New in ElementsXXL 8
NEW: The improved Preview Image feature enables up to 400% faster rendering of 20 filters.
NEW: The Noise Reduction dialog removes luminance and color noise with the help of 3 sliders
NEW: The Skin Smoother filter makes skin look smooth and at the same time emphasizes skin details. It offers three smoothing methods and 10 presets for all types of ski
NEW: Blur Gallery for creating and combining sophisticated blur effects. They are set as blur spots directly on the image. Unlike the same feature in Photoshop you also get a preset feature and are able to edit the effect again after clicking OK.
NEW: The Multi-Frequency Sharpen filter sharpens small, medium and large details at the same time. No need for any radius values.
NEW: The Background Blur filter only blurs the background area of a portrait photo.
NEW: The new Channel Mixer dialog offers an icon bar for faster channel switching in Default mode. The 100% button for sets the sum of all visible sliders to 100% to avoid a brightness change. The new Color Circle mode allows creating color effects intuitively. 65 new presets were also added.
NEW: The Curves dialog was redesigned to be smaller, more appealing and functional. It allows faster channel switching with a new icon bar.
NEW: The Curves dialog also offers an Adjust feature for editing each curve with the help of six sliders.
NEW: The Lighting Effects filter lets you add unlimited lights to an image. Unlike Photoshop Lighting Effects it offers various additional features like focusing lights, darkening lights and many light pasting options. New is a Volumetric light type.
NEW: Color Balance offers five new modes with various color circles and color sliders for more intuitive color selection. It was enhanced with 50 new presets and faster switching between Shadows, Midtones and Highlights sliders in Default mode.
NEW: The Color Lookup filter and adjustment layers offer 55 new presets for sophisticated color effects.
NEW: The Highpass Sharpen filter takes sharpening to the next level by providing many features for the ultimate sharpening effect. It now works with 16-bit/channel images.
NEW: The Fill Flash filter is a great way to enhance the lighting of an image and also produce a backlight effect. It now works with 16-bit/channel images.
NEW: The Perspective Crop, Perspective Warp and the Warp features of ElementsXXL with Content-Aware and Color Adaptation options. They work much faster now by using a preview image.
NEW: Most ElementsXXL adjustment layer can be edited directly on the Adjustments panel, which is displayed all of the time. The Channel Mixer can now also be edited here and Curves now offers its four tools on the Adjustments panel. Two new icons, including an icon menu, are also added.
NEW: 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. It renders the preview faster now.
NEW: The Chromatic Aberration Removal filter removes color fringes causes by lenses.
New in ElementsXXL 7
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.
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.
The new Pen Tool Pro feature offers seven new tools for creating and editing paths, shapes and vector masks.
The Split Layer > Frequency feature offers 9 new methods for creating low and high frequency layers, e.g. for portrait retouching.
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.
ElementsXXL offers a Dark Mode option for making all ElementsXXL dialogs black.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HDR Toning allows editing shadows and highlights and helps producing a HDR look.
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
The Stroke Path command of the Path panel can use one of
The new Soft Proof feature for simulating the look of a certain device or printer
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.