Photo Valentines South Sioux City NE

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
(712) 274-0274
4271 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, IA
 
Patch Craft Hobby Shop
(712) 258-1010
1600 Pierce St
Sioux City, IA
 
Tri R Hobby
(712) 277-2378
424 20th St
Sioux City, IA
 
Big G Ace
(402) 462-5181
3203 Osborne Dr W
Hastings, NE
 
So-Fro Fabrics
(402) 463-3688
Imperial Mall
Hastings, NE
 
Sissel Gallery
(712) 224-4009
504 Court St
Sioux City, IA
 
Picture This Art & F
(712) 255-5169
3263 Idlewood St
Sioux City, IA
 
A & R Fine Arts-Framing
(402) 421-3060
6031 S 58th St Ste F
Lincoln, NE
 
Bob'S Wine & Spirit Shop
(308) 233-3008
620 E 25th St
Kearney, NE
 
Julie's
(402) 462-9284
731 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 

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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