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Creating a Vignette in Adobe Premiere Pro

Clay Asbury

Save time by using plugins to create presets for common looks in Premiere Pro – reuse easily, apply quickly and tweak  in deadline situations!

Most After Effects users are already familiar with using aescripts.com.

These plugins are generally made by individuals and are often designed to solve a workflow problem or simplify a repetitive process (like creating a vignette).

There is also a sense of community built around using these plugins.  Some  creators give them away for free or sell them cheaply (under $50 or a ‘name your own price’ option).

Recently aescripts.com (maker of quality scripts for After Effects) started offering plugins that work in Premiere Pro.

Effects created with the ‘Adobe Plugin’ format can be used in After Effects as well as Premiere Pro.  This makes it a double ‘bang for your buck’ for post production professionals that have an all Adobe workflow.

adobe plugin format

Let’s take a look at a real-world application for using these effects in a Premiere Pro project

Simplifying Repetitive Tasks in Premiere

A common task in Premiere Pro is to add a vignette using an adjustment layer.

There isn’t a quick way to create good vignettes in Premiere Pro without buying a plugin.  Because the the plugins we are using are “name your own price” this is a great solution.  Note, there are pro versions of these for $19.99 & 24.99 that offer more control.

Downloading & Installing

Check out the Premiere Pro effects at AEScripts.com

I’m using “ft-Vignetting-Lite”.  They will email you a download link, and then you need to install the script/plugin.

You’ll want to install it so Premiere Pro & After Effects can both use it, so it needs to be in a shared location.  MediaCore is a shared folder that both apps can access.  Since it is shared, we only have to install the script/plugin once.  To access MediaCore:

  • On a Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CSx/MediaCore
  • On a PC:  Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CSx\MediaCore Windows 64-bit: Program Files\Adobe (x86)\Common\Plug-ins\CSx\MediaCore

script location

Creating a Vignette in Premiere

Now back to creating a vignette.  For flexibility I’ll apply the effect to an adjustment layer. Click the ‘new item’ icon (as shown below) and select ‘adjustment layer’. (as a best practice, simply name the adjustment layer what it represents- vignette, etc).

click new item to create an adjustment layer

Name the Adjustment Layers

Drag the adjustment layer into your sequence above the footage you want to treat.

add adjustment layers to sequence

Select the adjustment layer in the sequence, and in the Effects Panel start typing ‘Vignetting’ (Premiere Pro will finish the spelling).

Double click on “ft-Vignetting-Lite” to apply the effect.

apply vignette effect

In the “Effects Controls” panel, you can adjust the vignette size, feather, and center. I suggest leaving feather at zero, set the size and center first and then feather to taste.

adjust Effect parameters

Tweak to your liking, and then save the settings as a Premiere Pro preset so you can quickly reuse it later. Saving presets will save you time in deadline situations.  To save a preset click on the effect name, then click on the Source Window pulldown and select ‘Save Preset’.  Name it and click OK.

save preset

name your presets

This effect will now show up in the Effects panel under presets, making it easy to reuse it for future projects.