Creating A Custom Vignette in Photoshop

21-Mar-15: Creating a Custom Vignette in Photoshop

To often I see vignettes created in image that are either square or elliptical and are very recognisable. Although from time to time having a visible vignette can be desirable, for the most part it is something that you want to avoid. The intention of using a vignette on your images is to lead the viewers eye into a scene or directly to a place in the image that we want them to look.

In this tutorial I show you how to create your own custom vignettes, that they viewers won’t know is there, therefore not distracting them from looking where you want them to look. I show the use of a few different selection tools to set the area you want to keep light or darken and then how we can use the Curves Adjustment layer and a luminosity blending mode to ensure that we are not effecting the colours in our images but just the brightness.

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