How to install a Lightroom plug-in

If you have not installed a plug-in in Lightroom, here are some notes to help. These notes are for Windows.

First you need somewhere to store the plug-in. Create a folder under Documents named LRPlugins (or something similar).

Next unzip the plug-in so the LRHaze.lrplugin folder is created in LRPlugins, and the files Info.lua and LRHaze.lua are in the LRHaze.lrplugin folder. The location can be changed but you must have a folder named LRHaze.lrplugin containing the two .lua files.

Now open Lightroom, click on the File menu and select Plug-in Manager… – the “Lightroom Plug-in Manager” window should open. Click the Add button at the lower left and navigate to the LRPlugins folder, select the LRHaze.lrplugin folder and click the Select Folder button.

The plug-in should be installed and added to the list of installed plug-ins on the left of the Plug-in Manager window. The main part of the Plug-in Manager window shows details of the selected plug-in and should show “Status: This plug-in is enabled.”

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    • That would be nice, but I don’t think that there is any way for a plug-in to add to the panel of controls. If anyone knows how to do this please share the knowledge…

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      • Zo Ee Tang,
        LR 6.0.1 did not contain the dehaze function, so the plugin can not work on that version. I would suggest that you install the free upgrade to LR 6.6 for all the bug fixes and to get dehaze.
        Gary.

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  1. Plugin Manager tells me that it is installed but not working–“Status: This plug-in is malfunctioning and can not be used.” I just installed LR6 and the 6.3 update. I’m running a Mac OS 10.11.1. Any idea why it won’t work?

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  2. I followed instruction and installed the plugin. It is shown enabled, but I do not see plug in slide bar under Develop panel. Any idea why? I have Windows 10 and Lr 6.3.

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  3. I have followed all the steps and it won’t let me open it. The message says that DeHaze cannot function because it was not introducwed until version 6.1. Any thoughts.

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  4. I’m trying to install on a MacBook, and have downloaded the plugin and moved it to a Documents folder. When I click on it it launches Lightroom rather than unzipping the file, what am I doing wrong? Thanks for the help,
    BOB

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  5. I’m trying to install on a MacBook, have downloaded the plugin & moved it to a Documents folder. When clicked it launches Lightroom rather than unzipping the file! What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help!

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    • Frank,
      Sorry, not being a mac user myself I can’t advise. If it was Windows I would say to right-click on the zip file and “Extract All”. Maybe Someone with a Mac can help?
      Gary.

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  6. Help! I just found this page, but clicking the download link gets me to a notice that the Copy Service is no longer available as of 1st May 2016! Any chance of an alternate download location?

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  7. I was using this for a while and love it, however when I try to open it now it doesn’t appear but it doesn’t let me do anything else in Lightroom and the only way I can close Lightroom down is with the task manager. I’ve removed it and tried to add it again, but it does the same thing. I’ve also downloaded the newest version and the same thing happens. How can I get this to work again?

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  8. It may be I’m not using it properly, but in LRCC the dehaze slider is available in the various radial, gradient, or brush filters. If I’m using it correctly is it possible to create a plugin that would give us dehaze control in those filters?

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  9. Gary,

    I have absolutely no clue on what is involved in writing a functioning plugin, but I’m wondering if the dehaze presets that Prolost has created and is giving away would provide you with any information on what you might need to use to create plugins to works with LR’s filters? Here’s the link if you aren’t already aware of them: https://www.proloststore.com/products/dehaze

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    • Steve,
      Thanks. I do know about the Prolost presets. They work in quite different way to my plugin.
      When Lightroom CC added dehaze on gradients I tried to see if I could make a plugin work but I was unable to at the time. Maybe I will have look at it again, but I do not have much hope of it working.
      Gary.

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      • Steve,
        A quick update: I have rechecked all the simple things I know for trying to make dehaze work in gradients and brushes, but none worked in Lightroom 6.8. I still have a few things to try, so do not give up just yet …
        Gary.

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  10. Gary,

    I’ll keep an eye on your site in hopes of you succeeding. I’ve been playing with your Plugin and it works fine for overall dehazing. I’d post an example of a Raw file I played with it on if that was possible (hazy sky and mountains, made the mountains and the sky look like it was crystal clear day).

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  11. Fantastic PlugIn.
    I stumbled upon PhotoShop Lite for the iPad whilst on holiday and loved the DeHaze function it had.
    So I was looking for a similar DeHaze function for my PC version of LightRoom when I got home.
    Your PlugIn is a perfect solution for me.
    Many thanks.
    Please keep up the great work.
    Confirmed working in LR 6.9.

    Steve B

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    • Emma,
      After the plugin is installed using Plugin Manager, you go to the Develop module, select the photo to modify and click the Help menu, select “Plug-in Extras” and click “Dehaze Control” or “Graduated and radial filters” under LRHazeFilters. If you do not see LRHazeFilters from the “Plug-in Extras” menu the install did not work.
      It would have been nice if there was a better way to run it, but Lightroom does not give may options.
      Gary

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  12. Gary,

    I just discovered your plugin and wanted to send a BIG thank you!! Do you have a place to sign up for information on updates as they become available? Also, I tried to find out how to create a keyboard shortcut to access the pop-up, but no luck. Is there a way to do this? Thanks again!

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    • Ron,

      Sorry for the delay in responding – I have been away from home (taking photos) but with limited internet access.

      I have added a “Follow” button on the right of the page to let you easily sign up to receive emails when the blog changes.
      On shortcuts: I do not know of a simple way to do it in Windows, but if you have a Mac Wojtek commented “In system preferences add app specific shortcut. Just remember to add 3 spaces before Dehaze Control. LR uses them to indent menu items.”

      Gary.

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