Triptych Hints by Irene Callaghan APSNZ

1/ Don’t use large white frames around your images either individually, or the finished triptych, as this will pull attention away from your images.

2/ It is better to have 3 individual entries rather than divide one into 3 parts. This is more creative.

3/ I size my individual images before putting a small frame around them usually, although there is no necessity to have images the same size or shape.

4/ I then use Photoshop to create a new layer by adding the dimensions of the 3 individual images plus allowing plenty of room around them. The background can be cropped later if wanted.

5/ I generally use the ‘paint bucket’ and turn the background black, however as long as this does not become an additional image, this is personal preference.

6/ Now and open your images one at a time and use the move tool (which is at top left) to place them on your background. You can still alter them at this point before placing them on the background. Drag the image name down using the move tool, and then place your curser in the middle of the image and drag it where you want it on the background. If you have layers open (found under window) you can move them around one at a time by highlighting them.

7/ Go to ‘view’ on top line and then to ‘show’ and tick ‘smart guides’ which creates lines to help to align your images.

8/ Once you are happy with your alignment, flatten your layers and save as a large file. Then create a small file at competition size for your entry which you can then put a border around. Keep the large size to send if requested for the catalogue.

9/ There is more information and tips and many ways of creating a triptych on the Nelson Camera Club website. This includes some special award categories which change each year. Good luck.


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