I follow many photo bloggers who arrange their images in beautiful multi-panel layouts on their blog posts. I love the look of multiple panels, so I started presenting my work in the same way here. Ever since I started doing it, however, I’ve been asked the same question many, many times:
“Hey Jonathan, how do you make these multi-panel thingys? Do you arrange them manually or do you use some kind of software?”
Here’s the secret:
When I first started arranging my photos into multiple panels, I did indeed make everything manually in Photoshop. What a pain! Now I use a third-party Photoshop CS5 extension called Tych Panel. As a Photoshop extension, it works right in CS5 as an additional panel that automates the diptych/triptych process. It’s so easy to use that I laughed the first time I gave it a try. How easy? Check out the video below to see what was involved in making the diptych at the top of this post (might want to view in full screen):
Whew! Doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it? What about the triptych below?
Just open the files, chose the pattern you want, and Tych Panel does the rest:
Ok, what if you want to get crazy and just keep adding photos to make one really big multi-tych? Can do!
I know the videos moved a little fast and didn’t specifically outline the step by step directions for using Tych Panel. Have no fear! Reimund Trost, the developer of this amazing extension, has very detailed instructions on how to use Tych Panel on his website.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, Tych Panel is FREE. Head on over to the link below to download it and give it a try yourself:
Hey fellow bloggers, how do you create your dips and trips?