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Learn how to add a dark edge or vignette to your photograph using Photoshop.
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Today, I want to show you how to add a dark edge or a vignette to your photo. So I have my photo up and the first thing I'm going to do is click on my new layer button. And the first way I'm going to add a dark edge is through a style. So I'm going to take my layer and I'm going to fill it with white so I have my colors up here and my black is on top and my white is underneath. If that’s not the way yours is, you can click here to reset it and then I'm going to click with my PC ‘Control + Backspace.’ And then it fills the layer with white. So now I'm going to double click the layer to bring up my layer style and I'm going to add a inner shadow. So I'm going to click on this and it brings up this box this dialog box and I'm going to change the distance to zero.
You can see what's happening to my layer as I increase this. And I'm going to change my opacity to 100. This is another way that you can have a light or darker edge—it’s by increasing the opacity. And then I'm going to click on blending options and change my fill opacity to zero. And that reveals my picture but keeps my style. And then I'm going to click OK. And you can see the difference here if I turn the style off and on. Now that’s one way to add a dark edge. And if you're working with a poster or something really large, this system is not going to work as well because it only goes up 250 pixels.
So, we’re going to go ahead and turn this off and I'm going to show you another way. Okay, so we’re going to add a new layer and I'm going to make sure that my rulers are on. So I do view, rulers and so that brings up my rulers here. And I'm just going to do this with a gradient. So what I do is I click on gradient and I make sure it’s black to transparent which is what's in there. If it’s not then you can reset this and come up here to this gradient and come back over to your image. Okay, so I'm ready to go. Now, see how this little line appears as I go up and down on the left and on the top to show where my cursor is on my ruler well basically what I'm going to do is I'm going to come down like I choose a number like let’s say I was going to choose—I wanted a one-inch edge all the way around.
So, I'm going to choose to just drag this down and I'm going to press my SHIFT key so that line stays straight until I get to the one and then I let go. And then I just do this on all four edges. Come up to one inch on that side, one inch on this side and one inch on this side. And then if I think that’s too dark, I can just double click the layer and reduce the opacity. So, that’s pretty easy and that is how I create a dark edge.