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What I Am Working On: Creative Use of A Vignette

When it comes to learning how to use photo-editing software, I think YouTube can be a good source of information. There is a lot out there, plenty of videos to look through, in my opinion, that’s both the strength and weakness of YouTube. This video is an example of that, there are some tips that I will use and others that I will not. For the purpose of this blog post, I am writing about using the vignette filter as a way to isolate an object in a photo. The particular tip I am referencing is at about the ten-minute mark of the video.  I decided to experiment using this photo:

ISO 400 18mm f/11 1/50sec

This grave marker is pretty visually interesting so I would like it to stand out a bit more. The tip in the video demonstrates putting a rather pronounced vignette on your photo, then erasing the vignette on the area you would like to highlight.  My final version is this:

ISO 400 18mm f/11 1/50sec

I’m both satisfied with this and not. First, it is an easy edit, and sometimes simple techniques can be pretty powerful, so I like the underlying theory. It seems to me that this would be a more impactful editing method for subjects that are more offset than this one, so if I were to edit this file again using the technique, I would re-think the crop first and then work from there. Overall though, I have saved this video and written this post because I see this a technique that I would use.

What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, One.



18 thoughts on “What I Am Working On: Creative Use of A Vignette

  1. I like the edit. I add a slight vignette (-10 sometimes more) to most of my landscape images. It seems to draw the eye into the photo … or so that’s the theory.


  2. it certainly gives the graveyard more atmosphere than the original. Vignetting is something I do rarely but it does have its uses to focus, to eliminate background when a crop would distort the whole, to imitate old camera etc – used with caution it is a good tool
    p.s. I like learning (about) techniques and am trying out PS ‘extrude’ with good effect sometimes – must post some pics soon


    • I use vignetting quite a bit but usually in a much more subtle way. A nice thing about giving this a try was the push to try a familiar tool in an unfamiliar way. I think there is a lot to be said for experimentation like that, even if it doesn’t end up being your new “go-to” edit. Extrude is something that I never really worked with in Photoshop, I’ll have to wander over and see what you are up to 🙂


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