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5.8 – Using Photoshop Elements >

Make a Diptych & Triptych

1 – Mac Students

When you see Ctrl in the tutorial, use the Cmd key instead.

2 – Diptych

A diptych consists of two photographs side-by-side.

The method below restricts you to a given format.

This makes it easier to do your first diptych.

3 – Download

Download the file below.

make_a_diptych.psd

The file:

• Is a blank white canvas.

• Is landscape orientation.

• Is 10,000 px x 8,000 px, a 10 x 8 aspect ratio.

• Will print 8 x 10, 16 x 20, etc.

4 – Open the File

Open make_a_diptych.psd.

1) Click Open in the upper-left corner of your screen.

2) Navigate to your Downloads folder and select make_a_diptych.psd.

3) Click Open in the lower-right corner of the Open window.

5 – Open the Two Photographs

Open two photographs that will be on the left and right sides of the diptych.

1) Click Open in the upper-left corner of your screen.

2) Navigate to one of your photographs.

3) Click Open in the lower-right corner of the Open window.

4) Repeat the above for your second photograph.

You'll see three files in the Photo Bin at the bottom of your screen.

• make_a_diptych.psd

• Your photograph

• Your photograph

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If the Photo Bin isn't open, click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.

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6 – Three Clicks

Click #1

Click the thumbnail for make_a_diptych.psd in the Photo Bin.

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Click#2

In the layers stack on the right side of your screen, click on the red layer called Left photograph.

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Click #3

Click the thumbnail for the photograph that will be on the left side of the diptych in the Photo Bin.

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7 – Move the Photograph to the Diptych File

1) Select the Move tool on the left side of your screen.

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2) Click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.

3) Click and hold on the large image of your photograph that's in the work area (1).

It's best to click and hold in the lower-left corner of the photograph.

4) While still holding, move the cursor to the thumbnail of make_a_diptych.psd in the Photo Bin (2).

5) Let go of the mouse button.

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The left-side photograph appears in the work area.

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The left-side photograph appears in the layers stack on the right side of your screen (Layer 1).

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8 – Create Clipping Mask

Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

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Layer 1 in the layers stack now has the clipping icon.

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The left-side photograph is now inside the black box on the left side.

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9 – Reposition & Resize the Photograph

The Move tool is still selected.

Position the Photograph

Click on the photograph, hold, and drag to position it inside the black box.

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Resize the Photograph

If you need to make the photograph bigger or smaller, do the following.

1) Position the cursor on the tiny box in the corner.

The cursor changes to a straight double arrow.

If it's a curved double arrow, reposition the cursor on the corner box.

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2) Click and hold, and move your mouse to resize.

3) Click the green check mark to accept the change.

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The photograph now fits in the box.

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10 – Save

1) Press Ctrl + s.

2) Click Save.

The file is saved as a Photoshop file.

11 – Get Ready to Move the Other Photograph

In the layers stack on the right side of your screen, click on the orange layer called Right photograph.

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12 – Repeat

Repeat from the Click #3 section through section 10 for your right-side photograph.

Substitute right where you read left.

Click here to go back to Click #3.

13 – Save as a JPEG

1) When you're finished, press Ctrl + s to save the file as Photoshop file.

You need to save the file as a JPEG if you're going to e-mail or print it.

Do the following.

2) Go to File > Save As.

3) Open the Save as type menu (1).

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4) Select JPEG in the menu (2).

5) Click Save (3).

6) In the JPEG Options window, make sure Quality is at 12.

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7) Click OK.

14 – Make a Triptych

Download and open the file below.

make_a_triptych.psd

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Follow the diptych instructions above.