The power of vi­gnettes

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

Heavy vi­gnetting of­ten oc­curred in old film cam­eras be­cause early lenses strug­gled to draw in as much light around the edges of the frame as they could in the cen­tre, re­sult­ing in darker cor­ners. So by adding a vi­gnette, we can give our black & white treat­ment a vin­tage feel. Aside from this, a vi­gnette can be a pow­er­ful way to draw at­ten­tion to our sub­ject and away from the edges of the frame. The viewer’s eye is nat­u­rally drawn to the lighter ar­eas of an im­age, so by dark­en­ing the edges we can guide the eye to­wards the more im­por­tant ar­eas nearer the cen­tre of the frame. To add a vi­gnette in Light­room, use the Ra­dial Fil­ter tool and drag a cir­cu­lar ad­just­ment over the im­age (or dou­ble- click to snap it to the edges of the frame). Don’t bother with the Post- Crop Vi­gnette tool – the Ra­dial Fil­ter of­fers greater con­trol.

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