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Plugin Newsletter - June/July 2019




ADJUSTSHOP FOR WINDOWS: 400 new features for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements


ELEMENTS BUNDLE renamed to ELEMENTAL BUNDLE: Contains 3 products for Photoshop Now


POLL RESULTS: Which image editing application(s) do you mainly use?

NEW POLL: What screen resolution do you use for image editing?

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: ON1 Effects 2019 Free, Lightroom 6 Map Fix, BlueGriffon

GRAPHICS NEWS: Affinity Photo 1.7, Nik Collection 2




Dear Reader,

It is finally here! AdjustShop brings useful features from ElementsXXL to Photoshop and at the same time also provides new features for Photoshop Elements. It offers up to 25 new filters, fill layers and adjustment layers. More than 10 years ago I asked Adobe to support adjustment layer plugins in the Photoshop SDK. They still do not support them yet, but that did not keep us from creating new adjustment layers via AdjustShop. Some effects were only possible as fill layers, so that is another obstacle that AdjustShop overcomes. AdjustShop also emulates the Photoshop UI and adds itself as new menu items thus making it appear like an upgrade of Photoshop (and Photoshop Elements) itself. It feels great to overcome the limitations of Photoshop-compatible plugins and do the seemingly impossible.

What is much worse than spam? Not receiving legitimate emails, because the dumb anti-spam filters of your email provider keep you from seeing them. Personally I would gladly receive all spam (and apply my own anti-spam methods), than not receiving one legitimate email. Unfortunately email provides are extremely overdoing it lately. If this continues, email will get useless, because you can never be sure that the other person really receives your email. That is one of the reasons why we started a Twitter account and created a Facebook page (see below). It is a backup in case we do not reach you by email. It would be great to see you there and also answer questions you may have.

Have a great summer time and a mild winter down south!

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

The Plugin Site



400 new features for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Photo Credits: studio10artur/Pond5

Our latest AdjustShop product adds up to 400 new features to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It includes 700 presets, 24 new filters, 10 new fill layers and 11 new adjustment layers. The features are included as new menu items and dialogs, so they seamlessly integrate into the user interface. AdjustShop can be used in Photoshop CS2-CS6, CC and higher as well as Photoshop Elements 11 and higher.

AdjustShop is the only product that adds new fill and adjustment layers to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It is more like an upgrade to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements rather than just another plugin. Over the years we have added a lot of new features to our Photoshop-Elements-only plugins, of which many were not available in Photoshop. AdjustShop makes these features accessible in Photoshop too. AdjustShop includes many new features that are not available in our Photoshop Elements plugins, so it is a great accessory for Photoshop Elements users as well.

For more information and a trial version visit the
AdjustShop Page


Several Bug Fixes

ElementsXXL 6.05 is the last version of ElementsXXL 6 before the 7.0 release. It offers improvements for various filters and adjustment layers, especially Curves and Replace Color. The look of the Photoshop Elements skin was improved in Photoshop Elements 11 and 12. It was also made more compatible with the upcoming AdjustShop 1.01.

ElementsXXL for Windows adds up to 1080 powerful features to Photoshop Elements 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.

For more information and a trial version visit the
ElementsXXL Page


Contains 3 Products for Photoshop Now

With three products in the bundle working with Photoshop, it now makes sense pricewise to buy it as a Photoshop user too. That is why we decided to rename the "Elements Bundle" to "Elemental Bundle" to make this clear. A small but significant change.

For more information visit the
Elemental Bundle page


The Plugin Site has opened up a Twitter account and created a Facebook page. It would be great if you joined one of them. We will provide news there and you can feel free to start a discussion.

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The Plugin Site on Facebook


Which image editing application(s) do you mainly use?

The latest poll asked about various types of image editing applications that people use. 334 people voted with the following results:

1. Photoshop CS/CC 35%
2. Affinity Photo 26%
3. PaintShop Pro 24%

4. Photoshop CC 21%
5. Lightroom 1-6/CC 16%
6. Photoshop Elements 14%
7. Photoshop CS 13%
    Topaz Studio 13%
8. Lightroom (Classic) CC 11%
    Irfanview 11%
9. Other 10%

10. ON1 Photo RAW 9%
11. Luminar 7.5%
12. DxO Photolab/Optics Pro 7.2%
13. Lightroom 1-6 5.4%
14. GIMP 3.9%
15. Paint.NET 3.3%
16. Capture One 3%
17. Photo Filtre 2.7%
     Corel Photo-Paint 2.7%
18. Photoline 0.3%
     AliveColors 0.3%

Photoshop is still the leader, but it is interesting to see Affinity Photo overtake PaintShop Pro. Lightroom is closely followed by Topaz Studio and Photoshop Elements.

Lightroom CC now has double as many users as the old Lightroom perpetual versions whereas Photoshop CC is 55% ahead of the old CS versions. But the tide is turning and the CC subscription model has established itself. However, there are many alternatives, including Photoshop Elements from Adobe itself.

For more poll results visit the
Resources section


What screen resolution do you use for image editing?

The latest poll asks you for the screen resolution of your monitor that you use for image editing. You can choose between these items:
8K, 5K, 4K/UHD, QHD, Full HD, HD, Lower.

You are welcome to participate in this poll by voting at
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ON1 Effects 2019 Free, Lightroom 6 Map Fix, BlueGriffon

ON1 Effects 2019 Free
(for Win/Mac) is a collection of filters, presets, LUTs, textures and borders that you can combine and customize. It includes looks like B&W, HDR Look, Dynamic Contrast, Lens Blur, Glows, Film Looks, Split Tone, Textures, Borders and more.
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Adobe stopped supporting the Map module in Lightroom 6 after license issues. It is nevertheless possible to make it work again. You can find instructions here:
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BlueGriffon is a web editor (for Win/Mac/Linux) with a simple UI for designing and coding web pages. It supports editing pages created with other tools, offers its own CSS parser and ensure compatibility to all browsers. Besides the free versions there is a commercial license with additional features.
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For more free plugins and tools, please visit the
Resources section


Affinity Photo 1.7, Nik Collection 2

Affinity Photo 1.7 (for Win/Mac) has been released. It offers performance increases, improved noise reduction, new sub brushes, a symmetry feature, procedural texture and Voronoi filters, a new HSL adjustment layer, support for HEIF as well as 12bit/16bit CMYK TIFF files and a new Assets panel. Great new stuff, but as with every new update so far, they again messed around with Photoshop plugin support and have still not managed to improve it to the level of most other applications.
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Version 2 of the nik Collection (for Win/Mac) adds 40 presets and support for 4K screens. DxO PhotoLab 2 Essential, which runs the nik Collection as plugins, is now included in the package. Unfortunately, the price has more than doubled from $70 to $150. So you have to pay for PhotoLab 2 Essential, even if you do not want it or already own it.
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