Photo Valentines Nyack NY

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.

Michael's Arts Crafts
(201) 967-5534
365 North State Route 17
Paramus, NJ
 
Brandi John Co
(914) 948-7100
280 Ferris Ave
White Plains, NY
 
Frame & Art Warehouse
(914) 779-4462
1700 Central Park Ave Ste F
Yonkers, NY
 
Jbpw Fabrics and Cratfs
(914) 961-5920
2237 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY
 
West Art Inc
(914) 793-5523
1587 Central Park Ave, Ste 2
Yonkers, NY
 
Frank's Nursery & Crafts 610
(914) 961-7005
715 Dobbs Ferry Rd
White Plains, NY
 
Hudson Valley Art Assn
(914) 428-3793
Tarrytown Rd
White Plains, NY
 
Thomsons Art Supply Incorporated
(914) 949-4885
184 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY
 
Frank's Nursery & Crafts 602
(914) 592-6653
2458 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY
 
Artyarns Inc
(914) 428-0333
39 Westmoreland Ave
White Plains, NY
 

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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