Update: Adobe Confirms New Dehaze/Defog Tool Coming in CC 2015
We originally ran the story below in October after a new Dehaze/Defog capability was sneak-peeked at Adobe MAX… It was our favorite of the show! Now, we have some great news: Adobe worldwide evangelist Terry White just confirmed this will actually be a real feature coming soon in the new CC 2015 release of creative tools. Here’s his video demo:
Dehaze will in fact be included in both Lightroom CC 2015 and Photoshop CC 2015 as part of Adobe Camera Raw. All complete Creative Cloud members as well as Photography Plan subscribers will automatically receive this update at no extra cost as soon as the new version is available. Note that Dehaze is not included in Lightroom 6.
And it’s now confirmed! The official release date for CC 2015 is on June 16th.
Read on below for further details about this cool new tool, plus some amazing before-and-after screenshots:
SAN JOSE, Calif.—October 17, 2014—At the big annual MAX conference last week, Adobe revealed 13 sneak peek videos of technologies they are working on but haven’t released yet. Naturally, the company says there are never any guarantees for what may or may not appear in a production release, or when… But nevertheless, major new product features very often appear in these previews before they make the real tools (cases in point: Content-Aware Fill, Perspective Warp, and Image Deblurring).
Here is how Adobe describes the sesson:
“We’ve gone through the company and found the 13 coolest demos of technology that are at work within Adobe. These are things that are on the cutting edge of the technology. They may show up in a product, they may not. The demo may work, it may not. But this is your chance to get closer and really understand where we’re going and what we’re doing.”
The curtain raised on this year’s MAX Sneaks with host Joseph Gordon-Levitt, acclaimed actor, director, screenwriter and film luminary, and Ben Forta, senior director at Adobe, sharing more than a dozen projects crossing the creative spectrum of photography, design, 3D, video, web, online communities and more.
Our Favorite Sneak – Image Dehaze/Defog
There were many impressive previews but one which really stood out was Photoshop Defog/Dehaze. With a single click you can easily remove fog or haze from a photograph, dramatically improving image details and color saturation without using or needing any masking. Check out this hazy before-and-after shot of the Grand Canyon:
Pretty impressive with just the snap of a finger… Here’s the full video demo of the new technology where you can see it in action, plus some more before-and-after photos following below:
In some cases, this kind of correction could be done in Photoshop CC now by accomplished users with work using curves and levels adjustments, but it is not something many people would be able to fix or accomplish easily – and certainly not as quickly as what you see here.
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Photoshop Dehazer/Defogger – More Before-and-Afters
This capability can either add or remove fog in an image – and in this next photo, fog is reduced to give the textures more clarity and pop:
Plus this filter technique can even correct backlit photos – images which look hazy from losing detail due to the angle of the sun:
Lastly, this example shows you can even use the technology to enhance your underwater shots to make them much more vivid and clear:
How to Get This Actually Shipping?
So the next question is how to get this to be an actual shipping feature available in the production Photoshop or Lightroom? The answer lies in social media… Adobe says they are counting all tweets and shares with the hashtag #defog…
So if you want to see this capability becoming a reality on your desktop, just tweet and share this post to indicate your support and cast your vote – the hashtag is there:
Check Out All the Other Amazing Sneaks from Adobe MAX
There were many other mind-blowing new technologies demoed during the MAX Sneaks session – including changing the time of day in an image (Photoshop), a new-paradigm Visual Speech Editor (Premiere/Audition), turbocharging the early stages of the design process with Project Layup (InDesign/Illustrator), modeling and visualizing physical 3D spaces (Photoshop), seamlessly removing “ahs” and “ums” from video speech footage (Premiere/Audition), and several other cool features for Illustrator.
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