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# Creating a vignette with a black-and-white border

Vignetting is a traditional technique to blur the edges of a picture, as shown in Figure 13-5. With black-and-white images, this technique is most effective.

Photoshop doesn’t give you much choice about how you wish to soften the vignette’s edges, so you need to think about your image and what effect you want to create. Maybe you want to blur the edges to a point where no detail is apparent. Or maybe you want to create a softer blur that keeps more of the image’s detail.

The greatest benefit of this technique is that it’s easy to do.

Here’s how to do this:

1. **Open the image you want to work with in Photoshop and click the Vignette adjustment icon (refer to** **Figure** **13-4** **)** **.**

The Lens Correction dialog box appears.

2. **Click the Add vignette button (refer to** **Figure** **13-4** **).**

A black border appears on the edges of the picture.

3. **Adjust the sliders, if desired.**

Usually, you don’t want to do much with this vignette — just softening the edges so that all the detail is visible.

You can also use Photoshop’s black-and-white Adjustment (refer to Figure 13-4) and Levels Adjustment (refer to Figure 13-4) tools to give your images a vignette effect, but the technique shown here in Figure 13-5 is more effective.

If you want to soften the vignette for images with a background that’s not black, use the Black & White Adjustment filter in Filter>Blacks and Whites.

There are a number of different Photoshop alternatives for design and editing, but Photoshop is still the most important. Let’s see which other alternatives are worth using.

Photoshop Alternatives

1) Gimp – The flagship application from the GIMP project.

In terms of its popularity and features it is definitely the most successful image editing application. It is widely used by both professionals and amateurs and is commonly used for editing photos, illustrations and vector graphics.

Interface:

Linux, macOS, Windows.

System requirements:

Mac OS X 10.3 or later; Windows XP or Windows 7 or later.