I'm new to Photoshop Elements 11. I am trying to create a vignette effect on some pictures.

I'm using the Guided view with "Lomo Camera Effect" (but only the vignette option, not the lomo). I find that the default vignette Effect settings are too intense, and they don't allow you to tweak them in Guided view. I'd like to use this effect manually. How can I do this?

Here's an example of the Lomo effect. I find it makes the photo a little too dark.

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    It would be good to show some example before and after pictures, otherwise you will only get answers from those that know whatever this "lomo" thing is. – Olin Lathrop Nov 19 '12 at 0:00
  • Can you show the before of that, too? – mattdm Nov 19 '12 at 0:49
  • @Frantumn, that picture looks like it has a lot of vignetting applied to it. Also do you mean to achieve something like the pictures here depict? fotor.com/features/lomo-effect.html – Peng Tuck Kwok Nov 19 '12 at 3:13
  • Similar to that link yes. I want a shadow-like border, but without changing the colour on the rest of the photo. after reading a little more, the over all effect is called LOMO, but it's only the vignette that I want. I'll update the question to reflect this. – Frantumn Nov 19 '12 at 11:59

I think the simplest way in PSE11 to create a vignette is to use the guided edit option. Under guided edit under Photo Effects there is a Vignette Effect choice. Once selected you can choose black or white, intensity and also ability to refine the shape.


Here is a couple tutorials about layers in photoshop elements.



So after layers make some sense to ya

  • make a levels layer.

  • Paint the Layer mask so it is white on the edges and corners ( ideally make this the shape of the vignette you would like)

  • With the mask selected (it should have a selection bracket around the mask on the curve layer bar, if not: click the mask) apply a blur filter to this black and white mask.

  • Now inside your levels (this is the other box to the left of the mask, click it and ) you should be able to drag middle level arrow down to get your desired vignette intensity. Try moving all the arrows around to get different effects on the values in the image.

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