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Burn image edges for a classy and dramatic vignette effect

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by Amy Palermo

Living in today’s fast-paced society can take its toll on even the most entrepreneurial spirit. While you can’t turn back the clock, you can use Photoshop to allure your clients with this old-fashioned technique. So take a step back in time with this simple-yet dramatic-burned-edge vignette effect, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A:
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Dodge and burn

Dodging and burning images in traditional film darkrooms allows film developers to control light exposure and thus how dark or light their prints get. For example, photographers can shield portions of their photo paper, a technique known as dodging, to block the light and keep sections of their photo lighter than others. Alternatively, exposing some areas of a print for longer periods of time, a traditional technique known as burning, produces darker, sometimes black, areas of a print.

Photoshop has both a Dodge and a Burn tool, but we won’t use either tool for this technique. Instead, we’ll simulate the burned look with a curves adjustment layer.

Pick a portrait

You can use any photo for this tutorial. To follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article and extract the file portrait.jpg. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some[…]


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