I've had several people ask about how i create my gentle soft vignettes on images, so i thought i'd share an action i created to make it simple. I created it this way because it looks more natural. You can still see details under. I prefer it this way instead of just using the burn tool cause it's more uniform, symmetrical, and doesn't look like it was done by hand.
For all of you using Photoshop I created a basic Vignette action to help speed up workflow. It's very simple and works well. I also assign a hotkey to it so it's even quicker.
This action works on a full size image ( i use 10mp images). What you do is just create a marquee with one of the marquee tools. like the Oval or Rectangle. Then run the action, which does the following. It takes the selection you made and feathers it by 140 pixels (you can use this on smaller images too, just use a smaller pixel size for feathering). Then it selects Inverse, next it creates a layer mask via Levels and darkens a bit.
Once you run the action you'll see a levels layer with mask like this:
If you want to add darker vignetting you can now adjust the amount by double clicking the levels button on the layer:
This will pop open the Levels adjustment and you can move the Left hand slider in more towards the right.
To get the white areas darker, move the bottom slider on the right, into the left.
***UPDATE - I added a total of 3 actions to the set. There are now vignettes with 140px, 100px, 60px. You can play with them to see how they differ, but basically the larger the px number i.e. 140px, the more spread out the vignette will the feathered around your selection. The smaller the px number, like 60px, will generate a vignette that is "harder", not feathered as much and will look dense. I'll post some examples soon of before and after. ************
Hope this helps someone make it easier to make a vignette! Please leave a comment if you find this action useful or have any suggestions to tweak it for you.
If you like it and feel like donating I would appreciate it. I can also make actions upon request.
You can download the action here: Basic Vignette Action
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