How to Remove Haze in Affinity Photo: The Complete Guide

Have you ever wanted to find an easy way to remove haze from a photograph? When you take a photo, sometimes there may be some haze or fog that obscures your image. This can be frustrating, especially if you are trying to capture a beautiful scene or lanscape.

You can remove haze in Affinity Photo and restore the clarity of your photos by applying filters and adjustments. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use the Haze Removal filter, how to apply it selectively and how to pair it with the Curves, HSL, or Levels adjustments.

What are haze and fog?

Haze is a lack of transparency in the air. This can be due to dust, smoke, or other airborne particles that absorb and scatter sunlight.

Fog is a cloud of water droplets suspended in the atmosphere. These droplets are a result of precipitation, condensation, or even evaporation.

Both haze and fog can reduce the visibility and contrast of an image make it appear hazy or blurry.

How to remove Haze by using the Haze Removal filter in Affinity Photo

The Haze Removal filter allows you to remove haze from your photos in Affinity Photo.

This filter removes haze by using a dehazing algorithm. This algorithm is based on complex backgrounds. To access this filter, go to the Filters menu from the menu bar.

Remember that like all filters, the Haze Removal filter works destructively. Therefore, remember to always duplicate your image before applying the filter.

Modify the following filter settings in the dialog box:

  • Distance- This slider adjusts the depth of the haze. It’s challenging to explain, but it’s one of the most essential and easy-to-use features. It’s also a simple task that involves moving the slider to the right to reduce hazy content towards the background of an image.
  • Strength- The strength setting will enable you to globally reduce the effect of the haze. More strength means more severe haze removal.
  • Exposure Correction- The exposure correction adjusts the exposure in an image in case of underexposure or overexposure.

When used correctly, the Haze Removal filter can be a powerful tool for removing haze from your photos. However, it is important to note that this filter is not a one-size-fits-all solution. In some cases, you may need to pair it with other adjustments, such as Curves, HSL, or Levels, to achieve the best results.

How to apply the Haze removal filter selectively in Affinity Photo

The Haze Removal filter can be applied selectively by using a mask together with the Paint Brush tool.

Start by opening the image in Affinity Photo.

Next, you need to duplicate the layer. So, right-click on the layer and select duplicate or press Ctrl + J on your keyboard. You can use the duplicate layer to apply Haze removal, so rename that layer using the desired name.

Select the Filter menu from the top bar and choose Haze Removal.

How to Remove Haze in Affinity Photo: Haze removal filter

Now, a dialog box will appear to adjust a few settings of Haze Removal. Adjust the Distance, Speed, and Exposure Correction settings from the dialog box. Click Ok to apply changes and close the dialog box.

The Haze Removal filter is applied to the image globally. Since we need to apply it selectively, we should follow the next steps.

Select the Layer Menu and choose New Empty Mask Layer from the drop-down menu. You will see that the filter will be hidden once the mask layer is created.

In order to paint the filter selectively onto the image, we need to select the Paint Brush Tool. Choose this tool from the Tools Panel while making sure that the hardness is set to 0% from the context toolbar. Adjust the Opacity and Flow as required.

Next, go to the Colour tab and choose the colour White to paint on the image. Paint with the brush over the areas in the image where you want to reveal the Haze Removal Filter.

This is how you selectively apply the Haze Removal Filter in Affinity Photo. By using an Empty Mask Layer, you can easily paint over where you want to apply or remove the Haze Removal Filter.

Remove haze with a Levels Adjustment

For better results, pair the Haze Removal Filter with a Levels Adjustment.

Levels can adjust thet onal ranges, the brightness and contrast in your image by controlling the black points, the white points and the gamma. This can be useful for correcting a hazy image. After applying the Haze Removal Filter, go to the Adjustments panel and select Levels.

To use the Levels adjustment,

  • Select the Levels adjustment.
  • A dialog box is displayed. Adjust the settings in the dialog as per your requirements.
How to Remove Haze in Affinity Photo: Levels adjustment

Click on the ‘X’ to close the dialog box.

You can see that the image looks better after adjusting the levels. The Levels Adjustment is a useful tool in conjunction with the Haze Removal Filter to get better results.

Reducing haze with a Curves Adjustment

Another great way to remove haze from an image is to use a Curves Adjustment together with the Haze Removal Filter.

The Curves Adjustment adjusts the highlights, shadows and midtones of an image. It can make subtle or drastic changes to an image. This is done by adjusting a curve on a graph that represents the tonal range of your image.

To use the Curves adjustment after you have applied the Haze Removal filter,

  • Select Curves adjustment from the Adjustments panel.
  • The graph in the Curves dialog is split into two parts. The input tonal range is displayed on the horizontal axis, and the output tonal range is displayed on the vertical axis.
  • To alter the tonal range, simply click on the graph and drag it up or down. You may also add points to the graph by selecting the Add Point option.
  • Color pickers allow you to choose a specific hue in your photo. This is useful for changing the range of a certain color. Simply click on the color you want to modify and drag it up or down to use the picker.

Click on the ‘X’ to close the dialog box.

Haze removal- HSL Adjustment

The Haze Removal filter can also be paired with an HSL adjustment.

This adjustment allows you to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminosity of your image. This can be useful for correcting an image that has incorrect colour.

To use the HSL adjustment,

  • Select HSL adjustment from Adjustments panel.
  • A dialog box will be displayed. Adjust the HSL levels as per your requirement.
  • Drag the sliders to the right or left to make changes.
  • The colors of the Color Wheel are identified via the four nodes to identify the colors influenced using the channel.
  • These nodes are aligned and connected to each other, as well. Simply put, the Color channels run along the bottom of the wheels.
  • The Color Picker is an option that lets you use a color picker to modify the colors in your image. The picker enables you to choose a specific color from your picture and alter it as needed.
  • The hue shift tool allows altering the color tint of pixels in your photograph.
  • The saturation shift tool is handy to adjust the color intensity in your image.
  • The brightness of the colors in your picture can be modified through Luminosity Shift.
How to Remove Haze in Affinity Photo: HSL adjustment

Click on the ‘X’ to close the dialog box.

Conclusion

Affinity Photo provides a number of ways to remove haze from your pictures. In this blog post, we’ve gone over the Haze Removal filter and how to apply it selectively. Pairing the Haze removal filters with Adjustments such as Curves, Levels, or HSL, a better final result can be achieved.

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