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The Photoshop® CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

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Blurred Lighting Vignette

This technique is very popular with portrait and wedding photographers. It creates a dramatic effect by giving the appearance that a soft light is focused on the subject, while dimming the surrounding area (which helps draw the eye to the subject).

Step One.
Open the photo that you want to vignette. Get the Elliptical Marquee tool from the Toolbox and draw an oval-shaped selection where you’d like the soft light to fall on your subject. Go to the Layers palette and add a new layer by clicking on the Create New Layer icon.

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Step Two.
Hold the Option key (PC: Alt key) and click once ...

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