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ElementsXXL adds up to 640 powerful features to Photoshop Elements for Windows that were previously only available in Photoshop. These features are included as new menu items, icons, buttons, key shortcuts, dialogs and controls, so they seamlessly integrate into the user interface of Photoshop Elements. ElementsXXL bridges the gap between Photoshop Elements and Photoshop and greatly enhances the image editing experience in Photoshop Elements.


Feature Overview

ElementsXXL adds many new and extremely useful features to Photoshop Elements. With ElementsXXL it is possible to work with actions, scripts, smart objects, smart filters, layer groups, channels, slices, quick masks, vector masks, paths and layer masks in Photoshop Elements. ElementsXXL provides up to 13 new filters and 9 new adjustment layers, e.g. Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Chromatic Aberration Removal, Color Match and Color Lookup. It also offers 8 new tools called Pen, Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, Ruler, Slice / Slice Select, Perspective Crop and History Brush.

The new Auto-Align/Auto-Blend Layers features let you recompose portraits, create panoramas and increase the depth of macro shots. The Channels, Paths and Properties panels allow editing channels, vector paths and mask properties. The Brush panel offers 80 new brush properties for 22 tools. The Slice features let you turn a Photoshop Elements document into a web page. You can see how an image looks on a certain device or printer with the Soft Proof option as well as convert color profiles and save the image as CMYK data. ElementsXXL also extends the Shadows/Highlights filter with 7 new options and supplies a Color Range feature for creating selections based on colors and tones. Furthermore, there are new text layer features, a Fill Opacity option, Fade, Trim and Find Layers commands, custom pixel aspect ratio and many other possibilities.


Extending the Photoshop Elements UI

ElementsXXL supplies up to 640 new features to Photoshop Elements 13-15 and 560-580 features to Photoshop Elements 8-12. ElementsXXL extends the menus of Elements with a lot of menu items and sub menus that can be found in Photoshop.

It also adds various icons, drop-down buttons and other controls to the Layers panel, control bar, tool bar and tool options bar. Eight new content-aware options are offered, e.g. for the Crop tool, Transform tool, Warp tool, Perspective Warp tool, Canvas Size dialog and Custom Rotation dialog. Moreover, ElementsXXL provides two dozen key shortcuts known from Photoshop.

The ElementsXXL Preference dialog contains an option to highlight all ElementsXXL features with a light blue background, which is activated by default, so that the user immediately sees which menu items and controls are supplied by ElementsXXL.


Enhanced 16-bit Image Editing

ElementsXXL's provides a workaround for the missing layer support for 16-bit images in Photoshop Elements: The Render features convert a 16-bit image to a 8-bit document with a smart object containing the 16-bit image data. After adding smart filters, adjustment layers, other smart objects with 16-bit image data and tool layer, you can finally render everything to a new 16-bit image again.

ElementsXXL also enhances 16-bit image processing with new features. It allows you to switch between 8-bit and 16-bit mode as well as use up to 29 more tools with 16-bit images.

The Color Range, Focus Area, Calculations, Quick Mask Mode and Shadows / Midtones / Highlight selection features of ElementsXXL enable sophisticated masking for 16-bit images. Additionally the channels of an RGB image can be edited individually and used for masking with the new Channels panel. The Curves, Channel Mixer, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Selective Color, Black & White, Fade and Apply Image filters provide additional value for 16-bit image editing. In Photoshop Elements 13-15 you can additionally use the Puppet Warp, Warp and Perspective Warp effects as well as vector masks on 16-bit images.


What Makes ElementsXXL So Special

ElementsXXL fully integrates into the user interface of Photoshop Elements, so it feels like an upgrade to Photoshop Elements and not like a plugin. Other products that extend Photoshop Elements consist of simple actions or are limited to a dialog that blocks the user interface. So they are far less efficient, easy to use and flexible than ElementsXXL.

There is no other product for Photoshop Elements that adds new Layers panels features, lets you run Photoshop scripts directly, adds key shortcuts, lets you apply so many third-party smart filters, offers Channels, Path, Properties and Brush panels, features enhanced Curves and multiple Warp effects, allows color profile conversion, enables saving CMYK image files, gives you 16-bit versions of existing filters, allows processing 16-bit images with smart filters and adjustment layers, offers 29 additional tools for retouching 16-bit images and lets you edit new types of adjustment layer.

But ElementsXXL also offers several features that are not even available in Photoshop itself, e.g. 13 additional curves, a Color Replace adjustment layer, 7 additional content-aware options, split layer commands, a selection from the saturation channel, a check bit depth function and the ability to record filter effects as color lookup files.


Upgrade Options

Version 4 Upgrade: Registered users of version 3, who bought it in on June 1, 2016 or later can upgrade to version 3 for free. Other users have to upgrade for $24.95. Please contact us with your order details.

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