Photo Valentines Clovis CA

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.

Tandy Leather Company
(559) 291-5533
2750 N Clovis Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Allards Art Supplies Picture Framing Fine Pens
(559) 225-1500
5350 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Jewelart Inc
(559) 229-4066
1811 E Dakota Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Bell Antiques & Art
(559) 485-8381
3265 E Belmont Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Lapidary Arts Equipment & Supplies
(559) 266-6122
Po Box 11411
Fresno, CA
 
Duncan Ceramic & Craft Supply
(559) 291-2515
5673 E Shields Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(559) 438-0804
8062 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Michaels
(559) 353-3201
7400 N Blackstone Ave The Marketpla Park
Fresno, CA
 
Art and The Artist
(559) 439-9252
5769 N Palm Ave
Fresno, CA
 
Wood Craft
(559) 230-1556
4051 N Valentine Ave, Ste 110
Fresno, CA
 

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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