Photo Valentines Lake Havasu City AZ

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.

Mj Arts Inc
(928) 453-1952
2126 Mcculloch Blvd N
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Scrapbooks And More
(928) 855-7442
2102 Mcculloch Blvd N
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Ryan's General Store
(928) 855-1966
31 Acoma Blvd S
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
The Yarn Shop
(928) 680-8689
2069 Mcculloch Blvd N
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Four Seasons Art Gallery Gifts
(928) 855-6562
911 Lake Havasu Ave N Ste 109
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Stamps 'n Stuff
(928) 505-5266
2139 Mcculloch Blvd N Ste A
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Picture This Frame Art Gallery
(928) 680-4444
2069 Mcculloch Blvd N Ste 2
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Jonali Sewing Center
(928) 854-2002
289 Lake Havasu Ave S
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Sugar Shack
(928) 680-1208
420 El Camino Way Ste 104
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Michael's Arts & Crafts
(928) 764-3528
5601 Highway 95 N
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 

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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