Unify the blur tools, make them better

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The Radial Blur tool is marginally useful, and from what I can see has never changed since its introduction some 20+ years ago. We now have multiple blur tools, many of which are duplicated in the Blur Gallery.

The interface options for blurring a layer are all over the place. The Radial Blur tool is modal, so we can't select the center point. Box Blur, Gaussian Blur, and Motion Blur are non-modal, Lens Blur opens an entirely new window, and Blur / Blur More pretty much duplicate existing functionality at this point (Box Blur, which as mentioned above, is non-modal). Lens Blur is duplicated by Iris Blur, Radial (spin option) Blur is duplicated by Spin, Motion Blur is duplicated by Path Blur, and Field Blur is what...Gaussian Blur with a new name and interface?

The Blur Gallery tools seem to be far more "modern" from a usability sense in that they work well and have precise controls. Since the Radial Blur is still modal, the center point can't be selected, which is the entire point of Radial Blur. I've seen suggested workarounds like this https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2246182 and frankly, that process is completely asinine.

My idea: Eliminate the entire Blur menu and replace it with the Blur Gallery. Move Box Blur, Gaussian Blur, and Radial (zoom option) Blur into the Blur Gallery and simplify the codebase while improving usability.
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Posted 11 months ago

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James Gray

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Right!  And you make lots of people unhappy by breaking their actions they have been using for years.  
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Just look what happened when Adobe removed useless variant adjustment feature: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/we_want_a_variations_tool_for_color_correctio...

Many tools duplicate these variants adjustments, but people doesn't like changes. So if you would like to reply on each complain...

Otherwise I think you have good Idea but you need to be carefull if you want something remove.
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At least this response explains why I'm forced to wait 10% longer each release for the application to start.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Yes it's something like that. Filters should be loaded with Photoshop start. Some of them are as file in folder. So you can delete this .8bf file and filter is gone. But it's not case for all filters. I am not saying that your idea is wrong. I agree with you in some way. I am just saying that if you simply remove feature, there will the consequences for which Adobe must be prepared.