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    Default Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Darkening The Edges Of An Image

    1. Open your image in Photoshop.



    2. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).

    3. Make sure foreground color is set to white.

    4. Fill the new layer with white (Alt + Backspace).

    5. Bring up the lens correction filter (Filter/Distort/Lens Correction).

    6. Set the Vignette Amount slider to about -80%.

    7. Set the Vignette Midpoint to about +20%.



    8. This is a good starting point for the Vignette, but you can change the settings as you wish. When you are finished, click OK.

    9. Now set the blending mode of the Vignette layer to Multiply.



    10. This completes the edge darkening. You can further modify the Vignette layer by painting on it with white to lighten some areas of the final image, and with black to further darken some areas. If you paint on the vignette layer, use a large soft brush.

    Lawrence

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Slick one, Laurence, thanks!
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    If you have PT Lens, you can do the vignetting directly with that, too. Not as adjustable as what Lawrence suggested, but often pretty quick and dirty.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Lawrence thanks for the series of tips. This one works very well for me. I'm by no means a pro and don't my living with my cameras but I do strive to be the best I can.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    I always look forward to your tips, Lawrence.

    I am still working on PSE2, and there is no vignette filter that I can find, so do you mind if I offer a low-tech solution I stumbled on several months ago?

    1. Open your image in PSE.
    2. Create a new layer.
    3. Set your foreground color to black
    4. Fill in the new layer with black.
    (you now have a completely black layer on top of your original image)
    5. On your tool palette, set the marquee tool to "elliptical marquee."
    6. Set the tool to feather at around 120-150px. (If the image is a crop or reduced image, you may need to choose a lower setting.)
    7. On the black rectangle that is your top layer, drag the marquee tool from one corner to the diagonally opposite corner, creating an oval selection. The oval should touch or almost touch all four sides of your black rectangle.
    8. Delete the oval (Ctl + X), leaving heavily "vignetted" corners.
    9. Adjust opacity of the top layer to get the effect you like.
    10. Further adjust by painting as in step 10 of Lawrence's post.

    I wish I knew how to do screen captures, because it is much quicker and easier than it sounds.

    You can use other colors than black for the vignette effect. White edges are nice for children's photos.

    Original image:



    "Vignetted" image (vignette layer opacity adusted to 50%):



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    Default Julie K.

    That's a method that I, too, was going to suggest. In addition to it working well, you can fill the top layer with colors other than black so that the vignette can be color keyed to elements within the image.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Julie,

    I welcome all comments, corrections, suggestions, alternate methods, etc.

    The whole idea of this thread is for us all, including me, to learn.

    For screen capture, all I do is press Ctrl + Prt Scr which will capture the screen image to the clipboard. Then, in Photoshop, select File/New which will bring up a new window which shows the size (which is your screen resolution) of the new image. Click OK.

    Paste the screen capture (which is stored in the clipboard) into this new image by pressing Ctrl + V.

    After doing this, I usually crop the information I want to use out of the image.

    Lawrence

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    A couple of times in the past I've followed directions from other people on how to do screen caps. For some reason could never get it to work, but I finally did it. It's so easy!

    (On my computer, it seems to be Fn + Prt Scr rather than Ctl + Prt Scr.)

    Thanks, Lawrence!!!


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    I'm a bit curios about the Ctrl + PrtSc key combination. It's a new one for me. On all the computers I have used it has always been PrtSc on it's own to capture the whole screen and Alt + PrtSc to capture only the active window.
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Quote Originally Posted by Rajraj View Post
    I'm a bit curios about the Ctrl + PrtSc key combination. It's a new one for me. On all the computers I have used it has always been PrtSc on it's own to capture the whole screen and Alt + PrtSc to capture only the active window.
    I don't remember where I read about Ctrl + PrtSc. I have been using it since the MS-DOS days. I do know it captures both of my dual screens in one image, but then again PrtSc may do that too. I will have to give it a try.

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    MS-DOS? Hmmm... I get a faint tickle from an old memory of Ctrl+PrtSc. Maybe it isn't totally new for me, but merely forgotten. It makes sense because in those days, PrtSc on it's own would actually dump the screen contents to the printer.
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Also Alt + Print Screen will capture just the active window rather than the complete desktop.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Yes, Ctrl-PrtScn is a carry over from MS-DOS days. And I still use it too, even though I know using Prt-Scn all by itself does the same.

    Old habits....

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Lawrence - can the vignetting trick be "flipped" to fade out the corners and edges of a photo (so you get an oval shape with soft edges going to white)?

    I'm at work so I can't experiement....
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Quote Originally Posted by olddigiman View Post
    Lawrence - can the vignetting trick be "flipped" to fade out the corners and edges of a photo (so you get an oval shape with soft edges going to white)?

    I'm at work so I can't experiement....
    Yes you can. just invert the layer after step 8. You can do this by typing
    ctrl + I. Then in step 9, change the blending mode to Screen instead of Multiply.

    I just tried this and it works, but I think you will need different values for the lens correction filter. I also found when I tried it, I needed to pain with black on the new layer over the faces to prevent the faces from being washed out with the white. Then I duplicated the new layer a number of times until the edges of the print were white like I wanted.

    I know this sounds complicated, but it only takes a minute to do.

    Maybe I will work out the bugs in this method, and present this as my Photoshop tip for next week, along with some sample images.

    Lawrence

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    Thanks! I wonder, with CS3 smart filters you can go back in and adjust the filter settings, perhaps you can go back in and tweak the vignetting after the inversion....
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #13

    Quote Originally Posted by olddigiman View Post
    Thanks! I wonder, with CS3 smart filters you can go back in and adjust the filter settings, perhaps you can go back in and tweak the vignetting after the inversion....
    You are probably right. I haven't taken the time to use smart filters much yet. There is so much to learn and so little time.

    Lawrence

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