Photo Valentines Carson City NV

You can create a valentines gift by simply choosing the portrait setting or “aperture priority” mode and using the lowest-number aperture you can (1.8 or 2.8 would be great for this). Then make sure that you focus directly on the valentine. The valentine will be sharp and everything else will blur.

Great Basin Art Gallery & Frame
(775) 882-8505
110 S Curry St
Carson City, NV
 
Fastframe Usa
(775) 267-1625
931 Jacks Valley Rd
Carson City, NV
 
Doll Creations By Johanna
(775) 841-3655
2113 Kansas St
Carson City, NV
 
County Purr Farm Scrapbooking
(775) 885-7377
3220 US Highway 50 E Ste 3
Carson City, NV
 
Clayworks
(775) 885-9005
1851 S Roop St Ste 115
Carson City, NV
 
Hobbytown Usa
(775) 883-5553
2303 N Carson St
Carson City, NV
 
Michael'S Arts & Crafts
(775) 267-1938
955 Topsy Ln
Carson City, NV
 
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
(775) 883-0399
Carson City Mall Shopping Ctr
Carson City, NV
 
Eagle Valley Frames & Art Gallery
(775) 882-6654
4555 S Carson St
Carson City, NV
 
Austin Arts
(775) 883-5531
1505 N Carson St
Carson City, NV
 

Photo Valentines

In the February 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes, I shared ideas for photo-based valentines. One of the ideas was to photograph your child holding a valentine—it’s an idea I want to expand here. In this photo valentine, I used two techniques to draw the eye to the heart-shaped valentine.

The first is a camera technique. I used an open aperture to blur the background so the city streets wouldn’t be distracting in the background. You can re-create this look by simply choosing the portrait setting or “aperture priority” mode and using the lowest-number aperture you can (1.8 or 2.8 would be great for this). Then make sure that you focus directly on the valentine. The valentine will be sharp and everything else will blur.

The second step is an Adobe Photoshop Elements computer technique. I made the background black and white and left the valentine in color. This is actually pretty simple to do in Elements:

1. Open the image you want to use. 

2. In the Layers palette, click on the “Create adjustment layer” icon (look for the gray/white circle), then choose Hue/Saturation from the drop-down menu.

3. Slide the saturation down to “-100” to create a black-and-white image.
 
4. To add color back on the valentine, click on the white rectangle on the Hue/Saturation layer (it’s called a “mask”).

Appeared in: February 2009 « Prev 1 2 Next »  

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