Vignetting typically is the darkening (or lightening) of an image towards the corners of the frame – in the past vignettes were avoided as they implied lens distortion, however, in digital photography, vignettes, when used correctly, have become a very popular way to provide a simple, and sometimes subtle way, to guide the viewer’s eye through an image.
In this, part 1 of a focus on vignetting, we begin with the simplest form, a vignette which darkens or lightens the image corners and have provided 2 Actions that create them. Extending the simplest form is another Action which tends to create a more subtle result as it creates a vignette based on the average colour of the image (Filter > Blur > Average). Future posts will show alternative styles and ways of creating and manipulating vignettes.
Each Action only needs to be run to completion; You can change the Blend Mode to Darken (if it’s too light) or Screen (if it’s too dark) and/or modify the Blend Modes’ Opacity.