Filter Menu

 

ElementsXXL adds one new menu item to the Filter menu of Photoshop Elements. Additionally, if the currently selected layer is a smart object, ElementsXXL applies filters from the Filter menu (as well as Enhance menu) as smart filters.

 

Convert For Smart Filters

Supported by Photoshop Elements 11 and higher
Requirements: An image has to be opened.
Added in ElementsXXL 1.0

This command converts a layer into a smart object, which is the requirement for applying filters as smart filters. The Convert For Smart Filters command is identical to Layer > Smart Object > Convert To Smart Object, but better accessible in case you want to apply filters as smart filters to a smart object.

Once you created a smart object you can apply smart filters either from the menu items on the Filter menu or with the Filter > Add Smart Filter command discussed below.

 

 

Add Smart Filters

Supported by Photoshop Elements 11 and higher
Requirements: An 8-bit image has to be opened.
Added in ElementsXXL 1.0, improved in 2.0 and 5.0

The Add Smart Filters menu item lets you apply smart filters to a smart object with the help of the Smart Filter panel. The panel can also be displayed by clicking the smart object icon or smart filter symbol on the Layers panel. For more information see the Windows Menu page. Alternatively you can use the Filter > Convert For Smart Filters command for creating a smart object and apply the smart filters by choosing a filter item on the Filter menu.

 

Chromatic Aberration Removal

Supported by Photoshop Elements 11 and higher
Requirements: An image has to be opened.
Added in ElementsXXL 2.0

The Chromatic Aberration Removal filter removes color fringes that are caused by lower quality lenses in the corners of the photo.

Before you run this filter we recommend that you zoom the image to 100 - 400% and scroll one of the four image corners into view. This way you will be able to see the chromatic aberrations and can target them better with the sliders of this filter. Each of the three sliders removes fringes of different color. Try various slider values until the fringes are less visible or vanish completely.

 

Supported Smart Filters

ElementsXXL is able to apply up to 112 native filters as smart filters from the Enhance and Filter menus. Additionally up to 281 third-party filters can be used as smart filters from the Filter menu.

If you choose a filter from the Filter menu and it does not work as a smart filter, you are asked to simplify the layer, which means removing the smart object. Some native filters, e.g. Liquify or the filters from the Filter > Adjustments sub menu, do not support smart filtering and thus require simplification.

These filters from the Enhance menu are applied as smart filters in Photoshop Elements 11-14:

Shadows/Highlights
Color Variations (Photoshop Elements 11)
Unsharp Mask
Smart Sharpen

Sharpen
Sharpen More
Sharpen Edges

In Photoshop Elements 15 and higher you can additionally apply these 12 smart filters:

Levels
Curves
Exposure
Vibrance
Color Balance
Black & White
Channel Mixer
Selective Color
Color Lookup
Photo Filter
Invert
Posterize

The following native filters from the Filter menu do not support smart filtering:

Equalize
Gradient Map
Invert (Photoshop Elements 11-14)
Posterize (Photoshop Elements 11-14)
Photo Filter
(Photoshop Elements 11-14)
Threshold
Lens Blur
Liquify
3D Transform
Texture Fill
Comic
Graphic Novel
Pen and Ink

For a list of supported third-party smart filters see the Compatibility page. For more information on smart filtering see the Smart Filter section of the Layer menu page.