Lightroom: Stronger Blur Adjustment for Backgrounds

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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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Rory Hill

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I would like a stronger blur too.
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Ope Gato Cedo

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Great! Please click on the +1 button above if you like the idea as well.
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Blurring is of no value to me whatsoever, UNLESS there is a way to match the grit of the surrounding photo. I tend to use minimal noise reduction, and so otherwise blurring leaves a polished area in the middle of my relatively gritty photo - that doesn't work for me. So,

+1 to the blurring, but ONLY if grain is added to the locals, or "context aware" auto-matching grain feature is included, or something..
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Sure, the blur should be blend in the photo as well as possible.

I would personally favorite a blur which best matches the "out of focus" effect of a real lens. Adding grain after the blur seems an interesting option to me.

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