Vignette Effect

I’ve been experimenting with Pixelmator photo editing program for the last few months. It’s sort of like a stripped down version of Photoshop for the Mac. At $59 US for Pixelmator vs $649 for Photoshop, an amateur like me would go for the former. The only drawback is the fact that many filters that are found in Photoshop aren’t available. You can still achieve many of the same visual changes manually as you would with filters, it’ll just take longer.

My latest project is adding a Vignette effect to pictures. It’s when you add a dark soft boarder on your photos to help bring the viewers attention subtly toward the main subject.

Below are my first 2 attempts.

Original on left. Vignetted on the right.
Vignette Example

Orignal on top. Vignetted on the bottom.
Vignette Example

Tutorial for Vignette in Pixelmator


3 Responses to “Vignette Effect”

  1. March 21, 2008 at 4:29 am

    You have nice pics on your site – I like the bee-pic.
    Could you tell me where exactly the Vignetting – Effect is located in Pixelmator? I can’t find it, and google can’t help in this case either 😉 If possible, please write back an e-mail.

    Greetings from Austria,

  2. 2 ryoh
    March 21, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you very much for your comment Birgit and your encouraging words.

    I’ve also searched all over the internet and couldn’t find anything, so I’d be more than happy to help with your vignetting. There isn’t a one step method so I’ll email you the steps.


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