Vignettes in Photoshop and ACR + Lightroom
Vignettes are extremely powerful tools for grabbing your viewer’s attention. They can very quickly make an ordinary photo look incredible! But, there are some problems with traditional vignettes.
1. They can look too contrived if not blended well.
2. Traditional ACR or Lightroom vignettes don’t give you a whole lot of control.
3. Sometimes it just looks like a giant ring around your photo.
To help you make better vignette I have two videos for you today.
The first one will help you make better Vignettes in Photoshop using a simple 3 step formula.
The second one will show you how to make a vignette in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom without ever touching the vignette tools!
You are going to love both methods!
Thank you for this Blake! I have been looking for a clear explanation for creating vignettes in Photoshop! This is amazingly helpful 🙂
That is spectacular! I make my own vignettes in PS and when I do white clouds they end being a muddy color. This will definitely cure that issue. I love the concept of changing the vignette color too. Thank you.
Great video Blake!! Super way to make a vignette!
Is it possible to create an Action from this?
You continue to amaze me with new and really practical techniques to improve our photographs..thanks.
I agree 100% with Steve. Blake you are Phenomenal.
Aw! Thanks 😉
Thanks a bunch Blake for another extremely useful methodology and the explanation to make it clear in my mind. I love being able to use a different color gradient instead of the normal black.
Question: At end of video you showed how to change the color of the vignette. You started with blk, then changed to green, then changed to magenta. By making these changes, the blk was gone, the green was gone and that left a magenta vignette. Am I understanding this correctly?
Yep, but it was a very deep magenta, so it had the tonal quality of a dark tone, but the color quality of magenta.
Thank you for your prompt response. I am very intrigued with this vignette method. I have an image I’m working on right now that needs a vignette and I was not happy with the various methods I tried including plugins. I’m anxious to use your method next. I bet it will be successful.
Awesome Blake!!! Thank you.
Thank you, Blake. This is awesome!
Thanks for a most insightful and instructive video!
Great tutorial. Can I make an action from this?
Another fantastic Blake Tutorial, easy to follow, demonstrating Photoshop’s power to transform an image.
Cracking videos Blake, so simple yet so effective.
Very cool Blake. I have not used this technique before!
But you do seem to love magenta!
When you have a landscape, where the range of colour is quite limited, say a desert, forest or similar, without extreme colour contrasts, I find using the average colour of the image as the base colour for the vignette can be quite effective.
I really like this way of using a gradient. Is there any way to blur only the gradient layer…possibly selecting it somehow?
Thanks, Great tutorial
Thanks for the great tutorial! Very natural looking vignettes. Will be using this technique a lot.
Awww…thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out how best to do this. It makes sense and is absolutely perfect. Thanks!
Love this method of vignetting! Can’t wait to give it a try! You’re awesome as usual Blake! Thank you!
I just tried this on one of my photos, working in LR…incredible! Thank you for sharing this technique.