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How to add a Post-Crop Vignette in Lightroom

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of the Learning Lightroom series

A vignette adds darkening to the edges of your image, thus creating a nice finishing effect. It also helps to draw the viewer’s eyes to the center of the image. If you’ve already cropped your image, use the Post Crop Vignetting tool located under the Effects panel.

By using this tool, you can brighten or darken the edges of your image within the constraints of the crop. Note that this is different than a lens vignette which occurs when your camera inserts dark edges around an image (you can fix this from the Lens Correction panel by clicking the “Enable Profile Corrections” box).

To add a post-crop vignette, drag the Amount slider to the left to increase darkening or to the right to decrease darkening (you should generally avoid white vignettes, however). You can drag the Midpoint slider to set how far the vignette reaches into the image and use the Roundness slider to change the shape of the vignette. To modify the hardness or softness of the edges of your vignette (the vignette transition), use the Feather slider.

Vignetting should be added in minimal amounts, and it is best to avoid extreme darkening or lightening of the edges of an image.
Tip: To fix darkened edges in an image caused by the camera lens, use the Amount slider under the Manual tab of the Lens Corrections panel.

To Add a Post-Crop Vignette to an Image, do this:

  1. Click the Effects panel in the right pane to expand it.
  2. Drag the Amount slider to the left to darken the edges of an image or to the right to lighten the edges of an image.
  3. Drag the Midpoint slider to specify the reach of the vignette into the image.
  4. Drag the Roundness slider to change the shape of the vignette.
  5. Drag the Feather slider to modify the hardness or softness of the vignette edges.

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