7 Post-Processing & Editing Tips to Improve your Travel Photos

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3. Vignetting Your Photos

Vignetting is about making parts of the image darker or lighter than other parts, in order to make it clearer what the subject of the shot is. Some tools restrict your vignette to the corners, but in applications like Snapseed and Lightroom you can selectively darken and lighten areas of the image — you don’t need to restrict yourself to the corners. Taking the lightning shot above, let’s load up the vignette tool in Snapseed.

Blue pink nature photo of lightning outer brightness vignette

Here we have options for how big to make the “center size,” i.e., the area to be edited. Inside this area, everything can be made brighter (inner brightness) and everything outside the area can be made darker (outer brightness). We can also do it in reverse, making the inner darker and the outer brighter.

Let’s apply the vignette tool to the lightning bolt, to give you an idea of the effect:

Blue pink nature photo of lightning inner brightness vignette

Above are the settings I chose for outer brightness and inner brightness, while below is the size of the vignette itself, which is based on the center size setting.

Blue pink nature photo of lightning vignette center point

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