Photo Valentines Fort Wayne IN

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.

Home Grown Bead & Candle Shoppe Inc
(260) 425-9992
125 W Wayne St
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Archivers
(260) 484-5452
4201 Coldwater Rd, Ste 330
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Tiffs Art Studio
(260) 312-9986
5519 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Michaels
(260) 459-2054
4230 W Jefferson Blvd Jefferson Poi
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Eisbart Sharon Corporate Art
(260) 432-2252
6225 Constitution Dr
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Garlands Art Galleries Inc
(260) 432-4151
Covington Plz
Fort Wayne, IN
 
United Art And Education Supply Co Inc
(260) 483-3161
4111 N Clinton St
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Woods Art Gallery
(260) 489-8918
2920 E Dupont
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(260) 482-7998
5519 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(260) 482-5131
4616 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
 

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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