Photo Valentines Kearney NE

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.

City Glass
(308) 236-7565
2500 Highway 30 E
Kearney, NE
 
Antelope Bookstore 123,
(308) 234-3030
1015 W 27th St
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Linda'S Upholstery
(308) 237-7540
6825 56th Avenue
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Embellishments
(308) 233-5009
9 W 23rd St
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Clay Corner Ceramics
(308) 389-3200
604 Claude Rd
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Cowbell Tailor Store
(308) 234-2582
1027 E 25th St
Kearney, NE
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
(308) 237-1223
11 W 39th St
Kearney, NE
 
Bob'S Wine & Spirit Shop
(308) 233-3008
620 E 25th St
Kearney, NE
 
Diamond Vogel Paint
(308) 237-1120
1802 Central Ave
Kearney, NE
 
Diamond Vogel Paint Center
(308) 382-5895
516 W 2nd St
Grand Island, NE
 

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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