Published on May 20, 2024

Photo inside circle with soft edges

In this blog I will show you how to place a photo inside of a circle with soft edges (solid colored vignette) in Adobe Photoshop.

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You can download the photo I used here.

Solid colored vignette (with radial gradient)

Open the photo you want to edit. Then create a gradient layer.


Select the radial style. I use the classic method, but you can also use a different method.

Gradient fill

Click on the gradient to adjust it.

First select the left opacity stop and lower the opacity to 0%.

Opacity stop

Then select the right opacity stop. Make the opacity of this stop 100%.

Opacity stop

Make both color stops the same color. I make them white, but you can use any color you want.

Color stops

You can now move the opacity stops to make the circle larger or smaller. You can also use the opacity midpoint to make the edges of the circle more or less blurry.

Move opacity stops

If you want, you can also adjust the scale to make the circle larger or smaller.


And that’s how you place a photo inside of a circle with soft edges (solid vignette) in Adobe Photoshop!

Solid vignette

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