1. Computing

Discuss in my forum

How To Create a Soft Fade Vignette Effect in Photoshop Elements

By

Soft Fade Vignette Effect

Soft Fade Vignette Effect

A vignette, or soft fade, is a popular photo effect where the photo gradually fades into the background, usually in an oval shape. Elements has a built in vignette effect, but this method gives you more control. New: See my updated tutorial on how to create a vignette effect non-destructively.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 1 minute

Here's How:

  1. Open a photo.
  2. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool.
  3. Click and drag across the image to select the area of the photo you want to keep.
  4. Go to Select > Feather and enter a radius amount. A value between 20-50 works well. The higher the value, the softer the fade will be.
  5. Go to Select > Inverse.
  6. If you want a background color other than white, black or gray, choose the color in the toolbox now.
  7. Go to Edit > Fill and select a color or pattern to fill in the background.
  8. Go to Select > Deselect.

Tips:

  1. Be sure to save under a different name so you don't overwrite your original.
  2. After step 4, you can optionally copy and paste the feathered selection to another image.
  3. There is a one-click Vignette in the effects palette of Photoshop Elements, but by learning the manual method, you have control over the softness of the fade and the background contents.
  4. New: See my updated tutorial on how to create a vignette effect non-destructively.
Related Video
Create a Vignette Effect

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.