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NEW: Version 3.51 with many improvements


ElementsXXL adds up to 430 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 and dialogs, 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.

New in Version 3

  • Up to 200 new features and support for Photoshop Elements 14
  • Support for UI Scaling and HiDPI (Photoshop Elements 11-14 only)
  • New Curves dialog for editing all four curves at the same time
  • New Channels panel for working with color channels, alpha channels, saved selections, layer masks and filter masks.
  • New Properties panel for editing layer masks, vector masks and filter masks non-destructively
  • Five new 16-bit filters: Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Selective Color and Black & White
  • New Warp filter with 15 warp styles and a custom warp feature
  • New Perspective Warp filter and Perspective Crop tool (Photoshop Elements 13/14 only)
  • History Brush tool for painting with a previous history state
  • Enhanced Color Range dialog
  • Edit in Camera Raw command for smart objects
  • Split a layer into special RGB, CMY, Lab, HSL and Frequency layers
  • New Color Settings dialog with 15 new options
  • Conversion and assignment of color profiles
  • 12 new Soft Proof presets including color blindness proofing
  • Many new layer features, e.g. Rasterize, Matting, Lock, Combine Shapes.
  • Open in Camera Raw and Open as Camera Raw Smart Object commands
  • 17 new PDF saving options including the ability to save CMYK image data
  • New Auto Options dialog
  • Shadows, midtones and highlights selections for creating luminosity masks
  • Faster Shadows/Highlights rendering
  • ... and many more.


  • Up to 430 new features for Photoshop Elements for Windows

  • Actions, Scripts, Filters & Adjustment Layers:
    • Open and run Photoshop actions and scripts (Elements 6 and higher)
    • Up to ten new filters: Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Sharpen, Sharpen More and Sharpen Edges.
    • Up to seven new adjustment layers: Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White and Selective Color.
    • Shadows/Highlights filter dialog with seven new options
    • Chromatic Aberration Removal and Color Match filters
    • NEW: Warp, Perspective Warp and Perspective Crop features
  • Layer Features, Smart Objects & Smart Filtering:
    • Many new features, e.g. three new icons, for the Layers panel
    • Opens images as smart objects, creates smart objects and enables smart filtering
    • NEW: Edit smart objects in Camera Raw
    • Use layer groups for additional masking and better organization
    • Create and edit vector masks
    • NEW: Adjust the density and feathering of vector masks, shapes, layer masks and filter masks with Properties panel known from Photoshop
    • Create and work with layer masks (for Elements 6-8)
    • Adjust the fill opacity of layers
    • Align layers to a selection or each other and distribute them evenly
    • Stamp visible function for creating a duplicated copy of all layers
    • Hide/show multiple layers
    • NEW: Many new layer features: Rasterize, Matting, Lock, Combine Shapes etc.
    • NEW: Split a layer into special RGB, CMY, Lab, HSL and Frequency layers for sophisticated editing possibilities
  • Enhanced 16-bit Image Processing:
    • Process 16-bit images with the help of smart filters and layers (Smart filter rendering requires Elements 8 and higher)
    • NEW: Five additional 16-bit filters
    • Convert images from 8-bit to 16-bit per channel and back again
    • Use up to 29 additional tools with 16-bit images
    • Quick Mask Mode lets you create or edit selections with all available filters and tools, e.g. the brush or gradient tool.
    • NEW: Channels panel known from Photoshop
    • NEW: New Curves, Channel Mixer and Sharpen filters
    • Fade command for changing the blend mode and opacity of the last history step
    • Apply Image command for blending two 16-bit images while using an image channel or selection as a mask (Elements 11 and higher)
  • General Editing:
    • Up to 25 new key shortcuts known from Photoshop
    • NEW: Seven new tools: Pen, Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, Ruler, Slice & Slice Select, History Brush and Perspective Crop
    • Auto-Align and Auto-Blend features for recomposing portraits, creating panoramas and increasing the depth of macro shots
    • NEW: Channels panel known from Photoshop
    • Fade and Trim commands like in Photoshop
    • Apply Image command like in Photoshop (Elements 11 and higher)
    • Soft proof option for seeing how your image looks on a certain device or printer
    • NEW: Convert to or assign a new color profile
    • NEW: Save your images to a CMYK PDF file for prepress tasks
    • Slice an image, add links and save it as a web page
    • Paths panel for creating and editing paths
    • Save Recovery Information feature for automatically saving all documents in certain time intervals and reopening them after Photoshop Elements crashed
    • New options: e.g. Non-Linear History, Log History to Metadata, Auto-Update All Documents
    • Custom pixel aspect ratio
    • NEW: Copy to Document features for copying layers, a selection, a selected area and alpha channels from one document to another
    • NEW: Find Layers feature for selecting layers according to their name, kind, layer effect, mode and attributes
    • NEW: Full Screen Mode feature for making the image window as large as possible
  • Selections:
    • NEW: Color Range feature for creating selections based on colors and tones
    • Quick Mask Mode for editing selections with filters and tools, e.g. the brush tool
    • Transform selections (for Elements 6-7)
    • Create selections from layer masks, layer opacity, luminosity and image channels
    • NEW: Nine shadows, midtones and highlights selection features for creative photo enhancements
  • Text Features:
    • Larger Font Preview
    • Three new text anti-aliasing types
    • Spell check text layers and use Find & Replace on them
    • Convert text layers to shapes for more creative freedom
    • Adjust text tracking and use paragraph

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