How to create vignette

How to Create Vignette Effect Effectively in Photoshop

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


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

Conclusion

How is it? It is quite easy to follow right…

Vignette effect do help viewer to stay focus on the subject. Although vignette effect might looks simple but it is important to execute the process effectively to ensure that we did not overdo.

Thats all guys. I hope you like my simple tutorial on how to create vignette effect in Photoshop. Enjoy!

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