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Plugin Newsletter - May/June 2015





LAYERSXXL 1.02 FOR WINDOWS: Trial version works another 14 days, Crash problems fixed, Many Improvements

ELEMENTSXXL 2.53 UPDATE: Unicode Support, Black & White Fixes, Lightroom Problem Solved

METARAW 1.13 UPDATE: Extracting Embedded JPEGs, DNG Converter 9, Support for new cameras

POLL RESULTS: Which versions of Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements do you use?

NEW POLL: What resolution does your main monitor have?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Starting up Photoshop Elements faster, Plugin Problems in Photoshop

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Rosenman 64-bit Plugins, Sharplet, Photo Improver, FontForge

GRAPHICS NEWS: Lightroom 6/CC, Apple Photos






Dear Reader,

We moved to a new location last month, so that's why this is only the second newsletter this year. But we are settled now, thus new issues should appear more regularly.

Recently I came across a method to make Photoshop Elements startup faster. See the THE DISCUSSION FORUMS section below for more details.

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

The Plugin Site






Trial version works another 14 days, Crash problems fixed, Many Improvements


Since the first release of LayersXXL most features have been improved and some even extended. For example, there is a new "Content-Aware Fill" option (in Photoshop Elements 13 only) that fills transparent areas instead of cropping them away and a Swap button was added to the Auto-Expose Layers feature that changes the layer positions for multi-expose effect variations. Three crash problems were fixed too.

Please note: The LayersXXL 1.02 trial version works for another 14 days, so you can test it again even if it expired before.

LayersXXL adds up to 180 photo and design features to Photoshop Elements for Windows that were previously only available in Photoshop. LayersXXL performs the following tasks with multiple image files: Denoising high ISO shots, Depth of Field Increase, HDR creation, combining Light Trail photos, preparing a manual composition, multiple exposure effects and panorama stitching. LayersXXL also includes a Layer Comp panel for creating and managing layer compositions like in Photoshop. Even more, there is a new Style Settings dialog similar to Photoshop's Layer Styles dialog with 5 new layer effects and 105 new options.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
LayersXXL Product Page





Unicode Support, Black & White Fixes, Lightroom Problem Solved

ElementsXXL supplies 230 professional features for Photoshop Elements and greatly enhances the image editing experience in Photoshop Elements.

The latest version 2.53 of ElementsXLL includes unicode support, which means that the ElementsXXL menu items and dialogs are now available in Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese language. Seven bugs of the Black & White effect that occur in various Photoshop Elements versions were fixed. Neither does ElementsXXL freeze Photoshop Elements anymore when running it from Lightroom and a few smaller problems were removed.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
ElementsXXL Product Page





Extracting Embedded JPEGs, DNG Converter 9, Support for new cameras

MetaRaw extends the functionality of the Adobe Camera Raw plugin in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements by opening unsupported raw files and providing several other features.

MetaRaw 1.13 now offers a new "Extract Embedded JPEG" option for opening the JPEG data that is embedded in raw files instead of converting the raw data. It can be found on the Settings dialog for MetaRaw Converter. Neither does MetaRaw ask for a newer version than Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 under Windows XP and Vista anymore. Since Version 1.10 the MetaRaw Converter supports several new camera models, e.g. Blackmagic URSA, Canon EOS 5DS (R), Canon EOS 750D/760D, Nokia N9, Photron BC2-HD, and offers improved color output for 19 cameras.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
MetaRaw Product Page





Which versions of Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements do you use?

390 people voted in the latest poll, which asked for your version of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Here are the results:

1. Photoshop (350 votes)
2. Photoshop Elements (161 votes)

1. Photoshop CS6 (95 votes)
2. Photoshop CC 2014 (86 votes)
3. Photoshop CS5 (48 votes)
4. Photoshop CS4 (23 votes)
    Photoshop CS2 (23 votes)
5. Photoshop CC (22 votes)
    Photoshop 7 (22 votes)
6. Photoshop CS3 (14 votes)
7. Photoshop 1-6 (10 votes)
8. Photoshop CS (7 votes)

1. Photoshop Elements 13 (53 votes)
2. Photoshop Elements 12 (33 votes)
3. Photoshop Elements 11 (26 votes)
4. Photoshop Elements 10 (13 votes)
5. Photoshop Elements 9 (11 votes)
6. Photoshop Elements 1-5 (10 votes)
7. Photoshop Elements 6 (6 votes)
8. Photoshop Elements 7 (5 votes)
9. Photoshop Elements 8 (4 votes)

Two times more people seem to use Photoshop than Photoshop Elements, which was already verified in previous polls. However, 1/3 of all Photoshop users in the poll use Photoshop Elements as well. Photoshop Elements is probably preferred over Photoshop for certain tasks.

Only 30% of the Photoshop voters own Creative Cloud versions of Photoshop. 50% still use Photoshop CS4 to CS6. With 11 people having added comments to the poll complaining about the CC rental model, it is not surprising that more voters use Photoshop CS6 than CC 2014. Some people still prefer Photoshop CC, although Photoshop CC 2014 is a free upgrade. One of the reasons may be that old extensions are not supported by CC 2014 anymore.

1/3 of all Photoshop Elements voters have upgraded to Photoshop Elements 13, but 1/3 of Photoshop Elements voters still use version 11/12 and the remaining third uses even older versions. As a comparison in our recent ElementsXXL customer survey 42% used Photoshop Elements 13, 48% Photoshop Elements 11/12 and only 10% used Photoshop Elements 7 to 10.

For more poll results please visit the
Resources section




What resolution does your main monitor have?

The latest poll asks you about the monitor resolution in pixels that your main monitor has. You can choose between 19 value pairs. As not all available resolutions can be listed, please choose the one that comes closest. Don't know your monitor resolution? See

Please participate in this poll by visiting the
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Here are the latest interesting posts from The Plugin Site Forums:

Starting up Photoshop Elements faster

Harald Heim wrote: "I was always annoyed that Photoshop Elements was busy for several seconds after its main window showed up. Especially Photoshop Elements 10 seemed to take even longer. Now I found out that Photoshop Elements connects to the internet (to during this time. If you make your firewall block it, Photoshop Elements even gets unresponsive for several minutes. According to the Adobe Forums, you can use Notepad to add the line "" to the hosts file at c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts\ to fix this problem. If your security software should block it, you have to deactivate it temporarily. As a result Photoshop Elements can be used immediately at startup, which is a big relief."

Plugin Problems in Photoshop

Win B wrote: "I have CS6, and have both the 64 bit and the 32 bit version installed on a 64 bit Windows 7 Pro computer. ... On my previous 32 bit computer, I had no trouble at all with any third party plugins. However on this new one, the plugins show up in the 32 bit version of PS but many of them cause the program to crash. ... I have the DEP turned off except for essential Windows programs. ... Do you have any suggestions as to what to do now?"

Feel free to post comments or start a discussion topic at
The Plugin Site Forum





Rosenman 64-bit Plugins, Sharplet, Photo Improver, FontForge

Richard Rosenman updated his collection of 35 freeware plugins (for Windows) to 64-bit. They can finally be executed with 64-bit versions of Photoshop, Elements, PSP, Paint.NET and PhotoPlus.
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Redfield Sharplet is a freeware plugin (for Windows) for increasing the image sharpness with only one slider. It claims to produce no halo nor excessive grain, noise or contrast.
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Sergey Sverdlov released a new free plugin called Photo Improver (for Windows). Photo Improver offers many sliders for adjusting brightness, contrast, dynamic range and colors. Unfortunately its UI is only available in Russian language, but some features can be easily understood.
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FontForge (for Win/Mac/Linux) is a tool for creating and editing fonts in the following formats: OpenType, TrueType, AAT, PostScript, Multiple Master, CID-Keyed, SVG plus various bitmap formats.
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For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Resources section




Lightroom 6/CC, Apple Photos

Adobe released Version 6 of Lightroom. In addition to the retail version 6, there is also a Creative Cloud (CC) version, which offers access to mobile apps, e.g. Lightroom Mobile, and online services. Lightroom contains some new features, e.g. HDR Merge, panorama stitching, facial recognition, a masking brush for the graduated and radial filters, and offers faster performance. By the way, the HDR and panorama features were also added to Camera Raw 9 for Photoshop CC.
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Apple's new "Photos" tool (Can anyone think of a more simplistic and misleading name?) was released with the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update. Photos replaces iPhoto as well as Aperture and offers an iOS-8-like UI with one-click photo optimization, basic editing tools and iCloud integration. Photos also imports Aperture and iPhoto libraries. Mac OS X 10.10.3 is a free update in the Mac App Store.
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