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How to adjust Dehaze, Saturation and Vibrance in 3 easy steps in Lightroom!

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Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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Portrait editing: Adjust dehaze, saturation and vibrance in Lightroom


Do your portraits look dull and not very vibrant? You can easily enhance your portraits by using the amazing tools available in Lightroom. Follow the steps below to adjust dehaze, saturation and vibrance.

Here's how the unedited portrait looks:

Before Dehaze Saturation and Vibrance.jpg



❶ Dehaze: what it is and how to adjust it 

Sometimes haze or fog can appear in images, hiding details from certain areas and ruining a perfect portrait. The Dehaze slider allows users to control the amount of haze in their images. It allows you to reduce or increase the haze by moving the slider to the left or right.

  • The Dehaze slider is located under Effects.
  • Click & drag the Dehaze slider to increase or decrease the haze effect.





Saturation and vibrance: what they are and how to adjust them 
 is the intensity of color in an image. Higher saturation can make a portrait look more vivid, and lower levels of saturation can make it look gray and less vivid.

Vibrance is the amount of color in muted or dull areas of a portrait. The more muted a color is, the larger the increase in saturation will be. It’s a good idea to use the vibrance slider if you’re working with portraits because it prevents skin tones from becoming oversaturated, resulting in more natural skin tones.

  • The Saturation slider allows users to control the color intensity in an image. You can move the slider to the left or right to reduce or increase the amount of color saturation
  • The Saturation slider is located under Color.
  • Click & drag the Saturation slider to change the intensity of color.





  • The Vibrance slider adjusts the saturation of colors, but not uniformly for each color.
  • The Vibrance slider is located under Color.
  • Click & drag the Vibrance slider to adjust the amount of color tones in an image.




Some subtle changes can make a lot of difference. Feel free to try your hand at Dehaze, Saturation, and Vibrance. You can download the sample image from here or try using these tools on your portraits.


Here's how the final portrait looks:


After Dehaze, saturation and Vibrance.jpg


Related Links:
Reduce haze in a photo
Adjust clarity, vibrance, and saturation
Apply local adjustments
Work with image tone and color
Develop module options
Develop module basics
Retouch portraits


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