Photo Valentines Lancaster 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.

Kgo Designs
(214) 935-8891
222 Browder St
Dallas, TX
 
Mesquite Craft & Hobby Shop
(972) 285-2930
2414 Us Highway 80 E, Ste 408
Mesquite, TX
 
Art USA
(972) 681-5323
1515 N Town East Blvd, Ste 195
Mesquite, TX
 
Casa de Cultura
(214) 991-7872
409 Mac Arthur Blvd
Grand Prairie , TX
Prices and/or Promotions
12.00 por Clase

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(817) 557-3029
137 Merchants Row, Ste 165
Arlington, TX
 
Asel Art Supply Inc
(214) 871-2425
2701 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX
 
Michaels Arts And Crafts
(214) 461-9491
5500 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(972) 613-1391
1515 N Town East Blvd, Ste 159
Mesquite, TX
 
Clark Steel Framing
(214) 350-1716
10340 Denton Dr
Dallas, TX
 
Astie Art Metal Studio
(972) 554-0023
1819 Peters Rd
Irving, 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 »  

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