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New in ElementsXXL 6


NEW: ElementsXXL 6 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.



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NEW: 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.


NEW: ElementsXXL 6 adds all adjustment layers as icons to the Adjustments panel, which is a convenient way to apply adjustment layers.


NEW: The Curves dialog now offers an Adjust feature for editing each curve with the help of six sliders.


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NEW: The Lighting Effects filter lets you add unlimited lights to an image. It is similar Photoshop's Lighing Effects, but offers various additional features like focusing lights, darkening lights and many light pasting options.


NEW: The new Fill Flash filter is a great way to enhance the lighting of an image and also produce a backlight effect.


NEW: HDR Toning allows editing shadows and highlights and helps producing a HDR look.


NEW: The new Highpass Sharpen filter takes sharpening to the next level by providing many features for the ultimate sharpening effect.


NEW: 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.


NEW: The Anti-Alias filter adds an anti-alias effect if only black & white pixels, but produces a water color effect for color images.



NEW: 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 was greatly enhanced in ElementsXXL 6.




Other Features

This image shows which features are added to the Layers panel in Photoshop Elements 8 and higher.




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.



Older versions of ElementsXXL (or the "Deactivate Dialog Skin" option) show the standard Windows look for all dialogs. The skin feature of ElementsXXL imitates the look of Photoshop Elements perfectly.



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.




The Perspective Crop, Perspective Warp and the Warp features of ElementsXXL with Content-Aware and Color Adaptation options



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.



NEW: The Curves filter and adjustment layer offer sophisticated features for editing the brightness, contrast and color of the image. The Curves filter even offers 14 additional channels and an Equalize feature.



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
each text character by converting a text layer into a more flexible shape.


The Stroke Path command of the Path panel can use one of
19 tools for drawing a contour on a path while simulating pressure.



The new Soft Proof feature for simulating the look of a certain device or printer



The Chromatic Aberration Removal filter removed color fringes causes by lenses.



The Convert To Profile dialog for converting between different color profiles.




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.


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