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Adding a vignette

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Video: Adding a vignette

I find it interesting that sometimes the effect we're trying to avoid in camera is the effect we're trying to add after the fact. And I think the vignette effect is a good example of that. Many times, we try to avoid vignetting with various lenses in the camera, but a vignette effect can actually be a very nice touch to add to any digital photo. In many ways, it helps to keep the viewer's eye constrained inside the image itself, and it also adds an air of mystery and darkness. It can overall just be a very nice effect. Let's take a look at a method you can use for adding a vignette effect to your images.

Adding a vignette

I find it interesting that sometimes the effect we're trying to avoid in camera is the effect we're trying to add after the fact. And I think the vignette effect is a good example of that. Many times, we try to avoid vignetting with various lenses in the camera, but a vignette effect can actually be a very nice touch to add to any digital photo. In many ways, it helps to keep the viewer's eye constrained inside the image itself, and it also adds an air of mystery and darkness. It can overall just be a very nice effect. Let's take a look at a method you can use for adding a vignette effect to your images.

In this case, I have a multi-layered document. I have my original background Image layer as well, as a Black and White Adjustment layer and a Curves Adjustment layer. And I want to add a vignette effect but retain flexibility for fine tuning that effect later. So, what I'm going to do is select my Background Image layer, and I want to apply a filter effect as a Smart filter. And that means I need to go to the Filter menu and choose Convert to Smart filters for my Background Image layer. That will covert that layer to a Smart Object so that I can apply my filter in a flexible way as we'll see in just a moment.

I'll go ahead and choose that command and then click OK in the confirmation dialog. And now, you can see that the Background Image layer has been converted to a Smart Object layer. So, I'll go to the Filter menu now and choose Lens Correction. The Lens Correction filter provides a number of tools for compensating for various issues related to the behavior of the lens used to capture an image. But in this case, I just want to use it to add a vignette effect. So, under Auto Correction, I'll turn off all of the check boxes for the automatic adjustments and then I'll go to the Custom tab. And here in the custom tab, I'll focus my attention on the Vignette section. I can reduce the value for the Vignette to darken the edges or increase the value to lighten the edges.

But in this, I want to darken down those edges. And I'll go ahead and exaggerate this adjustment just a little bit so we can see more clearly what's going on with the mid point slider. This determines how far into the center of the image that vignette effect will occur. So, I can drag to the right to expand that adjustment outward, so it's only affecting the very extreme corners and edges of the image. Or, I can drag to the left to pull that adjustment in closer to the center of the image. In this case, I think I will pull it in just a little bit, but I won't make it quite as dark as it appears right now. I think right about there is going to work well. I'll go ahead then and click the OK button.

But notice, because I converted my Background Image layer to a Smart Object, I now have a Smart Filters layer attached to what had been my Background Image layer. And you can see that that includes the Lens Correction filter. At any time, if I'd like to modify the settings, I can double-click on lens correction to go back to my Lens Correction filter dialog. And fine-tune the overall settings for the adjustment and then click OK to accept the changes. I can also tone down the effect by double-clicking on the Adjustment button over to the far right here, and that will bring up the Blending options dialog. Where I can reduce the Opacity if I want to tone down the overall effect without going back to Lens Correction and adjusting the settings. So as you can see, quite a bit of the flexibility for adding a very simple vignette effect, they can have a big impact on the final image.

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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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