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Making a Picture into a Puzzle in Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the Puzzle Effect Guided Edit to turn a photo into a jigsaw puzzle.

The latest addition to the Photo Play category, the Puzzle Effect Guided Edit lets you turn a photo into a jigsaw puzzle; you can even move the pieces around to make it look as though the puzzle has not yet been completed.

  1. In the Organizer, select the image 07_08.jpg; then, click the Editor button (). If you’re not in Guided edit mode from the last exercise, switch modes now.
  2. In the Guided Edits panel, click Puzzle Effect in the Photo Play category.
  3. At the top of the Puzzle Effect pane, click the Large puzzle piece button.
  4. Click the Select Puzzle Piece button and click inside a piece you’d like to move; then, click the Extract Piece button. Your selected piece is extracted from the image and the Move tool becomes active.
  5. Drag the extracted piece to a new position. Move the cursor just outside any of the handles on the bounding box surrounding the repositioned piece and drag to rotate it. Click the green check mark to confirm the transformation.
  6. Repeat the process with as many puzzle pieces as you wish to create a pleasing arrangement. You can’t delete a piece, but you can drag it off the image, behind the gray artboard, which serves the same purpose. If you remove adjacent pieces, you’ll need to use the Eraser tool to remove the outlines that remain. Use the square bracket keys on your keyboard to change the size of the eraser.

  7. Tip

    To produce this effect, with puzzle pieces scattered outside the borders of the photo, open your saved file in the Expert mode, increase the canvas size, and then experiment with the separate layers. Have fun!


  8. When you’re happy with the arrangement, click Done. Choose File > Save As. Name the file 07_08_Jigsaw, and save it to your My CIB Work folder in Photoshop (PSD) format, with the Layers option enabled. Include the new image in the Organizer but not in a Version Set; then, close the file.

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