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Building a Triptych - The Cape Ann Tool Company

November 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

The other day I had a conversation with one of my sons who lives in Oregon. He really wanted a large image for the wall of his apartment. The problem is my printer is only a 24" printer. My wife suggested that I try a triptych to get the size up to about 60". Great idea! Now how do I do it. I am able to print images on canvas that are 20" x 30" so it seemed a pretty easy task to find a photo they liked and blow it up to 30" x 60". I found this great shot of the Tool Co. taken in 2010 with my G11. It's nice and sharp but with some slight barrel distortion. The color version has no real color in it to speak of and when I made the shot I was thinking B&W all the way. 

I have the image in my Lightroom library so I pulled it up and started working on it in LR. The B&W version I was getting did not give me what I saw so I used Silver Efex Pro 2 to get the effect above. I did a slight selenium tone which I think is kind of nice. I then used Perfect Resize to enlarge the image to 30"x60". The next trick was to make three even panels of this image. So I moved the image over to Photoshop and pulled up the ruler so I could figure where 20" and 40" was. I then used the crop tool and set it to 20"x30" and cropped the panels out and saving them separately. After doing this I pulled them back into LR to use Perfect Resize again to make the reflect wraps on the edges on the panels. Done. All I need to do now is print them and wrap them onto the stretcher bars.

Since all of this will be done on canvas I needed to run a test to see what B&W will look like printed on glossy canvas. The image above is the test print I used. This was done by copying and pasting the panels into a new Photoshop document. Then, since the panels are huge, sizing them down so they fit into the document well. The print came out beautifully. The only thing I will miss is the selenium tone as I will be printing in Advanced B&W mode in my printer. 


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