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Export & Web Export


You can bring up the export window by navigating to the File ▸ Export ▸ Export menu item.  Exporting your image creates a copy of your original image.  You can choose to compress the image when exporting, while still keeping the fidelity of your original.  Exporting is different than File ▸ Save As... because when you export, the duplicate image is placed in a folder of your choosing and your original image remains open in Acorn.  With Save As... your original image is immediately closed and the duplicate image is now open for editing.

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Available file formats for exporting your image include all the file formats available under the File ▸ Save As... menu item as well as PDF and PSD.  In addition, when exporting as a JPEG or TIFF you have the option to change the color profile of the image to CMYK. 

It is important when editing images to always save a copy of your work as a .acorn file.  Saving in the .acorn file format is the only way to preserve your layers for future editing.

Web Export

The time may come when you want to share your images with the internet.  Fortunately, Acorn comes with a Web Export panel that will help you choose which image format to use, along with an easy way to compare formats.  You can bring up Acorn's Web Export panel via the File ▸ Export ▸ Web Export menu.

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To toggle between a preview of your exported image and the original, click on either the "Preview" or "Original" labels in the top left of the window.  You can also click on the image to toggle back and forth.  You can zoom and pan and use shortcuts to change the scale of your image. There are options to convert your image to sRGB if it isn't already.  If you are working with a wide gamut image there's an option to highlight the colors that are out of range of sRGB (10.12+ only).

Choosing a format to export your image is as easy as selecting from the list of formats on the left.  Some options, such as JPEG and JPEG 2000, will allow you to set how much compression to use via the Quality slider.  The higher the quality setting, the bigger the file size.  Adjust the quality slider to find the best setting for you.  The file size of the current preview is available on the bottom window bar.

If your image has transparent edges that you'd like to minimize, click on the trim option.  This will allow your image to be as small as possible.  If your image has transparent pixels, and you would rather not have them changed to white when exporting as JPEG, you can alter the matte color with the Matte option. 

Web Export has the option to keep (or remove) image metadata, such as exif properties. Check this box to remove all metadata from your exported image. 

The script icon in the bottom left of the window contains the same entries found in the File Actions menu.  Choosing one of these will send your web optimized image to the selected application in the list.  In addition, the web export window has a proxy icon for your export data. Instead of saving your image, you can use the proxy icon to drag and drop your image anywhere that can accept the image.