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Poking around to find an easy vignette effect, I constantly run into seemingly unnecessary node setups. Six or seven nodes to add a vignette? An apparently really simple effect, this seems a bit much.

For simplicity, it just has to be circular (or oblong since 16:9) vignette. Doesn't need to have fancy options, just needs to work and be simple.

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I usually do something like this:

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It doesn't take too long to setup (three nodes), and it's provides a high degree of control:

  • The aspect (or even rotation) can be controlled via the settings of the Ellipse Mask* node.
  • The softness can be controlled with the Blur node
  • The amount of influence can be controlled via the mix node factor.

For a more automated solution

You could try something like this (click for full size):

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This can be grouped into a single node (and included in your startup file) with very simple controls:

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  • $\begingroup$ I like to create node groups for things like this and add them to the startup blend (with fake users of course). $\endgroup$ – PGmath Sep 24 '15 at 2:02
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    $\begingroup$ Nobody should use a fish eye lens when doing beauty shots of a monkey! $\endgroup$ – David Sep 24 '15 at 2:51
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect answer, $\endgroup$ – Lewis Mar 8 '17 at 7:33

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