Photo Valentines Kerrville TX

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.

Creations
(830) 896-8088
1013 Main St
Kerrville, TX
 
Kerrville Framing
(830) 895-2006
410 Main St
Kerrville, TX
 
Sherwin Williams
(830) 895-4100
1024 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX
 
Art Parts
(830) 896-4122
904 Lazy Ln
Kerrville, TX
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(281) 558-1088
12556 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX
 
Beads & More
(830) 896-9107
215 Water St
Kerrville, TX
 
Array Of Bouquets
(830) 896-9797
607 Sidney Baker St
Kerrville, TX
 
Hometown Crafts & Gifts
(830) 896-5944
841 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX
 
1550 Gallery
(830) 257-1550
1550 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(940) 692-6371
2708 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX
 

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.