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Vignettes

When we think of a border around an image, we usually think about something like a picture frame. These borders are usually opaque.

A vignette is really a fancy way of describing a border that includes transparency as its defining attribute.

Adding a Vignette to a Photo

An effective way to stylize a photo border uses transparency to change the shape or sharpness of the edges. An oval matte in a picture frame is kind of a vignette that can be thought of as cropping the photo to an oval shape. In a photo editor, create a similar effect by cutting out the area around a shape so that it becomes completely transparent. For more production value, blur the edges of the photo so that it fades from fully opaque to fully transparent.

Figure 8.13
The original photo is modified to add transparency around the perimeter, called a vignette. Different styles create different feelings.


  

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