Lightroom/Photoshop: More effective blur tool

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i would like to see in the next version of photoshop/lightroom and quick and easy means to adjust the bokeh in a photo or series of photos
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This is already possible to do using Filter>Blur>Lens Blur... and a Batch action.
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In Photoshop yes you can use the Filter>Blur>Lens Blur; but not in Lightroom 3 or LR4 beta currently.

The brush 'clarity' tool isn't capable of producing any soft focus or bokeh effect today.
The Post-crop Vignette tool also is not capable of doing it with any type of blur.

Even if the vignette tool could apply a soft focus / bokeh effect this would be huge; even a gaussian blur would be beneficial.

A feature like this would be even better if you could select your focal point and have it blur around it instead of just the center like in a vignette.

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suggestion: add a "focus" (bokeh) future to gradient map and brush tools with options like focus deep, quality, leens type and more, maybe like "alienskin/bokeh"...

New briliant Adobe Lightroom future - focus (bokeh) added to same old tools! Now you can more!

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Gradinet map/Brush + focus (bokeh) /:
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I think it would be a great feature to have integrated within Lightroom, so that you could quickly give a DOF look to an image shot from a non DOF camera. It should have a couple of presets etc.

It's great that this feature has been incorporated finally in to photoshop, since OneOnOne Studio had this feature, and it was a great tool, but I think it's time that this tool comes to Lightroom, since after all, this is especially to post process images shot from a camera. :)

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom Feature: Focal Blur.
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Just use a brush with negative sharpness and a bit of negative clarity. I have a 'Bokeh' preset I made in Lightroom for this. not 100% authentic but is pretty cool none the less
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Stronger Blur Adjustment for Backgrounds.

Sometimes I like to add a strong blur to the background of a photo.

Currently in Lightroom, even if I put the "Sharpening" slider to -100, the blur effect is very weak. While the "Clearness" slider makes some additional tone changes as well.

I really would like to have the power of the blur tools from Photoshop in Lightroom. At least something like a "Gaussian Blur" or even better the "Field Blur", "Iris Blur" and "Tilt-Shift" tools.

At the present, even I have nice "Graduated Filters", the blur effect I can apply with them is weak.

Sure, I can repeatedly append multiple "layers" of blur, but the effect is different as one strong Gaussian blur, which probably even creates some artificial Bokeh.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Import some Photoshop features like 'lens blur' into Lightroom..

1. Please add 'Blur' tool in Lightroom, the existing Clarity and Sharpening tools are just not enough sometimes.
2. Tool handles: Please make them more transparent, sometimes they just obstruct the view especially when you are working on little fine details.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom/Camera Raw: blur tool - separate from sharpen tool..

Presently, blurring is tied to negative sharpen values between -51 and -100. Besides not being obvious, it leads to some surprises when migrating photos that have large negative sharpening values applied from PV2003 to PV2010 (in PV2003 the same large negative sharpen values did not blur!)

How about going back to "sharpener only sharpens" and add a new tool for blurring? I'd be happy if blur tool could automatically add grain to match surrounding area, but as long as grain can be added manually (locally) it'd be OK.

I hope local sharpen settings are made independent of global sharpener in Lr4. Perhaps this would be a good opportunity to make an independent blur tool as well.

I would think lens type blur would suffice, although maybe others would like to see more types...

Alternatively, if only one type of blur is to be supported, it could stay part of the sharpen tool, provided:
- negative values from PV2003 are mapped into the non-blur region of the PV2010 sharpener when converting to PV2010 (or at least a warning issued when negative local sharpening will result in blurring so user is alerted for manual correction).
- The distinct regions of the sharpen tool are made obvious to the user.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled unsharp tool / tilt-shift tool / blur.

Sometimes an image has too much detail, and it's hard to focus on the important area.
So the idea is to achieve some kind of tilt-shift-effect, or to simply blur areas that should not be in focus. 

Since the beginning of Lightroom i wish for some kind of "gaussian blur" or "bokeh" or "defocus" or "lens unsharp" slider among the controls. This slider should also be available for the graduated filter and radial filter tool (for best results even for the brush-tool), so that you can make nice out-of-focus-vignettes and masks.

Or maybe an extra "tilt-shift" filter-tool like in photoshop?

At the moment i use a combination of several sliders, like exposure, presencse, contrast, sharpness and some more, but the effect is not strong enough and doesn't really look like defocused.

So this would add a very powerful tool to lightroom, and i could do so much more without photoshop!