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How to Make a Vignette in Your Digital Photo

A vignette is a circular border around the center of interest in a photograph, and vignettes are effective when used with a portrait. You can create a colorful vignette with a gradual blend to the subject:

1

Open the image you want to vignette in your image editor.

This figure shows it in Photoshop Elements.

2

Select the Elliptical Marquee tool and create an oval selection around your subject.

If the Marquee tool is set to create a square, use the small drop down arrow in its corner to change the setting.

3

Choose Select→Inverse.

This inverts the selection, thus changing everything that’s NOT within the oval.

4

Choose Edit→Fill Selection.

The Fill Layer dialog box appears.

5

Choose Use→Color.

Then, select a color from the Choose a Color dialog box that appears

6

Click OK.

This applies the fill to the selection.

7

Choose Select→Deselect.

The selection exits stage right. The portrait with vignette is shown in this figure. If you’re not satisfied with the vignette fill that you choose, press Ctrl+Z to undo the fill and repeat the color-selection process.

   
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