Focused Vignettes using Bokeh 2

If you read this blog with any frequency you know that I love Lightroom 3 from Adobe. They have made great strides since its first introduction in improving and adding features but there is one area where they have gotten really close to perfection but still fall a bit short and that is vignetting. Granted, they got big kudos from me by making the vignette tool adjust to a post-cropped image but it still vignettes towards the middle of the image. This is good most of the time but there are occasions where I would like to have the center point of the vignette in a different location.

This isn’t a problem for me anymore since I started using the Alien Skin Bokeh 2 plug-in. I did a quick review of the program the other day but I forgot to talk about one of my favorite new features, focused vignettes. I figured the best way for me to show you how this works is to just make a quick video. If you would like to try Bokeh 2 out for yourself, you can download a trial version from the Alien Skin website.

Be sure to click the expansion button next to the volume control on the video player to see a high-res full-screen version of the video.

We’re supposed to have some great weather tomorrow and I have a very cool outdoor landscape shoot planned. If all goes well I will share details and photos with you on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend!

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  • hasifleur

    Can do it in Lightroom, using Matt Kloskowski’s technique. He covers it in Lightroom Killer TIps. Much cheaper too.

    • http://www.revellphotography.com jeff

      If you can, would you find the link to Matt’s technique and post it here in the comments? I would love to see this done in Lightroom but I have searched his site using the term Vignette and found nothing that compares to what I am talking about, which is targeted area vignetting. I do realize that you can use the adjustment brush with a large brush setting and feather and then paint the vignette but that can also be pretty time consuming. I look forward to seeing Matt’s technique. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.jmfoto.es Jimmy

    You can just do all the editing you wish to the image in LR then open in PS, create a new layer fill with black, take the marquee tool make the selection on the black layer where you want to be more visible, cut selection and then drop opacity till you get the desired look. I usually use around 250px feather with the marquee.

    • http://www.revellphotography.com jeff

      True, but that’s a photoshop technique, not Lightroom.

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