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Easy vignetting in Post?

FoquesFoques Registered Users Posts: 1,951 Major grins
edited May 28, 2014 in Finishing School
Not sure if this is the right place to post this at...

What path are you guys using to create a quality vignette in post?

I've tried brushes, lens correction, smart layer correction with black brush and so forth, but I am looking for a quicker / easier way.

thank you
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    RichardRichard Administrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,938 moderator
    edited May 3, 2014
    I seldom use vignetting, but FWIW here's a quick and easy method in Photoshop:

    1. Use a freehand selection tool to draw the overall shape of the vignette.
    2. Create a new curve layer with the selection. It will appear as a mask on that layer.
    3. Select the mask and invert it.
    4. Apply a Gaussian blur to the mask with a big radius (>100 pixels). The larger the radius, the more gradual the vignette effect will be.
    5. Now select the curve itself and lighten or darken the vignette to taste.

    HTH.
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    pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,700 moderator
    edited May 3, 2014
    I use the Post Crop Vignette tool/slider in Lightroom myself - it is just so easy and quick, that I don't usually do my vignettes in PS, as I prefer to do them in LR. They are that easy.
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    basfltbasflt Registered Users Posts: 1,882 Major grins
    edited May 3, 2014
    either > filter > lens correction (custom tab)
    or >ACR > effects (the fx button)

    they both do the same as the vignette slider in LR
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    arodneyarodney Registered Users Posts: 2,005 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2014
    pathfinder wrote: »
    I use the Post Crop Vignette tool/slider in Lightroom myself - it is just so easy and quick, that I don't usually do my vignettes in PS, as I prefer to do them in LR. They are that easy.

    +1, it's really a great tool, non destructive and can be quite subtle if you want that kind of effect.

    IF you have to do this in Photoshop, (shameless plug), PhotoKit II can do this with a click and place the effect on a layer for further adjustments. http://www.pixelgenius.com/photokit2/index.html
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    FoquesFoques Registered Users Posts: 1,951 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2014
    thanks for all the ideas, folks! :)

    I used to play with DFX software, but it kept on crashing my PS

    Where is the flag in lens correction to not apply distortion? can't seem to find it.
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    basfltbasflt Registered Users Posts: 1,882 Major grins
    edited May 5, 2014
    Foques wrote: »

    Where is the flag in lens correction to not apply distortion? can't seem to find it.

    in menu
    Filter > lens correction
    on the right pane , choose custom tab , about halfway in the list you see the 2 dialers you want

    in ACR , its in FX tab ( effects) there you find 5 dialers for the purpose , which is equal to LR
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    FoquesFoques Registered Users Posts: 1,951 Major grins
    edited May 5, 2014
    I know where the sliders are, but i'm curious if I can use them without the actual distortion of image.
    It seems that the feature applies the distortion as well as vignette.
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    basfltbasflt Registered Users Posts: 1,882 Major grins
    edited May 5, 2014
    did not see it myself
    auto mode does , custom mode not

    if you do see changes , check the dropdown menu on top to see if its set to default ( not previous ; all settings at zero )

    dont know about what version you have
    in CCversion you can also access ACR via menu > filter
    in earlier versions only via Bridge
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    ldlphotoldlphoto Registered Users Posts: 2 Beginner grinner
    edited May 21, 2014
    Foques wrote: »
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this at...

    What path are you guys using to create a quality vignette in post?

    I've tried brushes, lens correction, smart layer correction with black brush and so forth, but I am looking for a quicker / easier way.

    thank you

    the quickest way I have found that still gives me lots of control is to use Light Rooms stock vignetting. its worked well for me.
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    howardm4howardm4 Registered Users Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    edited May 28, 2014
    I'll usually do something like...

    new blank layer
    drag out the vignette w/ a selection tool like ellipse, adjust as needed
    invert the selection
    modify the selection/feather to something like 150-200 px
    fill w/ black & adjust opacity
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    pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,700 moderator
    edited May 28, 2014
    Yes, that is how lots of us did it in the past, Howard. Still do some times if I am in PS, but I usually prefer the Radial Filter in Lightroom these days, since much of my image editing is done in LR now.

    Julieanne Kost has a video about the Radial Filter here - http://adobe.ly/1bDULcr

    Here is another one about the Radial Filter too. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghJMJoVkVew
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