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.