | Process | Apply Preset and then selecting a preset.
You cannot change your original RAW files permanently. The RAW files remain intact after processing to preserve
all the data captured by your camera. The processing settings that you select for a particular image are saved to
the XMP file of the RAW, and associated with the image in the database.
To save any changes you make to a RAW file permanently, you need to save it as a separate file, in a different file
format (JPEG or TIFF, for example). If you want to save your processed file to many different formats at the same
time, use the multiple format option in Develop mode. After developing your image, simply click on the Save
button, and select Export. In the Export dialog box, select your export settings and click OK.
ACDSee will automatically apply geometry corrections to DNG files that include geometric distortion
correction tags. DNG files created from the Adobe DNG Converter© will often generate geometric
distortion tags for micro 4/3rds cameras.
Associating Files
ACDSee can work with a large number of file formats. ACDSee can be set as the default application for opening
certain file types. This process is called associating files. When you associate file types, you set ACDSee as the
default program to open these kinds of files when you double-click them.
To Set File Association Options in ACDSee:
1.
Click Tools | File Association Settings.
2.
In the four format sections, select the checkboxes of the file formats you would like to associate with
ACDSee for image formats, RAW formats, media formats, and archive formats.
3.
Click Save.
To Disassociate a File Type with ACDSee:
1.
Click Tools | File Association Settings.
2.
In the four format sections, deselect the checkboxes of the file formats you would like to disassociate with
ACDSee for image formats, RAW formats, media formats, and archive formats.
3.
Click Save.
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A
Absolute Colorimetric
Rendering intent, generally used for proofing. Based on a device-independent color space, reproducing colors
within the available gamut perfectly, and reducing colors outside of the gamut to the nearest reproducible hue
(at the expense of saturation).
Actions, ACDSee Actions
ACDSee Actions record Edit mode adjustments. You can then apply them to other images by "playing" them
back. This is an efficient method to batch editing.
Acquire
Often used term to describe the process of locating images on peripheral devices (such as scanners and digital
cameras) and adding the images to your hard drive. Can also refer to taking screen captures. See import.
Album
Collection of images, often organized by theme or event. In ACDSee, albums contain shortcuts to where the
images are stored on your hard drive.
Aliasing
Jagged edges caused by pixels. Occurs most often in low resolution images or images that have been enlarged.
See jaggies.
Anchor
Method of fixing an object such as a selection to a screen, page, or image location.
Antialiasing, Anti-Aliasing
Software technique for reducing jagged lines, or ‘jaggies’. Uses shades of gray and color to smooth out the
contrast between adjacent pixels.
Aspect Ratio
An image’s width-to-height ratio. For example, an image with an aspect ratio of 3:1 has a width 3 times larger
than its height.
Azimuth
Angle of shadows that extend from the edges of image details. In ACDSee you can control azimuth when
applying the Emboss effect to an image.
B
Background Processing
Tasks or programs that function without user interaction.
Bandwidth
Amount of data that can be sent through a network connection in a fixed amount of time. Bandwidth is
measured in kilobits per second (Kbps).
Barrel Distortion
In barrel distortion the photo appears to bulge outwards from the center.
Batch Processing
Any operation or tool, such as resizing, converting, or renaming, that can be used to adjust multiple images or
files simultaneously.
Bit
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Bits are small units of computer memory. The color depth of your image is constrained by the number of bits
available to store color information. For example, it is possible to store 256 different color values per color
channel in 8-bit RGB images. Similarly, it is possible to store 65,536 different color values per color channel in
18-bit images.
Blackpoint
An image’s darkest area. You can control the intensity of the black in an image by adjusting its blackpoint.
Blend Modes
Filters that change the effect of a tool or the appearance of a selected object.
Brightness
Light intensity of an image. You can make an image appear brighter or darker by adjusting its brightness.
Brush
A tool that you can use in Edit mode or Develop mode to isolate or indicate pixels you want to apply effects or
adjustments to. The Brush in Drawing Tools can be used to draw in color on your image. See Smart Brushing.
C
Cache
High-speed storage mechanism. The ACDSee Database is a cache.
Caption
Text associated with a file, or a comment or description added to a printed image.
Cataloging
Adding file information to the ACDSee database.
Category
Assign categories to photos to help sort and manage them more easily.
Chromatic Aberration
A lens artifact that can result in fringes in high contrast areas of some photos.
CMYK
Color model that uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (key) as its primary colors.
Color Cast
Changes the hue of an image while keeping the saturation and brightness intact. For example, many digital
cameras produce pictures with a slightly blue color cast. ACDSee includes a tool that removes an unwanted
color cast.
Color Channel Value
Contains all pixel information for a single color. A grayscale image has one channel, while an RGB image has
three channels. You can adjust RGB values when editing a color.
Color Gamut
Range of colors that a device such as a printer or monitor can produce or display.
Color Management
Process of adjusting your computer settings so that the color output from your printer matches the colors you
see on your monitor.
Color Space
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There are two types of color spaces: device-independent or device-dependent. A device-independent color
space, such as RGB, describes all possible colors. A device-dependent color space describes the subset of
colors (from the device-independent color space) that a particular device can reproduce. Device-dependent
color spaces are used to map colors between devices (for example, from a monitor to a printer) to ensure that
colors are reproduced accurately.
Compression
Process that converts data to a storage format requiring less space than the original data.
Contact Sheet
Physical or digital page that contains a series of small images, usually in a grid format.
Contrast
Measure of an image’s color and brightness differences.
Convert
Change a file from one format to another. For example, you might convert a file from a bitmap (.bmp) to a JPEG
(.jpg) to reduce the file size.
Cropping
Removing unwanted image areas.
D
Database
Electronic filing system that provides fast access to stored data. The ACDSee Database contains two parts: a
cached thumbnail file and an information file. The cached thumbnail file contains small copies (thumbnails) of
the images on your system. The information file contains details about the files on your system, such as
descriptions, dates, authors, notes, keywords, and categories.
Database Date
Date that you apply to the properties of a file and save in the ACDSee Database.
Descriptions
ACDSee stores descriptions in a hidden file named descript.ion. Descriptions such as file name and captions
for an image will be included in the descript.ion files.
Dock
Attaching a toolbar, window, or pane to different screen areas.
DPI (dots per inch)
Measurement of an image’s resolution. For example, 92 DPI means 92 dots horizontally and 92 dots vertically,
which equals 8,464 dots per square inch. More dots per inch result in higher resolution and image quality.
Dynamic Range
The dynamic range of an image is directly related to the dynamic range of your digital camera's sensor. If your
digital camera's sensor has a large dynamic range it can capture the darkest shadows and brightest highlights
at the same time, without clipping the shadows or highlights. (RAW images preserve the dynamic range of your
digital camera's sensor.) Adjusting the tonal range of the image changes how the dynamic range of the image
is represented on a monitor or in a photo.
E
Elevation
Height of an imaginary light source over an image. The elevation of the light source works in conjunction with
azimuth to generate a three-dimensional emboss effect.
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Encode
Writing (or saving) a file format.
Encryption
Method of converting data into a secure format. You need a digital password or key to read an encrypted file.
EXIF (Exchangeable Image File)
Standard for storing information, primarily with images that use JPEG compression. Most digital cameras
create EXIF information and embed it in the image file. For example, EXIF information can include details about
shutter speed and whether a flash was used.
Export
Moving data from one application to another. The exporting application places the data in a format that the
other application understands.
Exposure
Exposure is the amount of time that your digital camera's sensor is exposed to light.
F
Feather
Softening image edges to blend them into the background.
File Listing
In ACDSee, a report of the files currently displayed in Manage mode.
File Format
Medium for encoding information in a file. Each type of file has a different file format that specifies how it
organizes the information it contains.
Filter
Program that can apply an effect to an image, such as an embossed appearance or a sepia tone.
Fisheye Distortion
In fisheye distortion, the photo appears to bulge outwards from the center, as if the photo were wrapped
around a sphere.
G
Gamma
Range of color values a monitor, scanner, or printer can display. Adjusting this value increases or decreases
the intensity of the light spectrum.
Grayscale Image
Image composed of different shades of gray.
H
Highlights
Highlights are the brightest or whitest parts of an image.
Histogram
A histogram is a graph that displays the dynamic range of shadows and highlights in an image.
HSL
An acronym for hue, saturation, and lightness.
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Predominant color in an image.
I
Image Editor
Program that you can use to create and edit images. ACDSee is an image editor.
Image Resolution
Quality of image details and colors. Also used to describe the quality of monitors and printer output.
Image Viewer
Program that displays images. ACDSee is an image viewer.
Import
Bringing data into an application from another using a format that the receiving application understands.
Interpolation
Process that uses nearby pixels to estimate the color of new pixels added to the larger image. For example,
interpolation might be used when enlarging a digital image.
IPTC
Standard method of encoding information within image files so that items such as descriptive comments and
copyright information can be transmitted with the image.
J-K
Jaggies
Individual pixels displayed in an image with low resolution. The appearance of pixels in an image causes lines
and curves to appear jagged.
L
Lens Vignetting
Unusual darkness in the corners of images as a result of an inability of the lens to distribute light into the
corners of the image.
Lossless Compression
Form of compression that retains all image data and quality.
Lossless Rotation and Flipping
Rotation of a JPEG image without loss of image quality. This works best on images with dimensions that are a
multiple of 8 or 16.
Lossy Compression
Form of compression that attempts to remove unnecessary data. This data loss can affect image quality.
M
Marquee
Dashed-line frame that identifies a selected portion of an image. Depending on the tool, you can resize or move
a marquee with or without changing the underlying image.
Metadata
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Information about an image and how it was taken. For example, the metadata of digital camera images can
contain the date and time the picture was taken, the shutter speed, the exposure settings of the camera, and
whether a flash was used.
Monochrome Image
Image containing a single color.
N
Noise
Effect produced when a variety of pixel colors are used in the same color region. Noise often occurs in images
with high ISO setting or slow shutter speed.
O
Opacity
Determines how visible an effect is when applied to an image or a selection. High opacity produces a more solid
effect, while low opacity results in a nearly invisible effect.
Overexposed
Images that are overexposed have too many highlights, and tend to look faded. You typically overexpose
images by exposing your digital camera's sensor to light for too long.
P-Q
Panning
Moving zoomed images vertically, horizontally, and diagonally across the display area to view specific areas of
the image.
Perceptual
Rendering intent that scales all of the colors within one gamut to fit within another gamut. Best used for
photographic images, as it maintains the relationship between the colors more accurately than the colors
themselves.
Perspective Distortion
Perspective distortion is caused by wide angle and telephoto lenses, which distort the perspective of large or
far-away objects. For example, if you take a photo of a tall building, the building may appear to be narrower at
the top even though the building is the same width from top to bottom.
Photo Album
See album.
Photo Editor
See image editor.
Pincushion Distortion
In pincushion distortion the photo appears to shrink inwards toward the center.
Pixel (PICture ELement)
Smallest visible portion of a digital image, arranged in rows and columns.
Plug-in
Software module that adds functionality to a larger program.
PPI (pixels per inch)
Measurement of how an image is displayed. More pixels per inch result in higher image quality.
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Presets
A preset contains image correction settings. You can create and use presets to ensure that settings you apply
are the same and consistent across all images.
Primary Colors
Colors that can produce other colors when blended. For example, in the RGB color model, red, green, and blue
are primary colors.
R
Raster Image
Image composed of a rectangular grid of pixels. Each pixel contains a defined value about its color, size, and
location in the image. As a result, resizing the image can affect its quality.
Rating
Assign ratings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) to photos to help sort and manage them more easily.
RAW
An image file format. RAW files contain all of the image data that was captured by your digital camera's sensor.
RAW files are not processed by your camera; instead, you must process RAW images through Develop mode.
Recursive
Program or task that can repeat itself indefinitely, such as a slideshow.
Red Eye
Red eye occurs when the light from your digital camera's flash reflects off the retinas in the subject's eyes. The
subject's eyes look red instead of their normal color.
Relative Colorimetric
Rendering intent that maps the colors that fall exactly within the color gamuts of both the input and output
devices. Best used for single- or limited-color images as colors outside of both gamuts may be mapped to a
single color.
Render
Drawing images to your screen.
Rendering Intent
Approach used to map colors from one color gamut to another. There are four rendering intents available:
Perceptual, Relative Colorimetric, Saturation, and Absolute Colorimetric.
Resolution
Quality and clarity of an image, measured in pixels, dots per inch, or pixels per inch.
RGB
Color model that uses red, green, and blue as its primary colors.
Ringing Artifacts
Distortion around the edges of image subjects, caused by compressing or resizing an image.
S
Saturation
Purity of a color. Higher color saturation results in more gray.
Saturation (rendering intent)
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Rendering intent that maintains color saturation from one gamut to another. Best suited for images in which
the actual color represented is less important than the color’s vividness.
Selection
Portion of an image that you define with a selection tool. A marquee surrounds a selection. ACDSee and ACD
Photo Editor include selection tools.
Sepia
Sepia-toned images are composed of shades of brown. Many old photographs have a sepia tone.
Sharpen
The sharpen tool is for sharpening images. The original image is blurred slightly. This blurred version of the
image is subtracted from the original image, revealing the edges in the original image. These edges can then
be sharpened by increasing contrast.
Sharpness
The sharpness in an image is determined, primarily, by your digital camera's lens and sensor. You can also
create the illusion of sharpness by increasing the contrast between edges within an image.
Shortcut Menu
Menu that appears when you right-click within a program. Sometimes referred to as a context menu.
Slideshow
Automated sequential display of images. You can use slideshow software such as ACDSee to display slideshows
of your images.
Smart Brushing
Brushing targeted to specific colors, brightness values, or combination of color and brightness. The Smart
Brush only affects pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke, and allows you to apply
adjustments to those pixels.
Soft Proofing
Using your computer's monitor as a proofing device. The monitor displays a simulation of how colors will
appear when rendered by the printer.
T
Tagging
Tagging, like categories and ratings, is a great way to organize and group your photos without moving the files
into different folders. You can tag a photo with one click. Similarly, you can display all tagged photos with one
click.
Thumbnails
Small preview of a full-sized image.
Timestamp
Date and time associated with a file.
Transitions
Special effects used between images or video segments in slideshows, screensavers, and videos.
U
Underexposed
Images that are underexposed have too many shadows. Images typically become underexposed if you don't
expose your digital camera's sensor to light long enough.
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Vector Image
Image consisting of individual objects rather than pixels. Mathematical equations define the objects. You can
adjust the size of a vector image and the image will retain its clarity and quality.
W
Watermark
Background text or graphics added to an image, usually to provide copyright protection.
White Balance
Removes color cast to create a photo that is correctly lit. You can use your camera settings to apply the correct
white balance before taking an image, or correct the white balance in ACDSee.
Whitepoint
Lightest image area. You can control the intensity of the white in an image by adjusting its whitepoint.
X-Z
XML (Extensible Markup Language)
Standard language for Web documents.
Zoom
In ACDSee, zoom refers to the process of increasing or decreasing the display scale for an image. Increase the
display scale to view a portion of an image or a specific image detail. Decrease the display scale to view more or
all of the image.
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365 mode
27
creating an account
387
creating folders
389
making folder public or private
389
privacy settings
389
rating system
390
uploading images
27
A
ACDSee
database
145
importing photos
31
user interface
15
ACDSee Actions
ACDSee Mobile Sync
241
41
acquiring
importing
31
acquiring photos
31
Actions
241
Adjusting Clarity
384
adjusting post-crop vignetting
219
adjusting soft focus
215
Advanced Color
368
archiving files
111
assigning categories and color labels
66
assigning categories and ratings
64
associating files with ACDSee
451
audio
adding to images
174
recording to images
174
auto advance
167
B
backing up
database
152
tips and strategies
153
barrel distortion
349
batch editing
Batch Processor
127
color profiles
126
exposure
124
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flipping
121
renaming
125
resizing
122
rotating
121
batch export
how
117
batch processing
about
116
black and white
375
blend modes
344
blurring
377
border
290
brightness
355
Brush
248
Burn Basket
106
C
Calendar pane
46
Catalog pane
customizing
402
cataloging
assigning ratings
64
files
59
cataloging files
148
categories
assigning
64
finding unassigned images
96
managing
63
CD
creating
getting photos
106
37
Photo discs
169
setting CD/DVD management options
403
clarity
384
color
changing color depth
375
changing color profiles
126
setting color management options
405
color labels
color scheme
committing changes
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395, 424
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comparing images
56
contact sheets
creating
110
printing
116
converting
databases
149
descript.ion files
150
images to another file format
120
to grayscale
375
copying
files
81
images
81
Crayon Drawing effect
307
crooked photos
227
cropping
Crosshatch effect
228, 347
308
customizing
Calendar pane
402
Catalog pane
402
Database
407
File List pane
396
File management
404
Folders pane
401
keyboard shortcuts
423
Manage mode workspace
417
moving panes
19
Preview pane
400
toolbars
418
View mode
408
D
D icon
44, 399
database
about
adding information to
145
76, 78
backing up
152
cataloging files
148
converting
149
descript.ion files
150
excluding folders
147
exporting
151
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importing
150
keywords
79
maintaining
154
mapping drives
155
optimizing
154
options
407
quarantining files
155
rebuilding thumbnails
155
restoring
153
tips and strategies
153
date
changing in multiple files
Dauber effect
86
308
deleting
metadata
85
descript.ion files
150
Detail tab
220
Details view
50
Details View options
400
Develop
182
Advanced Color group
210
Crop group
228
Detail tab
220
General group
204
Geometry tab
224
Lens Distortion group
225
Light EQ™
207
Lighting group
207
Noise Reduction group
222
Output Color Space group
220
Perspective group
227
Post-Crop Vignette group
219
presets
191
Red Eye Reduction
231
Rotate & Straighten group
227
Sharpening group
221
Soft Focus group
215
Split Tone
219, 372
Tone Curves group
215
Tune tab
203
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Develop mode
205
25
developing
adjusting color
210
adjusting lighting
207
adjusting tone curves
215
adjusting white balance
205
cropping images
228
fixing lens distortion
225
Highlights, shadows, hue, saturation
219, 372
making general adjustments
204
post-crop vignette
219
reducing noise
222
rotating and straightening
227
selecting an output color space
220
sharpening images
221
soft focus
215
Developing
managing presets
191
digital camera
getting photos
32
plug-ins
32
display theme
395, 424
downloading
photos from a CD
37
photos from a digital camera
32
photos in ACDSee
31
dual monitors
moving the panes
Duplicate Finder
19
95
DVD
creating
106
setting CD/DVD management options
403
E
E icon
45, 399
Edge Detect effect
310
Edit
234
Add Noise
382
Advanced Color
368
Auto Levels
358
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Blur
377
Border
290
Clarity
384
Color Balance
373
Convert to Black & White
374
Crop
347
Flip
346
Lens Distortion Correction
349
Perspective Correction
348
presets
237
Red Eye Reduction
277
Remove Noise
380
Repair tool
278
Resize
351
Rotate
346
Selections
270
Sharpen
376
Text
281, 284
Tone Curve
358
Vignette
295
Watermark
289
Edit Brush
248
Edit mode
25
Edit mode, Develop mode
25
editing
adding noise
adding text
382
281, 284
blurring
377
brightness
355
clarity
384
cloning
232, 278
configuring editors
422
correcting barrel distortion
349
correcting fisheye distortion
349
correcting perspective distortion
348
correcting pincushion distortion
349
correcting shadows and highlights
359, 366
cropping
347
exposure
358
flipping
346
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HSL values
368
light levels
356
presets
237
removing noise
380
removing red eye
231, 277
repairing
278
resizing
351
RGB values
373
rotating
346
sharpen
376
special effects
298
tone curve
358
toolbars
418
effects
about
298
Bathroom Window
299
Blinds
299
Blur
320
Bulge
302
collage
305
Colored Edges
306
Contours
306
Crayon Drawing
307
Crosshatch
308
Dauber
308
Edge Detect
310
Emboss
310
Furry Edges
311
Glowing Edges
313
golden hue
317
Granite
314
Mirror
317
Negative
318
Oil Paint
318
Old
319
Outline
320
Pencil Drawing
321
Pixel Explosion
322
Pixelate
323
Posterize
324
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Radial Waves
325
Rain
326
Ripple
327
Scattered Tiles
328
Sepia
329
Sheet Metal
330
Shift
331
Slant
332
Sobel
333
Solarize
333
Stained Glass
335
Sunspot
335
Swirl
336
Threshold
337
Topography
338
user defined
343
Vignette
295
Water
338
Water Drops
339
Waves
340
Weave
341
Wind
342
emailing images
Emboss effect
erasing
excluding folders from database
98-99
310
85
147
EXIF
adding EXIF information
76, 78
batch set information
76
viewing
73
exporting database information
151
exposure
adjusting automatically
358
adjusting for multiple images
124
F
Favorites pane
48
File List pane
customizing
396
filtering files
51
full screen
45
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setting Details View options
400
setting File List options
396
setting thumbnail display options
398
using
42
views
50
files
archiving
112
associating with ACDSee
451
cataloging
cataloging in the database
59
148
changing dates
86
copying and moving
81
details
50
finding duplicates
95
listing
152
management options
404
map coordinates
74
pasting
82
properties
72
quarantining
155
renaming
82
replacing
82
selecting
54
sorting
53
synchronizing between folders
87
filtering files
fisheye distortion
51
349
flipping
in Edit
346
multiple photos
121
focus
215
folders
browsing
excluding from database
45
147
pasting
82
renaming
82
synchronizing files
87
synchronizing in View mode
168
Folders pane
options
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using
45
footer
in View mode
167
printing on pages
115
fullscreen mode
Furry Edges effect
22
311
G
Geometry tab
224
getting photos
renaming templates
37
Glowing Edges effect
313
Gradient
250
Granite effect
314
grayscale
375
Group by
Processed State
52
H
header
in View mode
167
printing on pages
115
Heal tool
278
hicolor
375
highlights
359, 366
histogram
166, 374
home folder
395
HSL
368
HTML album
107
I
Image Basket
59
Image Well
96
images
adding audio
comparing
converting to another format
copying
174
56
120
81
developing
185
developing a batch of files
142
downloading
emailing
extracting from video files
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98-99
173
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finding quickly
96
import
32
importing
31
panning
sharing develop settings
uploading
viewing
180
188, 197
388
22
import
photos
32
importing
images
importing database information
31
150
importing photos
from a CD
37
from a digital camera
32
from a disk
37
IPTC
adding IPTC information
76, 78
removing IPTC keywords auto categories
86
viewing
73
J
JPEG options
414
K
keyboard shortcuts
customizing
423
Manage mode
425
View mode
429
L
labels
assigning
66
Light EQ™
359
light levels
356
listing files
152
local contrast enhancement
359, 366
M
magnifying glass
181
Manage mode
and RAW files
49
Burn Basket
106
customizing the workspace
417
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customizing toolbars
418
Favorites pane
48
File List pane
42
Folders pane
45
Image Basket
59
keyboard shortcuts
Map pane
options
425
74
395
Properties pane
72
Quick Search bar
89
Search pane
90
Selective Browsing pane
93
using
17
views
50
Map pane
using
74
metadata
removing metadata
Mirror effect
mobile sync
85
317
41
modes
switching
mouse shortcuts
17
435
moving
files
81
Manage mode panes
17
multiple images
adjusting exposure
124
renaming
125
resizing
122
N
navigator
180
Negative effect
318
noise
about
380
adding to an image
382
removing from an image
380
O
Oilpaint effect
318
Old effect
319
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optimizing the database
154
options
ACDSee Quick View
170
Calendar pane
402
Catalog pane
402
contact sheet
116
database
407
file management
404
Folders
401
general
394
Manage mode
395
Preview pane
400
View mode
408
organizing
assigning categories
64
assigning color labels
66
finding images quickly
96
managing categories
63
originals
showing
177
Orton effect
320
Outline effect
320
overwriting files
82
P
panes
auto-hiding
418
moving
18
resetting to default layout
17
PDF
105
Pencil Drawing effect
321
perspective distortion
348
photo discs
169
Photo Repair tool
232, 278
photos
305
PicaView
393
pincushion distortion
349
Pixel Explosion effect
322
pixel resize options
352
Pixel Targeting
247
Pixelate effect
323
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plug-ins
about
156
managing
156
viewing properties
157
polaroid
305
Posterize effect
324
Preview pane
customizing
using
400
54
printing
contact sheet options
116
setting size and positioning
115
text on pages
115
Process mode
Develop
182
Processed State
group by
52
Properties pane
options
using
404
72
Q
quarantining files
155
R
Radial Waves effect
325
Rain effect
326
ratings
assigning
64
RAW images
browsing
49
developing
182
removing develop settings
188
viewing
166
recording image audio
red eye reduction
removeable devices
174
231, 277
32
renaming
file or folder
multiple files
while getting photos
replacing files
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125
37
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resizing
multiple images
122
one image
351
restoring database information
153
restoring originals
238
retro effect
317
RGB
373
Ripple effect
327
rotating
in Develop
227
in Edit
346
in Manage and View mode
56, 166
multiple photos
121
Scattered Tiles effect
328
S
screen capture
97
screensavers
creating
99
sharing
103
Search pane
90
searching
file name patterns
93
for duplicate files
95
Image Well
96
Quick Search bar
89
setting Quick Search options
396
wildcards
93
with ACDSee
89
with the Search pane
90
second monitor
moving the panes
19
selecting
files
part of an image
Selections tool
Selective Browsing
54
175
270
93
Sepia effect
329
sharing
366
archives
111
contact sheets
110
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emailing images
98-99
HTML albums
107
PDFs
105
screensavers
103
slideshows
103
with ACDSee
97
sharpen
376
Sheet Metal effect
330
Shift effect
331
shortcuts
Manage mode
425
mouse
435
View mode
429
Slant effect
332
slideshows
auto advance
167
configuring
101
sharing
103
Sobel effect
333
soft focus
215
Solarize effect
333
sorting files
53
sound
adding to images
174
recording
174
Stained Glass effect
335
start folder
default
395
Straightening crooked photos
227
Sunspot effect
335
Swirl effect
336
switching
modes
17
sync
uploading images
sync to web
388
388
synchronizing
files between folders
87
View mode to a folder
168
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T
tagging images
84
text
adding to an image
281, 284
adding to pages (printing)
115
blend modes
344
displaying on images in View mode
167
lists of files
152
theme
color
Threshold effect
395, 424
337
thumbnails
rebuilding
155
setting display options
398
setting ratio options
399
views
50
timestamp
86
timestamps
86
toolbars
418
Topography effect
338
truecolor
375
Tune tab
203
U
undo/redo
238
USB mass storage device
about
user interface
32
15
V
Vibrance
204, 368
video files
extracting frames
173
View mode
auto advance
167
automatic zooming
179
customizing
408
displaying text
167
fullscreen mode
histogram
22
166, 374
keyboard shortcuts
429
magnifying glass
181
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mouse shortcuts
435
navigator
180
panning
180
setting display options
409
setting zoom level
178
synchronizing to a folder
169
using
zooming an image
22
178
viewing
file properties
176
file types in the File List
51
fullscreen
22
images
22
images in another application
text on images in View mode
Vignette effect
171
167
219, 295
W
wallpaper
172
Water Drops effect
339
Water effect
338
watermarks
289
Waves effect
340
Weave effect
341
White Balance
367
wildcards
Wind effect
93
342
Z
zooming
automatically
179
setting level
178
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