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Don’t Throw Out That Photo!

By Terry White

Have you ever deleted a digital photo from your collection because its subject was obscured by too much haze, fog, or smog? You may regret that decision after you see how the amazing Dehaze feature can clear things up—literally. I’ll show you how to apply it across all or just part of an image, and I’ll let you in on a special trick for multiplying its effect.

Dehaze is built into Adobe Lightroom CC and the Adobe Camera Raw filter in Adobe Photoshop CC. While the technology behind the feature is complex, using it is simple. In Lightroom, Dehaze is at the bottom of the Effects panel in the Develop module. In Photoshop, go to Filter: Camera Raw Filter and click on the Effects panel icon. The Dehaze slider is at the top of the Effects panel. To limit Dehaze to a part of your photo, select that part with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, or Graduated Filter. Then move the slider to the right until you get the results you’re after.

Click on the image above to watch a video with tips and tricks on using Dehaze, including a way to multiply its effect.

To experiment with adding a foggy look to your photos, move the Dehaze slider to the left.

The bottom line? You never know when you’ll be able to salvage “bad” photos with new technology.

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