Tip: Blur Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 3 beta 2

March 24, 2010

There is a some new features in Lightroom 3 beta 2, but one of the most interesting ones has to do with a adjustment brush setting. Adobe have changed the way the sharpness setting is applied with a adjustment brush. In Lightroom 2 and the previous beta of 3 the sharpness adjustment would just remove the sharpening that was applied. Now you can actually blur selective areas of the image.

This is how it works. When you set the sharpness control of a adjustment brush from -1 to -50 it will remove any to all of the capture sharping that Lightroom is putting in under the detail panel. When you set the control from -50 to -100 it will apply a blur to the image!

You may say why blur an image? I use it all the time for smoothing out the skin or blurring the background. There are also tons of other uses .

Also if you need more than -100 then just add another adjustment dot and stack the adjustments.

2 Responses to “Tip: Blur Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 3 beta 2”

  1. Calle said:

    Hey, thanks! I’ve been looking for a Lightroom plugin to apply blur, but stacking sharpness adjustments solves all that!

    One problem is that brushes cannot be stored in presets (or am I wrong?) – for example if I want to make a preset to blur the edges of images. Gradient filters can be stored in presets though, so I guess I’ll have to work that way.


  2. Allen said:

    Adjustment brush presets can be saved, but they cannot be normal preset. So you can save the amount of the brush but not the location that was painted. You can get around this by using the sync command to sync the adjustment brush across alot of images. You could even save a image in a certain place and use it as a preset then sync it as needed like applying a preset.

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