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Part 6. Creating Snazzy Effects > Adding a Vignette to a Portrait

Adding a Vignette to a Portrait

Somehow, putting a soft edge around the subject of a portrait just seems to make the image more special. It's a traditional darkroom technique that's incredibly easy to emulate with Photoshop Elements.

With a picture open, right-click the Rectangular Marquee tool.

Click to choose the Elliptical Marquee tool.

Click and drag in the image to draw an oval selection marquee.

Choose Select, Inverse.

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Keep Trying

The amount of feathering you add depends on the resolution and size of the image; you may have to try a few different settings before you're satisfied. Don't forget that you can use the Undo History palette to back up and try again.


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Getting in Shape

Don't feel that you have to stick to creating an oval vignette—that's just the most traditional shape. Experiment with other shapes, including using the Lasso tool to draw a freeform selection.


Choose Select, Feather.

Enter a number of pixels in the Feather Radius field and click OK.

Press Delete to remove the background.


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