Design Tip: Valentine’s Day Inspired Heart Vignette

By Amy Wright | Jun 23, 2020

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! I’m sure many of you are scrambling to find unique and thoughtful ways to show your special someone just how much they mean to you. A great way to show some love is with a personalized heart vignette. It's quick and easy and will be a meaningful gift. This will also be a wonderful photo effect for your next canvas print. Here are a few ways you can easily create your very own heart vignette for your special Valentine.


In this quick and easy tutorial, I’ll show you how to design a heart vignette in Photoshop with 3 easy steps. It takes just a few minutes to complete, and will surely take your Valentine’s breath away!

Step 1: Open your favorite pic of you two in Photoshop, and using your ‘custom shape tool’, create a heart shape around the couple image. You can make it big or small, it’s up to you. In this design, I’m doing it just around the couple’s heads.


Step 2: Hold Command on your click the shape layer, create a new layer and go to ‘Select’ at the top of your menu, then ‘Inverse’. You’ll notice the area around the heart is now selected. Using your paint bucket tool, fill this new layer with any colour you like. I’m going to keep it simple and use black. Once you’re happy with your heart background, you can hide or delete the original heart layer.


Step 3: At this point, if you like, you can leave it as a solid background, or you can amp it up a bit. In this case, I have brought my opacity down to 70% and created a slight motion blur to add some movement to the design. I did that by navigating to ‘Filter’ at the top of my menu, then’Blur’, ‘Motion Blur’ change my angle to 90 and a blur distance of 15 pixels.



Canva is an easy-to-use online design tool with great templates and features to help you get started. You can simply follow these 3 steps to creating your V-Day vignette.

Step 1: Go to the Canva website and click on "create a design". Choose a template from the options.


Step 2: Click on "uploads" to upload your most adorable picture together. You can adjust the size and color if you'd like as well.


Step 3: Click on "elements" and type in "Heart frame" in the search bar. And voila! You can simply move and arrange the frame on top of your couple's photo. You can also add some writing on top if you want to write a sweet love note or a simple "Happy Valentine's day".


Heart frame photo apps

If mobile is more your thing and you want to create a beautiful heart vignette from your phone, you can choose from these 3 awesome Apps.

1) Heart Photo Frames: This App has so much selection. It has more than 150 heart wallpapers - you're sure to find something that you love.


Available on iOs

2) Heart Shape Collage: You can choose from a variety of different heart designs, shapes and sizes with this app.


Available on Android

3) Magic Shape Collage: This App is unique since you can choose multiple photos and create a heart collage!


Available on iOS

Valentine’s Day solved. I hope this will give you some extra brownie points from your loved one along with a beautiful photo you can both cherish!



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