Lightroom/Camera Raw: Bokeh blur effect/slider

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BOKEH slider would be awesome! Especially for effects, adj brush, gradients, etc.(BTW Dehaze is absolutely brilliant)
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I like it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom to make a blurred bokeh vignette.

hey guy would you think itd be a sweet idea to ad a blur as handy as you can add a vignette in lightroom cc
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Okay, not a complete solution to your request, but you can do it to some degree already. 

Take your image over to the Develop Module but rather than adding a vignette in the Effects Panel, use the radial filter to draw your vignette.  Adjust the size, position, roundness, orientation, and feather to taste but remember the feather is inside the oval you draw  (click the letter "O" on the keyboard to show the pink mask overlay of where the vignette will be).  If the pink is inside the oval rather than outside, un-check the "Invert" box.   Click "O" again to turn off the pink mask overlay.

Now slide the sharpness and/or clarity sliders to the left to add blur to the part of the image outside the radial oval you drew.  It's not a real "Bokeh" type of blur but if the intention is to pull the viewer's eye to the subject many times it works fine.  If you need even more of the same kind of blur (i.e. you'd like the sliders to go farther to the left than they can)  right click on the Pin (black dot) representing the radial filter and select "duplicate" (i like to drag the newly created 2nd pin just a hair away from the original so I can see them both).  Now you have a 2nd radial filter whose changes will be added to those of the first radial filter.   By stacking several radial filters you can get a lot of blur. 

I also use this technique to de-saturate (a little bit) and/or dim the corners and edges of my images. 

In fact I almost always use this method for vignette's rather than the sliders in the Effects panel unless I need one of the special "Styles" one can choose in the Post Crop Vignette" section of the Effects panel.  I especially like this method of vignetting as I have way more control over where the vignette appears (e.g. can be off center or oblong) and I have access to many more controls over what effect I want in the vignetted portions of the image.