Creating a classic vignette effect with photoshop Elements

Vignette

This effect was once popular with portrait and wedding photographers but can be used with many other images to focus attention on the subject. I’ve used Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 to create this effect but it will also work on the earlier elements and also Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

© Anthony Webber

step 1

First open the image that you want to create a vignette effect in the editor, I’ve chosen this image of a field of poppies.

 

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Next, click on the elliptical marquee tool icon in the column on the left, or just press M (you may need to toggle between the oval and square eliptical tool) and then draw an oval-shaped selection around the part of your image that you want to remain visible.

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After you’ve made your selection (you can just make out mine here in step 3) you’ll then need to soften the edges.

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In order to prevent any hard edges on your vignette you’ll need to on go under the select menu at the top of the editer and choose feather.

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step 5

When the dialog appears enter 50 or more pixels.Depending on the image you’re using, you may need a higher number; the higher the number the softer the edge of the vignette. I chose 100 pixels for my image.

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The area that you selected is the area you’ll want to keep, the rest will be deleted, so, under the select menu choose inverse. By doing this you will be selecting everything except the area you want to keep.

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The screen should now look like this.

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Now all you need to do is press backspace; this will remove the background area, then either click on the grey area next to the image or just press control-D to deselect. your vignette is now complete.

step 8

 

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