Photo Valentines Medford OR

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.

Scrapbook King & Stampstruck
(541) 857-4998
41 N Ivy St
Medford, OR
 
Craft Warehouse
(541) 779-1940
2340 Poplar Dr
Medford, OR
 
Neoglassic Studio
(541) 772-3732
313 Middleford Aly
Medford, OR
 
Splinter Center
(541) 772-6547
2191 Kings Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Michaels -Arts & Crafts
(541) 779-5495
3475 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Central Art Supply
(541) 773-1444
101 N Central Ave
Medford, OR
 
Lightgarden Glass Art Studio
(541) 779-0272
1024 Court St Ste B
Medford, OR
 
Allman Design Group
(541) 772-9296
29 S Grape St
Medford, OR
 
M W M Counter Top
(541) 608-6145
532 Parsons Dr Ste 101
Medford, OR
 
Sugar & Spice Paper Co
(541) 665-7131
236 E Pine St
Medford, OR
 

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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