How to Add Vignette to Pictures for Mac OS X

You can add a vignette effect to any picture, image, or photo in the Photos app on the Mac. The vignette tool functions are for adjustments and customizations for the strength of the pictures vignetting effect, which is basically a dark soft border along the edges of a picture so the viewers will focus to the center of a picture. The vignette effect is easy to use, but in the OS X Photos app, the vignette effect buried within the adjustment settings.


How to add a vignette effect to any image or picture within Photos for Mac.

Adding & Adjusting Vignette Effect on Photos for Mac

  1. Open Photos app and double-click the picture you wish to add a vignette to.
    Click on the “Edit” button in the upper right corner
  2. Select “Adjust” from the Edit menu on the right side of the screen
  3. Click the “Add” button in the upper right corner of the Adjustments screen
  4. Choose “Vignette” from the drop down menu
  5. Adjust the Vignette settings in the adjustment sidebar by changing the following:
  6. Strength: adjusting how dark / strong the effect
  7. Radius: adjusting the size of the effect
  8. Softness: adjusting how abrupt the effect appears and disappears on the image
  9. If you think you have done editting your photos by using vignette, you can click “Done” in the upper right corner.

If you want to save the picture outside of Photos app,  just drag and drop the picture onto the desktop, or you can use the Photos app sharing button (the box with an arrow flying out of it) to save the vignetted picture to another place you want, or share it on a social service.

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