A vignette, or soft fade, is a popular photo effect where the photo gradually fades into a solid colored background, usually in an oval shape. These steps were written using Photo-Paint 10, but it should be similar in other versions.
Time Required: 2 minutes
- Open a photo.
- Go to Object > Create > From Background.
- Select the circle mask tool.
- Draw a mask around the area of the photo you want to keep.
- (Optional) Turn on Mask overlay (Mask > Mask Overlay). This gives you a red tint so you can visualize the feathering effect before you apply it to the photo.
- Go to Mask > Shape > Feather (or click the Feather a Mask button on the property bar).
- Enter a width and direction for the feather effect and click OK. A width between 20-50 pixels works best.
- The feather can be seen immediately with the mask overlay. If you don't like the feathering amount, apply feathering again or undo and try again.
- Go to Object > Clip Mask > Create > From Mask.
- Optional: Go to Object > Combine > Combine Object with Background for a white background.
- If you want the photo to fade into a background color other than white, create a new object, fill it with the desired color, then combine objects together.
- Because we used a clip mask, the effect is not permanent. The mask can be further edited by clicking on the mask thumbnail in the Objects Manager docker.
- Click on the plus sign between the mask and the object in the object docker to reposition the vignette mask independently of the photo.
- Click on the mask thumbnail and apply Effects > Blur > Gaussian blur if you want a softer fade.
- Paint directly in the clip mask with shades of gray for other effects.