Re: [Gimp-user] Vignetting correction

On Sat, 24 Dec 2011 21:07:22 +0530, Steve Kinney <admin pilobilus net> wrote:

On 12/24/2011 09:30 AM, phanisvara das wrote:
On Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:18:05 +0530,
<giuliogiuseppecarlo interfree it> wrote:

Hello everyone,

i have a problem trying to remove/adding vignetting with Gimp
2.6.8 and .11.

I have seen there is a nice tool in Filters-Distorts-Lens

But if i move only the brighten slider, nothing happens. It works
only if i move also the main slider (and in most images, for
example portraits, i won't need to touch it).

Is it the intended behaviour or i'm missing something (for
example another tool that only removes vignetting and shows a

Thank you in advance.

not sure what type of vignette you're talking about, but to apply
one as i used to wile enlarging & developing prints the old way
(optically & chemically), i just select an ellipse from upper left
to lower right corner, invert the selection, and feather it
according to image size. this allows me to either lighten or
darken the corner areas, subtly focusing attention on the middle

if that's the type of vignette you're looking for, i don't think
any tool can do that better than the plain ellipse selection tool.

Hey y'all,

I usually make a new transparent layer, scale it to about 120% of
canvas size, make an elliptical selection with a high value set in
"feather edges", invert the selection and and fill it with black.
Then I adjust the transparency of the layer until I get the effect I
want - which amounts to a realtime preview of the vignette effect,
with unlimited do-overs.  If the boundary of the dark area is too
sharp, use a high value gaussian blur on the vignetting layer.

I make the vignetting layer larger than the canvas because blur
effects tend to get a little "bent" at the edge of the layer.

There's always more than one way to do things.  For more precise
control:  Make a duplicate of the main image layer, add a white
mask, select the area to be emphasized with a feathered elliptical
selection tool, and fill it with black on the mask.  Then you can
tweak image component of the masked layer to emphasize the
"foreground" i.e. the visible part of the original layer - reduce
brightness and contrast, blur it a little to simulate a flatter
depth of field on the subject, etc.  If you deliberately "go a
little too far" with your tweaking on this layer, you can dial back
its opacity to adjust the amount of distortion in the finished image.

thanks, that's useful. i've never thought much about this vignetting stuff. just was something we did routinely with larger prints, because the lenses tended to loose light toward the edges.

the way you describe it, it can be used as a creative tool, not just subtle final polishing.


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