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Adding a vignette

From: Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0

Video: Adding a vignette

When you create an HDR image, in many cases the effect will be relatively dramatic. Of course, that can vary quite a bit depending on the specific adjustments you apply when tone mapping your HDR image. But quite often, I think you'll find that the result can be a little bit dramatic. And many times, I enjoy adding a finishing touch to the image in a way of a vignette. That helps both to add a little bit more drama, in many cases depending on the vignette you apply. And it can also help to keep the viewer focused on a key subject that's more central in the photograph.

Adding a vignette

When you create an HDR image, in many cases the effect will be relatively dramatic. Of course, that can vary quite a bit depending on the specific adjustments you apply when tone mapping your HDR image. But quite often, I think you'll find that the result can be a little bit dramatic. And many times, I enjoy adding a finishing touch to the image in a way of a vignette. That helps both to add a little bit more drama, in many cases depending on the vignette you apply. And it can also help to keep the viewer focused on a key subject that's more central in the photograph.

Let's take a look at the settings that are available for that vignette effect. The vignetting is found in the finishing section of the right panel, so you can click on that Finishing Section in order to expand it. And then you'll see we have a vignette control with a pop-up that allows us to choose a particular vignette effect. Note that as I mouse over each of these vignette options, I get a preview in the photo itself. So I know exactly what I'll end up with if I choose one of these preset vignettes. I'll go ahead and choose Black Frame One and that effect is applied to the photo.

But I can also fine-tune the settings for this vignette. I'll go ahead and expand the set of vignette controls by clicking the triangle to the left of the vignette label. And then I can adjust the overall vignette. I can increase or decrease the amount. Increasing the amount will cause a lightning vignette. In other words, we'll lightning the edges of the photo. And reducing the value will darken the edges of the photo. We can also adjust a slider to shift between a rectangular shape and a circular shape. And you'll notice that the edges adjust as I fine-tune that setting.

So that enables me to affect just the corners primarily, if we set the value down toward circle. Or to affect all of the edges all the way around the photo if we shift toward a rectangle setting. We can also adjust the overall size. Essentially allowing us to move that vignette affect further into the center of the photo, or to constrict it to just the very outer edges of the image. In addition, we can adjust the specific center point of the vignette. I'll go ahead and increase the size value so that we can get a better sense of the effect in the image.

And then I'll click the place Center button and then move out over the image and click where I'd like to add the center point for that vignette effect. So for example, if I set the center a little bit lower than the actual center of the image, then that vignette won't affect the bottom portion of the image. So, you can see, we have the option to choose a particular preset from the popup. Or we can simply use the controls that are available for the vignette adjustment, and of course we can mix and match. We can choose a preset and then fine-tune the settings or skip the preset all together and just adjust the settings directly.

However you choose to work, we do have a great amount of control for the vignette settings, here in HDR Efex Pro. And that vignette can really add a touch of drama to any HDR image.

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