Lightroom/Camera Raw: blur tool - separate from sharpen tool.

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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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  • OK for now, but Lr4 may be good opportunity for blur tool.

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