Soft Vignetting

Vignetting is the dark outside of a photo that fades into the middle. Some cameras do it naturally when zoomed in as far as they can. In this tutorial, we are going to be creating a fake, yet can be pleasing to the eye, vignette. As seen in the second photo below.

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Let’s do this

  • 1. Duplicate the layer.
  • 2. Now go to Filter > Render> Lighting Effects.
  • 3. Copy my settings. NOTE: PHOTO MUST BE INSIDE THE CIRCLE OF THE DESIRED LIGHTING EFFECTS (SEE PHOTO)
  • 4.Your photo should now look something like this (below). That’s too overexposed.
  • 5. Grab your eraser tool and erase the center of the photo where it’s over exposed. Hardness: 0%, Size: Varies with photo size. The black circle is how large my brush is compared to my photo. Delete in only 1-2 clicks.
  • 6. Lower the opacity of the vignetted layer if you still feel it’s not soft enough. As I did.
  • 7. Finish the rest of the retouch with coloring or etc. And you’re done!
  • Leave a comment if this tutorial helped you!