Photo Valentines Huntsville 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.

Signature Gallery
(256) 536-1960
2362 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, AL
 
Michaels Arts & Crafts
(256) 971-0140
6275 University Dr Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Bella Beads & Jewelry
(256) 534-6010
603 Pratt Ave Ne
Huntsville, AL
 
Cottage Craft Frames
(256) 880-8059
10300 Bailey Cove Rd Se Ste 12
Huntsville, AL
 
Frame IT Art Gallery
(256) 859-8582
1961 Winchester Rd NE
Huntsville, AL
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
(256) 882-0444
2726 Carl T Jones Dr Se
Huntsville, AL
 
Art Market
(256) 881-5278
2000 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Ste 106
Huntsville, AL
 
Arts Council Inc
(256) 519-2787
700 Monroe St SW, Ste 2
Huntsville, AL
 
Craft Designs Inc
(256) 650-0536
501 Smokey Mountain Cir Se
Huntsville, AL
 
Creative Learning Connection
(256) 325-3305
8006 Madison Pike Ste 11a
Madison, 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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