You may or may not read this. If you don't, please don't tell anyone where you got your backdrops because we don't want people to think it was our choice. This only applies to transitions. We warn people about proper transition choices, they laugh at our examples, then order the world trade center in the lot next to a Pa farm.  You laugh and then order two town scenes that are mismatched so that one just had an earthquake and tilted all the buildings.  Many of the transition choices are very good, but some are from a different world.  If your layout is the land of mismatch, earthquakes and extremes, then don't read, otherwise...

   50% are poor to terrible choices 

We now have a realistic way to transition from one scene to a different scene over about 12 inches. Scenes that are already A (CM 158A) and B (CM 158B) are a continuous scene in 2 parts and do not need a transition.  This applies to A, B, C for 36 ft , etc.  Any two scenes that have different stock numbers (CM 158 A    CM 123 A) can be transitioned, note cautions below.

The idea is to have a blending of the two scenes at the transition. We reconstruct the scenes so they blend one into the other, and we can lower the horizon of the highest scene down no more than 25% to match the horizon of the lower scene (we really mean not more than 25% difference in horizon height over 12 inches of matching scenes otherwise we will pull down the higher scene and you may lose off the bottom much of what you thought would be in the scene.  Use MOCKUP to check ) . We will match the heights at the expense of the higher horizon. Scenes that are similar and mountains, buildings etc. that are about the same height below the sky line on both scenes, will look the best. We can make a transition from either right or left, and on any size scene. Be sure the transition is not the part of a scene you are discarding. If you are buying a 12 ft scene and trimming off the left side down to 11 ft, don't ask for the transition to be on the left. A 10 ft scene may have a different transition than a 12 ft. Look at our scale vs size page.  We can transition several scenes together. Any scene can be reversed (no additional charge) or cut to standard lengths from either side, to give a better match. If there are signs in the reversed scene, they will be desrever (reversed). We encourage you to look at both ends for the best match. The transition is a digital blend of one scene into the other over 12 inches and you lose 12 inches off the scene length. You pick the end to transition into the other scene.  Buy all related sections at the same time.  We may not be able to match continuation scenes, A & B, or reversals at a later date.  On scenes less than 12 ft we cut down from the label end. If you want the other end, you must tell us. Transitions may add a couple days to the estimated print date. The finished transition generally looks better full size than it does here.   We cannot give advise on which scenes to transition to another.  That is your choice. We do not guarantee any match or horizon height of scenes with different numbers unless we do a transition.


Think about what you are doing.  It is your choice on what to match with what.  Read the warnings.

Try to avoid transitions of far away into close, eastern sky into western, and drastic differences in terrain, content and horizon.  Also structures can be tricky if the horizons don't line up very close (we can't bend them like we do trees).  Most Commercials/Industrials are risky. They can be done, but be careful. We cannot bend buildings like trees so if the commercial horizon is higher than the other scene horizon then we pull the entire scene down. Best to avoid this unless buildings after an earthquake are what you want. If you don''t understand then don''t try it. Take some time and think about your choice, if they would be a reasonable blend in nature.  If you need a risky transition, we will do our best, but be aware that it might not look as natural as our samples.  We will do the transition. By the time we realize your choice may not be the best, we have spent the time.  Not the greatest would be Oakland Bay (water and all) into the Mojave Desert (we did our best). You laugh and then give us Manhattan into the Rocky Mts. or two towns that have totally different content and size.  We leave it to the customer to decide what to transition.  If you need it, you need it, we do it, you bought it.

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 We cannot make recommendations as to what looks best with what, sorry.


About 4 inches will be the same on both halves.  Trim to about 1/8 inch overlap either straight or irregular.  Your choice on which to overlap (put overlap away from light source). Use rubber cement to hold down the flap. Wait 24 hours to rub off excess, but try to get as little on printed surface as possible.  You are only holding 1/8 inch, not the entire weight.  Butt splice not recommended.

All transitions are $60 regardless of size and scale.  Transitions are not refundable.

Check out our buy two scenes with a transition discount.   click here

Test your transition on MockUp       Design your own backdrop

Experiment with scenes on your PC. Open scenes on your PC, enlarge, reverse, plan.  More info click here

If ordered on the web, we will call you back for the details on scene and side.

Why our BackDrops are unique.   click here

New Storm Sky gradient for BackDrops.   click here

We chose for our example two scenes that are not a good match. Most transitions look much much better as the examples below show. In this example the sky doesn't match, one is industrial and the other is residential, and the horizon match was fair.

Scene A will have 12 inches of B blended on the right of A to 100% B for the last 4 inches.

The transition section will be only on one scene A or B, in this case A.

We decide if the transition should be on A or B depending on several factors.

The section with the transition remains a standard length (8, 10, 12 ft.).

Bring the two sections together. DONE  

Some other examples:

Some are good, some are, well if you need it, you need it.

Hills to Mts



More scenes   click here   we suggest you look at these

 Results may vary due to sky gradients, heights of horizon and scene similarity as the examples above show. Most sky gradients are the same for the same vertical size and location. Later scenes have a sky code E=Eastern, W=Western. Use some care when picking scenes and matching edges. We can lower the horizon on one scene up to 25% to improve the match. Scenes that are close in color and horizon work best, but if you need a steel mill into rugged mts, then that's what you need. Transitions are $60. The transition fee is not refundable if the scene is returned. Only one scene is modified to match the other.