In this quick tutorial, you will discover a unique way to create a subtle vignette in Adobe Photoshop CC that you may have never seen before. If you are a visual learner, I have also created a video tutorial that you can use to follow along.
One of the main reasons for adding a vignette to your image is to draw your viewers eye to a specific area of your photo. There are several ways to create a vignette in Photoshop but this is a quick and easy way that you may want to try.
The first step is to create a new blank layer and then fill that new blank layer with the color black. The easiest way to do that is to make sure you background layer is black by pressing the D key on your keyboard and then toggle between the foreground and background color with the X key on your keyboard. When the background layer is black press command+delete on your keyboard.
The next step is to disable the new black layer by clicking on it and then click on the elliptical marquee tool and use that to draw a circle around the point of interest in your image. If it is a portrait, then draw the area you want around your subject’s face.
Then enable the black layer and press delete on your keyboard to reveal the area you highlighted with the elliptical marquee tool, the next step is to disable the marching ants. Use command+D to disable the highlighted area on the black layer.
Next go up to Filter > Gaussian Blur and add a blur of 400 to 500 pixels for higher resolution images to your black layer, then change the blend mode to soft light and reduce the opacity to 20 or whatever looks good to you.
If you know of any other ways of creating vignettes in Adobe Photoshop, please share them with us in the comment section below.