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Creating a triptych

From: Inkjet Printing for Photographers

Video: Creating a triptych

If you have three images that you would like to present together, then you might consider making a triptych. A triptych is simply a single print with three images on it. A diptych is the same thing but with two images. You basically just take the three images and position them on the paper, usually in a straight line. There are several ways of creating a triptych in Photoshop. I am going to show you a really easy one that starts here in Bridge. I have taken my three images. These are three student images again, and I have already sized them. I have opened up each image independently in Photoshop and using Image Size, sized them to be 2 x 3 inches.

Creating a triptych

If you have three images that you would like to present together, then you might consider making a triptych. A triptych is simply a single print with three images on it. A diptych is the same thing but with two images. You basically just take the three images and position them on the paper, usually in a straight line. There are several ways of creating a triptych in Photoshop. I am going to show you a really easy one that starts here in Bridge. I have taken my three images. These are three student images again, and I have already sized them. I have opened up each image independently in Photoshop and using Image Size, sized them to be 2 x 3 inches.

So they are all the same size. I have selected all of them here in Bridge. Now I am just going to go to Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers. That's going to take each of the three images and load them together into a single Photoshop document, one image per layer. Along the way, it's going to flatten the images so they don't come in with any adjustment layers or anything. And here's my finished document. You can see my Layer Stack over here in the Layers palette. If I hide the visibility of the top layer, I see the middle layer.

If I hide its visibility, I see the bottom layer. So I have got this nice stack of images here. So you can argue I've got three images in a document, it doesn't do me much good since they're all on top of each other. So what I need to do is move them apart. The problem is I can't move them apart right now and still be able to see them because my canvas is too small. So you should already have an idea about this: Image > Canvas Size, and now I can expand the size of my canvas. Earlier, we used Canvas Size to crop an image, but I can also do the opposite.

I am going to just enter in the final canvas size that I want, in this case 8 x 10. And here I am going to make sure that my anchor point is in the center. That means all of the new space that will be added to the canvas will be padded around the edges of where my three images are. So if I hit OK, I get this new document. Let me zoom out there. That checkerboard indicates transparency. Right now none of my layers have any solid pixels in these areas right here. They are completely transparent, so I see this checkerboard pattern.

That can be a little distracting. Let me just quickly create a new layer, move it to the bottom of my Layer Stack, and I am going to fill it white. It makes this a little bit easier to see. So, now I can simply take the Move tool, click on a layer, and then click and drag to reposition the image that's currently selected. Another trick you may not know about: if you hold down the Ctrl key and click, you get a pop-up menu that shows you the name of every layer that's beneath the current cursor position.

So I can very quickly say oh, I want to grab that windowlight layer and drag that, so there I am making my layer selection without having to go to the Layers palette. So I am just going to spread those out there. That looks pretty good. I think I might like a little more air in there, so I am going to nudge that to the right with the arrow keys a little bit. Ctrl+Click to grab that layer. I'll nudge to the left a little bit. I like that a little bit better. Now, if I was going to get really picky about this, I would turn on my rulers and drag guides out and measure the distance between the images to be sure that they are positioned perfectly symmetrically.

Before you define your triptych, you might want to talk to whoever is going to do your matting and framing and ask them if they want to cut a single window to go all the way around, or if they would recommend individual windows around each image in the triptych. If they do want to do individual windows, then you may need a certain amount of gutter space between each image. But nevertheless, that's an easy way to do a triptych. It's a nice way to present multiple images, particularly if you have a larger-sized piece of paper to print on.

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Inkjet Printing for Photographers

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  1. 9m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 50s
    2. Exploring why we print
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding what you need for this course
      3m 25s
  2. 13m 29s
    1. Why inkjet printing?
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment
      4m 26s
    3. Discussing considerations for black and white
      1m 48s
    4. Reviewing the features
      2m 39s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Printing and your workflow
      3m 3s
    2. Printing black-and-white photos
      6m 49s
    3. Understanding the histogram
      7m 37s
    4. Understanding what localized adjustments are used for
      2m 38s
    5. Explaining the histogram with a practical example
      6m 51s
    6. Making a localized adjustment in a practical example
      5m 30s
    7. Evaluating a localized adjustment in a practical example
      2m 29s
    8. Refining a localized adjustment for effect
      13m 36s
    9. Making a gradient adjustment
      6m 47s
    10. Paying attention to viewing conditions
      4m 49s
    11. Summing up
      1m 50s
  4. 54m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels, printer dots, and resolution
      2m 44s
    2. Understanding resolution
      2m 33s
    3. Defining resampling and interpolation
      3m 41s
    4. Understanding where resizing fits into your workflow
      2m 12s
    5. Defining native printer resolution
      2m 39s
    6. Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size
      2m 1s
    7. Reducing image size in Photoshop
      9m 11s
    8. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using Canvas Size
      4m 34s
    9. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool
      5m 15s
    10. Enlarging an image in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    11. Creating a triptych
      3m 55s
    12. Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac
      4m 5s
    13. Exploring the aesthetics of print size
      4m 39s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding how sharpening works
      3m 18s
    2. Sharpening in JPEG mode
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring sharpening workflows
      3m 47s
    4. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    5. Looking at noise reduction
      1m 46s
    6. Sharpening output with Smart Sharpen
      11m 52s
    7. Understanding selective sharpening
      4m 25s
    8. Sharpening through an edge mask
      7m 17s
    9. Reviewing high-pass sharpening
      4m 30s
    10. Applying aggressive sharpening
      8m 53s
    11. Exploring advanced sharpening techniques
      9m 7s
    12. Exploring the Print dialog
      11m 35s
    13. Proofing at smaller sizes
      3m 3s
  6. 53m 9s
    1. Exploring how color works
      2m 5s
    2. Reviewing color models
      2m 56s
    3. Defining gamut and color space
      9m 55s
    4. Reviewing when colors go out of gamut
      4m 54s
    5. Configuring Photoshop's color settings
      5m 47s
    6. Changing color space in Camera Raw
      4m 7s
    7. Working in an advanced color space
      6m 13s
    8. Assigning a color space in Photoshop
      2m 20s
    9. Correcting a color image
      9m 17s
    10. Printing a color image
      3m 30s
    11. Evaluating the print
      2m 5s
  7. 34m 46s
    1. What is color management?
      4m 16s
    2. Profiling a monitor
      8m 45s
    3. Evaluating a monitor profile
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring paper profiles
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding soft proofing
      11m 51s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. Understanding how paper quality affects the appearance of black in prints
      3m 26s
    2. Looking at third-party papers
      3m 46s
    3. Looking at paper finish
      3m 44s
    4. Understanding paper traits
      6m 31s
    5. Discussing paper choice and presentation
      7m 6s
  9. 23m 18s
    1. Printing a black-and-white image
      11m 45s
    2. Printing a color image
      11m 33s
  10. 1m 16s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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