The downside though is that it is only available to Lightroom CC users – meaning you have to subscribe to a version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud plan. The cheapest plan is the $9.99/mo Photoshop Photography Plan that includes full versions of both Photoshop and Lightroom, along with several other connected features.
Lightroom 6 users (meaning you’ve paid a one-time fee for a software license you can use forever) are out of luck. Or, at least they don’t get the magical Dehaze slider.
Fret not perpetual license holders. You don’t have to miss out on the Dehaze magic because Stu Maschwitz (you may have heard his name associated with Red Giant as the Creative Director for the Magic Bullet product line) has put together a set of free Lightroom 6 presets that give you a wide range of Dehaze settings.
How is this possible though if Lightroom 6 doesn’t have a Dehaze slider?
According to Stu,
Lightroom 6.1 (perpetual) has the same camera raw innards as Lightroom 2015.1 (CC), including the ability to process the Dehaze adjustment. So a photo with Dehaze applied will render correctly in 6.1 (even though the parameter isn’t available), and a preset that changes the Dehaze settings will also work.
While Stu is making this set of presets free as a standalone preset pack because he doesn’t “really feel comfortable selling presets purely on the premise of working around an Adobe business decision,” he also included them in his Prolost Graduated Presets version 2.1 if you want to check out some other rad presets from a clearly cool guy.