Everything You Need to Know About the New Shake Reduction and Dehaze Features in Elements 14

October 09, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the New Shake Reduction and Dehaze Features in Elements 14

As you probably know, the newest version of Photoshop Elements, Version 14 was recently released.

The latest version contains a number of fun new features. But the ones that interest me the most are the new Camera Shake and Dehaze features. Both of these are relatively recent additions to Photoshop CC and I'm surprised that they made their way to Elements so quickly. That is, I'm surprised but happy!

Let's look at how these new features work.

Shake Reduction

Blurriness can be a problem whenever you are shooting with a handheld camera. And that's especially true when you are photographing in low light and need to use a longer shutter speed to get an appropriate exposure.

The Shake Reduction feature can come in handy when you have a photo that's fuzzy due to camera shake. Keep in mind that Shake Reduction can't fix a badly blurred image, but it can improve the look of many photos taken with an unsteady hand.

The Shake Reduction feature has two options. The automatic option is a one touch tool, where Elements analyzes your image and does its thing, identifying the blur and removing it without any input from you.

The manual option takes a little extra time, but gives you more control over the process. With the manual option, you can tweak how the shakiness in your photo is removed.

Auto Shake Reduction

We'll be working on this image. As you can see, it's a little soft due to camera shake:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Open the photo in the Elements Editor and move to the Expert mode.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

There, choose Enhance>Auto Shake Reduction.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

After a second or two of churning, the shake-corrected photo will appear.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Here, I don't really like the results of the Auto Shake Reduction tool. It's too much sharpening. And, in fact, I find that is often the case when working with an image that, like this one, has a lot of texture.

So undo the Auto Shake Reduction (CMD+Z on a Mac/CTRL+Z on a PC) and try it again, but this time using the manual Shake Reduction tool.

Manual Shake Reduction

To use the Manual Shake Reduction tool, while still in the Expert mode, choose Enhance>Shake Reduction.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

The Shake Reduction dialog box will open:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

There are a number of settings and options in this dialog box.

Shake Region

You'll see a dashed area outlined on your photo. This is the Shake Region and it's that area of the photo that is analyzed when the program optimizes the settings for the Shake Reduction. You will want to place this outline over the part or parts of your photo where the blurriness is especially noticeable or over any important area you want to be sure is in focus.

  • You can move the outline around by clicking and dragging on the circular pin in the center and you can change its shape by clicking and dragging on the corner and side wall handles.

    Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features
  • You can also add additional Shake Regions by clicking on the dotted square icon at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features
  • If a particular Shake Region doesn't contain enough area or information for Elements to be able to adequately analyze it, a warning symbol—a triangular icon containing an exclamation point— will appear within the dashed outline.

    Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

    To correct this issue, either move the Shake Region or make it larger until the warning disappears.

  • To remove a Shake Region, select the region by clicking on its pin and then clicking on the delete icon found at the top right corner of the dashed box.

    Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features
  • To disable a Shake Region to keep that area from being considered when the photo is analyzed, click on the center pin. When you do this, the center of the pin will change to a solid color.

    Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Sensitivity Slider

The Sensitivity Slider, found at the bottom of the dialog box, allows you to control the level of Shake reduction. Moving the slider to the right increases the effect; moving the slider to the left decreases it.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Before/After Toggle

This switch allows you to quickly move between the view of your photo before and after the correction.

Getting back to my image, I've played around a bit and have decided to use these settings:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

And my final, shake-corrected image:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

DeHaze

The new Dehaze tool can help reduce fogginess, haze or sun glare in your photos, increasing the saturation of your image and letting the true colors of the scene show through. In fact, the Dehaze tool can help to perk up any image whose colors are washed out and muted.

Like the Shake reduction tool, Dehaze has an automatic option as well as a manual one. We'll look at each of these as we work through an example.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

I like this image a lot. I think that the haziness from the interaction of the morning mist with the early day sun adds a warmth and depth to the photo. That said, I think there's a bit too much of it and the colors look washed out. Let's see what the Dehaze tool can do for us.

Auto Haze Removal

Open the photo in the Elements Editor and move to the Expert mode.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

There, choose Enhance>Auto Haze Removal.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

After a second or two of churning, the haze-corrected photo appears.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Wow, that's a big difference! The haze has mostly been removed and the colors look much more saturated. But I think the photo is now a little too dark. So I'll undo the Auto Haze Removal (CMD+Z on a Mac/CTRL+Z on a PC) and try it using the manual option.

Manual Haze Removal

While in the Expert mode, choose Enhance>Haze Removal.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

The Haze Removal dialog box will open.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

There are a number of settings and options in this dialog box.

Haze Reduction Slider

The Haze Reduction Slider, found at the bottom of the dialog box, allows you to control how much the haze is reduced. Moving the slider to the right increases the amount of reduction and moving it to the left decreases it.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Sensitivity Slider

The Sensitivity Slider controls how much of your image is considered haziness. So by setting the Sensitivity Slider, you are giving Elements a threshold that it will use when deciding what is haze and what isn't in your photo.

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

Before/After Toggle

This switch allows you to quickly move between the view of your photo before and after the correction.

So after fiddling with the two sliders and keeping in mind that the goal is remove the haziness without making the photo overly dark, I've decided to use the following settings:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features

And my final, corrected image:

Photoshop Elements shake reduction, haze removal features



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