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New in ElementsXXL 7


Color Balance offers five new modes with various color circles and color sliders
for more intuitive color selection.



NEW: Most ElementsXXL adjustment layer can now be edited directly on the Adjustments panel, which is displayed all of the time.



NEW: The Range Adjust filter and adjustment layer uses sophisticated masking to adjust only a certain part of an image in brightness, contrast, saturation and color.



NEW: The new Content-Aware Fill dialog lets you achieve much better results when removing objects in an image, because you can define a sampling area with the brush tool.



NEW: The new Pen Tool Pro feature offers seven new tools for creating and editing paths, shapes and vector masks.



The Fade Pro
features let you edit a previously applied effect with the help of 36 new blend modes and many new masking features. You can also increase the effect intensity by 200%. The Blend Pro feature lets you do the same, but for blending two layers.



NEW: The Curves adjustment layer offer 13 new channels.



NEW: The Split Layer > Frequency feature offers 9 new methods for creating low and high frequency layers, e.g. for portrait retouching.



NEW: ElementsXXL adds all adjustment layers as icons to the Adjustments panel including those from AdjustShop. You can shift click them to run the filter version of these adjustment layers.


NEW: ElementsXXL offers a Dark Mode option for making all ElementsXXL dialogs black.



NEW: The Match Color filter grabs the colors from another image or layer and applies them to current one. It replicates the color mood of special photos as well as apply color to selected areas only. It can now be applied to a single images in ElementsXXL 7.




Other Features

This image shows which features are added to the Layers panel in Photoshop Elements 8 and higher.




ElementsXXL adds 9 new sub menus and dozens of menu items to the Layer Menu. The added items have a blue background in this screen shot.



Photo Credits: Opolja, Chunhahca / Dreamstime

The Replace Background dialog is similar to the Photoshop Element guide with the same name, but offers many more features including masking out fine hair.



ElementsXXL offers a new Image Size dialog that works like the one in Photoshop CC. It offers two new resampling methods and a preset feature.



The Render features allow you to process images with 16-bit/channel with the help of smart objects (with embedded 16-bit image data), smart filters, adjustment layers, other types of layers and 29 additional tools. All layers are rendered to a flat 16-bit image at the end.



ElementsXXL makes Scripts, Actions and Render drop-down buttons available in Photoshop Elements 8 and higher for quickly accessing scripts, actions and the Render commands.



The brush panel offers 80 new brush properties for adjusting the brush of 22 different tools.




The Perspective Crop, Perspective Warp and the Warp features of ElementsXXL with Content-Aware and Color Adaptation options



Crop presets as well as Content-Aware, Color Adaptation and Delete Cropped Pixels options for the Crop tool in Photoshop Elements 13 and higher.



The Auto Lens Correction features of ElementsXXL lets you automatically apply a lens correction as well as choose a lens profile if the lens could not be detected.



NEW: The dialog of the new Black & White filter and adjustment layer with new preset and Auto features.



The Color Range dialog creates selections based on colors and tones. In this case the blue color was selected by clicking on the image.



The Focus Area dialog creates selections based on out-of-focus areas in the image.



NEW: The Curves filter and adjustment layer offer sophisticated features for editing the brightness, contrast and color of the image. The Curves filter even offers 14 additional channels and an Equalize feature.


The Curves dialog also offers an Adjust feature for editing each curve with the help of six sliders.


Photo Credits: Javarman / Dreamstime

The Lighting Effects filter lets you add unlimited lights to an image. It is similar Photoshop's Lighing Effects, but offers various additional features like focusing lights, darkening lights and many light pasting options.


The new Fill Flash filter is a great way to enhance the lighting of an image and also produce a backlight effect.


HDR Toning allows editing shadows and highlights and helps producing a HDR look.


The new Highpass Sharpen filter takes sharpening to the next level by providing many features for the ultimate sharpening effect.

ElementsXXL allows you to apply the Clarity effect known from Camera Raw within Photoshop Elements. You can additionally adjust the effect in the shadows and highlights, which is not possible in Camera Raw.



ElementsXXL's Channels and Properties panels let you work with channels and the non-destructive properties of filter, layer and vector masks.



The Shadows/Highlights filter now offers the same functionality as in Photoshop and produces better results.



The Micro Contrast filter brings out the texture in image details.



The new Auto-Align Layers and Auto-Blend Layers features for recomposing portrait photos, stitching panoramas and increasing the depth of field of macro shots.



Add up to 112 native and 300 third-party smart filters to your image and edit them with the Smart Filter panel.


The Convert to Shape menu item lets you scale, rotate and reposition
each text character by converting a text layer into a more flexible shape.


The Stroke Path command of the Path panel can use one of
19 tools for drawing a contour on a path while simulating pressure.



The new Soft Proof feature for simulating the look of a certain device or printer



The Chromatic Aberration Removal filter removed color fringes causes by lenses.



The Convert To Profile dialog for converting between different color profiles.


The HistogramsXXL / Scopes panel offers 16 histogram in 7 different styles and 23 scopes (3D histograms) in 2 styles. As the panel window is resizable you can watch your histograms full screen with all details.




The Split Layer sub menu splits a layer into two or three layers according to a color model or frequency thus enabling sophisticated image editing techniques.



The Color Lokup filter and adjustment layer offers 48 color effects. The Save Color Lookup Table dialog allows you to save the effect of filters and adjustment layers as a lookup file, which can be opened in the Color Lokup filter and adjustment layer.



The New Guide Layout dialog allows creating multiple guides with the help of column, row and margin values.


The Anti-Alias filter adds an anti-alias effect if only black & white pixels, but produces a water color effect for color images.


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