Create vignettes

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Apply a vignette to achieve a look that is faded out at the edges, and bright at the center.

Vignettes are a subtle way to direct your audience’s eyes to a specific subject in the frame, such as a person or a landscape.

You can create vignettes in Premiere Pro in the following ways:

  • Using the Vignette option in the Lumetri Color panel - a vignette created using this method creates a vignette that surrounds your frame. This is also the easiest way to create a vignette.
  • Using masks - Creating a mask allows you to control the shape of the vignette and is very effective for adding drama for scenarios such as interviews.

Create a vignette that surrounds your frame

The Vignette controls in the Lumetri Color panel let you control the size, shape, and amount of lightening or darkening of the edges.

To create a vignette:

  1. Select a clip in the timeline.

  2. In the Vignette section of the Lumetri Color panel, adjust the following controls:

     

    • Amount: Sets the amount of lightening or darkening along the edges of an image. Type a number in the box, or move the slider to gradually shade the clip. Move the slider to the left shifting your numbers to a negative value. This adds a vignette that surrounds your frame.
    • Midpoint: Specifies the width of area affected by the Amount slider. Move the slider, or type a lower number to affect more of the image. Type a higher number to restrict the effect to the edges of the image.
    • Roundness: Specifies the size (roundness) of the vignette. Negative values cause an exaggerated vignette effect, and positive values cause a less visible vignette.
    • Feather: Defines the edge of the vignette. A smaller value creates a harder, sharper edge. A larger value creates a softer, thicker edge.

    Controls for creating a vignette in the Lumetri Color panel
    Controls for creating a vignette in the Lumetri Color panel

Create a vignette using masks

Using masks allows you to control the shape of your vignette and achieve really dramatic effects. 

  1. Select a clip in the timeline. 

  2. From the Effects panel, drag the Brightness & Contrast effect on to your clip.

  3. Decrease the brightness and contrast of the effect. 

    Changing the brightness and contrast of an effect
    Changing the brightness and contrast of an effect

  4. Draw a mask using the Pen tool, or use the Circle or Square shape masks in the Brightness & Contrast section of the Effect Controls panel. 

  5. After drawing the mask, select Inverted in the Effect Controls panel, so that the darker layer surrounds the masked subject.

  6. Adjust feathering, mask opacity and mask expansion to adjust the vignette.

    Adjusting the mask
    Adjusting the mask

 Use mask tracking to ensure that your mask automatically follows the subject.

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