I did Janelle’s lucky photo, and while I was doing it I figure out a great way to do Vignettes in PSP, but then my friend Lara wanted to do it in PSE, so I figured out a way to do it in there… and it’s pretty fancy if I do say so myself. I appreciate how in PSE I can pick any center of the vignette — which you’ll see illustrated here: For those of you who don’t have a clue what a vignette is — it’s just where the edges are darkened — nothing too fancy… but difficult to make it look right.
Step one: Pull up a photo you’d like vignetted (first off I’d like to mention that vignette, in my opinion is REALLY over done sometimes I like a subtle one that adds to the point of view — that being said, here we go!) You’ll need to pick your foreground color as black (that’s the one on the left in the front (this can picked on the bottom left of the screen). Then you’ll pick on your gradient tool — that’s the purple-y looking box above the “word bubble”. That should bring your screen up to something like this once you click the pull-down menu on the gradient. You’re going to pick the gradient that goes from black to transparent — on mine it’s second from the left (btw, I have PSE 5 — not sure if I mentioned that).