Camera Raw: Paths/Pen tool needed for local adjustments

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My idea is to introduce a new tool like a Pen Tool in Photoshop. Behavior of that shape should be the same as today's radial filter in ACR where we can use brush, protect luminosity etc.

For now, only linear and radial gradients are allowed to make local adjustments.Of course brush tool can refine selections. But all of such a kind of selections are only coarse. There i no tool which allows harsh limit local adjustment to specific area. For example if we make real estate photography, especially interiors, we would expect to apply different adjustment for all windows areas. This selection mus be very precise to fit an inner part of frame of the windows - nothing more, nothing less. Currently, such a operations needs to be done under Photoshop making simple process time consuming.
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Marek Szopinski

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David Converse

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Let's NOT divert resources to add editing features to ACR. Its just inviting more bugs and poor performance. OP, there is a reason these are separate programs.
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Marek Szopinski

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But mentioned functionality is already implemented as limited version as graduated and radial filter.. These two filters are a special case of what I suggested. I vote for replacing them by single, much more versatile tool, called as Pen Tool. Technically,  it should be possible to keep circle and rectangle as subset of shapes to keep compatibility with current version of ACR and for user convenience. 
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I agree with OP. Pen tool has been used across Adobe platforms and trust me PS would still have way more to offer even if LR has the same technology. Pen are used in AE and PR but they have pretty different functions. I am a real-estate editor and it would be a lot of help to be able to mask polygons like doors and windows.
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Was about to suggest this after it bugged my mid for a long time now. This pen tool mask would be really helpful for real-estate shots for masking windows or doors that  are basically polygons. Also it would be good if we are able to brush it in and out.