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Creating a Vignette in Photoshop

Creating a Vignette in Photoshop

Photoshop provides a variety of editing tools you can use to create the perfect image for your graphic design. If you love the look of a vignette for a portrait or landscape, you can create this effect within the Photoshop software. You can browse through the Shutterstock library of royalty-free images to find the ideal image for your project.

What Is a Vignette?

A vignette refers to an image where the color saturation or brightness is higher in the center than at the edges. Vignettes appear clear at the center focal point and blurry toward the edges. Some vignettes only have a slight amount of blur toward the edge whereas others completely fade out at the edges. There are two ways to create a vignette in Photoshop: lens correction and blur.

Vignetting With Lens Correction

One way to create a vignette is to add a lens correction. 

1. Select Lens Correction from the Filter menu.
2. Click the Custom tab that's located in the top right corner of the dialog box.
3. Select the Vignette Amount, which determines how much the edges are lightened or darkened.
4. Use the Vignette Midpoint number to change how much of the image is affected by the vignette lightening or darkening. With a lower number, more of area will be vignetted. Using a higher number means only the edges of the image will be modified.

Using the Blur Tool

Another way to create a vignette image in Photoshop is with the Blur tool. This function can do two things: reduce the details or soften the hard edges in an image.
    1. Select the Blur tool from the left panel by clicking on the teardrop shape.
    2. In the options bar, make selections for the brush tip, strength of blur, and blending mode.
    3. You can blur the data from only the active layer by deselecting the Sample All Layers option. Leaving it selected will apply the blur effect to every visible layer.
    4. Move the cursor over the areas of the image you want to blur.
    5. Increase the vignette effect by sharpening the portions of the image in focus.
    6. Find the Sharpen tool on the left panel. It's shaped like a triangle, and you can click and hold the Blur icon to reveal it if necessary.
    7. Repeat the steps from the Blur tool: select the desired brush tip, strength, and blending mode.
    8. Select Protect Detail to reduce pixelated artifacts. Deselect this option for exaggerated sharpening effects.
    9. Use the cursor to sharpen the desired areas of the image.

Creating a vignette effect can allow you to draw the viewer's eye to the part of the image you want. With Shutterstock and Photoshop, you can create a beautiful final result.
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