Triptych Tutorial – From Srcatch
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can create a Triptych from scratch using one pic and Photoshop Elements 8. This Triptych Tutorial can be quite challenging… So if your not busy and you have time to kill… Give it a go!
To keep things simple we are going to size our template to the standard A4.
1. Open Elements 8.
2. At the top of Elements in the Menu Bar go to File – New – Blank File.
3. After clicking on Blank File you will see this box.
Change Preset: to International Paper (as shown in image above) and Size: to A4 and click OK.
4. Go to File and click on Duplicate.
You should now have two blank A4 canvases.
We want to change the format of our canvases from portrait to landscape.
5. Go to Image in the Menu bar. From the drop-down menu hover your mouse on Rotate, then scroll across and click on 90º Right.
Do the same again with the duplicate canvas. Minimize one of the canvasas. We are now going to resize our first canvas.
6. Click on Image. In the drop-down scroll down to Resize and then scroll across and click on Canvas Size.
Change the Width: from cm to inches.
Note: If you find that when you click on Image and Resize is Grey-out, just double click on the canvas that you want to work on in the bottom of the Project Bin.
7. Now in the Width Column change the 11 to 10 and leave the other numbers as they. In the Height Column change the 8 to 7 and again leave the other numbers. Click Ok.
It will warn you about the canvas size being smaller which is what we want so go ahead and click on Proceed.
We now need to fix the width of this canvas. This will become the panel that we will use to work on.
8. Go to Image – Resize – Canvas Size.
Change cm to percent. It doesn’t matter whether you change it in the Width column or the Height column.
We need to get this Canvas to a third of it’s size. We also want a bit of white space to work with in the final stages.
9. In the Width column change it from 100 to 30 and click OK. Click on Proceed.
Time to introduce your image.
10. Go to File and choose the image you want to use in the Triptych.
It will take up the whole screen but thats Ok.
11. Now we want to copy this image into memory and paste it onto our Panel. We’re gona use the keyboard shortcuts to achieve this…
Click Control/Command A to select your image.
Control/Command C to Copy.
Control/Command W to get rid of the image.
And finally Control/Command V to paste the image into the Panel.
If your image doesn’t quite fill out the panel you can use Free Transform Mode by Clicking Control/Command T. Now you can move your image around keeping the picture in proportion.
When your happy with how the image looks in the first Panel click on the Tick.
Once your on top off the New Layer Icon and your cursor turns to what looks like a closed hand let go of the mouse.
You should now have (Layer 1 copy) above Layer 1.
13. Make sure Layer 1 copy is Selected and again we are going to choose Free Transform – Control/Command T. Holding down the Shift Key and making sure the Move Tool is selected we are going to move our image across.
14. Repeat the same process by dragging the Layer – (Layer 1 copy) down to the New Layer Icon bottom of the Layers Panel and releasing it. Use Free Transform Mode to slide the image along one more time and once your happy with the way the image looks we can move onto the next stage… Pasting these Panels onto the other canvas.
15. With (Layer 1 copy 2) Selected… Click – Control/Command A. Then click Control/Command C to copy it.
16. Bring up the White A4 Canvas. Now click Control/Command V to paste it.
Our image should appear smack-bang in the middle of the canvas.
17. Go back to our Panels. Turn off the Eye next to the panel we’ve just pasted onto our canvas.
The Panel beneath should appear on the screen automatically and as you can see it is already selected.
Heres the tricky part…
Before you go to copy the second Panel, make sure that the Panel your about to copy is selected in the Layers Panel, otherwise you will end up with the same image twice.
18. Now copy that Panel – Control/Command C and Paste it onto the A4 Canvas. As before it will appear in the middle of the Canvas on-top of the first image.
This is how your Layers Panel for your Blank Canvas should look…
19. In the Layers Panel turn the Eye off to the Second Triptych Panel (Layer 1 Copy) we’ve just pasted to our A4 Canvas. Again this parts important. Before you copy the last Triptych Panel Click on “Layer 1″ in the Layers Panel to select that layer as shown below.
20. Now paste onto the A4 Canvas.
Now that we have all our Triptych Panels pasted to our A4 Canvas we can close our Triptych Panels down.
It is time to spread our Panels out over our A4 Canvas.
21. Click on the Move Tool in the Toolbox.
22. Hold down the Shift key and slowly slide the top panel (Layer 3) over to the left until it snaps into place right next to the image underneath.
23. Change Layers in the Layers Panel to the bottom Layer by clicking and Selecting (Layer 1) we are going to slide that out to the other side until it sits right next to the middle layer.
But before you do there is a bit of a knack to getting that bottom Layer out.
To bring the bottom Layer out from underneath the middle Layer make sure your holding down the Shift key and Layer 1 in the Layers Panel is Selected.
Before you attempt to slide it out from underneath the middle Layer, go up to the Options Bar and un-tick Auto Select Layer.
This is how the image should be looking at this stage…
Now its time to put Spaces between each Panel.
24. Without doing anything else and making sure Layer 1 is Selected, hold down the Shift key and clicking on the Right Arrow key on the keyboard 12 times we are going to put a space between the middle panel and the end panel.
25. Select the first panel which is Layer 3 in the Layers panel and click 12 times again but this time using the Left Arrow key.
And Tada… Your Triptych image is nearing completion. All we have to do now is add some Special Effects.
26. With Layer 3 still Selected click on fx in the Effects Panel. If you haven’t already got Effects up, go to Window in the Menu bar, scroll down to Effects and click on it. This will bring the Effects Panel up.
You can experiment with any effect you like. For this one I am going to click on “High” and then “Apply” that effect to Layer 3 2 and 1.
The effect I’ve applied to my Triptych makes it look like the image is jumping off the Canvas… I love it!
I’m going to finish my Triptych with a border around the Canvas. In order to do this I need to Unlock the Background Layer.
27. To Unlock the Background Layer, click on the background layer to Select it, then hold down the Alt key and double click on the Padlock. Now we can make changes to that Layer.
Double clicking on the fx symbol in each of the Layers in the Layers Panel will bring up the Style Settings box. Here you can add your own touch of how you want your effect to look.
Like I always say, experimenting is the perfect tool to discover what works for you.
When your happy with the type of boarder click Ok to exit settings.
Congratulations! You have just made your Triptych from Scratch!
Now flatten your image and save.
Here are two examples of the same image with slighty different effects:
Here is an example using another image: