Darkening the edges of your photos can really help you in getting more depth and in leading your viewers’ eyes to the important elements of your photo. This is called “vignetting”. In this video tutorial, you will learn how to create a vignette using non-destructive editing. That is, you will not change the pixels of your image in any way. Instead, the vignette will be on a separate layer on top of your image, and you can turn it on an off or change it at any time, independently of your work on the photo. I will show you how to do this in Photoshop.
At the end of the video, we will create a Photoshop action that allows you to create a vignette with a single mouse click. To download this action, scroll down the the end of this post.
Tip: It’s best to watch this video in 1080p full-screen. Start the video below by clicking on it and activate 1080p mode by using the gear wheel icon in the player. Then, click the the icon that shows the four corners of a square. The player will go fullscreen.
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- Introduction 00:15
- Sample image explained 00:40
- Destructive vs. non-destructive editing explained 02:06
- Using the burn tool (destructive) 02:32
- Using the Lens Correction filter (destructive) 03:42
- Creating a Non-destructive vignette 05:28
- Creating a Vignette Photoshop action 08:43
Download the Vignette Photoshop action
Here is the Vignette Photoshop action I created in the video: Vignette Photoshop Action by farbspiel-photo.com.atn
Download the ‘.atn’ file and double-click on it to open it in Photoshop. This action works in Photoshop CS4, CS5 and CS6. Don’t forget to make a selection each time before you start the action.
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