Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I had a lot of fun putting these photo frames together for the Grandpas and Daddy Vee. With a quick trip to JoAnns for the letters, a little bit of patience trying to get the kids to cooperate with the camera, and a dash of Photoshop magic, it was a pretty easy project. My hope is to update the frames every Father's Day with new pictures... Yeah, we'll see...

What you need:
1) Craft Letters- I cheated and only bought one of each letter that I needed-- so one "A", one "P", etc. I used both sides of "D" to add a little more color variety.
2) Scrapbook Paper & scissors or craft knife- I just traced the letters & cut them out-- doesn't have to be "perfect".
3) Modge Podge or other thin craft glue
4) The patience to get some cute pictures
5) Photoshop if you want to play around with color and b/w
6) Horizontal frames - I found mine at Kohl's for 40% off (aren't they always on sale there?).

Photoshop How-to:
  1. Open the picture that you want to use.
  2. In the Top Menu: Layer > Duplicate layer
  3. In the Palette bin, select the Duplicate layer (should be the default)
  4. In the Top Menu: Enhance > Convert to B&W. Select the "portrait" option.
  5. Magnify the letter that you're working with.
  6. Using the Magnetic Lasso tool, outline the letter that you want left in color. I found that doing this in small portions was easiest.
  7. Once you have the area selected that you want left in color, press the DELETE button on the keyboard and the selected area should turn to color.
  8. When you are finished, select: Layer > Flatten image and SAVE your project.

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