Photoshop tutorial: Use Photoshop CC 2015’s new Dehaze and Grain on Blur to retouch a photo

In this Photoshop CC 2015 tutorial, Tigz Rice shows how to master Photoshop’s new Dehaze and Grain on Blur tools.

Intro


With the release of Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe have added some new features into the software that are helping to make retouching that little bit easier for photographers.

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One such feature is Dehaze, a new slider for restoring colour to hazy outdoor images. This is perfect for landscape photographers and those looking to make use of the golden hour – as Tigz Rice demonstrates in this tutorial based on her recent shoot featuring Ruby Deshabille (in the headpiece) and Reducto W (in the bridle).

Read Tigz’s tips for shooting amazing photos in the golden hour (and not ending up scrabbling around in the dark afterwards).

Another is the new Grain feature in the Blur gallery, which gives an authentic noise effect to areas that have been blurred during the transformation, matching that of the original image.

In this Photoshop CC 2015 tutorial, we’ll be looking at where you can find these new features and how to apply them for optimum results.

Time to complete

5-10 minutes

Software needed

Photoshop CC 2015

Step 1

STEP 1

Open your chosen image in Photoshop CC 2015 and convert it to Smart Object by right-clicking on the layer and choosing Convert To Smart Object. This will allow us to edit our image non-destructively.

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Step 2

STEP 2

Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter to bring up the Camera Raw dialog box.

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Step 3

STEP 3

Go ahead and make any adjustments to exposure, tone, clarity and white balance as necessary.

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Step 4

STEP 4

Still in Camera Raw dialog, switch to the Effects tab. Drag the new Dehaze slider to the right to bring back in some of the colour lost by shooting into the sun.

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Once you’re happy, click OK to confirm the changes and go back to the main Photoshop window.


Step 5

STEP 5

Next, let’s add a blur. Go to Filter > Blur Gallery > Iris Blur… to bring up the Blur Gallery dialog box.

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Step 6

Step 7

STEP 7

Click and drag on the outer line of the blur circle to change the parameters of the blur. For this image, I’m going to go wide enough to cover all of the horse, as we want our human model to be the focus of the photo (sorry, Reducto).

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Step 8

STEP 8

Then, click on any of the four white dots within the blur circle to change the mid-point of the blur. The further in towards the centre you go, the more subtle the fade into bluriness is.

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Step 9

Step 10

STEP 10

Photoshop CC 2015 now allows you to add noise detail to match the original noise from the image. Click on the Noise submenu and click on Grain in the dropdown menu.

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Step 11

STEP 11

Experiment with positioning the sliders to bring back in the grain detail to match that of the original image.

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Step 12