How To Make a Diptych In Photoshop
17 Jul 2009
Diptychs are great for so many reasons, and all you need is two photos to create one!
To get started find two images that you think will work well together and follow the directions below.
It's so easy that you'll probably only need to use this once!
There are many ways to do it, so if you have a good method, please comment below! The more information and ideas on JPG the better!
Creating A Diptych:
- Open Photoshop and the images you want to create a diptych with. A diptych is made with two images, but obviously you can use this guide to create one with more...you just can't call it a diptych!
- Make all the photos exactly the same height if you're placing them side by side, or the same width if you're stacking them on top or each other
- Choose one of the photos
- Set the background color to white, or whatever color you want the background to be while you place the images. This color will be covered in a minute
- Go to image -> canvas size
- Set the width to the combined width of all the photos you want to include if you want the images to be side by side. Or reversely, if you want them stacked on top of one another then you should add up the height of your images and set the height to this number
- Figure out which side of the diptych you want the image that you're working with to be on
- Click the middle anchor arrow on that side and press OK
- Select the other photo you want to include and go to edit->copy
- Go back to your canvas and go to edit-> paste
- Do the same with the other photos if your making a series that's larger than a diptych
- Line the photos up with the move tool until no white space (or the other color you chose) is showing
- Go to layer-> flatten image
- Go to file -> save as and save your new image under a new name
You're done! Easy Right? I'm addicted!
Sometimes you may want to have a border around the images. If so then you can easily add a border to your images in Photoshop before the process outlined above. Just make sure to add it into the dimensions for the math that's required!
To Add a Border to Your Images:
- Go to select->select all
- Go to select->modify->border
- Set your width to the size you would like your border
-Go to edit->fill. Make sure to choose the color you want
That's it! Hope this is helpful and if you have a better way, please share! I'd love to know about it!
Note: I used Photoshop CS3 to create this guide, though I'm pretty sure these instructions would be consistent with all the Photoshop versions.