Creating a Diptych and Triptych

Photo assignment for 9/24-9/30: Photograph Lane Tech in a way that’s never been done before. What makes our school the way it is? What are the little and big things that contribute to the school atmosphere? Is it the students? The staff? The athletics? Your friends? The classes? Photograph in a way that forces the viewer to see it the way you do.

Photos take on a new meaning when they are placed next to another. Juxtaposing one or more photos together can create a storyline. You will be using the photos of Lane to create diptychs and triptychs. Below are examples of how different images create different narratives.

Resize in Preview

There are multiple ways to resize an image. The easiest, most straightforward way is to open the images you want to pair together in Preview.

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  • It’s super important for the images to be the same height
  • Go to Edit—>Select All
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  • Tools—>Adjust Size
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  • Make sure the boxes next ‘Scale proportionally’ and ‘Resample image’ are checked
  • ONLY CHANGE THE HEIGHT AND RESOLUTION! You do not need to change the width
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  • Go to File—>Save (you can also rename the files if you want to keep the originals)
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  • Select the images you want do position together in Bridge (make sure all of them are selected!!!)
  • Go to Tools—>Photoshop—>Photomerge
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  • Click on ‘Collage’
  • Make sure the box next to ‘Blend Images Together’ IS NOT CHECKED
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  • Press OK


  • If the box below appears, press OK
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  • Notice the Layers panel on the right…all the layers are highlighted in blue. This means that all of the layers are selected.
  • Click on the layer you want to move
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  • Click and hold the mouse on the image. Move the image to where you where ever you want to place it
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  • Go back to your Layers panel and select the next layer you want to move
  • Click and hold the mouse on the image. Move the image to where you where ever you want to place it
  • Repeat the previous steps until your diptych/triptych is positioned how you want it to look. Keep in mind that it will look better if there is a little gap between the images
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  • Go to File—>Save
  • Go to Layer—>Flatten Image (this will merge all of them together)
  • Go to Image—>Canvas Size
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  • Check the box next to Relative
  • Add .5 inches to both the Width and Height
  • Click OK
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  • Go to File—>Save As
  • Rename the file and make sure the format is JPEG

Create a new sub page on your blog and place it under Gallery. Upload your diptychs/triptychs to this page. You should have a minimum of four. You will need at least one triptych. You may not repeat images (do not use the same image in multiple diptychs/triptychs). Write a caption that consists of 3-4 sentences under each group.