Make a triptych in Photoshop Elements with these 10 free templates

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Three is the magic number, and that is certainly the case with this tutorial where you’ll discover how to create an eye-catching triptych image using three separate photographs. 

You’ll need three pictures tied together with a similar theme, such as our portrait. In our case, all three shots are close-up details of our subject: her face, her hands holding an old film camera, and lastly her shoes. You'll find the link to the images in Step 01 below, if you want to experiment with the technique before heading out to take your own trio of pictures. 

Also below you’ll find ten free triptych templates, which work in both Photoshop Elements 2020 and Photoshop CC, so just pick one you like the look of and add your images in to make your very own terrific triptych.

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01 Download and open up your images

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You can download the three images and the ten triptych templates that we used to create this fun portrait in this ZIP file (in the 'Elements' folder). Load up Elements and go to File>Open, then open up the triptych template you want to work on and the image that you'd like to add to the top section.

02 Copy and paste your first picture in

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Hit Ctrl / Cmd + A to select all of your first image, Ctrl / Cmd + C to copy it and Ctrl / Cmd + W to close it. Now back in the triptych template hit Ctrl / Cmd + V to paste it in. As you can see, it needs to be resized so we'll do that next.

03 Resize to fit

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Press Ctrl / Cmd + T to put your image into Free Transform Mode to resize it. Hold Shift and drag the corners of the bounding box to resize it, so that it’s large enough to fill the first window, then hit Return to set it in place when you've finished resizing the image.

04 Blend your picture into the template

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You’ll only really want your photograph to appear in the black area of the template, so go to the Layers panel (Window>Layers) and change the Blending mode from Normal to Screen.

05 Tidy it up

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If your image is coming through another part of the template, you'll need to tidy this area up. Grab a hard-edged Eraser Tool from the toolbox, set the Opacity to 100% and brush over the offending area to remove it.

06 Repeat to complete

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With the first window filled, you now need to open your other two images in the series and repeat the previous steps to make them appear in the triptych to finish off your work.

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Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.