ElementsXXL adds so many new features to Photoshop Elements that it pretty much transforms it into a whole different product. This makes it a great addition to your digital library, especially if you prefer regular Photoshop over Elements, and plan on working with something that feels more familiar. ... several of the Photoshop Elements UI will be modified to look like their Photoshop counterparts, at least from a visual point of view. You thus manage to close the gaps that separate Photoshop Elements and Photoshop, while greatly improving the image editing possibilities in it. ... the number of features it adds is amazing.
The sheer quantity
of additions isn't the only impressive thing: the manner
in which the additions are integrated is also pretty
cool. ElementsXXL is designed to operate as if it were
part of Elements, rather than a separate plugin...
All things considered, it looks
to be a pretty impressive achievement, and one that
will give Elements users a lot of scope to grow ...
Version 2 of ElementsXXL adds a rather startling amount
of new functionality, especially in the area of 16-bit
Was Adobe correct in thinking that
those who want to "create lasting keepsakes, and
delight friends and family" don't require such
functionality? Perhaps. But for those with more demanding
image editing requirements, Photoshop Elements and ElementsXXL
might well provide a winning combination.
I installed ElementsXXL and wow! – it really adds
much needed functionality to Photoshop Elements. I love
the seamless integration into the program. Great idea
to have to new features able to be colored to see what
I’ve never been a fan of Photoshop
Elements. Too many of the Photoshop features were missing.
But now with XXL it’s much, much closer. ... I
edited about 15 photos that I took... ElementsXXL adjustments
worked better than the native Photoshop Elements features.
I read through the manual and was impressed by the depth
of it and the good explanations of what each item does.
So, my limited experience with ElementsXXL has been
very positive indeed!
There's a massive feature differential between the commonly
and cheaply available Adobe Photoshop Elements, and
its big (and much more expensive) industry standard
sibling, Adobe Photoshop. But one plugin for Elements
is aiming to bridge some of that divide, and bring many
of the same tools that you might see in the full version
of Photoshop, but at a much, much lower price ...
It's not a full replacement for
Photoshop, but it could potentially provide a very good
middle ground. ElementsXXL could allow a more affordable
path for someone who wants more editing power than Elements
can provide, but isn't up or forking out for the full
ElementsXXL is a ... plug-in that brings a massive list
of features previously reserved for the full-featured
Photoshop to [Photoshop] Elements...
Given the extent of the upgrade, and the plug-in’s
seamless integration, ... [its price] is a pittance.
... the number of things ElementsXXL can do far outstrips
the number it can’t.
ElementsXXL is remarkable for two reasons: it is integrated
into the [Photoshop Elements] program (no necessity
to execute it separately) and offers a powerful set
of new functions.
Is it worth buying this plugin?
Probably yes ... for most people Photoshop Elements
equipped with the ElementsXXL extension is absolutely
As the plugin integrates into the menus of Photoshop
Elements, it is ideal for beginners, but also advanced
... [ElementsXXL] is certainly
a good compromise for those, who seek fundamental image
editing functions, but do not want to spend too much
on a professional solution with many features, which
they you will probably never use.
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Super Plug-in for Elements
The news ... are not less
than impressive. ... There are more than 120 new features,
and probably equally important, they are literally integrated
into the user interface of the Adobe program, which
eases the workflow even more.
We guarantee an increased
performance, which makes your ... investment in Photoshop
Elements even more worthwhile. In this sense this new
plugin is a must-have.
ElementsXXL is a lightweight
plugin for Photoshop Elements that adds 130 features,
perfectly integrated into the interface as menus and
The plugin improves your workflow
by adding new actions and scripts as well as layer features
and smart filtering. ElementsXXL comes with 17 key shortcuts
that are guaranteed to help you through the entire editing
ElementsXXL is a real gain for image
editing, especially as the developer integrated the
functions in menus and panels ... Much room for experiments
is provided by the Fade filter ...
c't Magazin 10/2013
The plugin, Elements XXL, ... essentially allows you
to take Adobe Photoshop Elements and bring over many
incredible features that make the full version of Adobe
The sheer numer of additions is not the only impressive
thing. Greatly solved is the integration into the user
Elements XXL - A Powerful Photoshop Elements Plugin
Should You Get it? You Betcha!
Harald Heim has been well known for years in the plugin
arena, but this time he has outdone himself. This is
a high quality plugin, with features those who have
used Photoshop have often wished Elements had. Now it
can have them and they definitely make it better! This
is one of the first plugins that has made me go WOW!
I think you will too.
Photoshop Elements, the consumer version of Photoshop,
has limited capabilities. But the ElementsXXL plugin
adds quite a few Photoshop functions. So you (almost)
get Photoshop for the price of Photoshop Elements. ...
It is impossible to discuss all
120 extensions here, so we limit ourselves to the enhancements
that alone already justify the price (€ 50) of
the whole package. Topping the list: ... smart filters
... Number two: ... Curves adjustment layer ... Three:
Auto Align and blending layers. Four: seven new adjustment
layers ... Five: Selection transform to manipulate selections.
Six: Color proof ... Seven: Working with color channels.
And finally, support for 16 bits per color, scripts
The current version 2 brings 100 more options to the
surface than its predecessor, including the ability
to edit 16-bit images with adjustment layers. ... In
order to bypass the 16-bit blockade of Photoshop Elements,
ElementXXL creates a 8-bit version of the image with
the 16-bit original embedded. ... Color Range tool and
Mixer Brush extend the creative latitude ... The Shadows/Highlights
compensation now houses the same options as Photoshop
CC. ... ElementsXXL enriches Photoshop Elements with
non-destructive editing of 16-bit images ...
c't Magazin 6/2014
ElementsXXL 2 integrates completely into the Photoshop
Elements user interface. ... Integration is so complete
that if the additions were not highlighted in blue,
you would have difficulty knowing they are there. ...
For me, Photoshop Elements 12 lacks the full complement
of adjustment layers, especially Curves, and it lacks
support for 16-bit images. These needs are answered
with the addition of ElementsXXL 2 to Photoshop Elements
12. ... ElementsXXL 2 plug-in for Photoshop Elements
may be an economical alternative to your current imaging
... Elements is no Photoshop, not by a long shot. However,
all is not lost, thanks to third-party developers that
have tapped the latent abilities of Elements to bring
it closer to its more potent sibling. The best of these
is ElementsXXL, which adds dramatically to the capabilities
of Elements. Worth checking out before you decide to
go with either the Photoshop Plan or a perpetual license
This is a great collection of tools that brings some
much needed features to Elements. ... Installation (via
a GUI) could not be easier and for the price is great
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ElementsXXL unlocks a multitude of useful functions.
The combination of Photoshop Elements and ElementsXXL
is quite attractive pricewise. .. you get a decent product
package for a bargain price.
c't Fotografie 2/2015
For less than five months [of Creative Cloud] rental
you own a product [, Photoshop Elements and ElementsXXL,]
which should do most of what you need in image processing.
... there’s not much that I’d want to do
that Adobe Photoshop Elements with ElementsXXL can’t
achieve. ... As good as Photoshop – nearly. Flexible
My Conclusion: The [ElementsXXL 3] update is absoluetly
worth its money in contrast to the weak upgrade of Photoshop
Elements . All new functions of EementsXXL 3.1 also
work with PSE 13.x.
The plugin ElementsXXL of Harald Heim allows activating
many functions of the big Photoshop, which are deactivated
in Photoshop Elements.
The plug-in that I recommend most
highly for this purpose [creating selections based on
channels] is ElementsXXL. ... also provide access to
a great many other "hidden" features in Photoshop
Elements, filling the gap between Elements and the "full"
version of Photoshop.
ElementsXXL ... promises over 800 extended or new tools and functions, from filters and adjustment layers to more intelligent selection tools and smart objects. ... This investment is definitely worthwhile for all users who have reached their creative limits with the Elements Editor but are reluctant to switch to Photoshop CC.