Lightroom Radial Filter .. .make a great feature greater!

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LR5 Radial Filter ... great idea! Make it greater with two enhancements.
1. Allow user to change shape by adding pins on an edge and drag (like you can with the tone control). This would allow me to create effects of any shape.

2. Have an "automask" mode so I could (for example) select an area and have the tool find a distinguished shape by contrast (or color difference). This would, for example, allow me to select a head/face and apply controls only to that face, even if it is not completely oval. Or to a building or other shape.
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ken jacobs

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Eric Chan, Camera Raw Engineer

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Good ideas. Thanks.
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Rob Cole

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2. Sounds a lot like a U-point, doesn't it?

Yep, great auto-masking would be, well, really great...
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ken jacobs

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Not sure what a u-point is. I was talking about changing the shape of the filter (not just elongating it or shrinking it or rotating it or making it more or less circular). You can do those things with the four handles on the edge of the filter.

Instead, I was suggesting being able to add new handles on the edge, and then use them to stretch the filter. I'm not entirely sure how it would work. Perhaps you'd put two handles on the edge, and it would create a straight line across the ellipse. Then you can drag that straight line to draw a rectangle away from or into the ellipse.

Or some other better way, more like the tone control ... just drag the curve of the ellipse in any direction you like, changing the shape of the ellipse, but being able to add as many handles as you like.
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Rob Cole

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All of this sounds like your #1.
All of my comments had to do with your #2.

PS - U-points were invented by Nik software - they are almost exactly what you described in #2. You can try them in NX2 (Nikon raw or any rgb) or Nik's Photoshop plugins. Arguably the most innovate (and useful) editing tool yet invented, and my #1 hope for Lightroom, without question or exception, is for Adobe to invent a similar but even better technology. If it was built upon (or tied to) the auto-masking feature of the brush, that would be OK with me.

Rob
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And if the auto mask was given some TLC at the same time...