Create a Soft Fade Vignette Effect in Photoshop (5 and Up)

  1. Open a photo.
  2. Convert the background to a layer by double clicking on it. (Give it a name if you wish.)
  3. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool.
  4. Drag a marquee selection around the area of the photo you want to keep.
  5. Click the “Add layer mask” button at the bottom of the layers palette.
  6. Click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers palette.
  7. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make sure the Preview option is checked.
  8. Adjust the radius until you are happy with the amount of fade and click OK.