How to Add a Vignette in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

June 10, 2016

Adding a vignette to a photograph is an easy way to increase the drama of the photo.  Because our eyes tend to focus on the bright areas of a photo, it’s also a great way to easily direct a viewers eye to the main focal point.  There are multiple ways to create a vignette. Today let’s take a look at just one easy way, using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements .

In Photoshop: Go to the top Menu Bar and choose  Filters  > Lens Correction.  Click on the Custom Tab.

In Photoshop Elements : Go to the top Menu Bar > Filter > Correct Camera Distortion


In both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, in the Vignette box, move the Slider to the right to add a light vignette, and to the left to add a dark vignette.  Use the Midpoint slider to adjust the width of the vignette.

Here is the image with the Amount of Vignette taken all the way to the right (+100), and Midpoint at +50.  (Photoshop Elements screenshot).



And in this image, I left the vignette at +100, but moved the Midpoint to +7.


If you want to crop your photo in any way, just be sure to do that before you begin the vignette process, or you could potentially crop off some of the vignette effects.

I hope you find this way of creating a vignette easy and helpful!

If you would like to watch a video of this tutorial, you may do so on the Karen Schulz Designs YouTube.

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