Photo Valentines Lebanon MO

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.

Beads Pots & Scrapbooking
(417) 533-5500
1110 Lynn St
Lebanon, MO
 
Playing-With-Paper
(417) 991-2575
840 Highway 32
Lebanon, MO
 
Sherwin Williams Co
(417) 532-2529
144 Lawson Ave
Lebanon, MO
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(314) 842-4411
5796 South Lindbergh Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO
 
The Exchange
(314) 842-7300
11567 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO
 
The Fabric Store
(417) 588-2324
844 Highway 32
Lebanon, MO
 
Scrap-To-It
(417) 532-8663
301 W Commercial St
Lebanon, MO
 
A Stitch In Time
(417) 588-9900
747 S Adams Ave
Lebanon, MO
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(314) 965-1007
12145 Manchester Road
Saint Louis, MO
 
The Old World Trader
(573) 341-8586
410 S Bishop Ave
Rolla, MO
 

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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