Photoshop Elements: Faded Edge Vignette

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Photoshop Elements VignetteThere are a number of ways to make a vignette and there are a number of different types of vignettes. This tutorial shows how to make a vignette that fades the edges of an image.
This tutorial is presented using Photoshop Elements, but the instructions should be similar in Photoshop.
1. Download the image.

Photoshop Elements Vignette Download hands from

2. Once you’ve downloaded the image, open it in Photoshop ELements.
Photoshop Elements Vignette
3. Select the elliptical marquee tool.
Photoshop Elements Vignette
4. Enter the radius. I chose 200px, but if you have resized your image, you may need to adjust this number.
Photoshop Elements Vignette
5. Click and drag the tool around the area you want to keep which is the hands and invert this area. You can invert it by selecting from the Main Menu
Or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+I
Photoshop Elements Vignette
6. Make sure the background color is set to white, then press Delete
Photoshop Elements Vignette
and you should now have a nice soft faded edge around the hands.
Photoshop Elements Vignette
You can see in my final photo that the bottom edge was clipped a bit so you may need to play around with the radius number and the area selection in order to get a good result, and if it isn’t successful the first time, use the undo button and do it again.
Tip: You can set the number of “undos” your program will allow by changing the setting. From the Main Menu select
Then set the number of undos in the History & Cache setting. The higher the number, the more resources the program will use and this may slow down your computer performance so you may want to play around with this setting.

If you found this tutorial useful please leave a comment and let me know 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Photoshop Elements: Faded Edge Vignette”

  1. Hi Linda, I actually got round to trying the faded vignette, WOW WOW AND treble WOW. mThanks so much for sharing the how to. I would never ever have been able to work that one out for myself.
    It is really great.
    Thanks again

  2. Thanks Judith, In coming weeks I’ll be showing you other ways to do different types of vignettes; I really like them 🙂

  3. Thank you veryyy much for this tutorial!!
    I was long looking for it:
    I tried today and it worked very easily and quickily!
    Best regards,

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