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Follow-up Article: Creating a Diptych

Published: 29/07/2019

Author: Tony Colangelo

Recently, I posted an article that presented the case for delivering diptychs as part of the photos we send to our real estate agent clients for their listing. Shortly after it came out, a number of people reached out to me asking for details on how they could go about actually creating a diptych. So on the assumption that there are others in our community wanting to get this information, too, I thought I’d pull together a quick video on my approach to doing so. Given that the folks who've reached out to me shared that they were unfamiliar with Photoshop and/or creating diptychs, I've made this video in a step-by-step format that is, hopefully, easy to follow. In any case, I'm confident that even if you don't know Photoshop very well, once you get the hang of it, this technique will help you create a diptych in no time!

That said, I have no doubt that there are lots of folks in our community who are far more savvy and proficient in Photoshop than myself and who have better/easier ways to do diptychs than what I’m describing in the attached video. If so, please do leave your suggestions/tips/technique in the comments section below... it's always great to learn new ways of doing things!

In any case, I hope you find value in this video.

P.S. In my previous article on diptychs, I forgot to mention that even if your clients don't want them, they are still very useful to you--particularly for augmenting your website. In fact, placing diptychs in your website galleries serves two key purposes. First, even though a diptych shows two photos, it shows up on your website as one image, of course, and thus, allows you to "sneak in" additional images. Second, and perhaps more importantly, diptychs serve to break the pattern of always seeing one landscape orientation shot after the other. The reviewing the best practices in the field of web-design, I found that when the viewer notices a set pattern in going through a website gallery, it anticipates that pattern continuing and, if it does, it can lead to that viewer experiencing the gallery as being monotonous. Incorporating diptychs (as well as single images in vertical/portrait orientation) into your galleries/portfolios, can break that monotony and keep the viewer interested in your gallery and remaining on your site longer.

Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.

4 comments on “Follow-up Article: Creating a Diptych”

  1. Hey Tony, As you pointed out, there are multiple ways to do this, and I find that checking the "Relative" box in the Canvas Size dialog box (after you've clicked on the direction you want to expand) makes the process less complicated. That way you just put in a high pixel width to accommodate the second image and drag it in. Just free transform the second image to fit your space.

    An even less complicated way to expand the canvas the way you want is to simply use the crop tool from the beginning with your first image and pull the right or left side of the crop out as far as you think you need it and then bring in your second image, free transform, and then re-crop.

  2. @ Larry Driver ... you're welcome! 🙂

    @ Ron Castle ... thanks for your input, bud! For some reason, every time I use the free transform tool, to change the dimensions of one shot to match the other, it changes the aspect ratio.

    @ Jerry Miller ... I'm not a LR user. And, yes, this takes me seconds in PS, as well.

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