39. Vignette – 2 styles

Vignettes can help to focus the attention away from the background and on to an image in the picture.  Below are two ways to do this, and yes, there are more…

Vignette – using Filter

  1. Have a photo opened in full edit.
  2. Duplicate a layer – pull the background layer down to the layer icon and release; or right click > duplicate layer; or Menu bar; Layer > Duplicate layer
  3. Menu bar: Filter > Correct Camera distortion
  4. This gives you a new window.  Use the Vignette slider – left side for dark, right side for light.
  5. Midpoint slider gives you other effects.  You can use this to increase the size of the vignette.

Vignette – using Layers

  1. Have a photo opened in full edit.
  2. Duplicate a layer – pull the background layer down to the layer icon and release; or right click > duplicate layer; or Menu bar; Layer > Duplicate layer
  3. Menu bar: Edit > Fill Layer.
  4. This gives you a new window.  Under Contents, next to the word Use is a drop drown menu.  You will select foreground or background.  This will designate which color you want.  Look back to your computer screen on the lower left corner for the squares of color that are there.  By default they are black and white.  If you have used these for other projects and changed the color, the last color used will be in one of the squares.  Foreground is the square on top and background is the one behind the other.  If you need to change the color (or want a vignette of a specific color) then you’ll need to cancel out of this window and do a few other things before you come back to this step.  After you have cancelled, down in the lower left – Double click on the square that you want to change the color. This gives you a new window of all colors.  Click the color you want, click OK, then go back to the instructions at the beginning of #4.  I will be using the selection of foreground in this drop down menu and you can assume that the color black is in the square on top for the lower left portion of my screen.  You will have to look at your own computer screen to decide if you are going to select the foreground or background in this drop down menu dependent upon how the colored squares are stacked on your computer screen.
  5. Other options for the window opened in the instructions above.  Blending mode : Normal; Opacity 100%.  Click OK
  6. Once you click OK, the color you picked is now the only thing you see.  Your picture remains unchanged on a layer below this color.  Look to the Layers palette on the right. Above the layer just created you should see Normal in a drop down menu and 100% Opacity to the right of this.  Using this Opacity, we need to bring the number down so we can see through the color to the picture below.  Do this by putting the cursor over the word Opacity (it changes into a finger with a double arrow) and sliding to the left to about 74%, or use the slider in the drop down menu to the right of the number, or type a number in the box.
  7. Use a selection tool to define the space where the vignette will and will not be – inside the space is NOT the vignette; the vignette is outside of what you select.  Two easy tools are the Rectangular Marquee and the Elliptical Marquee.  The tool last used will be shown, the other tool can be accessed by right clicking on the tool.  This right click will give you a drop down menu for any other selections.  Make your choice of rectangular or elliptical tool by left clicking on the icon.  Once you have selected and clicked on the tool, look up to the option bar before using the tool.  If you want to have a square frame around the picture – leave the feather at 0.  For any other rounded vignette, this number needs to be higher than zero.  The higher the number, the more the corners are curved.  You won’t see these curves until after you let go of the click of the process in the next sentence.  Click on the picture starting at the left and dragging to the right.  Let go of click. If you need to move the whole selection, place your cursor inside the selection, click and drag it in place.  Press Delete button on keyboard, to clear out the middle of the selection.
  8. Go back to the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers Palette to adjust how dark you want this area of the vignette to be.
  9. Double click on the picture to get rid of the marching ants.
  10. Be sure to use Save As, rename the picture, I always add a V to the file name.
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