As a fine-art photographer for the past nineteen years I've come up against my fair share of
technological challenges in photography. The shift from film to digital was monumental!
In this blog I'd like to share with you what I've found to be some of the most useful PhotoShop
techniques when working with my digital images. I hope that they will make your life a bit easier
as you work with your images. Have fun!

Welcome to my "Photoshop Tips for Photographers" Blog

Please Note: These tips have been prepared using Photoshop CS3.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Photo Shop Tip #4 - Quick and Easy Vignette

Open a new image file in Photoshop. Open your Layers Palette (Window menu>Layers) and duplicate your Background Layer. With the new duplicated layer chosen draw a rectangle around the outside edge of your image using the Rectangle Marquee tool.

With the rectangle still selected, go to the Select Menu and choose Modify>Feather. Pick a feather radius and type the number into the pixel box. Somewhere around 80-100 is a good radius to start with. Click OK.

Then go to the Select Menu again and choose Inverse. You will now see two rows of "marching ants" around your image. Go to Image>Adjustments>Curves and bring your curve down to add darkness at the desired level for the vignette shading. Click OK and Deselect.

You can always go back to the vignette layer to reduce the opacity of the vignette if you wish.

Voila'! You now have a vignette!

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