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This chapter is from the book

Adding a Vignette to a Portrait

Somehow, putting a soft edge around the subject of a portrait just seems to make the image more special. It’s a traditional darkroom technique that’s incredibly easy to emulate with Photoshop Elements.


  • 1.jpg With a picture open, right-click the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • 2.jpg Choose the Elliptical Marquee tool.
  • 3.jpg Click and drag in the image to draw an oval selection marquee.
  • 4.jpg Choose Select, Inverse or press Shift+Ctrl+I.

  • 5.jpg Choose Select, Feather or press Alt+Ctrl+D.
  • 6.jpg Enter a number of pixels in the Feather Radius field and click OK.
  • 7.jpg Press Delete to remove the background.


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