In my last post I said it would be possible for standalone Lightroom 6 users to gain access to the new dehaze Lightroom CC feature if the Adobe engineers weren’t very clever about things. They did not disappoint, and it IS possible to gain access to the dehaze feature if you are a mere mortal LR6 user!
Now there are several ways to get access to this feature. One I’m not going to going to go into because it is definitely illegal. The second and third ways are probably illegal so I’m not going to go into them either, although amusingly it’s because of poor coding on Adobe’s part that makes them possible. And just for the record, no I’m not pirating the software and I do have a valid LR6 licence. In fact I’ve bought every LR upgrade from LR3 onwards.
Anyway, here is a more legitimate way of accessing the dehaze feature: Quite simply it’s in the form of presets. Yup, the dehaze presets work, even though you don’t have a dehaze slider. Well that’s just silly isn’t it? But convenient nonetheless.
I’ve created 21 presets with the dehaze value from -100 to +100 and the can be downloaded from here: Dehaze Presets.zip and here’s how to install them:
1. Download and unzip the dehaze.zip file and select and copy the extracted Dehaze folder.
2. Open Lightroom
3. If on a Mac, in the top menu bar choose Lightroom>Preferences, if on a PC choose Edit>Preferences.
4. There will be a new window that appears. Select the Presets tab.
5. Click on the button labeled “Show Lightroom Presets Folder.”
6. In this new window open the ‘Lightroom’ folder, and then open the ‘Develop Presets’ folder. Copy and Paste the Dehaze folder into this location.
7. Restart Lightroom, the presets can be found in the Presets section on the left in the Develop module. When you want to apply a preset, just click it and watch the dehaze magic happen!