Photo Valentines Saint Petersburg 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
(727) 725-1330
20505 Ushighway 19 North
Clearwater, FL
 
Four Corners Art and Frame Inc
(727) 345-3300
6978 22nd Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Art Stone Co Inc
(727) 345-6733
3611 Tyrone Blvd N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Hess Fine Art
(727) 896-0622
1131 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Central Art Supply Company
(727) 898-8300
1114 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
iSOLDIt
(813) 251-5333
515 So. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(727) 347-2000
2500 66th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Silk Road Needle Arts
(727) 822-6984
2119 Central Av
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
The Nature of Art
(727) 821-6700
1100 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Frank's Nursery & Crafts
(727) 530-3180
4315 E Bay Dr
Clearwater, 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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