Vignettes are a common stylistic effect.

Whether photo vignettes are caused by optics or created in post-processing, photographers rely on vignette effects to draw the viewer’s eye away from distractions in the corners and focus the eye towards the center of the shot.

Here’s how vignetting occurs in a lens: light entering the camera can be partially blocked by the lens barrel, and light at the periphery of the lens takes longer to reach the camera sensor. Depending on the type and cause of vignetting, the effect can be gradual or abrupt. It can occur naturally in all lenses, and the effects can be intensified by the use of external tools such as filters, filter holders and lens hoods. Vignette effects can also be created during post-processing with photo editing software.

Exposure X has a selection of tools for making vignette effects.

The tools in Exposure X give you unparalleled control over the process of creating vignettes for your images, no matter how complex or simple. In this video tutorial, we’ll take you through each one of the effect parameters, demonstrating how they work, and showing you how to implement them in your workflow to create realistic-looking vignette effects. Another big plus when creating vignettes in Exposure is that you always have the option to save any of your customizations as your own preset. After you watch this short tutorial, you’ll know how to make vignettes like a pro.

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