Information for the Triptychs evening on the 21st January was sent out to everyone by e.mail a week or so ago.  Hopefully you were able to follow ‘How to create a Triptych’, written by Dick Fielding and you now have something to show everyone next week!

You should send your entries to the competition email address (email address removed by Ray) in the same format as we would for a competition, although this is a Members’ evening and not a competition.  You can enter one set of three, of both Prints and PDI’s, give each set of Triptychs a title, no need to title each image.

Below are the instructions you should have received by e.mail

To Create Your Own Triptych (Elements 10) 

The following is a quick guide into how to create your own Triptych. Basically what need to achieve is a background of three white rectangles, squares or other shapes on a black background or, conversley black rectangles, squares or other shapes on a white background. You can then paste in single or multiple pictures into these shapes which then create the triptych.

 I am using Elements 10 here as it is my current system. The procedure should be similar for other software although the buttons may be named differently.

First of all create a new background by by clicking on ‘File’ in the top left corner of the screen and then select ‘New’ and ‘Blank File’ . A screen will now be presented asking for page details. Enter a width size of 12cms by 8cms and ensure that the background colour is set to ‘White’. Now move your cursor to the top of the page and click on ‘View’. Ensure that either/or ‘Rulers’ and ‘Grid’ are ticked as this will assist you in placing your rectangles, squares, etc on the background.

Now go to the toolbox on the left hand side of the page and click on the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’. I am going to start with this tool two squares down from the top of the page and two squares in from the left. Extend the rectangle until it measures five squares across and twelve squares down (leaving two squares free at the bottom of the page). Leave this rectangle in place. If you now look at the top left of the screen beneath the word ‘File’ you will notice a number of squares. Hover your cursor over these and click on the one marked ‘Add to selection’. Then with your cursor, move two squares to the right of the last rectangle and copy the same dimensions. When you have done this move a further two squares across and place the third and final rectangle.

Now move your cursor over to the toolbox on the right of the screen (or wherever you have it positioned) and select the ‘Brush tool’. Move to the bottom of this toolbox to where there are two large squares and click on the black one. A new screen will appear – click to confirm that you wish to select black. Then, using a large brush, paint over the rectangles. Once you have done this move your cursor to the top of the page, click on ‘Select’ and then ‘Deselect’.

In my case I now have a finished Triptych background except that I have one column of grid squares too many on the right hand side. To get rid of this use the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’ again and draw out the correct area. When you have done this move your cursor to the top of the screen and click on ‘Image’ and then ‘Crop’. Deselect again. You now have a finished background which you may give a title of your choosing to and then save for future use.

Keeping this background open we will now add some pictures to the triptych.In the first instance I will add a picture which will spread parts of the same picture across all three rectangles: Move your cursor to the top left of the screen and click on ‘File’ and ‘Open’ – Select a picture of your choice, in my case Water Droplets, and open it. (You may click on ‘View’ at the top of the page and remove the Grids and Rulers at this stage if you wish to.

Next select the whole of the Water Droplets image by pressing Ctrl + A. Copy this image by pressing Ctrl+C.  Now move your cursor towards the top left of the grey workspace and you should see two image titles; one to the left either marked ‘untitled’ or else titled with the name you have given your background, and one marked ‘Water Droplets’ to the right of it. Click on the left hand title and it will open the triptych background image. Press Ctrl+V to  paste the water droplet image onto the background. You will see that this totally covers up the background image. Now move to the right of the screen where you see on the Layers Palette images of the background image and of Water Droplets above it. Above this is a Blending Mode button set to its default setting of ‘Normal’. Click on this and then alter it to ‘Screen’ Parts of the image will now appear in the black rectangles. To adjust the Water Droplets image go to the top of the screen and click on ‘Image’, ‘Transform’ and then ‘Free Transform’ You can then click and drag the corners of the image to adjust size and shape. Click on the tick when satisfied. (N.B. It may help in some instances when the two images are of different sizes to zoom out to get a better view of your work. This can be done by clicking on the ‘View’ and ‘Zoom Out’ buttons on the top of the page.  The image may now be saved as you wish.

To add three different images to the triptych open the background image as before on your computer. Then, leaving this open, go to ‘File’ and open up the first image that you want to appear in the triptych. Press Ctrl+A to select all of the image, then Ctrl+C to copy. Open up the background image by clicking to select it on the top left of the screen and then press Ctrl+V to paste onto the background.  Change the Blending Mode from Normal to Screen and then adjust the image by using the ‘Image’, ‘Transform’ and ‘Free Transform’ buttons along with the ‘View’ and ‘Zoom out’ / ‘Fit On Screen’ buttons at the top of the screen.  Once satisfied that this image is in place, go up to ‘File’ again, open the second image that you want to add to the background and repeat the procedure. The third image can then be added in the same way.

An alternate method is to use white rectangles or other shapes on a black background.In this case develop the triptych background as before by clicking on ‘File’, ‘New’, Blank File’ and change the ‘Background Contents’ button to ‘Background Colour’. This should produce a black image. Now at the top of the screen click on ‘Layer’ and ‘New Layer’. Select the Brush Tool from the tool menu and click on the white square at the bottom of the toolbar to select white. Paint into the selected rectangles until all three are white. Deselect and save to produce your background triptych.

Now open up any image or images that you want to apply to the background and proceed as before. The only difference is that instead of selecting ‘Screen’ from the Blending Mode selection to the right of the screen, you this time select ‘Multiply’. This will mean that the pictures appear in the white parts of the background rather than the black ones.

Best of luck!

Dick Fielding.



Triptychs — 1 Comment

  1. I have removed the email address to send the triptych to. If you do not know it please use the contact page and I will send it to you.

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