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Tipster of the Week: The New Age of Wall Merging

Here's a tip for Lomographers who would like to see a good old Lomowall in their homes!

A Glorious Folly by d_i_hunter

While the new lomography.com has lots of kick-ass new features and fuctionality (with plenty more to come), one thing that lots of people are missing is the ability to ‘wall merge’. I’ve devised a method that creates something similar to keep us going.

Be warned: this tip is very time consuming and should only be attempted if you enjoy doing puzzles. Oh, and you’ll need Photoshop (or similar) and a fairly powerful computer. A large monitor helps too…

Still interested? Then let’s begin.

Step 1. Choose your image. It will make it easier if the image has lots of detail and different colours. Select one that has an interesting strip through the middle as you won’t need the full height. Hmm… in fact, this technique would be great for Horizon pictures!

Step 2. Using Photoshop, resize (and resample*) your picture to 7,680 pixels wide and whatever depth to keep the proportions correct. *I wouldn’t normally recommend digitally resampling an image, but we’ll only be looking at thumbnail sizes, so it’s OK.

Step 3. Still in PS ‘slice’ your image 10 slices across and down, and save them all to the same folder (if you can use a Horizon shot, you’ll only need to divide into 6 slices down). Now select the best 10 column by 6 row section and upload them in the lab.

Step 4. Right, it becomes a puzzle now! Create a new album with these 60 slices… and then you have to put them in the correct order. What makes this complicated is that when you view an album in your home it is shown in a 10 × 6 grid, but when you view it in the lab it is shown in a 6 × 10 grid. So you have to build your merge in a staggered way – not as easy as you’d hope. This is why it helps to use a picture that has lots of detail. The first time I tried this I used a picture that was mostly sky – I had to give up before it drove me mad!

Step 5. Publish the album. Although the key image in album cover view won’t look like much, when you view the wall of pictures you’ll be treated to a huge merged image with some cool tech-looking white keylines dividing it up.

Was it worth the effort? Only you can decide…

Let’s hope there’s an automatic merge function built into the website soon! By the way, with a slight adaptation this technique can be used to make one big picture from your album covers – but the effect only works as long as you don’t add any new albums…

written by d_i_hunter

14 comments

  1. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

    daaaaammmmm!
    cant anyone make this automated?? like the existing wall merge?
    nice idea thou!!

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  2. sibu_sen

    sibu_sen

    Well done! You're very patient! :)

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  3. abcdefuck

    abcdefuck

    wowowow. i'll try it at home. :)

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  4. vicuna

    vicuna

    Oh this is great and it's almost the same method that the building of large wall albums on the old homes..... About the puzzle part, if you upload the shots in the right order, it should be ok as now the upload order is preserved in the albums... :)))

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  5. ebolatheelectricmonk

    ebolatheelectricmonk

    I've photoshopped more than enough in my life, but that's a reason to fire it up again...

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  6. migueld

    migueld

    amazing!

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  7. stouf

    stouf

    Oooohh this is so cool ! Awesome tip for sure ! And I think vicuna is right...

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  8. something_went_wrong

    something_went_wrong

    Very nice tipster! Missing the walls soooo much...
    For those who don't have Photoshop, you can have a cheaper version through rasterbation... time consuming too as you need to save in jpg each page of your pdf.
    http://www.lomograph(…)nt_wrong_15

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  9. strangelilgirl

    strangelilgirl

    wow, very nice job; your effort really deserves a nice stack of piggies I say.

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  10. lomodirk

    lomodirk

    Yeah, pretty cool idea and realisation, but it still is an album and not a wall on the frontpage

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  11. something_went_wrong

    something_went_wrong

    @lomodirk: true my friend! and the white grids are far from the look of the true original lomo walls... but this is now History...

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  12. rater

    rater

    Very nice!

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  13. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    great job! i dont think il be able to do this. unless im very patient.hehe

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  14. northwardnimbus

    northwardnimbus

    oa...grabe

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