The word vignette, from the same root as vine, originally referred to a decorative border in a book. Later, the word also came to be used for a photographic portrait which is clear in the center, and fades off at the edges, and also short descriptive literature focusing on a particular moment or person. The other uses below are mostly derived from these:

  • Vignette (graphic design), decorative designs in books to separate sections or chapters
  • Vignette (packaging design), a decoration technique to add colorful customization, company logo or variable data to a presentation package. Typically vignettes are made of metal or a polymer material and digitally printed in 4 color process.
  • Vignetting in photography, any process by which there is loss in clarity towards the corners and sides of an image
  • Vignette (literature), short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into a character, idea, or setting
  • Vignette (architecture), small views or pictures which display what's going on in certain areas of a drawing, and they can be rendered or sketched
  • Vignette (road tax), a small, coloured sticker affixed to motor vehicles in some European nations to indicate road tolls have been paid
  • Vignette (software), a commercial software content management system, records and documents management system, portal, and collaboration tools company
  • Vignette (vineyard), a vineyard in viticulture
  • Vignette (entertainment), a brief scene, skit or sketch; used in Vaudeville, on variety shows, comedy programs, adult entertainment, talk shows or certain children's television programs (such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company or Between the Lions and frequently found on the Disney Channel); a vignette could include footage of a "man on the street" on shows like David Letterman or Jay Leno, or a video clip shown on a professional wrestling program
  • Vignette (immigration (UK)), a securely printed sticker containing a photo which is inserted into a passport by an immigration official and confers an immigration status upon the holder

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