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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
There might be times when you want to add an off center vignette to your image. Now, we know we can do this in Camera RAW, but sometimes you might have multiple layers and you want to add the vignette on top of all of them at one time. And that's what we'll do in this instance. So in order to drag out my vignette, I will tap the m key but that gives me the Rectangular Marquee tool, so if I want the Elliptical Marquee tool, I can go ahead and select that from the list. And then I want to start dragging my Marquee tool from the center, so I'm going to hold down my Option or the Alt key.
And then click, and drag out. I actually need to select the inverse, before I add my vignette. So under the select menu, I'll choose Inverse. And then, from the bottom of the layers panel, I'll click on my Adjustment Layer icon. And choose a solid color adjustment layer. Now I'm going to position my cursor in my image area, and just click in there in order to pick up a color from the image. And we can either go towards the green tones here, or maybe towards the brown tones.
I think I'll prefer the darker green. And then I'm just going to move this down a bit. To decrease the brightness here to get a darker background color. The only reason that I'm picking it up from image is because I don't want to just overlay pure black on top of this. I actually want to overlay a little bit of color. I'll click OK. But we probably don't want that hard edge vignette. So I'm going to use the Properties panel. So I'll click on it in order to expand it.
You can see that it says that there's no mask selected, an that's because on my Layers panel, I have the color fill layer targeted. But I can either click on the Mask icon here in my Layers panel, or up here in the Properties panel. Now that the mask is targeted, I can change the feather amount on that mask and as we move it over to the right, we can see that our edges are becoming softer and softer. Now I'll probably go pretty far on this, I really do want a soft edged mask, and then I need to change two more things, so we'll close the Properties panel.
And then I'm going to change the blend mode for this layer to multiply, in order to multiply that color fill with a layer underneath it, and then I'm going to decrease my opacity in order to make it a more subtle effect. So there you have it, an easy way to create a vignette that's off center in your image, as well as a vignette that's very flexible. You can change the blend mode, you can change the opacity, we could even go in and double-click on the color here, and then we can change the color.
Click OK. And of course we've never touched any of the pixels in the two layers below it. So this is a completely non-destructive vignette.
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