Vignettes Pt 4 – Reflected Gradients – Photoshop

vignetteIn Part 1, we began with the simplest form, using black, white or average colour to create a dark / light / complementary vignette, in Part 2  we looked at the use of radial colour gradients, Part 3 looked at the use of solid colours, in this part we are returning to the use of gradients, but this time we shall be using Reflected Gradients.

The download contains instructions in the README FIRST file, 2 Actions and the supporting Gradient file.

gradient fill settingsReflected Gradients are so called as they create a mirrored effect with the end point colour located on both sides of the starting point colour. However, the key to using them to create vignettes is in their settings.  Style needs to be set to Reflected, Angle set to 90 or 0, for a horizontal or vertical vignette respectively, Scale somewhere between 75 and 100 and with ‘Reverse’ and ‘Align with layer’ both set.

The Actions will ‘run all’ the gradient map coloured vignettes. You can get a good idea of each of the colours by looking at each Layers’ Thumbnail, after which you can ‘switch on’ any selected vignette layer to view its’ impact. The Layers Blend Mode is preset to Soft Light and 100% opacity which may be changed to suit your objectives.

Unlike previous methods of vignetting, using Reflected Gradients will only create either a horizontal vignette at the top and bottom of the image, or a vertical vignette at either edge of the image, the Actions cover both cases. To achieve a full image vignette requires 2 ‘gradient fills’, one from each Action, but you may select 2 (or more) of the same colour, mix colours, adjust Opacities and/or vary Blend Modes.

You can of course create your own 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.
      6. Set the Style etc as above.

To illustrate the outcome we have used a Black/White image to get better contrast and then used a combination vignette comprising black horizontal, Indigo vertical.

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Black horizontal – Indigo vertical

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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