PhotoGraham 12:40pm, 19 June 2007
Adding an adjustment layer and using a gradient fill is a handy way to apply a vignette. Using adjustment layers with masks is a useful technique to know for other things. You can use this same tutorial to apply a gradient filter effect to a landscape (to darken the sky), just change to a linear gradient for the fill.

Here's how the vignette works:

I'll start with a random shot:

Here's PSP with a curves adjustment layer added. Note how the bright parts of the adjustment layer mask correspond to the vignette effect. The dark parts leave the image unchanged.


The curves adjustment is set like this, to set the required darkness in the corners:


We only want the corners dark so we fill the adjustment layer with a gradient using the flood fill tool The gradient is set-up like this:


And the detail of the gradient curve is like this (Access this screen by clicking the Edit... buton):

Gradient detail

And here's the final result. You can go back and change the curve at any time to make the effect more subtle, more or less contrasty, etc. You can also add other adjustment layers in the same way to add colour effects and so on. You may also want to vary the adjustment layer opacity to moderate the effect, or set the layer mode to Multiply or Overlay, or whatever.


You can also re-do the fill after editing the gradient to control the placement and fall-off of the vignette effect. You can also use a paintbrush to modify the adjustment layer mask to add or remove vingetting in some areas.
rampant flowers [deleted] 11 years ago
Nice tutorial, thanks!
AmyMaple Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AmyMaple (member) 11 years ago
here is the image done using the above tutorial...thanks photograham.

Well, i can't figure out how to insert an image on please.
Ed' 11 years ago
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PS06 11 years ago
Many thanks Graham.
Oh WOW thanks for posting this - I have been trying to figure out how to do a vignette for months now - LOL

Thanks : )
LovenLife 11 years ago
Someone in another group explained that they burn the edges to do a vingnette. When I tried it, my photos did not turn out so well. Your method works much better, and is so much easier!!

Thanks for the demonstration :)
geru_2000 11 years ago
great tutorial.

Another way......

duplicate background layer
select the copy and using the paint bucket paint it black
select new mask show all
select paint brush adjust size of brush and softness locate the center point you want cleared and click once

Play with the opacitiy o the layers to get what you want.

Image8This took less than a minute to create. Larger image available
impartial knowledge [deleted] 11 years ago your photo/picture
2. convert bgrnd to layer by double clicking
3.drag a marquee slelection around the area you want to keep 'add layer' mask
5. In the layers palette make sure you have the mask thumbnail selected
6. select filter/blur/gaussian .make sure the preview option is ticked
7.adjusting the radius alters the mask effect to what is required
8.add a layer under the bgrnd
10. fill it with the desired bgrnd.
KcMacPhoto 10 years ago
Thanks this tutorial was great!! I have tried and tried to figure this out and your's has been the easiest and most effective (form me) so far! Thanks photograham!
ImageGenic 10 years ago
Thanks so much.
One night I DID this ...
I added a very nice vignette with PSPx2...
then later, I could NOT remember how i did it!
This rings a bell.
ShutterBug1997. 10 years ago
I don't know if it applies as true vingenetting or not but what I do is this.

When you're done editing your image with everything else
1. duplicate layer (do have to but I prefer to)
2) double click new layer
3) on menu that comes up click the 'Layer Styles' tab
4) click 'Inner Glow'.

From there you can custom select any color from the palette or color match with the eyedropper from the pix. Then just play around with the opacity and size.

On the portraits I've been processing lately I've been color matching the darker hair of one of the models for the vingenette. Subtle enough it doesn't scream vingenette, but there enough that it draws your eyes back to the model's face.
aarond777 8 years ago
I'm lost after the curves adjustment, how do I access the gradient and gradient curve? Using pspx2 ultimate.

Says to fill the layer using the flood fill, but when I click on the flood fill, no box pops up or anything to adjust, and I can't fill the layer on the right hand side, it won't let me.
cabbiinc 8 years ago
After you select the flood fill tool press f/6 a couple of times on your keyboard. That palette that pops up and disappears is your materials palette. It tells your tools what colors, patterns, gradients or transparency to use. Click the solid color that's currently what you'd get if you were to fill. You'll see something like this but you'll need to click on the gradient tab.
Notice the Style that's selected here.
If you click the gradient itself while in this dialog box (the part here that looks like an *) you'll get many options.
Click OK when you've got it the way you want it.
aarond777 8 years ago
Thanks, I'll give that a try!
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