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NEW: Version 8.02 for Windows with various bug fixes


ElementsXXL adds up to 1500 powerful features to Photoshop Elements for Windows that were previously only available in Photoshop. These features are included as 500 presets, 330 new menu items, 90 dialogs, 40 icons, 30 key shortcuts, 8 panels and 3 drop-down buttons, so they seamlessly integrate into the user interface of Photoshop Elements. Additionally all ElementsXXL dialogs and controls use a skin that makes them looks like a part 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 8 for Windows


  • Up to 1500 new features for Photoshop Elements for Windows

  • UI Improvements
    • NEW: ElementsXXL adds 3 drop-down buttons, 8 panels, 40 icons, 28 key shortcuts,90+ dialogs, 330+ menu items
    • Photoshop Elements skin for all ElementsXXL dialogs including slider styles and Dark Mode
    • 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
    • NEW: Double clicking the labels resets the values of sliders and blend mode combo boxes on the 35 dialogs and panels
    • NEW: You can use zoom key shortcuts (Ctrl + 0 / 1 / + / -) with many filter dialogs
  • Actions, Scripts, Filters & Adjustment Layers:
    • Open and run Photoshop actions and scripts
    • NEW: Up to 12 new filters: Range Adjust, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Color Lookup, Sharpen, Sharpen More, Sharpen Edges
    • Up to 10 new adjustment layers: Range Adjust, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Color Balance, Channel Mixer, Black & White, Selective Color, Color Lookup and Color Replace.
    • NEW: Edit adjustment layer directly from the Adjustments panel
    • NEW: Up to 400% faster rendering of 18 filters with the Preview Image feature
    • NEW: Hundreds of filter presets for various filters and adjustment layers
    • Auto Saturation feature that analyzes the image and reduces or increases the saturation accordingly
    • NEW: Lighting Effects filter for adding virtual lights and volumetric light
    • Micro Contrast filter for bringing out the texture in smaller or larger details
    • NEW: Clarity filter as in Camera Raw, but with additional Shadow and Highlight control
    • Auto Lens Correction feature
    • NEW: Curves filter with 17 adjustable curves, 11-zone grid, Equalize & Adjust features, 150 presets and three dialog variations
    • NEW: Enhanced Color Balance filter and adjustment layer with many new color controls and presets
    • NEW: Enhanced Channel Mixer filter and adjustment layer with new color controls and presets
    • Sharpen individual color channels or layer masks with the Unsharp Mask and Adjust Sharpness filters
    • Shadows/Highlights filter dialog with seven new options
    • HDR Toning filter fpr HDR-like effects and shadows/highlights control
    • Fill Flash filter for simulating the effect of softly lighting a daylight scene as well as adding backlight effect
    • Highpass Sharpen filter for sophisticated sharpening without the risk of oversharpening
    • NEW: Multi-Frequency Sharpen filter for sharpening small and big details at the same time
    • NEW: Noise Reduction filter for effective noise reduction
    • Reduce Noise filter for removing noise caused by sharpening
    • NEW: Skin Smoother filter for making skin areas look more smooth with various methods
    • NEW: Blur Gallery features for sophisticated and highly customizable blur effects (Photoshop Elements 14 and higher only)
    • NEW: Background Blurfilter for softening the background of portrait photos (Photoshop Elements 2020 and higher recommended)
    • NEW: Warp, Perspective Warp and Perspective Crop features which work much faster
    • NEW: Chromatic Aberration Removal
    • Match Color filter
    • Anti-Alias filter and water color effect


  • Layer Features, Smart Objects & Smart Filtering:
    • Open images as smart objects, create smart objects and enable smart filtering
    • Support for up to 112 native smart filters and 300 third-party smart filters
    • 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
    • NEW: Convert a smart object into a layer or layer group while removing the smart object
    • 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
    • Stamp functions for creating a duplicated copy of layers or groups
    • Merge Group command for merging layer groups
    • Hide/show multiple layers
    • Many new layer features: Rasterize, Matting, Lock, Combine Shapes etc.
    • Split a layer into low and high frequency layers with the hep of 8 diffetent filters for effective portrait retouching
    • Split a layer into special RGB, CMY, CMYK, HSL, Lab, and YCbCr layers for sophisticated editing possibilities
    • Blend Pro dialog with 36 new blend modes, opacity values beyond 100% and masking features
    • Up to 23 additional menu items on the Layer panel context menu for quick access
  • Enhanced 16-bit Image Processing:
    • Process 16-bit images with the help of smart objects, smart filters, adjustment layers and other layers
    • NEW: 12 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
    • Auto Saturation feature that analyzes the image and reduces or increases the saturation accordingly
    • Paste a 16-bit image from the clipboard into a new 16-bit document


  • General Editing:
    • 15 new tools: Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Path Selection, 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)
    • Pen Pro feature with 7 new pen tools for creating and editing paths and shapes
    • 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
    • Resizable HistogramsXXL panel with 16 histogram in 7 different styles
    • Resizable Scopes panel with 23 3D-histograms in 2 styles
    • 35 icons for applying adjustment layers added to the Adjustements panel
    • Image Size dialog like in Photoshop with "Automatic" and "Preserve Details" options
    • Fit image dialog for resizing an image with a maximum size in mind
    • Content-Aware option (including Color Adaptation option) for 9 different tools and dialogs
    • Content-Aware Fill dialog for improved content-aware results
    • Fade and Trim commands like in Photoshop
    • Fade Pro dialog with 36 new blend modes, opacity values beyond 100% and masking features
    • Apply Image and Calculation commands like in Photoshop
    • Replace Background assistent for creating great compositions in eight steps and masking fine hair
    • 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.
    • Crop tool presets
    • Hide cropped pixels and reveal them again later
    • 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.
    • Conveniently copy and paste one or more layers (even between documents) with the Copy and Paste menu items or their key shortcuts.
    • Copy/Paste Special sub menus with 9 new commands including a Paste As Smart Object command
    • 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 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
    • Nearest Neighbor and Bicubic Smoother/Sharper interpolation for various commands
    • Option to always open JPEG and TIFF files in Camera Raw
    • 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: Create selections from skin areas
    • NEW: Remove shadows, midtone, highlight and skin areas from an existing selection
    • NEW: Convert a selection into various shapes or add a soft edge to it.
    • NEW: Turn a selection into a row or column selection.
    • New Guide Layout dialog for creating guides according to certain row, column and margin values
    • New Guides from Shape command for creating guides around selections, layer masks, shapes, type layers or transparent layers.
  • Text Features:
    • Font Preview Size options
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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