Photo Valentines Springville UT

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.

The Finer Consigner (of Pleasant Grove)
(801) 701-0603
285 E. State Street
Pleasant Grove, UT
 
Big Johns Timeless Country Treasures
(801) 798-8440
55 E 100 N
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Jo-Ann Stores Inc
(801) 798-0857
450 N Main St
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Gardner Village
(801) 568-3330
Memory Preserve Scrapbrook S
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Provo Craft
(801) 794-9000
151 E 3450 N
Spanish Fork, UT
 
American Craft
(801) 375-0042
201 E Bay Blvd
Provo, UT
 
Cherry Tree Cottage
(801) 798-8948
1364 S 1270 E
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Wild Ivy Memories Outlet
(801) 798-3471
260 N Main St
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Keeping Memories Alive
(801) 798-3471
PO Box 1117
Spanish Fork, UT
 
Gasser's Mountain Arts
(801) 798-0225
87 E Center St
Spanish Fork, UT
 

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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