I have already written the CoffeeShop Vignette action and tutorial, but I discovered another way to make a vignette and it is so easy! One is not better than the other, but I usually use CoffeeShop Burn because it is fast. If you want to download the Photoshop/Photoshop Elements action made from this tutorial, you can find the download link at the bottom of this post.
Start with a flattened image. Press D to set your default black foreground and white background color pallet. Add an Gradient adjustment layer (not to be confused with a Gradient Map).
Change the Style to Radial, Scale to 150%, and make sure Reverse is checked. Then click on the Gradient to make additional changes.
Move the upper right Opacity Stop to the middle (the Location should read 50%). This can be adjusted to taste. The lower the percentage, the smaller the vignette.
The final step is to put the blending mode to a setting which appeals to you. This is Overlay blending mode, 50% opacity. I also love using multiply, soft light, vivid light, and even hard light in different images. This is something that has to be decided with each individual image.
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