Using the Presets
Prolost Dehaze works just like the other Prolost Graduated Presets. Just hover your mouse over the list of presets, and click when you see what you like. The best way to get familiar with this workflow is to watch the demo video:
Using Gradient and Radial Dehaze
In Lightroom 2015.2, Adobe added Dehaze to the local corrections panel. If you’re running Lightroom 6, but are not a Creative Cloud subscriber, your version of this update (called Lightroom 6.2) does not have the controls for global or local Dehaze exposed.
However, the processing engine included in 6.2 is the same as that in 2015.2. The Prolost Radial and Gradient Dehaze presets give you access to local Dehaze — but the workflow is a bit limited.
Here are some tips for non-Creative Cloud users working with the local Dehaze presets:
Apply, Move, Feather — But No Adjusting
When you apply one of the Gradient or Radial Dehaze presets, you’re creating a new Local Correction containing the specified amount of Dehaze. Initially the correction is centered in the photo. You can then move that Graduated Filter or Radial Filter around if you like. You can adjust the Feather of the filter, and brush in more or less of the effect with the Brush tools. You can even add other Local Corrections, such as Exposure or Clarity.
But you cannot adjust the amount of Dehaze in the Graduated Filter or Radial Filter, because you don’t have access to that slider in the Local Corrections pane.
Every time you apply one of the Gradient Dehaze presets, you replace all the existing Graduated Filters on the photo. Same with the Radial Dehaze presets — applying one will replace any Radial Filters previously added. So you can’t use the presets to adjust the amount of local Dehaze you’re already using, or to add Dehaze to an existing Local Correction.
Don’t Apply Radial or Gradient Dehaze to Photos that Already Have Local Corrections
Because they will obliterate them. Mercilessly.
Specifically, the Gradient Dehaze presets will clobber any existing Graduated Filter adjustments, and the Radial Dehaze presets will blow away any existing Radial Filters.
So Dehaze First
Here’s the workflow I recommend:
- Make some basic adjustments to get your shot looking more or less correct. Exposure, Color Tempurature, etc.
- Apply one of the Gradient or Radial Dehaze presets.
- Open the Graduated Filter or Radial Filter controls and move and shape your filter to taste.
- If you’re happy with the Dehazing, proceed with the rest of your editing on the photo.
- If not, go back to step 2, using a different Dehaze amount.
I wish it could be better, but that's the best I can do in a preset!