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NEW: Version 4.04 with various bug fixes


ElementsXXL for Windows adds up to 640 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 4 for Windows

  • Up to 207 new features
  • Support for Photoshop Elements 15
  • Many performance enhancements: ElementsXXL starts up faster, the menus with ElementsXXL items display faster, many Elements commands and features are much faster now.
  • Up to 80 new brush options for 22 different tools
  • Flow slider for the brush, clone stamp, pattern stamp and eraser tools
  • Content-Aware Crop and Content-Aware options for various tools (in Photoshop Elements 13-15)
  • New Replace Color adjustment layer and Color Lookup filter and adjustment layer (in Photoshop Elements 13-15)
  • Record the effect of filters and adjustment layers as a color lookup file
  • 13 new channel options and 11-zone grid for the Curves filter
  • Working with 16-bit layers is now possible with the help of the Render feature
  • Calculations and Focus Area features for creating selections based on channels or the image sharpness
  • Support for linked smart objects (in Photoshop Elements 13-15)
  • Support for applying filters to the filter mask of a smart object
  • Support for multiple monitors
  • Key accelerators for Photoshop Elements and ElementsXXL menu items
  • Many new and improved Split Layer commands, e.g. CMYK, Lab, YCbCr, Luminosity & Color, HSL
  • The Warp tool works much more precisely and supports selections and opaque layer areas now
  • Unsharp Mask and Adjust Sharpness can now be applied to layer masks and the individual channels of an RGB image
  • And many other improvements...


  • Up to 640 new features for Photoshop Elements for Windows

  • 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 and Sharpen Edges.
    • NEW: Up to 9 new adjustment layers: Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Color Lookup and Color Replace.
    • NEW: Curves filter with 17 adjustable curves and 11-zone grid
    • NEW: 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
    • Warp, Perspective Warp and Perspective Crop features
    • NEW: Save Color Lookup files in 3DL, CUBE and CSP format for the Color Lookup filter and adjustment layer
  • Layer Features, Smart Objects & Smart Filtering:
    • Many new features, e.g. three new icons, for the Layers panel
    • Opens images as smart objects, creates smart objects and enables smart filtering
    • NEW: Linked smart objects that update automatically when the source file changes (Photoshop Elements 13 and higher)
    • Edit smart objects in Camera Raw
    • NEW: 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
    • Create and work with layer masks (for Photoshop Elements 8)
    • Adjust the fill opacity of layers
    • Align layers to a selection or each other and distribute them evenly
    • Stamp visible function for creating a duplicated copy of all layers
    • Hide/show multiple layers
    • Many new layer features: Rasterize, Matting, Lock, Combine Shapes etc.
    • NEW: Split a layer into special RGB, CMY, CMYK, HSL, Lab, YCbCr and Frequency layers for sophisticated editing possibilities
  • Enhanced 16-bit Image Processing:
    • NEW: Process 16-bit images with the help of smart objects, smart filters, adjustment layers and other layers
    • Five 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
    • NEW: 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.
    • NEW: 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
    • NEW: Apply Image and Calculation commands like in Photoshop (Apply Image requires Photoshop Elements 11 and higher)
  • General Editing:
    • Up to 25 new key shortcuts known from Photoshop
    • NEW: Many key accelerators for ElementsXXL menu items
    • Seven new tools: Pen, Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, Ruler, Slice & Slice Select, History Brush and Perspective Crop (Only 3 tools in Photoshop Elements 15)
    • Auto-Align and Auto-Blend features for recomposing portraits, creating panoramas and increasing the depth of macro shots
    • Channels panel known from Photoshop
    • Fade and Trim commands like in Photoshop
    • NEW: Apply Image and Calculation commands like in Photoshop
    • NEW: Content-Aware option for 9 different tools and dialogs
    • NEW: Fit image dialog for resizing an image with a maximum size in mind
    • Soft proof option for seeing how your image looks on a certain device or printer
    • Convert to or assign a new color profile
    • Save your images to a CMYK PDF file for prepress tasks
    • Slice an image, add links and save it as a web page
    • Paths panel for creating and editing paths
    • NEW: Brush panel with 80 new brush features
    • NEW: Flow slider for the brush, clone stamp, pattern stamp and eraser tools.
    • NEW: Hide cropped pixels and reveal them again later
    • Save Recovery Information feature for automatically saving all documents in certain time intervals and reopening them after Photoshop Elements crashed
    • New options: e.g. Non-Linear History, Log History to Metadata, Auto-Update All Documents
    • Custom pixel aspect ratio
    • 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
    • Full Screen Mode feature for making the image window as large as possible
  • Selections:
    • Color Range feature for creating selections based on colors and tones
    • NEW: 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
    • NEW: 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
  • Text Features:
    • Larger Font Preview
    • Three 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

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