Photo Valentines Joplin MO

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.

Jo Ann Fabric & Craft Store
(417) 781-1803
1900 S Range Line Rd
Joplin, MO
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(417) 624-5559
1315 S Range Line Rd
Joplin, MO
 
Arty Crafty
(417) 621-0005
101 N Range Line Rd
Joplin, MO
 
Cleo'S Picture Framing & Design
(417) 781-9480
202 Artistic Aly
Joplin, MO
 
Howee'S Inc
(417) 623-0656
2220 S Prosperity Ave
Joplin, MO
 
Michaels Arts And Crafts
(417) 659-8703
415 Geneva Ave
Joplin, MO
 
Natures Best Art Gallery
(417) 782-1533
930 S Joplin Ave
Joplin, MO
 
Deck Walls
(417) 781-3151
32nd & Connecticut
Joplin, MO
 
Admiral Express
(417) 781-2362
1122 Illinois Ave
Joplin, MO
 
Windfall Light Stained Glass
(417) 623-5002
512 S Joplin Ave
Joplin, MO
 

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 »  

Click here to read the rest of the article from Creating Keepsakes

 
© Creative Crafts Group, LLC. All rights reserved.