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Lovely when someone take an interest in the background to a photograph; Jeanne did that the other day over one of my simple wine bottle shots for the Marks and Spencer Eastern Med wines post on Spittoon. Over twitter she asked how the vignette was applied. In reply I said I would write this post!

The original image was one of six taken with various positioning’s of the glasses and angle of the bottle and at various f stops to apply differing depth of field effects. The chosen image was taken in RAW format at f/7.1 with an exposure time of 1/13 second on ISO 100. Focal length was 126mm on my 18-135mm lens. Camera was on a tripod. (Photo A). A small piece of polystyrene was placed on the right to throw a little light back onto the label (Photo B). Possibly unnecessary.

Taken in late afternoon light I thought the image seemed a touch ‘warm’ so in Adobe Camera Raw it was adjusted by use of the Auto White Balance setting (Photo C). Opening the image next in Photoshop just a little sharpening was performed, using the Unsharp Mask inbuilt filter with settings of Amount 120, Radious 1.0, Threashold 3. On this occassion I did not give the image a Topaz Denoise run.

Next the fun bit – Topaz Adjust Filters! I have set up and saved several presets based on the large number of graphic effects that the Topaz Adjust package offers. For this image my own Concentrate 1 Preset was applied. This adds a vignette effect (Settings – strength -1, Size 0.01, Transition 0.80,7, Curvature 0.59). This saved preset is based on one of the ‘pop’ effects and thus makes other minor adjustments. (Photo D).

Back in Photoshop a saved action set the image size for use on the web, added a copyright notice and a border. The entire process takes just a few minutes…


  1. hurrah – you did the post!! :) i love reading about other people’s workflow and seeing how a photo develops in post-processing. can’t rember – do you have Photoshop elements or the full version? Just wondering if i can do saved actions in my Elements version…

  2. andrew says:

    I have the full version of photoshop; no idea what the difference is with the Elements version I am afraid.

  3. As a Photoshop newbie most of this is way over my head but I’ll be coming back to it as my skills and knowledge increase as it’s so interesting. The difference in the background is incredible. The saved actions is something I need to investigate right now. Thanks for such an in depth and interesting article.

  4. Dinga says:

    Point and shoot,eh!

    • andrew says:

      yep, I just point and click… point and click…

      This work flow has changed somewhat since. I’ve learnt and developed new work processes but basically doing less processing than I use too…

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