Photo Valentines Kalispell MT

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.

Northland Hobbies Inc
(406) 257-1808
1325 US Highway 2 W
Kalispell, MT
 
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
(406) 752-2987
2165 US Highway 2 E
Kalispell, MT
 
Budget Framing & Artists Workshop
(406) 756-6858
322 2nd St W
Kalispell, MT
 
Sassafras
(406) 752-2433
120 Main St
Kalispell, MT
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(406) 542-0128
2850 North Reserve Street
Missoula, MT
 
Evergreen Art Center
(406) 752-4723
2134 US Highway 2 E
Kalispell, MT
 
A-1 Vacuum & Sewing
(406) 755-1871
140 W Center St
Kalispell, MT
 
Burch'S Photo Digital
(406) 752-3686
30 Commons Way
Kalispell, MT
 
Charles Davis Pottery
(406) 752-6713
1270 Foys Lake Rd
Kalispell, MT
 
Suburban Surplus
(406) 585-5400
PO Box 10386
Bozeman, MT
 

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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