Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying the Haze Removal filter, part of Advanced Affinity Photo for Desktop.
- [Instructor] Here's a photograph I took on a misty day. And you can see how that mist has made those distant trees almost invisible. We can use Affinity Photo's powerful haze removal filter to bring back a lot of the detail of that location. Let's start by duplicating this layer so that we can compare the before and after. I will go to Filter, and choose Haze Removal. It takes a moment to analyze the scene, and then you'll see it applies automatic haze removal to it.
The Distance slider determines how far into the distance the haze is removed. If we move it to the left, you can see the scene getting hazier off to the distance until we get back to our original image. The more we drag it to the right, the more those distant trees come into view. And we want to choose a point where they're just visible. If you drag it all the way to the right, it makes little difference, and roundabout there works well.
The Strength slider determines the strength of the haze removal. A lower value brings it back to its original appearance, and as you drag it, it strengthens it up. If you go too far, well it just makes the whole scene too muddy. So let's choose a position where we get the trees in the distance good and strong, but it doesn't make this sky too noisy. We could adjust the Exposure Correction to make the whole scene brighter, but if we do this, while it brightens up the foreground, there's also a tendency to blow out the background.
So let's leave the exposure correction as it is. At any point you can click these buttons to compare the before and after. The middle one gives you a split view, and you can drag the split left and right, so that you can see the effect on the image. This button shows you a mirrored view so you can see the same part of the image both with and without the correction. Once you are happy with the effect click Apply.
Next, we'll go on to see how we can use the curves adjustment to brighten up those midtones.
- Applying the Haze Removal filter
- Using a rough displacement map
- Creating a graffiti effect
- Using edge detection for sharpening and softening
- Using the Equations filter
- Removing fine wrinkles and blemishes
- Using blend options
- Perspective distortion
- Converting images to black and white