How to Create Vignette Effect Effectively in Photoshop

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Vignette is a popular photo effect that have the power to construct viewer to focus more into the subject by giving a nice soft and gradual fade effect with the background. There many ways to create vignette effect but I prefer only this method since it gave me more control and non-destructive to the photo.

This is a simple Photoshop Tutorial on how you can create vignette effect effectively in Photoshop. Enjoy!

1. Open Image

Open your image in Adobe Photoshop. In this tutorial I use Photoshop CS4
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 1

2. Duplicate Image

Control + J to duplicate the image or Right Click > Duplicate. You can rename new layer as Vignette or whatever you like. Doesn’t matter.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 2

3. Adjust Image Exposure

Click on the Vignette Layer and then goto Images > Adjusments > Curves
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 2

Move Curves slider down to darken area. You can control your output background by moving and playing with Curves silder.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 3

Now you will have an underexpose image. Check for pixel details. You don’t want your image to be too dark and almost black.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 4

4. Add Layer Mask

Add Layer Mask to Vignette layer and then make a oval selection as shown by using Elliptical Marquee Tool.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 5

Click on Layer Mask and Paint your oval selection with Black
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 6

5. Add Gaussian Blur

Now goto to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 5

Move slider to the right and control your final output.
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Step 5

6. Vignette Effect done!

You are done. This how the result looks like.

Original:
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Original

With Vignette Effect:
How to Create Vignette Effect in Photoshop - Result

Carl Harris is a Design & Tech Blogger who loves to eat donut and dreamdreaming.