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Adding a lightening vignette

From: Photoshop Artist in Action: Tim Grey's Photo Optimization Techniques

Video: Adding a lightening vignette

I'm feeling pretty good about the adjustments I've applied to this image so far. I have a little bit of a subtle sepia tone effect that is part of my black and white conversion and I've also sort of faded the image a little bit, but I'd like to take that fading just a little bit further by applying a lightening to the edges of this image. I can use the lens correction filter for that purpose. And, since I only have a single image layer in this particular photo, I can just create a copy of that image layer, and work from that. So, I'll click on the thumbnail for my image layer and drag it down to the Create New Layer button, the black sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel, I'll then rename that duplicate layer so I know why it's here to do so.

Adding a lightening vignette

I'm feeling pretty good about the adjustments I've applied to this image so far. I have a little bit of a subtle sepia tone effect that is part of my black and white conversion and I've also sort of faded the image a little bit, but I'd like to take that fading just a little bit further by applying a lightening to the edges of this image. I can use the lens correction filter for that purpose. And, since I only have a single image layer in this particular photo, I can just create a copy of that image layer, and work from that. So, I'll click on the thumbnail for my image layer and drag it down to the Create New Layer button, the black sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel, I'll then rename that duplicate layer so I know why it's here to do so.

I'll simply double click on the name of the layer and then I'll type vignette in this case, and then press enter or return on the keyboard in order to apply that change. Then I'll go to the filter menu and choose lens correction. That will bring up the lens correction dialogue, I'll make sure that there aren't any automatic adjustments being applied and then I'll go to the custom tab and I'll increase the value for amount. I can also adjust the degree to which that vignette comes into the center of the image and what I'm going to do in this case is apply an exaggerated vignette effect.

I'll be able to tone that down in just a moment. I'll go ahead and click the Okay button, and you can see we have a rather dramatic effect. A little bit too dramatic perhaps, and so I'll reduce the opacity for my Vignette layer so that I have just a little bit of a fading of those edges. I'll turn off the visibility for my Vignette layer and then turn it back on again. And you can see I've just applied a little bit of a lightening around the edges of the image to help enhance this sort of faded appearance of the photo. And I think the effect is working pretty well.

I'll scroll down to the bottom of the layers panel and then I'll hold the alt key on windows, or the option key on macintosh, and click on the eye icon for my bottom most layer. That will hide all layers except this one and you can see my initial image based on the raw conversion. I'll then hold the Alt or Option key, once again and click on that Eye icon in order to make all of the layers visible and now you can see I have this old looking, faded image with just a hint of color. And I think that is well suited to the subject, as it was originally photographed.

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