Photoshop Dehaze capability added to Lightroom
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Published on May 28, 2015
Recent news around digital photography has focused on Adobe discontinuing Photoshop Touch for Android and iOS, along with Google’s soon to be available Photos app that brings new digital imaging capabilities to Android. Adobe is looking to take the focus away from what they’ll be discontinuing, and today has made a preview available for a new haze adjustment capability that will first be found in Photoshop Lightroom. This is the version of Photoshop that is focused on the needs of high-volume photographers, such as professional running studios and or enthusiasts that take thousands of pictures and need to corrent and adjust large batches of them.
The haze adjustment feature is known formally as dehaze, although it can also be used to add haze to images. For photos that are taken during morning hours or at locations with high humidity, the dehaze feature removes the haze that covers an entire image, and restores color saturation to objects that may otherwise appear muted in color.
This new Photoshop Lightroom capability is also able to add haze into an image, actually increasing the haze. This can be used to create effects or ambience.
While this capability isn’t yet in the current version of Lightroom, expect to see it in the near future. Similar capabilities will likely also make their way into Photoshop CC in some future release, as a filter or effect. While the obvious use for this will be in landscape or wedding photography, there will also be applications for removing haze in forensic Photoshop work as well. When these new capabilities are released in the next versions of Photoshop, they will be included as part of the training available in the appropriate Photoshop courses, which includes classes on Photoshop CC, as well as earlier versions, and also for Photoshop Lightroom.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.