Vignettes for Images

In the early days of photography, creating photo vignettes was all the rage. For example, an oval-shaped cutout overlay might be placed on top of a photo.

With the help of a select tool, it is easy to create a vignette. The vignette can have any form that you can create with a select tool. Follow these steps:

• Open the girl-color.png image from the SampleImages folder on the CD.

• Select the Ellipse Select tool from the Toolbox. Create an elliptic selection in the image by clicking the upper-left image corner and pulling the ellipse diagonally to the bottom-right corner.

• Choose Select > Invert. Click to invert the selection.

• Access the Select > Feather menu item to give your selection a wider border feathering; 75 pixels will be appropriate for this image.

• Select the Edit > Clear item to delete the surrounding image contents within the selection.

Figure 3.56

The image with the selection for producing a vignette. The image contents within the selection have been deleted.

Figure 3.56

The image with the selection for producing a vignette. The image contents within the selection have been deleted.

You've learned how to use several of GIMP's effects to artistically manipulate images, including shadows, which give the image a neat, three-dimensional look.

In the following section, you will create your own three-dimensional objects and effects. Of course, you will also continue to work with layers and selections as well as discover how to apply more complex tools, such as the painting and transform tools.

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