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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Quick and Easy Vignette Tutorial

I have been asked this question several times, so I have decided to post my vignette method. I sometimes use an action from Vibe Resources called Vignette My Way. Ren also has one called Vignette Your Way that is great. If you want a quick and easy method you can even do in Elements, here's one method. You can click on the photos to make them easier to read.

Open your image. and select the oval marquee tool. Drag the marquee to the size and location you want it to be. At the top where it says Feather, put in about 75. For a lighter, less dense vignette you can go up to about 150. For a more opaque vignette, lower the number.

Right click on your mouse and choose "Select Inverse" from the menu.

Click on the little half darkened circle to create an adjustment layer.

Select Solid Color

Click on the color palette to select the color you want your vignette to be. 

Use the slider to further adjust the opacity, or how light or dark you want your vignette to be.

Now you just right click, flatten your image and save it as a jpg.

I like this method because it is so easy to customize. You can adjust the opacity and select any color you want. You can even use the color picker tool to select a color from your photo for a perfect match. You can also use the eraser tool to erase back in any areas you don't want covered by the vignette. Have fun playing!

*Photo by Mary Jo Martin



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