Lightroom/Camera Raw: Deconvolution to fix focus and motion blur

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By far my number one feature request for Lightroom would be (and has been since at least version 4) the ability to do to the raw files what Focus Magic does to image files - fix out-of-focus blur and/or motion blur.  Even seemingly-sharp images often have some fraction of a pixel of motion blur, and fixing this can result in way better looking images.

This is an example that's not all that sharp to begin with, but it's used to illustrate what I mean.  Lightroom's sharpening on top, deconvolution for motion blur on the bottom.

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Edmund Gall

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Doesn't LR's Clarity, Sharpening and Detail tools do that (especially the new Detail tool)? Each of those can also be applied selectively using an adjustment brush, so that its effects may not be applied to areas which don't require fixing...
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Dennis Malseed

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Here's an article about how to use deconvolution sharpening in Lightroom:

I hope that answers your query?
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Thanks for sharing the article Dennis. I happen to know that Lee Jay's a very experienced Lightroom user, so this is a request for further improvements that can't quite currently be accomplished using Lightroom's tools.
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You can't correct either out-of-focus blur or motion blur in Lightroom using any of the existing tools.  Look up "Focus Magic" to see the functionality I want.

This was added to Photoshop a few years ago.  What I want is a subset of that functionality.

There's an expression in photography.  "My best lens is my tripod."  That expression wouldn't exist if motion blur weren't a part of most hand-held shots.  Even a fraction of a pixel of motion blur can reduce effective resolution by half or more, and the same goes with out-of-focus blur.

It's such a hassle to round-trip to PS just to use Focus Magic that I rarely do it.  If it were in Lightroom so I wouldn't have to create a derivative file and deal with it in PS, then I'd use it more and get better pictures more often.