Photo Studio Ultimate 2021

ACDSee Picture Studio Ultimate 2021 is a cutting-edge photo editing and digital asset management (DAM) software for Windows users.

This software includes everything you’ll need to improve your digital asset management, photography workflow, editing workflow, and overall photography work.

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  • ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 is available for $149.99 as a perpetual license or $69 per year as a subscription.
  • Subscriptions allow consumers to receive product updates and improvements on a regular basis.
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  • Download the software or installer from hereor here [237.7 MB].
  • In the meantime visit this linkand signup or create an ACDSee account.
  • Launch the software after running the installer and completing the installation procedure.
  • Then, using your login credentials, log in and enter the license code you were given.
  • That’s it; your ACD Systems Subscription has been activated, and you now have a 6-month subscription to Photo Studio Ultimate 2021.
  • This is an all-in-one photo studio that combines photo management with non-destructive layer-based photo editing.
  • The Photo Studios of ACDSee are well-known for their superb photo handling.
  • You can evaluate your images, categorize them, and attach any number of keywords to them.

You can arrange your photographs by who appears in them thanks to ACDSee Ultimate 2021’s Face Recognition feature. Three levels of editing are available in ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021.

  • The Actions Browser is the simplest, with one-click fixes and filters.
  • If you prefer to work with your hands, the Develop option in ACDSee Ultimate offers complete raw editing.
  • Alternatively, go to the Edit tab to work with layers in picture editing and graphic design.
  • You can check out the full features of this software at
  • With the recent ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 release comes a myriad of new features, all with one goal in mind—to combine the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, several features of Adobe Photoshop and a few from Capture One, into a single, lower cost program.
  • The good news is, it does that and much more, which is what makes it, in my opinion, one of the best all-in-one photo editors on the market right now.
  • While ACDSee offers another version of its software for Mac, Photo Studio Ultimate is available only for 64-bit Windows computers but at a variety of pricing options.
  • Upgrade pricing from the previous boxed version costs $79.95 while the MSRP for new users is $149.95.
  • There are also subscription plans for Ultimate 2021 beginning at $69 per year and other ACDSee programs as well as cloud storage offerings.[Read: Exploring the Possibilities of Post-Production With Compositions that Draw People In].
  • ACDSee continues to surprise with the range of new and useful features it incorporates into each update.
  • Some, such as tone and color wheels, are available before they find their way into Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Bridge.
  • Other new features in Ultimate 2021 include text in a frame or with an adjustable path, a new Develop mode user interface, the ability to refine selections in the Edit mode, GoPro raw file and new camera support, the introduction of Presets and History panes in the Develop mode, and the ability to import face date from Lightroom and Picasa.
  • There are what seems like endless options for batch renaming, expanded capabilities for batch resizing, improved searching and watermarking, and the ability to quickly and accurately crop multiple photos.
  • And let’s not forget the speed and performance boosts….
  • Users of previous versions of Photo Studio Ultimate will be excited to know that this new version loads up 100 percent faster, allowing you to get to editing with zero lag time.
  • Raw images are decoded quickly (50 percent faster than previous iterations of the software), so when you click on a thumbnail to start editing, it’s up on the screen and ready to adjust right away.Users upgrading from Ultimate 2020 will find a familiar user interface with the only major change in the Develop mode.
  • In 2021, the Develop Presets and Snapshots panes are now on the right of the interface, and the Develop Tools pane occupies the entire left pane.
  • New users will likely find the user-crowded interface unfamiliar, but ACDSee greatly eases the transition to Ultimate 2021 with an extremely helpful Quick Start Guide on the opening splash screen, the online help along with many informative instructional videos on its website.
  • Even these will likely not provide enough instruction to fully understand the program in all of its detail, however, such as the subtleties between the Basic, Standard and Advanced tabs of Light EQ.
  • Once new users understand that the Develop mode is generally used for global changes to an image and the Edit mode is designed for pixel-level adjustments, you are well on your way to getting the most out of the program.
  • However, new users and photographers moving from other programs will still have a learning curve to adjust to the positions of the tools, their variety and a somewhat different set of keyboard shortcuts.
  • They will also need to figure out the proper times to use adjustments such as Color EQ vs.
  • the Color Wheel vs. the Tone Wheels, as their functions overlap for some adjustments.
  • The look of many tools is different in Ultimate 2021. With so many improved features in this release, I concentrated my attention on two that were brand-spanking new and that I felt were most exciting: the Color Wheel and Tone Wheels.
  • These will look very familiar to users of Capture One and function similarly.
  • New users and even previous users will need to play around with them for a while to see their usefulness in targeting color values for adjustment.
  • The Hue slider in the Color Wheel tool provides an easy way to dramatically change the hue of any color in the scene.
  • A mask preview, along with the adjustments available in the wheel itself, allows you to see exactly what parts of the scene you will change.
  • Similarly, Tone Wheels for adjusting highlights, mid tones and shadows are far more visual tools than sliders found in many other programs. This makes it easier to precisely target the tones you wish to adjust. It took me a while to discover that the new Refine Selection tool worked as I had hoped but not exactly.
  • While it can refine selections as outlined in the ACDSee video that demonstrated its use, I didn’t have as much luck using it to refine a mask as the Refine Mask tool in Photoshop.
  • I found the new and improved batch tools worked well.
  • With the batch-rename tool, you can create a numerical or alphabetical sequence and save your template for future use, or replace specific characters or phrases, change cases, and insert or remove text or spaces in your existing file names.
  • Batch resize provides all the options you would need to identically resize any number of selected files.
  • I couldn’t get Refine Selection to work for me when I tried to mask a model’s hair from a white background and replace the background with a solid color.
  • Actually, it did mask the hair very well, but it left a halo of white around her head.
  • You may have better luck in your work. The Tone Wheels take some work to get them to target tones precisely, so you must be careful to not make too drastic a change where tones roll from midtones to highlights or shadows.
  • Also, the Hue adjustment is limited to the range of values present, not every hue possible.
  • While ACDSee has corrected other things that have bothered me in the past, such as improving masking, a few remain: It has been able to export in PSD format but the ACDSee layers must be flattened first.
  • Similarly, imported PSD files are flattened before opening. And if you decide to discard changes you have tried in the Edit mode, you are switched to the View mode rather than staying in Edit to perhaps try other adjustments.
  • There are now a number of programs that provide digital asset management, non-destructive raw file processing and a layered adjustment workflow, but there are few that offer all of these in a single non-subscription package as ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 does.
  • For professional photographers, the Ultimate 2021 boxed version offers nearly the same functionality as the subscription-only Adobe photography package for the first year and at lower costs for updates as time goes on.
  • With a subscription plan, Ultimate 2021 is less expensive and provides continual updates and refinements.
  • Other top image-editing programs for professionals such as Capture One, DxO PhotoLab and Exposure X6 offer some of the same features as ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 but not the full range of features, and generally at a higher cost.
  • Overall, ACDSee Photo Studio Element 2021 is a worthy contender as an image-processing program for professionals.
  • For more information and video tutorials, visit acdsee.comCheck out all of our recent software reviews here.
  • Courtesy of Zoner Photo Studio X .
  • Database conversion and database export/import do not transfer keyword and category keyboard shortcuts.
  • ACDSee Actions created in ACDSee Ultimate 2020 and Professional 2020 are supported in ACDSee Ultimate 2021 and Professional 2021.
  • ACDSee Actions created in Ultimate 2021 and Professional 2021 are backwards compatible with ACDSee Ultimate 2020 and Professional 2020, as long as the features used were in ACDSee Ultimate 2020 and Professional 2020. Actions that include Text Layer, Watermark or Crop are not backwards compatible.

How Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 Compares to the Competition

  • ACDSee does not preserve layers when editing PSD and TIFF files.
  • Canon C-RAW is not supported.
  • IPTC metadata is not supported for HEIC files.
  • .acdc files created in ACDSee Ultimate 2021 are not supported in previous versions of ACDSee.

To activate your software, to validate your subscriptions, or to access online services, you will need a valid email address and an internet connection.

Intel® or AMD® processor with 64-bit support
Intel i5 or better processor recommended
4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
512 MB Video RAM (VRAM)
DirectX 10 compatible graphics adapter
1024 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
2 GB of available hard disk space

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, & Windows® 10 (64-bit editions only)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9+
Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher
Windows Media® Player 9.0
Microsoft® Office 2010 or above
Date: 2020/09/23
File Size: 237 MB
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Release Notes
Date: 2021/01/20
File Size: 8 MB
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Migrate from Photoshop & Lightroom
RAW File Support
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