How to make a picture into a puzzle in photoshop

Written by chris anzalone
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Adobe Photoshop's filter gallery allows you to automatically apply artistic effects to digital images without your needing any graphic design experience. Some filters, such as those for watercolour, neon glow and stained glass, appear directly on the filter gallery window, while other filters remain hidden within the Photoshop presets folder. One of these, the puzzle filter, applies a jigsaw puzzle effect to any image.

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    Open your picture in Photoshop. Click "File" on the Photoshop menu bar along the top of the screen and select "Open." Use the pop-up navigation menu to select the photo from the hard drive and click "Open" in the lower-right corner of your window.

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    Click "Filter" on the menu bar and select "Filter Gallery." From there, click the "Texture" heading and choose "Texturizer." If you are using an older version of Photoshop (predating the CS series), just choose "Texturizer" directly from the "Filter" menu. Older versions do not contain the gallery window.

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    Click the box appearing beside the word "Texture" and select "Load Texture" from the list. This brings up another navigation window.

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    Select the "Puzzle" texture, located in the Photoshop presets folder. If you are using Windows, navigate your folders as follows: "C:" > "Program Files" > "Adobe" > "Photoshop" > "Presets" > "Textures" > "Puzzle." If you are using a Mac, navigate as follows: "Macintosh HD" > "Applications" > "Photoshop" > "Presets" > "Textures" > "Puzzle." Highlight the "Puzzle" preset and click "Open."

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    Adjust the size of the puzzle pieces. For larger pieces, drag the "Scaling" slider to the right. For smaller pieces, drag the slider to the left. You can also adjust the thickness of the puzzle outline by dragging the "Relief" slider. When you finish adjusting the size of the pieces, click "OK."

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    Save your image by clicking "File" on the menu bar and selecting "Save" from the list. Enter a name for the image in the dialogue box and click "Save."

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