Compatibility

 

ElementsXXL works under Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32-bit & 64-bit).


It requires the following application to be installed:

Older versions of ElementsXXL are available for Photoshop Elements 1-10. You can download trial versions of them and you will also receive them after ordering ElementsXXL.

All menu items and most dialogs of ElementsXXL are localized to the language of Photoshop Elements. Some options of the ElementsXXL Preferences dialog and some messages are displayed in English or German only.

 

Feature/Version Table

Several features are missing in Photoshop Elements 11 and 12 and a few features are not available in Photoshop Elements 13 to 2020. The differences are described in the FAQ.

Here is an overview of which features of ElementsXXL are available in which version of Photoshop Elements:

 
Photoshop Elements Version
Feature
11
12
 
13
14
 
15
2018
2019
2020
   
Run Photoshop actions (4)
 
 
Run Photoshop scripts (2)
   
NEW: Black & White filter (7)
 
 
Exposure filter (2)
Vibrance filter (2)
Curves filter
NEW: New Curves features (47/48) *1
NEW: Range Adjust (23)
Channel Mixer filter
NEW: Color Balance filter (18)
Selective Color filter (2)
Color Lookup filter (4/2)
Save Lookup files (7)
Reduce Noise
HDR Toning (11)
Fill Flash (6)
Micro Contrast (4)
Clarity (3)
Highpass Sharpen (8)
Sharpen filters (3)
NEW: Color Match filter (8)
Auto Lens Correction (19)
Chromatic Aberration Removal filter
Warp filter (8)
Perspective Warp filter (6)
Lighting Effects (40)
New Shadows / Highlights Options (8)
16-bit/channel support for Remove Color Cast, Adjust Color for Skin Tone, Auto Smartfix, Adjust Smartfix & Convert to Black & White (5)
Auto Options (4)
Auto Saturation
NEW: Fade / Fade Pro (23)
Anti-Alias (6)
Sharpening layer masks & color channels (2)
Preview Image feature for various filters
   
NEW: Edit adjustment layers on the Adjustments panel (41)
 
 
Black & White adjust. layer (2)
Exposure adjustment layer
Vibrance adjustment layer
Curves adjustment layer (14)
Channel Mixer adjust. layer
Color Balance adjust. layer
Selective Color adjust. layer
Color Lookup adjustment layer

Replace Color adjustment layer (5)

Range Adjust adjustment layer

NEW: Adjustments panel icons (35)

   
Text on Path Tool
 
 
Pen and related tools (6/15) *2
NEW: Pen Pro Tool (15)
Puppet Warp
Mixer Brush Tool
Ruler Tool
Perspective Crop (6)
History Brush (3)
Slice Tools & Features (14/12) *3
Trim
Fit Image (5/8) *4
Content-Aware options (9)
Color Adaptation options (9)
NEW: Content-Aware Fill (9)
Crop Tool Preset feature (6)
Flow slider
Hide Cropped Pixels
   
Smart Filter panel (8)
 
 
Channels panel (14)
Channels sub menu (8)
Properties Panel (14)
NEW: Paths panel (21)
Brush panel (80)
NEW: HistogramsXXL panel (19)
NEW: Scopes panel (26)
Find Layers (6)
   
Photoshop Elements skin
 
 
Startup progress dialog
New Icons & Buttons
8
8
8
8
7
7
7
7
New Key Shortcuts
27
27
29
29
30
30
30
30
Key Accelerators (2)
Layer panel context menu items
19
19
24
24
24
24
24
24
? buttons and Help menu items
50
50
49
49
48
48
48
48
Full Screen Mode
   
Smart objects (13)
 
 
Linked Smart Objects (4/7) *5
Smart filtering (13)
Filters on Layer Masks of Smart Objects (6)
Native Smart Filters *6
100
100
100
100
112
112
112
112
Supported 3rd Party Smart Filters
304
304
304
304
304
304
304
304
   
Auto-Align/Auto-Blend Layers (2)
 
 
NEW: Blend Pro (22)
Layer mask options (3)
Vector masks (16)
Combine Shapes (4)
Rasterize (10/11) *7
Fill Opacity
Layer Groups (4)
Merge Group
Hide/Show Layers
Align Layers (6)
Distribute Layers (6)
Lock Layers (4)
Link Layers (2)
Delete Hidden / Empty Layers (2)
Stamp Down / Stamp Group / Stamp Layers (3)
Stamp Visible
Matting (3/4)
Delete Hidden Pixels
Select Similar Layers
NEW: Split Layer (18/20)
   
Convert to 16-bit/channel (3)
 
 
16-bit Rendering (25)

Additional tools in 16-bit mode (Tool Mode)

29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
Photoshop-like Image Size (13)
16-bit transformation, rotation & scale (12)
   
Color Range (14/24) *8
 
 
Focus Area (6) *9
Apply Image (4)
Calculations (15)
Replace Background (32)
Quick Mask Mode (2)
Fill Layer/Selection (3/4) *10
Selection from masks, shape, opacity, channels (10)
Shadows, midtones and highlight selections (9)
New Guide Layout (14)

New Guides from Shape (3)

   
New text anti-aliasing types (3/5) *11
 
 
Font Preview Size (6)
Text Tracking
Paragraph Text
Spell check text layer
Find and Replace text
Convert text to shape
Work path from text
   
Soft Proof (14)
 
 
Color Settings (11)
Assign Profile / Convert to profile (6)
Custom Pixel Aspect Ratio
   
Browse in Organizer
 
 
Open sub menu (3)
Quick Export (11)
Export PDF (18)
NEW: Copy Special / Paste Special (9)
Copy and Paste multiple layers (2)
Copy to document (10)
Save Recovery Information
NEW: Preference Options (34)
History Options (3) *12
     
Total Feature Number  
1197
1193
 
1279
1299
 
1292
1292
1292
1292


= works on images with 8-bit and 16-bit/channel (if applicable)
= works only on images with 8-bit/channel
= already built into Photoshop Elements
= not available


*1 = Photoshop Elements 15-2020: Photoshop button on the Curves filter dialog which displays the Photoshop version of Curves.
*2 = Photoshop Elements 13/14: Besides ElementsXXL's Pen Pro Tool feature you can also use the hidden pen tools of Photoshop Elements
*3 = Photoshop Elements 15-2020: The two slice tools are not available
*4 = Photoshop Elements 13-2020: Fit Image and Image Size offer "Automatic" and "Preserve Details" interpolation options
*5 = Photoshop Elements 13: Linked smart objects are only usable with some limits
*6 = Photoshop Elements 15-2020: 12 new smart filters from the Enhance/Adjustments menu
*7 = Photoshop Elements 11-12: Rasterizing styles does not work in these versions of Photoshop Elements
*8 = Photoshop Elements 11-12: Not all features of Color Range are available.
*9 = For 16-bit images the view mode and output are limited to the selection option
*10 = Photoshop Elements 13-2020: Color Adaptation feature available
*11 = Photoshop Elements 13-2020: "Windows LCD" and "Windows" anti-alias options
*12 = Photoshop Elements 12-2020: The "Log History to Metadata" features does not work

 

Supported 3rd Party Smart Filters

In addition to the native Photoshop Elements filters ElementsXXL also supports 305 plugins from 30 plugin companies as smart filters:

If you want ElementsXXL to support other plugins as smart filters, please let us know.