Yes, Photoshop Elements Does Have Dehaze! Unfogging Your Photos Easily

Have you ever captured a beautiful landscape photo only to find it obscured by haze or fog? Don't despair! Thankfully, Photoshop Elements offers a built-in "Dehaze" feature that allows you to remove that unwanted mist and reveal the hidden clarity and vibrancy of your scene. Let's explore this handy tool and how to use it effectively.

Understanding Dehaze:

The Dehaze feature analyzes your image and automatically removes haze or fog by:

  • Reducing overall opacity: This increases the visibility of distant objects and improves image clarity.
  • Adjusting contrast: Enhanced contrast brings out more detail and definition within the scene.
  • Fine-tuning color balance: Dehaze can also slightly adjust the color cast caused by haze, resulting in more natural-looking colors.

Accessing Dehaze in Elements:

You can find the Dehaze feature in two ways:

  1. Enhance > Haze Removal: This opens the Dehaze dialog box with basic controls.
  2. Enhance > Remove Haze: This applies an automatic dehaze effect with a single click.

Using the Dehaze Dialog Box:

The Dehaze dialog offers two essential sliders:

  • Haze Reduction: Adjust this slider to control the strength of the dehaze effect. Higher values remove more haze but can also affect image details.
  • Sensitivity: This slider determines how selectively the Dehaze effect targets hazy areas. Lower values affect the entire image, while higher values focus on areas with stronger haze.

Pro Tips for Using Dehaze:

  • Start with the automatic Dehaze: See if it delivers your desired result before diving into manual adjustments.
  • Use it subtly: Overdoing Dehaze can create an unnatural, overly sharpened look.
  • Combine with other adjustments: For fine-tuning, use additional tools like Levels, Curves, or Color Balance after applying Dehaze.
  • Be mindful of halos: Dehaze can sometimes create halos around objects due to edge detection. Use the Refine Edge Tool to refine these areas selectively.
  • Experiment on different images: Not all photos require Dehaze. Learn to identify where it can be beneficial and where it might not be necessary.

Beyond the Basics:

If you're feeling adventurous, try these advanced techniques:

  • Layer masks: Apply Dehaze on a separate layer with a mask. Paint with black on the mask to target specific areas for dehazing.
  • Frequency separation: Separate the image into its high- and low-frequency components. Apply Dehaze only to the high-frequency layer to target details without affecting colors.


Dehaze is a powerful tool, but it's just one element in your creative arsenal. Use it thoughtfully, experiment, and discover how it can enhance your photos without sacrificing naturalness.

So, the next time you encounter a hazy image, don't let it cloud your creativity! Unleash the power of Dehaze in Photoshop Elements and bring your photos to life with newfound clarity and beauty.