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NEW: Version 5.05 for Windows


ElementsXXL for Windows adds up to 880 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.

New in Version 5 for Windows

  • Up to 260 new features
  • Support for Photoshop Elements 2018 (no support for Photoshop Elements 8-10 anymore)
  • Photoshop Elements skin for all ElementsXXL dialogs and controls
  • Color Adaptation option for the Content-Aware feature of 9 tools
  • Crop Tool Preset feature
  • Black & White Preset and Auto features
  • 6 new path tools: Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Direct Selection (Photoshop Elements 11-14 only)
  • Auto Lens Correction features
  • New Micro Contrast filter
  • New Image Size dialog known from Photoshop with "Automatic" and "Preserve Details" options and a preset feature
  • New Smart Filter panel with new features
  • 12 new smart filters: Levels, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Black & White, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Color Lookup, Invert, Posterize, Selective Color. (Photoshop Elements 15 and higher)
  • New Reduce Noise filter for removing sharpening noise
  • Curves dialog offers an Equalize feature and Photoshop dialog variation
  • The Color Lookup filter now works with 16-bit images and supports Photoshop Elements 11/12
  • Five new 16-bit/channel filters: Remove Color Cast, Adjust Color for Skin Tone, Auto Smartfix, Adjust Smartfix, Convert to Black & White
  • All adjustment layers are now supported for 16-bit rendering
  • "New Guide Layout" dialog and "New Guides from Shape" command for creating guides
  • Fill Layer/Selection dialog with a Color Adaptation feature for the Content-Aware option (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher) and new History and Layer options
  • Quick Export feature
  • "Save in Background" option which lets you continue working while a document is saved (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
  • Performance enhancements for: Render 16-bit document, Render 16-bit to Lightroom, Fade (for 16-bit images), 16-bit Tool Mode, Color Range (for 16-bit images in PSE 11/12), Assign Profile, File > Export > Color Lookup Table.
  • Fit Image offers new "Automatic" and "Preserve Details" interpolation options (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
  • Preview feature for History Brush, Apply Image, Add 16-bit Layer, Copy to Document
  • Up top 23 new items on the Layers panel context menu
  • New Help buttons or panel menu items on 42 dialogs and panels
  • New "Windows LCD" and "Windows" anti-alias methods and Font Preview Size options
  • Stamp Down, Stamp Group, Stamp Layers and Merge Groups commands
  • Copy/Paste Special sub menu with 8 new copy and paste commands
  • 20+ bug fixes
  • And many other improvements...


  • Up to 880 new features for Photoshop Elements for Windows

  • UI Improvements
    • NEW: ElementsXXL adds 3 drop-down buttons, 5 icons, 6 panels, 28 key shortcuts, 50+ dialogs, 300+ menu items
    • NEW: Photoshop Elements skin for all ElementsXXL dialogs
    • NEW: Startup progress dialog is shown while Photoshop Elements is starting up and does not react to user input yet
    • Full Screen Mode feature for making the image window as large as possible
  • Actions, Scripts, Filters & Adjustment Layers:
    • Open and run Photoshop actions and scripts
    • NEW: Up to 11 new filters: Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Color Lookup, Sharpen, Sharpen More, Sharpen Edges.
    • Up to 9 new adjustment layers: Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Color Lookup and Color Replace.
    • NEW: Micro Contrast filter for bringing out the texture in smaller or larger details
    • NEW: Auto Lens Correction feature
    • NEW: Curves filter with 17 adjustable curves, 11-zone grid, Equalize feature and three dialog variations
    • Sharpen individual color channels or layer masks with the Unsharp Mask and Adjust Sharpness filters
    • Shadows/Highlights filter dialog with seven new options
    • Chromatic Aberration Removal and Color Match filters
    • NEW: Reduce Noise filter for removing noise caused by sharpening
    • Warp, Perspective Warp and Perspective Crop features
  • Layer Features, Smart Objects & Smart Filtering:
    • Opens images as smart objects, creates smart objects and enables smart filtering
    • NEW: Support for up to 112 native smart filters and 281 third-party smart filters
    • NEW: Smart Filter panel for adding and editing smart filters
    • Linked smart objects that update automatically when the source file changes (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
    • Edit smart objects in Camera Raw
    • Apply filters to the filter mask of a smart object
    • Use layer groups for additional masking and better organization
    • Create and edit vector masks
    • Adjust the density and feathering of vector masks, shapes, layer masks and filter masks with Properties panel known from Photoshop
    • Adjust the fill opacity of layers
    • Align layers to a selection or each other and distribute them evenly
    • NEW: Stamp functions for creating a duplicated copy of layers or groups
    • NEW: Merge Group command for merging layer groups
    • Hide/show multiple layers
    • NEW: Many new layer features: Rasterize, Matting, Lock, Combine Shapes etc.
    • Split a layer into special RGB, CMY, CMYK, HSL, Lab, YCbCr and Frequency layers for sophisticated editing possibilities
    • NEW: Up to 23 additional menu items on the Layer panel context menu for quick access
  • Enhanced 16-bit Image Processing:
    • NEW: Process 16-bit images with the help of smart objects, smart filters, adjustment layers and other layers
    • NEW: 10 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
    • Use additional 11 rotation, transformation and scaling features 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.
    • Use a vector mask with 16-bit images (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
    • Channels panel known from Photoshop
    • New Curves, Channel Mixer and Sharpen filters
    • Fade command for changing the blend mode and opacity of the last history step
    • Apply Image and Calculation commands like in Photoshop
  • General Editing:
    • NEW: 14 new tools: Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Direct Selection, Text on Path, Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, Ruler, Slice & Slice Select, History Brush and Perspective Crop (Only 3 tools in Photoshop Elements 15 and higher)
    • Auto-Align and Auto-Blend features for recomposing portraits, creating panoramas and increasing the depth of macro shots
    • Channels panel known from Photoshop
    • Paths panel for creating and editing paths
    • Brush panel with 80 new brush features
    • NEW: Image Size dialog like in Photoshop with "Automatic" and "Preserve Details" options
    • NEW: Fit image dialog for resizing an image with a maximum size in mind
    • NEW: Content-Aware option (including Color Adaptation option) for 9 different tools and dialogs
    • Fade and Trim commands like in Photoshop
    • Apply Image and Calculation commands like in Photoshop
    • Soft proof option for seeing how your image looks on a certain device or printer
    • Convert to or assign a new color profile
    • Flow slider for the brush, clone stamp, pattern stamp and eraser tools.
    • NEW: Crop tool presets
    • Hide cropped pixels and reveal them again later
    • NEW: Fill Layer/Selection dialog with a Color Adaptation feature for the Content-Aware option (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher) and new History and Layer options.
    • NEW: Copy/Paste Special sub menus with 8 new commands
    • Copy to Document features for copying layers, a selection, a selected area and alpha channels from one document to another
    • Find Layers feature for selecting layers according to their name, kind, layer effect, mode and attributes
    • NEW: New Preferences options: e.g. Non-Linear History, Log History to Metadata, Auto-Update All Documents, Export Clipboard, Ignore Rotation Metadata, Resize Image during Place, Always Create Smart Objects when Placing and Skip Transform when Placing
    • Custom pixel aspect ratio
  • Selections & Guides:
    • Color Range feature for creating selections based on colors and tones
    • Focus Area feature for creating selections or layer masks based on sharpness
    • Quick Mask Mode for editing selections with filters and tools, e.g. the brush tool
    • Create selections from layer luminosity, layer masks, layer opacity, image luminosity, saturation and image channels
    • Nine shadows, midtones and highlights selection features for creative photo enhancements
    • NEW: New Guide Layout dialog for creating guides according to certain row, column and margin values
    • NEW: New Guides from Shape command for creating guides around selections, layer masks, shapes, type layers or transparent layers.
  • Text Features:
    • NEW: Font Preview Size options
    • NEW: 6 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
  • File Saving & Export
    • NEW: Save in Background feature which lets you continue working while a document is saved (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
    • Save Recovery Information feature for automatically saving all documents in certain time intervals and reopening them after Photoshop Elements crashed
    • NEW: Quick Export feature as in Photoshop
    • Export PDF files with 18 additional options which includes saving CMYK PDF file for prepress tasks
    • Save Color Lookup files in 3DL, CUBE and CSP format for the Color Lookup filter and adjustment layer
    • Slice an image, add links and save it as a web page

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