How to Add Vignette to Pictures in Photos for Mac OS X
You can add a nice vignette effect to any picture, image, or photo kept in the Photos app on the Mac. The vignette tool allows 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 intended to draw the viewers focus to the center of a picture. The vignette effect is easy to use, but it’s a little hidden in the OS X Photos app, buried within the adjustment settings.
We’ll show you how to add a vignette effect to any image or picture within Photos for Mac.
Adding & Adjusting Vignette Effect on Photos for Mac
- Open Photos app and double-click the picture you wish to add a vignette to, if the picture isn’t in Photos yet, just drag and drop the picture into the Photos app to add it to Photos library
- Click on the “Edit” button in the upper right corner
- Choose “Adjust” from the Edit menu that appears on the right side of the screen
- Click the “Add” button in the upper right corner of the Adjustments screen
- Select “Vignette” from the drop down menu
- Adjust the Vignette settings in the adjustment sidebar, changing the following:
- Strength: adjusts how dark / strong the vignette effect is
- Radius: adjusts the size of the vignette effect
- Softness: adjusts how abrupt the vignette appears and disappears on the image
That’s it, your photo now has a vignette on it!
Here’s what a picture looks like with and without vignette effects:
To save the picture outside of Photos app, the easiest way is often to just drag and drop the picture onto the desktop, otherwise you can use the Photos app sharing button (the box with an arrow flying out of it) to save the vignetted picture to elsewhere, or share it on a social service. Another option is to locate the picture on the Mac with “Show in Finder” to reveal the modified file itself.