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How to add vignette effect in Lightroom?

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Lightroom is by far the best photo editing (not manipulation) tool that I’ve come across. Easy to use, lightweight on the system and readily available across devices. While Lightroom is quite self-explanatory in the way it works, there can still some features hidden in the hundreds of menus, including but not limited to — vignetting.

Vignetting is a vital editing tool to draw viewer attention to a specific part of the image (mostly to the centre). When used properly with a shallow depth of field, vignetting can create some pretty impactful photos.

In this article, we’re going to see how to add a vignette to an image in Lightroom.

Also read: Lightroom 101: Blur, crop and whiten teeth

Adding a vignette in Lightroom

There are several ways you can add a vignette to your image. In this article, we’re going to look at the Post-crop Vignette tool which is by far the easiest way.

Step 1: Fire up Lightroom and import your image. Note that images with a shallow depth of field benefit most from vignetting. In this example, I’m going to use this picture of myself with a shallow depth of field.

Step 2: Go ahead and edit the image to your liking first. Vignetting is always the last step of the editing process.

Step 3: Once you’ve done your edits, scroll down to the Effects panel. You’ll notice Post-Crop Vignetting along with a bunch of settings.

Step 4: To add a vignette, just slide the amount slider to the left. If you slide it to the right, you’ll add a positive vignette. Instead of removing light from the borders, it’ll add light, and you’ll end up with a white vignette.

Step 5: Adjust the remaining settings to get the desired look

  • Midpoint: Determines how deep in the centre the midpoint for the vignette is
  • Roundness: Increases or decreases the overall roundness of the vignette
  • Feather: Determines how soft the vignette edge is
  • Highlights: Determines the number of highlights to cover.

Also read: How to install Lightroom presets?

Adding a vignette effect in the Lightroom mobile app

If you’re on the Android/iOS app, here how you can add the vignette effect.

Step 1: Import your image and make the edits you want.

Step 2: Slide over to the Effects tab. Scroll down, and you’ll see the Vignette option right there along with the other settings. Adjust them accordingly to get the desired effect.

Also read: How to restore out of focus photos in Photoshop?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: