Vignettes Pt 2 – Gradient Maps – Photshop

vignetteTo recap, Vignetting is typically the darkening (or lightening) of an image towards the edges of the frame. In Part 1, we began with the simplest form, using black, white or average colour to create a dark / light / complementary vignette. In this part we will look at using Gradient Maps to create vignettes. The process is quite simple,

      1. gradient fill dialogWith an image in place. Select Layer>New Fill Layer>Gradient.
      2. Select the Transparent to Black Gradient.
      3. Check the box next to Reverse to place the vignette on the outside of the image.
      4. Set the Style to Radial. You can change the Angle settings, but generally 30 to 90 degrees works well.
      5. Set the Scale to change the intensity of the gradient, around 150 works for us.

However, you can take this process to the next level and create a coloured gradient:gradient editor image

      1. Double click on the left hand side Color Stop (indicated by the 3 ‘red dots’.
      2. This will launch the Color Picker.
      3. Select whatever colour you require.
      4. Close the Color Picker.
      5. Close the gradient editor.

To get you off to a good start we have created an Action that delivers a variety of coloured vignettes.

You can either ‘run all’ the vignettes after which you can ‘switch on’ any vignette layer to view its’ impact, or you may run any one individually. Either way, you may adjust the Opacity and/or Blend Mode of any colour’s layer. You may also combine the effect of 2 or more vignettes by leaving their respective layers switched ON and vary their opacities and Blend Modes if required.

If you have any actions, presets, tips, worked examples  you would be happy to contribute and help others off to a good start with their photo processing, pay your knowledge forward ! We are happy to help with putting material together.

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