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Create a split image acrylic print by dividing one photo into sections

03 September, 2014

An acrylic photo split panel shown in an office environment

Acrylic print triptych hung in a boardroom environment with hidden fixings

Splitting an image into sections to create a split panel print can make a real impact to any space. Images can of course be spit up in a vast variety of designs and combinations but the most common groupings we are asked to produce for our customers are:

  • Twin
  • Triptych
  • Quad
  • Grid

See how this photo of the view looking down on 8th Ave / West 43rd street, NYC can be presented by dividing it into different designs layouts as an acrylic photo print.

An overhead photo of NYC printed on acrylic

Original photo

A split panel acrylic print showing NYC from above

Twin

A split panel acrylic print showing NYC from above

Triptych

A split panel acrylic print showing NYC from above

Quad

A split panel acrylic print showing NYC from above

Grid

When considering creating a multi print piece of artwork there are several factors to consider.

Size / Aspect ratio

Think about the size of the wall space and the size and aspect ratio of artwork that would work best in that space. Consider scale and proportion of the artwork versus the wall space and surroundings. If creating a print to be hung above a piece of furniture, consider the size and shape of the furniture and create a group of prints that are in proportion.

A collection of tiny prints hung on a vast wall above a huge sofa may look a little lost and disconnected from its surroundings.

Design layout

Deciding how to divide an image for a multi print design can be influenced by several factors, the artwork itself, the space and perhaps most importantly personal taste, after all there is no wrong answer.

A particular image may suit some design styles over others, in fact it may be the case that the best option for the image is not to divide it at all. Experiment by dividing your image into different designs and go from there.

If you require help or advice on how to divide an image, please get in touch, we are here to help.

Position

Consider the space, the size of the artwork and the surroundings. If hanging a series of prints above a piece of furniture, for example a sofa as in the image below, allow the furniture to guide the position of the artwork. In this case the triptych is aligned with the centre of the sofa.

A split panel acrylic print shown above a sofa

Floating acrylic print triptych hung with hidden fixings above a reception seating area

Height

The height that artwork is hung at is also important. Hanging prints and picture frames too high is a common mistake, a general rule of thumb is that the horizontal line running through the centre of piece of artwork or in this case a group of prints should be positioned at eye level. After all, artwork is there to be looked at so make it easy to do so. However there are exceptions to the rule.

Again, consider the space, how does the artwork relate to its surroundings? For example, if you are hanging prints above a sofa with a very low back, if hung at eye level the artwork may look a little disconnected with the sofa if the space between the back of the sofa and the bottom of the artwork is too large, in this case the artwork may look better positioned slightly lower down. 

When looking at size and positioning a good tip is to cut paper templates to the size of the total size of artwork and try them on the wall in different positions before making any holes in the wall.

Hanging split image acrylic prints

Hanging an acrylic print in the desired position while keeping it level is straight foreword but hanging a series of prints that require equal spacing between them, while keeping each print aligned and level takes a little more effort, but not much. We designed our hidden fixings with multi print design layouts in mind. They are adjustable so that drill holes do not need to be completely accurate. Our adjustable hidden fixings allow adjustment in height, position and level allowing the alignment of the most complex of design layouts.

A an of the reverse of an acrylic print with our unique hidden fixings

Reverse view of acrylic print with adjustable hidden fixing

We will revisit print size, positioning and hanging instructions in more detail in future posts.

If you need any help on deciding how best to display your artwork or photography please get in touch.

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