Triptych Action for Photoshop, Now Vertical Triptychs Too!

Triptych Creation – Visualization and creation. This action creates a triptych from just one photo.

7/24/2010 – Updated again! Now will preview vertical and horizontal triptychs. – Thanks Rohan for the request. This version will also make frame of any of the vertical or horizontal previews.

3/27/2010 – Updated again! Now will preview a 2 panel and 4 panel display in addition to the triptychs. – Thanks Dave for the request. Prior update was to allow display in frame any of the previews.

A simple Photoshop action to preview various panel sizes and then optionally create the panels with or without extensions for printing on canvas with a gallery wrap. If you want to print on canvas with a gallery wrap, you will also need the action on this page.


The Triptych: Which panel size ratio presents your image best?

Tryptics are a collection of three panels of a single image or related images mounted in a group. The word triptych is often misspelled tryptich or triptic. An easy way to remember the spelling is to remember that there are three panels, thus TRIptych; Tri being three as in tricycle…

Creation of a triptych is easy enough. Crop your image three times and you are done! How and where to crop is a decision that can be made easier by using a Photoshop action that can take your image and display it with several crop ratio options. The ratio that I mention is the ratio of the widths of the three panels. i.e., if all panels are the same size, the ratio is 1 : 1 : 1. Simple enough – a 1 : 2 : 1 has a center panel that is twice as wide as the end panels. This action will allow you to preview your images easily and make the ratio easy to pick.

Once you have decided on the ratios that favor your image, you can use Photoshop to create the panels easily enough, or if you are planning on printing on canvas with a gallery wrap, this action can prepare the panels for you!

Starting is easy enough. Install the action referenced at the bottom of this page ( install the gallery wrap actions also if you plan on printing on canvas )

Once your actions are setup in Photoshop, select the image you wish to use to create your triptych. Run the preview action in the triptych action set. The action reduces the image size because the previews are intended to be viewed on a monitor, via email or web display and the routine runs very fast. If you wish to select the simulated wall color, place that color in the foreground color box. You will find the results of the preview stored in the history states. Click through the previews, flatten and save to disk or place a simulated wall on the background of the preview if desired to show a client. Once you have decided which ratio looks best, crop yourself and print. If you wish to print on canvas and desire a 2 inch mirror wrap you are in luck because this set of actions will do that for you also. Those options are located in the triptych set just below the preview button.

Example of a potential image for creation of a triptych.

Example of a potential image for creation of a triptych.

This is the “before” image for the triptych action example. Yosemite valley wall shot from tunnel view location.

Example of “preview” function of action. The preview will generate several potential ratios and save them in history states in Photoshop.

Preview #1

Preview #1

Example of “preview” function of action. The preview will generate several potential ratios and save them in history states in Photoshop.

Preview #2

Preview #2

Example of “preview” function of action. The preview will generate several potential ratios and save them in history states in Photoshop.

Preview #3

Preview #3

Example of “preview” function of action. The preview will generate several potential ratios and save them in history states in Photoshop.

Preview #4

Preview #4



The image usually will select itself. In this case either the first or the fourth set. ( Personally, I like the first set for this image )

What to do next?

To be honest I find picking the ratios the hardest part. Once done you can use Photoshop to crop and print your image, or you can use the actions below the preview action to crop you image into the proper ratios for printing. After running the appropriate create action, the final three panels will be found in the history states window.

A little further under the hood.
The image to the right shows how you can view the different history states to select your favorite ratios. Sorry, but they don’t change like this in Photoshop, you have to select each history state individually.


You can see from the action palate on the left that there are a number of options after you perform your preview. Start by running the preview unless you have already selected your ratio. To create your prints, you will then run the Create for Paper option in the ratio that you have selected in the preview. If you have my gallery wrap action set and want an automated solution to printing images with a 2 inch mirror wrap, then you can use the Create for Canvas. These routines were made for a printer who did a lot of gallery wrapped triptychs, and are not likely to be used by anyone else, but they are there in case! If you want to delete those actions from the set, go ahead, but DO NOT DELETE the subroutines!

If you are having a problem with the color of the simulated wall, watch the forground color. Alter the forground color to your preferences before running the preview, or change the background layer after the preview.
Finally, if you want to alter the color, size, opacity of the drop shadow, double click on the word “Drop Shadow” in the effects layers.

New Feature! 3/1/2010 As a request from a photographer who favors demonstrating his triptychs in a frame, I added a framing action to the set. After selecting your favorite preview, click one action and get an image like this one below.

Temple of Karnak - Luxor, Egypt. by Rohan Phillips

Temple of Karnak - Luxor, Egypt. by Rohan Phillips

New Feature! 7/24/2010 As a request from a photographer, Rohan Phillips who recently returned from Egypt, I have added vertical triptychs to the action set. Preview like before, but select VERTICAL.This image is on the left.

Have fun with this and remember that if you are trying to sell a triptych you can’t beat demonstrating what it is going to look like on either paper in a frame or in canvas on a wall to a potential client. This action is so easy to use you might find yourself going through old images and finding that some that you hadn’t considered for a triptych are actually good candidates. Also, check out the vertical triptychs you might surprise yourself. I ran into a few images that looked good as verticals when prior to viewing, I hadn’t considered them as decent candidates. ( Thank again Rohan )

Below is a slide show demo / tutorial of the use of the action. It doesn’t contain images of the vertical triptychs being created, but will if I get around to V2.0 of the slideshow!

This download is a Photoshop action designed to be used with Photoshop, not Photoshop Elements, Photoshop LE, or Lightroom. It has not been tested with versions of Photoshop prior to Photoshop CS. This action has been found to fail to run with installations of Photoshop in languages other than English. If you have any compatibility questions about this action, please contact me PRIOR to purchase. While this action may function with those versions full compatibility is not implied or guaranteed. This is a software download and no refunds can be issued so make sure you are buying the software you need.


Contact me if you need any help! Paul

42 thoughts on “Triptych Action for Photoshop, Now Vertical Triptychs Too!

  1. RJ

    love this action and Plan to use it on several of my landscapes to print for my walls..Thank you for your time and hard work to put this one together.!!

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