Photo Valentines Springfield VA

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.

Washington Square Antiques Inc
(703) 836-1020
425 South Washington St
Alexandria, VA
 
Duron Paints & Wallcoverings
(703) 354-5155
7334 Little River Tpke
Annandale, VA
 
L J Tailor
(703) 766-0971
8418 Stone Gate Dr
Annandale, VA
 
Frame Factory
(703) 941-1256
7130 Little River Tpke
Annandale, VA
 
Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(703) 569-8566
Rolling Valley Mall
Burke, VA
 
S G O Design Center
(703) 642-5454
7857 Heritage Dr Ste B
Annandale, VA
 
Flores Framing Inc
(703) 658-2546
3903 Hummer Rd
Annandale, VA
 
Total Crafts Stores
(703) 256-7110
6910c Bradlick Shopping Ctr
Annandale, VA
 
Deco Gallery
(703) 642-0400
7220 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA
 
Artful Quilter
(703) 266-3250
9570 Burke Rd
Burke, VA
 

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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