Adobe Lightroom Tips for beginners: Adding off center vignettes

I have already covered how you can easily add vignettes in adobe lightroom using the effects panel and how to add off-centered vignettes in Adobe Lightroom 5 but how to add these off-centered vignettes in earlier versions of Adobe Lightroom ?

Although the process is a bit trickier than it is in Lightroom 5 it is still rather easy to do, instead of using radial filters this time we are going to us the brush tool.

Adding off-centered Vignettes in Lightroom

Setting up the brush

Let’s start with the picture you want to add vignettes to

  1. Add a an adjustment brush to it (Green arrow on the picture below or by the shortcut K)
  2. Dial in a negative exposure of, say -1 (Green rectangle)
  3. Make sure that auto-mask is not checked (red arrow)
  4. Use a fairly large size brush and a father of 100 (blue rectangle)

Painting on your image

Adding off-centered Vignettes in Lightroom

You can now use the brush to paint all over the image that negative exposure we have setup in the brush and just leaving out the part you want to put in perspective.

Refining your vignette

Adding off-centered Vignettes in Lightroom
It is not uncommon to paint more than you would like to, in that case you can simply delete portions of what you painted by clicking the ALT key.

As you can see, clicking the ALT key will show a minus sign on the paint an that can be used to remove the effect of the brush.

Finally you could also make use on the “Show Selected Mask Overlay” option (Green rectangle), that will show a red mask overlay on the portion of the picture affected by your brush. This is a handy way to make sure you didn’t miss any part and/or painted right where you wanted to.

Clicking on K one more time will reveal your final picture
Adding off-centered Vignettes in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom Tips for beginners: Adding off center vignettes (Lightroom 5 only)

In the last article we discussed how to add vignettes in Adobe lightroom using the “post-crop vignetting” feature.

A bit problem with that feature is that it doesn’t allow off-centered vignettes! As you know it is not uncommon in photography to have the main subject moved from the dead center of the frame. So if we use the “post-crop vignetting” feature on these images we will be dimming the main subject instead than the putting it in perspective.

Plugging in the same settings as the ones used in our previous tutorial on the off-centered picture below will clearly show that the head of the groom is getting dimmed and a big portion of the background isn’t.

For that reason we are going to see another way to do vignettes using a new feature in Adobe Lightroom 5and that is “Radidal Filters”.

  1. As a start open the picture you want to edit and go to the Develop Module by clicking D.
  2. Then add a radial filter by clicking SHIFT+M
  3. In the settings of the filter make sure all sliders are on zero and then dial in a negative exposure of say -1.5

  4. Draw a circle/ellipse that will loosely define the area you want to put in perspective
  5. You can now tweek to your liking using the exposure and feather sliders
  6. Click SHIFT+M one more time and you are done

And now the before and after pictures



Adobe Lightroom Tips for beginners: Adding vignettes

Today we are going to see how to easily add vignettes to your pictures in adobe lightroom using the “post-crop vignetting” tool in Adobe Lightroom.

As you can see the “post-crop vignetting” tool in inside the effects panel and is made of 5 sliders

  1. The amount slider: will affect the “hardness of the vignette, by hardness I mean how transparent/subtle or opaque the vignette will be. Pull it to the right hand side and the vignette will be white, and to the left hand side it will be black.
  2. The midpoint slider: will affect the size of the vignette, the smaller the number the bigger the vignette
  3. The roundness slider: will affect the shape of the vignette, pull it down all the way to -100 and you will have a pretty square vignette that can be used as a frame if you like
  4. The feather slider: will affect the edges of the slider from hard edges to soft edges depending of the effect you are looking for.
  5. The Highlights slider: only enabled on black vignettes and will affect how much the highlights stand out inside the vignetted portion of the picture

Now let’s try to put that into practice, assuming we have this picture I took at a friends wedding and I want to add some vignettes to it to make it stand-out more.

As a start i prefer to keep the feather to 0, which will give me hard edges, since that will help me better see the effect of the vignette on my picture.
Since I want a black vignette I will use a negative amount and play around with the Midpoint and Roundness sliders to my liking.

Here is what it looks like at this stage

Now I will progressively push the feather slider to the right hand side till I obtain the result I want. here is what the final picture looks like.

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Configuring PhotoLine as external editor for Adobe Lightroom

Now that I have moved my post-processing workflow to Adobe Lightroom 5 and PhotoLine and dropped Adobe Photoshop the first thing I wanted was to be able to switch back and forth from Adobe Lightroom 5 to PhotoLine as simply as possible, so here is what I did.

Accessing the Settings Panel

Inside Adobe Lightroom open your preferences panel, it can be accessed by Edit -> Preferences or simply clicking on CTRL+, (on Windows) and then switch to the “External Editing” TAB

Changing the External Editor

The first thing to do is to choose your external editor, so click on “Choose” and find your PhotoLine executable file on the path where you installed it.

Setting the File Format Settings

For the rest of the settings, I configured PhotoLine, in blue square, with the same settings as the default ones for Adobe Photoshop, in the Red square.

This should start to give you an idea about power of PhotoLine, it can support 16 bits/channel TIFF pictures (48 bits in all) and ProPhoto RGB color space with ZIP compression.

Finally I kept the “Stack with original”, in the green square, checked and clicked OK

Sending a picture to PhotoLine

If you now go to any picture in Adobe Lightroom and right click on it, go to the “Edit in” context menu and you will see “Edit in PhotoLine64“.

It is that easy and now changes you do on the TIFF file in PhotoLine will be directly reflected in LightRoom when you click Save.

Adobe Lightroom Tips for beginners: Understanding which portion of the image each slider affects.

Have been trying to understand how each slider in the “basic” module of Adobe Lightroom 5 affects the image but then I noticed that Lightroom actually tells us that.

Just by hovering over each of Exposure / Highlights / Shadows / Whites and Blacks a grey overlay on the histogram will show to indicate which portion each slider will affect the most.

The Exposure slider will affect the midtones

The highlight slider the right hand portion of the histogram so, as the name indicates, the highlight, but not the far end right hand side like I originally thought.

Also the shadows affect the left hand side of the histogram but again, not the far left hand side so it is for the darks midtones or the light shadows if you prefer.

The final 2 sliders are the “whites” and “blacks” and these are the 2 that affect the extreme parts of the histogram

Well this is pretty obvious now that I know it but got me confused at first when I thought that the highlights and shadows were for the extreme parts and didn’t really understand what are whites and blacks used for.

I surely hope this will help you out …