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Post Crop Vignetting is another feature that's been improved in Adobe Camera Raw 6. To show you that, I'm going to open this Raw file. It is a DNG Raw file by double-clicking its thumbnail here in Mini Bridge or I could do the same in the standalone Bridge, or I can right-click and choose Open in Camera Raw. In the last version of Camera Raw, Post Crop Vignetting was located under the Lens Correction tab. It's moved in Camera Raw 6 to the new tab, the Effects tab.
There is another kind of vignetting, Lens Vignetting, that's still located in the Lens Correction tab and those controls can be used to remove vignetting that you don't want, that's an artifact of shooting. But here I want to add some vignetting to this photo to darken its edges and draw the viewer's attention to the center of the photo. So I will go down to Post Crop Vignetting here. There are two things that are new about Post Crop Vignetting. First, there is this Style menu and second a Highlight slider. The other sliders were all here in the last version of Camera Raw so I won't spend time on those.
Notice that these sliders are all grayed out. That's because Amount is currently set to 0. So all I have to do is drag that slider in either direction just a bit and the rest of the sliders are enabled. So I could take this Amount slider and drag it over to the right to add a white vignette around the photo or drag it to the left to add a dark vignette. Once I have a vignette to start with, I will go up to the Style menu and from there I can choose one of three different styles. I think the best way to choose one of these styles for a particular image is just to try them out.
So, first Highlight Priority, which gives some emphasis to the highlights that are in the dark parts of the vignette. Now I am going to change to Color Priority and you will see a very subtle change, keep your eye particularly in this area here and you see that there is a little more emphasis on color and less on highlights. You can also see as I go back and forth between Highlight and Color Priority that the histogram changes a bit. So there is Highlight Priority, there is Color Priority. And the third choice is Paint Overlay. I don't generally use this one because it tends to give this dull look, almost as if I were just painting with black or gray around the edges.
So I am going to go with Highlight Priority here and with either Highlight Priority or Color Priority, I have the option to increase the visibility of highlights through the vignette. So if I take the Highlight slider and move it way over, you can see some of the highlights coming back around the edges here. I will drag it to the left again and then over to the right so you can see the difference. I think in this case I'd probably put it somewhere in the middle and I might actually reduce the amount of the vignette bringing back some of the image. So using the new style and Highlights controls in Post Crop Vignetting you can get some more natural vignettes that take account of the brightness values and color in the image.
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