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Chapter 10. Creating Layer and Channel M... > Using a Layer Mask to Create a Vigne...

Using a Layer Mask to Create a Vignette

When you open a document in Photoshop, the image displays in a standard bounding-box format; a square or rectangle with 90-degree corners. Bounding boxes serve a purpose, and many times a nice square or rectangle box is exactly what you want. But let's face it, bounding boxes can be a bit boring, especially when you want to spice up that image with a nice soft vignette. To create a soft vignette, you need four things—an image, a selection, a layer mask, and a Gaussian Blur filter.

Create a Vignette

Open a document.

Select the Elliptical Marquee tool, and then create an oval selection in the document. The Ellipse should contain the area you want to preserve.

Click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers palette.

Click the layer mask thumbnail.

Click the Filter menu, point to Blur, and then click Gaussian Blur.

Drag the slider right or left to increase or decrease the amount of blur applied to the mask.

Watch the live preview until you see the correct amount of blurring applied to the layer mask.

Click OK.


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