Photo Valentines Hilo HI

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.

Hand To Hand Crafts
(808) 935-5111
284 Kinoole St Ste A
Hilo, HI
 
Ben Franklin Stores
(808) 935-0005
333 Kilauea Ave Ste 115
Hilo, HI
 
Ameritone & Devoe Paints
(808) 935-2011
522 Kanoelehua Ave
Hilo, HI
 
Aloha-n-Paradise
(808) 338-1522
9905 Waimea Rd
Waimea, HI
 
The Art Board
(808) 536-0121
1170 Nu'uanu Ave, Ste 104
Honolulu, HI
 
Picture Frame Shop
(808) 935-9122
794 Piilani St
Hilo, HI
 
Hilo Art & Glass Supply
(808) 961-6520
126 Keawe St
Hilo, HI
 
Kaleidoscope
(808) 245-1884
Galleries of the Pacific
Lihue, HI
 
Bambulei Chic & Unique
(808) 823-8641
Antiques and Clothing
Kapaa, HI
 
Bethel Street Gallery
(808) 524-3552
1140 Bethel Street, Suite G-4
Honolulu, HI
 

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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