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Free Preset Pack To Bring Dehaze To Your Non-CC Lightroom

By Kishore Sawh on June 25th 2015


As if you hadn’t heard, Adobe released a major update to its suite of Creative Cloud apps, and Lightroom was blessed with a slider that seems to be all the rage at the moment. The Dehaze slider has been proven to be a powerful tool, raising questions as to the algorithms used to achieve the effect in a way that differentiates it from the Contrast slider.

And it is different, though how necessary this tool is and how often photographers will find themselves in want or need of it is questionable. In fact, there’s something to be said for the fact that it may only be in such demand because it isn’t available to everyone, so naturally, everyone wants it. If you aren’t an Adobe CC subscriber, you aren’t yet privy to this feature, but photographer Stu Maschwitz, the founder of Prolost, has developed a set of Dehaze Presets For Lightroom to sort of level the playing field – and the preset pack is free.

The only caveat is that you need to be running Lightroom 6.1, as it has the capability to execute the dehaze, but doesn’t have the slider built in. According to Maschwitz,

Lightroom 6.1 (perpetual) has the same camera raw innards as Lightroom 2015.1 (CC), including the ability to process the Dehaze adjustment. So a photo with Dehaze applied will render correctly in 6.1 (even though the parameter isn’t available), and a preset that changes the Dehaze settings will also work…

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Also worth nothing, he also says that “Dehaze seems to work by algorithmically separating surface details from shapes and then estimating depth based on coloration consistent with atmospheric haze. It’s a neat trick, but be careful with it — the results are interesting, but not magic…” This is important because it really isn’t magic, and you can achieve a similar effect with the added benefit of local adjustment control of a brush by creating your own brush and upping Contrast, Clarity, Saturation and Sharpening – nice to add to the presets.

[REWIND: Adobe CC 2015 Sees Enormous Update That Brings Enormous Smiles – Except for Stand-Alone Lightroom Users]

You can find out more about Maschwitz here on Prolost, and find the download link to the presets here.

If you are in the habit of fine tuning your images with Lightroom, and you know how beneficial a good set of presets are, and that custom brushes are just some of the best tools a Lightroom user has at his/her disposal, you would do yourself a disservice not to check out our Preset System. It’s a comprehensive system unlike any other for workflow and comes with a long list of custom brushes.

Source: Prolost, images are screen captures from Prolost

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Guy Ivie

    Apparently NOT free. When I click the “I want this” button with an amount of $0, nothing happens. If I change that to $1, the button works and the site asks for payment.

    Oh, and the Prolost site says the preset is for Lightroom 6.2, not 6.1.

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  2. Justin Eid


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  3. Joao Coelho

    Unbelievable that Adobe adds the Dehaze functionality in LR 6.1, same as in CC 2015 but then doesn’t add the slider to use it!!

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    • Perry Bailey

      I’ve never seen the Dehaze function in LR 6.1. I have LR 6.12 and I have never ran across it. Would you share how to navigate to it?

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  4. Tom Johnson

    Good stuff, thank you.

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  5. Jesper Ek


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  6. Aidan Morgan

    I use Prolost presets for Lightroom and Maschwitz’ system is pretty clever. Many of the Develop module adjustments are embedded in the preset sidebar so you can see global adjustments in the preview window immediately. Sometimes it saves a lot of time, especially if your hardware struggles to keep up with Lightroom.

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  7. Graham Curran

    A nice work around for non-CC Lightroom users

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