puzzle effect

Photoshop has the ability to manipulate photographs and make them nearly unrecognizable, but doing even the simplest things in Photoshop can be very difficult and time consuming. This article is an easy tutorial that will help you turn a picture into a puzzle.

First, duplicate the background layer. You can do this by simply right clicking on the background and selecting duplicate layer. By right clicking again, rename the layer "puzzle layer."

Next add a layer in between the two layers. You can right click and create a new layer, and then click and drag it in between the two layers, or you can select the create new layer button in the bottom right corner. Fill the new layer with black. Simply select the pain bucket tool from the tool palette on the left side and select black as the color swatch.

Now we begin creating the puzzle effect! Click on the layer that you renamed puzzle. Now we need to find the puzzle filter on the hard drive, it's easier than it sounds. With the correct layer selected, bring up the menu at the top of the screen. Go to Filter, and under filter Select Texture, under that select Texturizer. This brings up a new menu Under which you will need to click on load texture, it should be on the right side.

This is perhaps the hardest part, finding the texture on the hard drive. It should be located In C:Program filesAdobePhotoshop CS3. (You can just copy and paste that if you want) Once there, click on the presets folder. Inside the preset picture, find the textures folder. There should be about ten textures in that folder, locate the one named puzzle, then select the load button.

Ok almost done, now you have the option to make some minor adjustments. Scaling will change the size of the puzzle pieces, Relief will add sort of a depth to the pieces and make them stand out a bit more and light will choose a direction from which the light comes from. Play around with the settings a little until it looks right!

For those who are truly adventurous, you can try to use the lasso, or a quick selection tool from the tool palette and highlight some of the pieces. Once you have highlighted them, try removing them from the puzzle and skewing them a little. Ctrl+T will allow you to rotate them once you have them selected. Don't forget that you can use undo and redo buttons to fix your mistakes. Have Fun!