The ultimate diptych, triptych & ntych automation tool for Photoshop
Author Reimund Trost shows what's new in Tych Panel 2.
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Tych Panel is an extension for Adobe Photoshop that automates the process laying out pictures side by side. It makes it easy to create diptychs, triptychs, quadtychs and a virtually unlimited set of custom layouts.
In other words, it’s time to throw out your old dirty templates and give Tych Panel a whirl.
It’s dead simple.
The new revamped compositing algorithm in Tych Panel 2 let’s you add rows or columns of pictures to the document, allowing more layouts to be created than ever before.
In fact, the new paradigm renders the old layout presets redundant, which is why they have been replaced by the Top, Bottom, Left and Right buttons.
In Tych Panel 2, you can re-crop your pictures after they have been laid out by, giving you total control of the final result. Just enable Smart objects in the options and all layers will be converted to Smart objects and get the appropriate Layer masks automatically.
If you are a blogger you probably want to make your pictures a specific width or height. In Tych Panel 2, you can make sure your resulting picture stays the width or height you want, no matter how many pictures you add to the composit.
And don’t worry, the new compositing algorithm will make sure that your edges remain nice and crisp even after resizing.
You can also set the background color to match your blog directly in Tych Panel.
To see some examples of what’s possible with Tych Panel 2, check out the gallery.
Beacuse Tych Panel 2 is the fastest way to create diptychs in Photoshop.
Plus. It’s super-easy to use.
And oh, did I mention that it’s free?
The old Tych Panel web page is available here.
Important CS6 users: the Bridge integration script is not installed by Extension Manager CS6. See the manual installation steps on how to get Bridge integration working with CS6.
Important If you have multiple versions of Extension Manager installed, ie CS5 and CS5.5, you must install the extension with the Extension Manager matching you Photoshop version.
Info Please note that on some Windows computers, you may have to run Adobe Extension Manager via Run as administrator (here's a video on how to do that). PS CS4 and lower is not supported (although you might get it working).
1. Create a row or column by pressing the Top, Bottom, Left or Right button.
2. If you have enabled the reorder dialog, set the order of the images.
3. Repeat as desired.
If you are having trouble installing Tych Panel with Adobe Extension Manager you can install manually using the following method.
Rename tychpanel.zxp to tychpanel.zip.
Copy the Tych Panel directory (found in the newly uncompressed directory named scripts) to <photoshop directory>/Presets/Scripts.
Copy panel/<CS version>/content to <photoshop directory>/Plug-ins/Panels/Tych Panel (you will have to create the directory Tych Panel in the Panels directory).
Note that you should copy the contents of
the <CS version> directory, and not the
directory itself. In other words, the directory
structure should be
(Optional) To enable the Bridge integration, copy the file scripts/Tych Panel.jsx to the Bridge Startup scripts directory.
Mac OS X:
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge [version]/Startup Scripts/
~\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Bridge [version]\Startup Scripts\
Run Photoshop and show the panel by going to Window/Extensions/Tych Panel.
I have installed Tych Panel correctly but it still doesn't work.
Make sure Photoshop is pointing to the correct extensions directory:
CS4: I have installed Tych Panel correctly but it still doesn't work.
Important Tych Panel is for CS5 or later. The Panel UI will not work in CS4 although the scripts *might* work (unconfirmed). In either case, I won't answer questions regarding CS4 so you are on your own here.
Info Some people are reporting that their anti-virus software is changing the zxp package into a zip file, preventing Adobe Extension Manager to install it. The anti-virus software might do this because zxp files are actually just ordinary zip files renamed to .zxp and it may think it's suspicious that it has been renamed.
The solution is simply to rename the file back to it's original extension, e.g. tychpanel.zxp.
If you are experiencing other problems, please ask a question on Formspring and I will do my best to answer. Hopefully I will be able to help you out. However, please read the previous answers before asking a new question.
When reporting bugs, please supply the information needed to reproduce the problem. Otherwise I might not be able to resolve your issue.
I am a Swedish wedding photographer working at Lumens Bröllopsfotografi. One day, I realized that the world of photographers was missing a good tool for creating diptychs. So I set out to create what I thought was missing. And here it is.
I hope you like it.
Tych Panel was not made overnight. In fact, I’ve spent countless late nights working to make Tych Panel what it is today. So if you find this plugin useful, please consider donating a dollar or two.
I would also appreciate if you share the link with your fellow photographers.
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