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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a vignette. Vignettes can be used to direct the viewers eye, drawing attention away from the edges of a video and focusing on a specific area.
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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vignette. Vignettes can be used to direct the viewer's eye by drawing attention away from the edges of a video and focusing on a specific area.
  
# In your composition create a new solid above your footage. This solid will become your vignette so take that into note when setting the solid color.
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# In your composition, create a new solid above your footage by going to '''Layer > New > Solid''', or by pressing '''Command Y'''. This solid will become your vignette - so keep that in mind when setting the solid color.  Also, be sure to keep the Pixel Aspect Ratio and other presets similar to what you're working with in your main composition.
# Click and hold on the Shape Tool in the toolbar and select the Ellipse Tool.
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# Next, click and hold on the '''Shape Tool''' in the toolbar and select the '''Ellipse Tool''' (or whatever shape you want your vignette to be in).
# Double click on the Ellipse Tool. It will automatically create a mask vignette the size of your composition.
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# Then double click on the '''Ellipse Tool'''. It will automatically create a mask vignette that is the size of your composition.
# In the Mask settings on the solid layer click the drop down box that says "Add" and select "Subtract."
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# Next, in the '''Mask''' settings on the solid layer, click the drop down box that says '''Add''' and select '''Subtract''' instead.  This will move the solid layer to the outer edges of your composition.
# If you wish to size or shape of the vignette click on the points to adjust the ellipse.  
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# If you wish to resize or reshape the vignette, click on the red points to adjust the shape to your liking.  
# Adjust the Layer Opacity (T) and the Mask Feathering (F) until the vignette is semitransparent and has the desired look.
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# Last, adjust the '''Mask Opacity''' (T) and the '''Mask Feathering''' (F) until the vignette is semitransparent and has the look you desire.
  
  
 
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Revision as of 15:50, 23 November 2011

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vignette. Vignettes can be used to direct the viewer's eye by drawing attention away from the edges of a video and focusing on a specific area.

  1. In your composition, create a new solid above your footage by going to Layer > New > Solid, or by pressing Command Y. This solid will become your vignette - so keep that in mind when setting the solid color. Also, be sure to keep the Pixel Aspect Ratio and other presets similar to what you're working with in your main composition.
  2. Next, click and hold on the Shape Tool in the toolbar and select the Ellipse Tool (or whatever shape you want your vignette to be in).
  3. Then double click on the Ellipse Tool. It will automatically create a mask vignette that is the size of your composition.
  4. Next, in the Mask settings on the solid layer, click the drop down box that says Add and select Subtract instead. This will move the solid layer to the outer edges of your composition.
  5. If you wish to resize or reshape the vignette, click on the red points to adjust the shape to your liking.
  6. Last, adjust the Mask Opacity (T) and the Mask Feathering (F) until the vignette is semitransparent and has the look you desire.