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One of the ways to get a more realistic-looking vignette would be to use the Lens Correction filter. Now, that might seem a little counterintuitive, but when you add a vignette to an image, if you're adding, say, solid black, or solid white to lighten or darken an image, you can get kind of a fake-looking edge. So let's give this Lens Correction filter a try. Now obviously, I don't want to apply it to the background layer itself, because I want it to be more flexible than that. So I'll add a new layer, but I'm going to hold down the Option or the Alt key when I add this layer, because I need to change the blend mode to Overlay, and I need to fill this with an Overlay-neutral gray, which is 50%.
I'll go ahead and call it Vignette and click OK. Now we'll choose Filter and then Lens Correction. In the Custom area of the Lens Correction, you'll see that I can darken down my image edges with a vignette, but if I move it right now, we're not going to see any change, because I'm not viewing the whole image. So I'll go ahead and select Fit on Screen. Now, as I move the Amount slider to the left, we can watch the edges burn in. If I want to move in the midpoint, I could do that as well.
When I click OK, we can see that effect. Now, I think it's a little bit too strong on this image, so I might want to change the blend mode. As long as I keep within this grouping of blend modes, the gray will automatically disappear in the center, so let's try Soft Light. If I wanted to decrease the effect even more, I could always change the opacity of the layer. I actually like the effect, but instead of making the vignette darker, I'd like to make the vignette lighter on this image. Because I've got the layer targeted, all I need to do is select Image and then Adjustments and Invert, and wherever I darken down the edges using Lens Correction, I will now invert those darkened edges and they will be lightened edges.
So here we can see a before and after. Just a slight lightning of the edges I think really improves the entire image because it draws your eye into the center of the flower.
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