Quick and dirty

Being lazy and busy means more straightforward editing methods to be used. I used to do the basic editing with curves and add the vignette by hard way. Now I have improved the process with much more simple steps on GIMP:

  1. Duplicate layer.
  2. Set layer mode 'Soft light' and opacity 50% for duplicate.
  3. Select 'Blend tool', set 'Gradient' for reverse, and choose 'Radial' shape.
  4. Use blend tool to draw line from middle of the picture to one of the corners.

And that is all you need to do, except maybe a little sharpening. Especially this way the vignetting can be made fast and easily. You can also use layer painted black to do the vignetting, but duplicate layer set for 'Soft light' and 50% opacity also increase the overall contrast for the picture, which usually just improves the picture.

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15 thoughts on “Quick and dirty

  1. You are welcome Antonietta ๐Ÿ™‚ This really is just a quick and dirty approach for GIMP. I had chance to try Lightroom, and I must say there is a software that rocks :headbang:

  2. I'll Give You Quick & Dirty :lol::lol: No Seriously Sami I Like it Long & Dirty. No Seriously all Jokes aside I am Trying this out right now & i'll Upload pic in about 5 Minutes Sami…Wish Me Luck that The Gradient & Vignetting turns out Right.:wizard:

  3. Sami I can't Find how to "Radial Shape" is this a Gradient Script Setting?? as I can't Find it.:idea: :sherlock:

  4. Originally posted by qlue:

    a software called Lightzone

    I think I have heard about it before but I'm afraid it is too heavy for my poor old Eee PC ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. :doh: Thanks Sami I didn't Even Realize that Page I'm just really Sad this Eve so My concentration isn't the Best. But Using these type of Fun Gimp Editing Scripts Keeps My Mind Occupied so it's Great thanks for Your Support & Guidance Sami. I'll go & Apply I'm already down to Gradient for Reverse so next couple of Steps should do it.

  6. Originally posted by serola:

    I had chance to try Lightroom, and I must say there is a software that rocks

    John Kampen blogged about a software called Lightzone! But it's not Photoshop! :p .

  7. I was just looking for a way to do a vignette in Gimp and along you came with this excellent method. Thank you very much, Sami! :):):yes:

  8. Sami heres how it Turned out Heaps Better than the Original: http://my.opera.com/Kelisha/albums/showpic.dml?album=11682062&picture=155161922 What do You Think??? & it sure is alot Easier Applying Vignette rather than the Slower Original way of Applying Curves.I'm also a Very Lazy Person when it comes to the Internet as there so much going on at once & just like Straight Forward & no Messing about so this Quick & Dirty Method is Excellent thanks for the Tip Sami.

  9. Yes, this way the vignette becomes like a good tapestry, almost invisible ๐Ÿ˜€ This method is also used on many GIMP scripts like 'Lomo' on Elsamuko's scripts.@Kelisha – I put it on wrong way, I did not mean doing the vignetting with 'curves' tool.Folks, this is the logic I followed. Earlier I used 'curves' to add contrast and adjust lightness. That I may still do if needed. However, adding a duplicate 'soft light' layer instead already improves the contrast a little.The problem now is that the 'soft light' duplicate layer also seems to darken the picture. But this becomes fixed when blending with radial gradient is done.Earlier I thought blend tool is no good because it also lightens the middle, not just darken the corners. But now that 'soft light' duplicate layer darkens the picture, it is just compensated when vignetting added in this way.P.S. Dont forget you can adjust the effect with layer opacity ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Thank you Olga ๐Ÿ™‚ And late thanks Deb :oGood vignetting is like good tapestry: you don't notice it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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