A triptych (pronounced Trip’tik), when applied to photography, is a group of three pictures. It could be three photographs mounted in a frame, closely associated pictures displayed near each other or three pictures in one image.
The subject of a triptych is an important defining characteristic. The pictures should have a common theme. This could be a story, similar compositional elements, colours, similar subject matter – anything that draws the pictures together as a group.
Competition photographers often make an effort to ensure that the pictures are not only related but have a definite order. An order may be applied to a triptych in other ways too. For example the first picture may be a portrait of someone facing to their left. In the second portrait the same person faces the camera. And, in the third they face to their right. The order shows all aspects of the subjects face, but the inward-facing heads on each side also create a compositional frame by implying a boxed-in middle shot. It is common for photographers to use compositional elements in this way to create an overall effect across a triptych.
Assemble your story or grouping of three images.
Crop the three images to the same scale, size and shape.
Create a new blank canvas wider than the three images.
Allow for a border between them and all around if you want.
Colour the blank canvas to the colour you want the borders.
Paste the three pictures onto the new canvas.
Arrange as appropriate leaving equal borders as necessary.
Crop the final image to suit your border or to tidy the shape/size.
Save the new canvas with an appropriate file name.
is not essential that the pictures are the same scale, size and shape.
However, it helps to do it that way until you understand the process and get
a feel for the format. When you have done a few you can try all sorts of
creative ways to lay them out. Have a look at these links and see if there
are some triptych layouts that catch your eye!
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