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38 Special: photographic special effects > Blurred Lighting Vignette

Blurred Lighting Vignette

This technique is very popular with portrait and wedding photographers. It creates a dramatic effect by giving the appearance that a soft light is focused on the subject, while dimming the surrounding area (which helps draw the eye to the subject).

Step One

Open the photo that you want to add a soft light vignette to. Go under the Layer menu and choose Duplicate Layer (or just drag-and-drop the Background layer on the Create a New Layer icon at the top left of the Layers palette). This will duplicate the Background layer onto its own layer (Background copy).


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