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I want to talk a little bit about the Vignette control that we have in Aperture 3. And I would consider this a creative adjustment, but it's one that comes in very handy, especially for portraits. So, let me show how this works. We are going to work with Bonnie on this one here. So, we'll go to full-screen mode with Bonnie, and I think I am going to - yeah, we'll pick this shot here. So, I'll just hit the V key, and that brings me into a nice, Full-screen view of this shot. And then I am going to hit the H key. That will bring up our heads up display.
Now the Vignette brick is not part of the default adjustment set, so we have to go through the Adjustments pop-up window, and we'll go all the way down here to Vignette, and we will add it. Well I think the easiest way to explain Vignette is to actually show you, and then we will fine-tune it a little bit. So, what Vignette does is it actually darkens the corners of the image and you can control both the Radius of that and the Intensity of the darkness with these two sliders.
What it does is, of course, it focuses the eye on whatever the subject is that's more in the center of the frame, and it sort of eliminates the distraction that can be here on the corners. So, if we turn vignette off and on, you can see what a difference this makes. It's really quite noticeable. So, fine-tuning this Vignette, we actually have two types. We have the Gamma and the Exposure. The Exposure version is more subtle, and a lot of times I just have to say it's a little too subtle for me.
When I want to do some vignetting I want something a little stronger than this. So, I usually find myself going to the Gamma version, which has a little bit more punch, a little bit more contrast. And then generally speaking, what I'll do is I'll sort of adjust the Radius first. Now there's really a couple ways to look at this. A lot of times on the Radius, the thinking can be "I'll just bring it up to where it isn't really noticeable," and that would be noticeable to the person looking at the photo, not thinking, "Wow! I wonder if he put a Vignette on there?" So, that would be one type, and the other type is then where you really want to add some drama and, of course, people would figure out, wow! Those corners are really dark.
So, a lot of times what I do is I just bring it into where it just becomes noticeable on the Radius. And then on the Intensity, if I am going to use Vignette, then I don't want to pretend it isn't there. So, I'll bring in the Intensity enough so that it really creates a nice, strong effect. This is a feathered effect so it's darker in the corner, and then it feathers as it comes out. But look at the difference that it makes on this shot. It really will bring your eye right to the center of that shot, and you are looking right at Bonnie now, and you are not being distracted by what's happening on the edges of the photo. I like it a lot.
I think it gives a little saturation to the background, and I think overall, on a lot of shots, it's one of those magic things that you can do to improve your photograph.
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