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Next, we are going to move our way down our different sets of panels and we are going to look at how we can add a Vignetting effect in order to darken the edges of our photograph. Moving down to the right, the next panel it allows us to add some tones in to the photograph. I don't want to do that here at this image, so I will skip that and then move to the Lens Correction panel. In the Lens Corrections panel, we can click on Manual and then down the bottom we have some controls for Lens Vignetting. Here we can either darken or brighten the edges of our photograph.
Yet the trick with this is that because we have cropped this photograph this isn't going to work very well. In order to create a Lens Vignetting effect after we've cropped the image, we need to go to the next panel, that's the Effects panel. Here we have the ability to add what's called Post Crop Vignetting. In other words, now what I can do is I can either brighten or darken my image and here it's going to follow the parameters of the crop. In this way, I can darken this image a little bit more effectively. Let me go ahead and exaggerate this for a moment so that you can see how the controls work.
Midpoint changes how far this reaches into the image; Roundness controls the overall shape of this vignette; and then Feather allows us to either have a hard or soft edge. And in choosing these amounts what we can do is we can then determine to either brighten or darken those edges, here all that I want to do is to subtly darken those edges so I am going to go-ahead and dial in appropriate amount for this vignette. By doing that it'll keep the viewer's eyes on the center of the picture because that's the brightest area. Take a look here is that before and then after.
It's pretty subtle so let me crank this up perhaps a little bit more, but I'm interested in just this little subtle vignette effect, this darkening of those edges in order to keep the viewer focused in on the subject.
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