ACD Systems Blog

Safe & Secure Online Photo Storage

2013-02-20 17:32:00 GMT

Keep your images safe and organized in the cloud, or share with friends, family or the world with ACDSee Online!

Uploading is easy. Just drag images from your desktop directly to your ACDSee Online space. Organize your photos in your your account using hierarchical folders. You can even apply the same folder tree structure you have on your desktop; there are no constraints.


Control Access. By default, your photos on ACDSee Online are private and secure. Stay in control of your valuable images by keeping them private or create public albums to share with the world. You may also set passwords to give access to a select audience.


Store Safely Your images are safe and secure on ACDSee Online. The service is powered by Amazon Web Services, the same reliable and secure infrastructure that backs and its worldwide network of sites.

Photos display beautifully. The simple, clean, advertising-free interface focuses attention on your photos, with no distractions. You can even choose a silver or charcoal background theme to showcase your images.


Inspire the world From ACDSee Online, you can email selected photos or entire albums, upload to Facebook, or tweet about your album on Twitter. Create instant full-screen slide shows of your favorite photos. See your public images display on ACDSee Online’s front page “Top Shots”. ACDSee Online’s RSS feed even lets your fans know when you’ve posted new photos. Sharing your images has never been easier.


Register for your FREE ACDSee Online account with 2 GB of storage here


ACD Systems Video

It’s easy to share images from your ACDSee Online account. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to connect ACDSee Online to Facebook and then share images to a new or existing Facebook album.


Peace of Mind with Sync to Web

2012-03-30 17:21:43 GMT

If you’re an ACDSee Pro 5 or ACDSee 14 user you can easily ensure that your most important folders are safe and up to date in your ACDSee Online space using Sync to Web. Sync to Web is found in the Online mode of Pro 5 and ACDSee 14. Simply set selected folders to “Sync to Web”, and have all new or changed files in these folders upload to your ACDSee Online space at your command. Choosing which folders you want to sync and making Sync to Web a regular part of your post-production will ensure that all your important folders stay up to date and safe in the cloud. Peace of mind with just a few clicks; life should always be this simple.

Here’s how to set a folder to Sync to Web:

  1. In Online mode, click Login.
  2. Log in 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 your preferred options.
  6. Click OK. Now, whenever you click “Sync to Web”, that folder and any others you’ve set to sync will be updated in ACDSee Online.

Sync to Web will only sync new or changed files, so you don’t waste precious bandwidth unchanged files into the cloud.

Not an ACDSee user? You can still get a FREE 2 GB ACDSee Online Account to use as an online file backup source or to share images with select contacts, Facebook and Twitter, or the world. We think you’ll love how easy ACDSee Online is to use and how gorgeous your images will look in its clean, advertising-free interface. Sign up now!


ACD Systems Apps now on the Mac App Store

2012-03-20 22:16:15 GMT

Hey Mac and iPhone/iPad users!

In addition to ACDSee Pro photo editing and management software available through our own website at, we also have several ACD Systems apps available for download exclusively on the Mac App Store.

Visit iTunes to download these great apps:

Duplicate FinderACDSee Duplicate Finder: Duplicate Finder goes right to work on your computer finding duplicate files, helping you free up valuable system space, improve performance and eliminate time-wasting digital clutter. It’s like feng sui for your Mac, and it’s available in English, French and German. $9.99

ACDseeACDSee: ACDSee was designed for photographers but is great solution for anyone who wants to get control of their digital assets. With ACDSee, you can manage your assets your way, rather than trying to adapt your workflow to fit the cataloging constraints imposed by other applications. Available in English, French, German and Japanese. $12.99

Photo FlashACDSee Photo Flash: Use ACD Systems’ patented Lighting and Contrast Enhancement to fix your dark photos in a flash. Regularly $2.99, now FREE for a limited time.

ACDSee Online appACDSee Online: ACDSee Online’s iPhone & iPad photo sharing app lets you show the world what you’re seeing right now or share images from your ACDSee Online library. FREE


Just in time for Valentine's Day: Romantic Photo Editing Techniques

2012-02-13 21:16:00 GMT

In today’s blog post, ACD Systems’ Graphic Designer and freelance photographer, Kirsten Harris, shows us a few tricks for adding maximum romance to your images.


The easiest way to give a romantic, ethereal look to any image using ACDSee software is to use the new Orton Effect, found in the Special Effects palette of ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14. The effect can be applied as-is or you can adjust it using the “blur” “contrast” and “brightness” sliders. It gives a soft, glamorous look to human subjects and is really simple way to diminish the look of facial and blemishes (though you might need to use the healing brush on a really wrinkly and/or pimply subject). Orton isn’t just for hands and faces, it’s a great effect to try on landscape images and urban scenes as well.

Orton effect


When you’re in love, everything fades away except the object of your affection. Here’s how to blur the background in an image, putting the viewer’s attention squarely on the subject: In the Edit mode of ACDSee 14 or Pro 5, use the Selection Tool (either Freehand or the Magic Wand) to outline your subjects. Then choose “Blur” from the Detail Palette to blur the background.Kirsten chose the Gaussian blur because it gives a more subtle, natural effect.

Blurring the background

Once you’ve outlined your subject, you could also use Dodge and Burn in Edit mode to desaturate colour from the background, leaving your subject in color.

Here’s the before and after:

Blur before and after

Convert to Black & White

Some folks believe that black & white can look a little cliched but it can be a a powerful way to draw attention to the subject and away from a very busy, colorful background. In the original version the image we see here, the bride and groom receded amongst all the colourful clutter in the images.

Convert to Black & White

Once the color was removed, the subjects came back into focus. Plus, let’s just admit that black and white IS romantic!

To convert an image to black and white quickly, just use the “Convert to Black & White” tool in the Color palette in Edit Mode and then use the sliders to adjust color percentages and brightness. If you want even more control you can desaturate the image with advanced color in Develop mode, then use the lighting tool and/or the brightness sliders of advanced color to set the tonality of certain brightness (lighting tool) or hues (brightness sliders of advanced color). In ACDSee 14, you can convert to black & white by choosing “Color Balance” on the Color palette, and then moving the saturation slider all the way to the left.

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Kirsten’s freelance photography is focused on travel and events. To see more of her work, visit Kirsten’s online gallery at ACDSee Online. While you’re in ACDSee Online, why not share some of your own favourite romantic photos?