To remove Haze in Photoshop Elements, you need PSE 14 (or presumably, a later version), or you need to know how to remove it “the old-fashioned” way.

Elements 14 added a simple interface for removing haze.

Remove Haze in Photoshop Elements

The difference is impressive, right? I’ll show you how to use the new tool to Remove Haze in Photoshop Elements. And after that, I’ll show you a couple of options in case you don’t have a more recent version of PSE.

First off, you should know that haze removal is performed on a pixel layer. That means that you should duplicate your Background layer before applying the edit. Working on this duplicate layer will ensure that you are editing non-destructively. In other words, you can always easily delete the layer to revert to your original photo.

Here’s how to remove haze in Photoshop Elements:

  • Flatten your image.
  • Type command (Mac) or control (PC) J to duplicate the Background layer.
  • Go to the Enhance menu and select Haze Removal. Remove Haze in Photoshop Elements
  • The following window will open:haze dialog
  • The Haze Reduction slider controls the strength of the haze removal. This gives you the option to remove some or all of the haze.
  • The Sensitivity slider controls how sensitive PSE is when looking for haze. The  more the slider is moved to the right, the more haze Elements will find.
  • You can use the Before and After switch to toggle the edit off and on for comparison.
  • Click the OK button when you’ve finished your edit. If you find that the edit is too strong, you can adjust the opacity of your layer. Or, you can add a layer mask in order to remove the edit from specific areas of your photo.
  • After you remove haze in Photoshop Elements using this feature, you might need to adjust contrast in your image, and/or brighten exposure in addition to the edits you would normally make to the photo. Here is my final edit:haze final

Remove Haze in Photoshop Elements for PSE 13 and Prior

If you use an earlier version of PSE, follow these steps for a similar haze reduction:

  • Flatten your image.
  • Type command (Mac) or control (PC) J to duplicate the Background layer.
  • Go to the Enhance Menu and select Unsharp Mask.
  • Try any of the following amounts:
    • Amount 20, Radius, 60, Threshold 1
    • Amount 30, Radius 60, Threshold 0,
    • Amount 20, Radius 25, Threshold 0,
    • Or anything else that works for you. The key is that your Amount should be smaller than your Radius.

Atmospheric haze is impossible to avoid on camera. So, tuck this tutorial away for the next time you get a photo that needs some clearing up!