News | Articles | Books | Links | ||  Digiretus China| RSS
Photoshop Video|2016.02.20.
Photoshop Tutorials|2016.02.16.
Photoshop Video|2016.01.23.
Photoshop Video|2016.01.16.

Brighten the bride (Photoshop Video)

level: easy

Brighten the bride in Photoshop

Blending Photos II in Photoshop

level: easy

We are now fading two photos into one.

Easy caricature (Photoshop Video)

level: easy

How to create an easy caricature in Photoshop?

Hot Sunset (Photoshop Video)

level: easy

Make a warmer color tone on your sunset photo with a few easy steps in Photoshop.

Android: Eye Color Changer


Not so much an eye color changing software than a collection of extreme-patterned contact lenses.


Which photo editor do you often use?

Photoshop elements
Paint Shop Pro
other software


Search this site


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – Against bleaching


Is there anything under the white?


Free Photoshop Tutorials: Vignette effect in Photoshop

Version: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 +

level: advanced

We have discussed the elimination of edge darkening aka vignetting earlier. This optical aberration if mainly experienced as a darkening of a smaller or larger extent in the corners of photos taken with a wide-angle lens. This time, however, we won’t write about decreasing this effect. Quite on the contrary, we’ll try to spoil a healthy picture with a bit of artificial vignette. Why should one do that? This interesting effect can sometimes help you emphasize the main theme of the picture, for example in a portrait or an object photo. Don’t be afraid! It won’t hurt a bit.


Printer-friendly version

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

1.Open the photo
This is the photo we will add dark corners to, in order to highlight the theme in the middle.

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

2.Oval selection
First, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Drag a marquee from the upper left corner to the lower right. It will cover the whole of the picture, apart from the corners.

The middle of the picture is selected right now, but we’ll need to manipulate the corners. Right-click inside the selection and click Select Inverse in order to swap the selected areas.

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

3. Putting a mask on
Click the indicated button on the Tools palette or press Q to display the selection mask. The areas marked in red are masked out. They won’t be affected by the changes you make. The unmasked areas are affected by all changes. As we want a soft edge darkening effect, and the contour of the selection is obviously sharp, we’ll have to blur it. You can do this just like when blurring any other picture element. Simply click Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur and set a moderate to high value on the dialog. We used a value of about 61 to 62. For a sharper transition, use a lower Radius value. For a softer one, set it higher.

The blur will only affect the mask, not the picture. At least, not yet. Press Q again when you’re done to quit the Quick Mask mode. The picture once again becomes editable.

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

4. Dark edges
Take care to not click the picture! Doing so cancels the selection and resets all the work you have done until now. Click Image/Adjustments/Levels instead, and drag the indicated arrow to the left on the dialog that is displayed. The more you drag it to the left, the darker the corners will become. Set the vignette effect according  to your taste.

Free Photoshop Tutorial - Vignette effect

5. The effect... surely visible. Do we need to say more? Have fun trying around!

Related Photoshop Tutorials

Vignette effect II. in Photoshop
Focus on the center!
Decreasing vignette in Photoshop
An annyoing darkness covers the edges of your photo. The solution is in our hands. Or rather, in this article.
Decreasing vignette II in Photoshop
Dark corners disappear
Decreasing vignette III in Photoshop
Too dark corners in a mono-color area? It’s a piece of cake.
Background blur in Photoshop
Faking it: depth of focus
Background blur II. in Photoshop
A mock-up looking effect with an imaginary tilt lens.

Mock-up effect in Photoshop
A mock-up cityscape by playing with focus.

Camera obscura effect in Photoshop
We are now imitating the dark image with blurred edges effect of the camera obscura.

Zoom effect in Photoshop
A zoom effect lends dynamics and highlights themes

Selective blur in Photoshop
A zoom blur highlights the main theme.

More Photoshop Tutorials




| About us

© nEtural webdesign 2006.
All rights related to the free use of any pictures, sounds, written material and graphical elements published on the web site are reserved by the site owner. The owner's approval is required for the use of such published elements.