Lightroom: Skin smoothing

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Smoothing a model's skin is a very common thing to want to do, but Lightroom provides no effective means by which to do this without shelling out to an external app or plugin.

The LR3 luma & chroma noise reduction features are very effective at achieving a smoothing effect, but at present the are global, so I request that their functionality is added to the adjustment brush, as two new sliders (with a sufficiently extreme effect when set to 100%).

This localised application of noise reduction / smoothing is of course potentially useful for far more than just skin - no doubt many other creative effects will emerge in the hands of more artistic users.
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PECourtejoie, Champion

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Hello! Did you try to brush in negative clarity?
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jdv, Champion

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As pointed out, lots of people are using negative clarity for this.

But I can't help but think that this is a bit of a speciality thing. If you /really/ need over-the-top smoothing, surely you would want to round-trip to a third-party?
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Lee Jay

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-sharpening also works, especially in concert with -clarity. from -1 to -50 it removes the applied sharpening. From -51 to -100 it adds lens blur.
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Mark Treen

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I'm new to LR but I see this feature in 4.3 under
Brushes : Effect