Photoshop CC – Dehaze

The latest update to Camera Raw (ACR) in Adobe Photoshop has seen a welcomed move of the Dehaze feature. As the name suggests, Dehaze is capable of removing haziness from photographs as well as the ability to add a bit of haze for effect.

Haze can really be defined as selective low contrast areas within the midtones of the histogram. It’s possible to perform similar actions to Dehaze through the Curves panel.

Moving the Dehaze feature from the Effect panel to the Basic panel in Camera Raw means that it fits more logically within the ACR workflow. Many photographers would expect to apply Dehaze during the initial stages of correction, and as such, it’s now available from the starting Basic panel.

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The Dehaze option has moved from the Effects panel to the Basic panel

 

Using Dehaze in Adobe Photoshop CC

  1. Open your image
  2. Convert your image into a smart object (Filter > Convert for Smart Filters). This is always considered best practice for working non-destructively.
  3. Open Adobe Camera Raw (Filter > Camera Raw Filter)
  4. From the Basic Panel, drag the Dehaze slider to the right to remove haze.

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A hazy scene can be transformed with the Dehaze feature in ACR

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This time with the Dehaze set to 80, the background detail has higher contrast


The Dehaze slider removes haze by adding contrast to the midtones.

 

Adding Haze using Adobe Camera Raw

  1. Open your image
  2. Convert your image into a smart object (Filter > Convert for Smart Filters).
  3. Open Adobe Camera Raw (Filter > Camera Raw Filter)
  4. From the Basic Panel, drag the Dehaze slider to the left to add the desired amount of haze.

Photoshop Dehaze feature adding haze to a clear scene for dramatic effect

 
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