Photo Valentines Jasper 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.

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300 Highway 78 E
Jasper, AL
 
Jasper Decorating Center
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407 9th Ave
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Lawson Auto Parts Inc
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Home Accents
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801 Highway 78 W
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Shadow Box
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Fabric Place
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308 19th St E
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Jasper Framing Shoppe
(205) 387-1420
1301 Highway 78 E
Jasper, AL
 
Antique Shoppe Inc
(205) 384-3055
308 19th St E
Jasper, AL
 
Qt'S Custom Framing Decor
(205) 384-8333
300 Highway 78 E
Jasper, AL
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(205) 733-8067
1721 Montgomery Highway South
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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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