Photo Valentines Panama City FL

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
(850) 747-0075
601 West 23rd Street
Panama City, FL
 
Adventures Club Learning Center
(850) 522-0171
2405 E Baldwin Rd
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Allgood's Cabinetry
(850) 271-3551
103 W 15th St
Panama City, FL
 
Miracle Paint Center Inc
(850) 234-3426
8829 Front Beach Rd
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Ace Hardware Home & Garden Center
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3911 E 15th St
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Kirkland Hobbies
(850) 215-8202
1525 Lisenby Ave
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Quilting ByBay
(850) 215-7282
2303 Winona Dr
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Publishing M Morey Jones
(850) 233-8416
3643 Courtney Dr
Panama City, FL
 
Pittsburgh Paints/PPG
(850) 235-7900
8103 Panama City Beach Pkwy
Panama City, FL
 
Framed Picture Outlet
(850) 234-8904
14301 Panama City Beach Pkwy Ste C
Panama City, FL
 

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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