Photo Valentines Enterprise AL

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.

You Name It
(334) 347-2700
402 S Main St
Enterprise, AL
 
Fraleys Frame Outlet
(334) 347-4909
617 Glover Ave
Enterprise, AL
 
Pure Imagination
(334) 347-7057
728 Glover Ave
Enterprise, AL
 
Enterprise Paint & Industrial
(334) 347-9612
PO Box 311566
Enterprise, AL
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(205) 733-8067
1721 Montgomery Highway South
Birmingham, AL
 
Sherwin-Williams Co
(334) 347-0578
407 N Main St
Enterprise, AL
 
Malkoff Frame Shop
(334) 393-6455
110 N Main St
Enterprise, AL
 
Framery
(334) 347-7800
1108 Rucker Blvd
Enterprise, AL
 
Singer Sewing Center
(334) 347-8797
732 Glover Ave
Enterprise, AL
 
Encore Resales
(205) 358-7690
2831 Highway 31
Pelham, AL
 

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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