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Creating a vignette effect with masking

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Creating a vignette effect with masking

There are a variety of ways that you can add a vignette effect to an image, but one of those is through a layer mask in conjunction with an adjustment layer. And you can even use a selection as the basis of that layer mask. Let's take a look at how we can darken the edges of this photo utilizing a layer mask with an adjustment layer. I'll start off by essentially selecting the edges. I'm going to use the rectangular marquis tool in this case, rather than the elliptical marquis tool, because I want more of a darkening of all the edges, not an emphasis on the corners. So then I'll create a selection that is just inside from the outer perimeter of the image. Something like that will work well.

Creating a vignette effect with masking

There are a variety of ways that you can add a vignette effect to an image, but one of those is through a layer mask in conjunction with an adjustment layer. And you can even use a selection as the basis of that layer mask. Let's take a look at how we can darken the edges of this photo utilizing a layer mask with an adjustment layer. I'll start off by essentially selecting the edges. I'm going to use the rectangular marquis tool in this case, rather than the elliptical marquis tool, because I want more of a darkening of all the edges, not an emphasis on the corners. So then I'll create a selection that is just inside from the outer perimeter of the image. Something like that will work well.

And then I can invert that selection by choosing Select > Inverse from the menu, so now I have this outer area of the image selected. Next, I'll add an adjustment layer, and because I have a selection active, while I'm adding that adjustment layer, the adjustment layer's mask will automatically reflect this selection. In other words, the adjustment will only affect this selected area. So I'll click on the Add Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel, and then I'll choose Curves from the pop-up menu that appears, and I'll click and drag downward on that curve in order to apply a darkening effect. I'll keep it a little bit exaggerated initially.

And then I'm going to switch to the Masks section of the Properties panel. So I'll click the Masks button, and then I'll simply apply a little bit of feathering to that mask. In other words, I'm blurring that mask so that I get a smooth transition between the areas that were black and white. And that means I get a nice, smooth transition for that vignette effect. Once I think I've got a good degree of feathering applied, I can go back to the adjustment controls and fine tune the final effect. So you can see that as I lighten or darken I have a smooth transition between the area that's being affected and the area that's not.

In this case, I think I'll apply just a very subtle darkening effect around the edges of the image. I'll toggle the visibility of that adjustment layer off and on so that you can get a better sense of the effect. But by using a selection as the basis of my layer mask for a targeted adjustment, I'm able to very easily darken just the edges of my photo.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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