Here is a video tutorial on how to build diptychs in Adobe Lightroom. I was hit with a few emails asking about how this is done, and wanted to share some of my discoveries and workarounds. Man, I wish I had something like this years ago. Cumulatively I have wasted years doing this in Quark (cough!) and PhotoShop (time suck). Finally there is a super fast and intuitive way for photographers to put multiple images together on a page. Your money also gets you additional tips on custom sizing, exporting, and archiving your finished diptychs.
This is the first tutorial shared on this blog, and it feels incredibly geeky of me to post a software demo. Maybe I am paying back the world for all the free demos I have viewed online. Whatever the truth is behind this demo, PLEASE set me straight. If you dig it, share the link. If it is wack, let me know so I can put effort towards building log cabins other things.
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Here are step by step instructions for creating a diptych in Adobe Lightroom 5 / LR5. Note it is still helpful to view the video as the steps in LR5 are almost identical to previous versions of Lightroom. If you want to export a diptych you still need to use the Print module (though you will not need to make an actual print – see last step.)
1) put images into a collection,
2) Go to PRINT module, and select any two images in your thumbnail strip.
3) In PRINT module’s “layout style” settings – choose “single image/contact sheet”
4) In PRINT module’s “layout” settings – set page grid to 1 row and 2 colums, adjust the following to taste – margins, cell spacing, and cell size.
5) In PRINT module’s “Print job” settings – choose print to: “JPEG file.” Adjust resolution, jpeg quality, and custom dimensions to your needs.
6) choose: “PRINT TO FILE” button at bottom of the PRINT module – then save your JPEG file to your needed destination. Re import into LR if you want the diptych cataloged.