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Video Tutorials


Beginner


Opening an Image 

The basics of how to open your image in Acorn.

Creating a New Image

A couple of different methods for creating a new image.

Saving an Image

A basic review of how to save an image you have opened and modified.

Using Layers Part 1

An introduction to the layers list, opacity slider, and blending modes.

Using Layers Part 2

How to add multiple images to your layers, then rotate and move them around.

Shape Tool Basics

Get acquainted with the basics of the shape tools.

Text Tool Basics

New to text?  Learn how to get started with this tutorial.

Selection Basics

An introduction to the various selection tools.

Brush Tool Basics 

How to use Acorn's brush tool and a few nifty brush tricks.

Quick Mask Basics

Discover how to use quick mask mode to remove a background.

Filters Basics

Learn the basics of how to use Acorn's powerful new filter interface.

Using Acorn with iPhoto

Two different methods for using Acorn as the image editor with iPhoto.

Bezier Curve Tool Part 1

A quick introduction on how to use the Bezier tool.

Bezier Curve Tool Part 2

How to draw a Bezier Curve then modify its anchor points and add more anchor points.



Intermediate


Making a Specific Selection Size

How to set a selection with specific dimensions.

Creating an Eraser Brush

Learn how to make your own unique eraser tool.

Locking Layer Transparency

Use a layer mask to preserve layer transparency.

Covering Things with Selections

Cover up objects in an image like a pro.

Touching Up Skin Tone

Use levels, selections, and blending modes to change colors of specific areas.

Fade Out Techniques

Learn how to use layer masks and gradients to fade out your image.

Clipping to a Shape Layer

Discover how to use blending modes to clip to a shape layer.

Background Blur Filter

How to use the background blur filter to quickly blur a specific area of your image.

Make a Vector Cog 

Learn how to use shape tools and boolean operations to create a cog shape.



Photo Touchup Tutorials


Beginner


Straighten a Crooked Photo

Straighten up images that turned out a bit crooked.

Black & White

A few different ways of converting a color photo into black & white. 

Sepia Tone

How to give your photo a classic look.

Clone Tool

Learn how to efficiently use the clone tool.


Intermediate


Red Eye Removal

Get the demons out.

Changing Colors

How to change eye and hair colors.

Rainbow Color Effect

How to add a creative color effect to black and white photos.

Retouching a Portrait

How to adjust skin tone, skin texture, whiten teeth, and apply makeup.

Color Correction

Too dark?  Too blue?  Learn how to fix it using levels and filters.

HDR Effect

Give your photos a high dynamic range appearance.

Soft Lighting

How to create soft lighting using filters and gradients.

Restoring and Coloring Old Photos

Learn how to make an old black and white photo a color photo.

Lighten or Darken

How to lighten and darken specific areas of your image.  

Color Correcting Part 2 

Fix poor contrast and washed out images with blend modes.




General Acorn Tutorials


Beginner


Inserting Images

How to insert and resize images.

How to Fade Out Your Image

Fade out your image using layer masks, gradients, and selections.

How to Remove a Background

Learn a few different ways to get rid of that pesky background.

Applying Texture

How to apply texture to your image using blending modes.

Quick Mask

Introduction to Quick Mask mode (see also the companion video).

Filter Examples

Single filters applied to an image of the Space Needle and a plain rectangle.

Shape Brushes

Create your own shape brush.

Cropping a Photo

How to crop a photo to prepare it for printing.


Intermediate


Creating Seamless Textures

Removing the line of demarcation from tiled textures.

Layer Mask Examples

Different ways to use layer masks.

Shapes in Layer Masks

Do you want to use a shape layer as a mask?  Here's how.

Watermarking a Single Image

How to watermark an image.

Automating Watermarking

Use Automator to add a custom watermark to multiple images.

Making Seamless Tiles

How to make a tile that can be repeated seamlessly.

Drop Shadow Variations

Ways to create a custom drop shadow.






Photo and Design Tutorials


Beginner


Add a Border

How to give your image a simple border.

Making Your Own Texture

Make brushed metal and leather textures.

Coloring a Sketch

Color in a sketch just like the kids do!

Color Highlight Tutorial

How to colorize areas in a black and white photo.


Intermediate


Photo Inside a Photo

Take a photo and embed another photo inside of it with a nice border.

Lifted Image Edges

How to create the effect of lifted image edges.  

Photo Booth Layout

Create the layout of a photo booth strip.

Photo Collage

Give multiple photos a border and drop shadow to create a digital collage.

Scrapbooking

How to create digital scrapbook pages.

Compositing Photos Tutorial

How to mix separate photos fluidly into one.

Image to Illustration

Turning a photograph into an outline illustration.

Create Invitations

How to create your own invitation.

Depth of Field

Create depth of field to focus on a subject.

Digital Postcard

How to create your own digital postcards.

Light Designs

Creating neato light effects.

Photo Cutout

Use this technique to create depth in an image.

Vintage Photo Effect

How to give your photographs an older look.

Photo Manipulation

Making bizarre images in Acorn.

Holiday Card

Make your own greeting card!

Stitching

Create the appearance of stitching on an image.

Creating Weather

How to make snow or rain fall in your image.

Custom Clouds

Create your very own unique custom clouds.

Frame Your Image

How to create a digital frame.

Creating Creases

How to create the appearance of creases in your image.

Mounting Corners

Add mounting corners to your image.

Aurora Borealis

How to create a starry night with an aurora borealis effect.  

Panorama

How to combine image to create a panorama.  

Vignette Effect

Add interest to your image with this soft effect.  

Give Yourself a Tattoo

How to freak out your parents.  

Create a Sphere

Create a sphere using the shape tool, gradients, and filters.    

Animate an Image

Use Acorn and Keynote to animate an image, our most ridiculous tutorial yet!

Jagged Image Edge

Give your image edges a rough irregular look.

Bokeh Effect

Create a Bokeh effect that you can use as your desktop picture.

Create a Box

Make a custom gift box that you can print out and fold.


Advanced


Make a Puzzle

Give your image the appearance of a puzzle.

Create a Book

How to create the appearance of a 3 dimensional book.

Pop Art Effect

How to create the look of pop art with your image.

Aging a Face

Use layer masks to add wrinkles and texture to a face.  

Making a Custom Web Button

How to make a custom web button using gradients, shapes, and text.

Lightning and Electricity

Customize and create lightning or electricity.




Text & Shape Tutorials


Beginner


Gradient Text

Learn how to apply a gradient to your text.

Drop Shadows

How to apply a drop shadow to text and shapes.


Intermediate


Cutout Type

How to create type that looks cut out from the background.

Filling Text

How to fill text with an image or pattern using 'paste into' and 'fill'.

Placing a Photo Into Text

How to make it appear as if a photo is inside text using selections and rasterization.

Giving Text Shadows and Reflection

Give text a shadow and reflection to create depth.

Leaves on Text

Making it appear as if leaves are covering text.

Creating Pressed Text

How to create the look of pressed text.

Gold Text

Creating text that looks like gold.

Weathered Text

Create the appearance of weathered or scratched text.  

Wood Text

Making text that appears to be cut from wood. 

Outer and Inner Glow

How to give your text a glow effect.

Rock Text

Learn how to chisel your text from rock.

Text to Bezier Shape

Modify your text in neat ways by converting it to a Bezier shape.

Retro Star

How to use shapes, gradients, and filters to create a shooting star.

Vector Clouds

Create vector clouds easily by using shape operations.

Vector Flowers

Learn how to use the star shape tool to make easy and beautiful flowers.

Create a Cogwheel

Easily make a cogwheel or gear using the star shape tool and Boolean operations.


Advanced


Comic Text

Create the look of action text seen in comics.  

Batman Logo

Create the batman logo from scratch using shape operations.

Cartoon Character

Learn how to use vector shapes to make a fun cartoon character.

Vector Pig

How to make a cute pig and landscape using vector shapes and gradients.