Photo Valentines Warner Robins GA

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.

Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(478) 971-4042
2987 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
 
Hancock Fabrics
(478) 922-2824
706 N Houston Rd
Warner Robins, GA
 
Makin Memories Scrapbooking
(478) 225-2588
2302 Moody Rd
Warner Robins, GA
 
Majestic Frames
(478) 225-6821
2507 Moody Rd Ste C
Warner Robins, GA
 
Art Gallery By Michael Paul
(478) 781-1999
4250 Pio Nono Ave
Macon, GA
 
Michaels Arts & Crafts
(478) 929-2283
2620 Watson Blvd
Warner Robins, GA
 
Kovac Paint Store
(478) 922-3535
612 Russell Pkwy
Warner Robins, GA
 
Just 1 Hour Photo & Video Transfer
(478) 923-8381
1212 Briarcliff Rd
Warner Robins, GA
 
Couture Sewing Center
(478) 474-7224
3755 Bloomfield Rd
Macon, GA
 
Michaels Arts & Crafts
(478) 477-3308
4668 Presidential Pkwy
Macon, GA
 

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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