Spotlight filter without the transparency

I am trying to use the Spotlight filter in Acorn and perhaps I am stuck in my Pixelmator/Photoshop workflow/mindset but it doesn’t appear to be doing what I want.

I want to have my Acorn image look like this

but when I try it in Acorn the filter makes the layer transparent.

I was originally trying it in an Acorn file that had a Layer Group with each card but that didn’t work and even using an exported image doesn’t seem to work.

Any ideas what I can do to get the effect I want?


I’m not sure what’s going on with this filter, and why it’s behaving this way! I’ll take a look at it and see if I can whip it into shape.

I do have a workaround until then though. Add a new layer above all your backgrounds, and fill it with white. Add the Spot Light filter on top of that, and set the color to white (or blue or whatever color you want your spotlight to be). Everything should blend in nicely after that.

Alright, and update on this.I’ve fixed up the Spotlight filter for the next release so it works more as expected. You can grab a test build from the following URL and try it out:

Let me know if you have any feedback!

That fixed it.

The only feedback I have is that the light controls in the image disappear when you drag them. Other than that its perfect


It’s on purpose that they disappear, so that you can get a clearer view of the image.

From a user perspective there is no difference between clicking on it successfully and not clicking on it successfully. It looks exactly the same.

I wonder if this makes sense to become a pref…

I don’t think it is that big of a deal.

Maybe turn them into single pixel stroked circles so the user can see through them?