ACDSee Photo Studio Professional 2019 offers professional-grade tools in a comprehensive package. In addition to advanced editing capabilities, this photo editing software has powerful organizing features that help you keep track of every image, even if you have a massive collection. Be aware that the software doesn't allow you to work with layers, which can be frustrating for experienced editors and beginners wanting to learn advanced editing techniques because layers are common in other advanced photo editors. This software is on the complex side, so there may a be a learning curve for beginners, but it is still among the best photo editing software.
ACDSee sells this program for $99.99, though they often have a special going that reduces the price to $46.95. On Amazon, the price is $99.99, so you're better off purchasing from the manufacturer with this one. You can test out this software using the 30-day free trial.
The photo editor has standard editing tools, including ones for selection, shape, and painting and drawing. ACDSee accesses the fonts already on your computer and allows you to enhance your photos with a variety of effects. With 60 filters to choose from, you can easily alter the textures and colors in your images. ACDSee also offers impressive editing tools like haze removal for landscape shot and a Skin Tune tool that helps you even out skin tone, restore glow and smooth away blemishes.
In addition to the basics, the software features advanced tools such as cloning, touch-up and vector graphic tools that can completely transform your photos and eliminate unwanted flaws or background elements.
This image editor also has options that adjust or correct your photo automatically. With batch processing, you can apply those same edits to multiple photos at a time, greatly saving time when you need to apply the same edit to more than one photo.
The software makes it easy to find the image you want to edit, and you can access all the photos on your computer, even ones that you have not imported into ACDSee. You can organize photos by the day, month or year they were taken, or you can organize them by keywords, by ratings you assign, by geographical locations, by the camera you used, etc.
The software doesn’t support working in layers, which is a concerning omission since it’s a relatively standard feature among the best photo editors. Layers would let you preserve your original image while still allowing you to make changes to the overall look of your project. The lack of layers makes this program frustrating if you’re familiar with other programs and rely heavily on layers in your editing. It also makes it a shaky choice for beginning editors who are wanting to learn professional programs, since it differs so much from the norm. If you're willing to pay more, you can upgrade to ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019, which does offer the ability to work in layers.
The program supports over 50 different file formats, including the popular RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD and PDF formats. This should cover almost any project, though some competitors offer compatibility with even more file types. With resizing tools, you can optimize your photos for online content so you can post them on the web. ACDSee allows you to post your photos or albums onto social media websites and online galleries, or to send them through emails.
ACDSee gives you access to user guides and support directly from the program. For questions or technical difficulties, you can contact customer service representatives by phone or email. You can also search for answers on the product’s FAQs page or ask a question in the user forum.
The ability to work in layers and a little more file compatibility would make ACDSee Photo Studio Professional 2019 even more competitive, but it is already very good. This is complex software that is still within an accessible price range for novices. There are plenty of tools for manipulating photos, and the photo editor also helps you keep track of your entire photo collection with its organizational tools.