To make the puzzle texture:
- Open up photoshop.
- Double click on the puzzle piece photo above. It should bring you a bigger version of the picture. Save it to your desktop.
- Open the puzzle piece photo in photoshop. Duplicate the layer 3 times ( Ctrl+J (windows)).
- Make the canvas size (Alt+Ctrl+C) W: 12.6 — H: 9.8.
- Take your layers and make them even across space. Save as a .psd on your desktop.
To add the texture to your own personal photo:
- Open up your photo in photoshop. Duplicate the “background” layer (Ctrl + J).
- Add a blank layer between the two background layers (Ctrl +Shift + N) (If the layer does not appear between the two “background” layers, just click and dray the new layer between the two background layers).
- With the blank layer highlighted – go to Edit and then Fill. Choose Black, 100%, Normal (later you can come back and change this to white or whatever color your prefer).
- Highlight (click) the top ‘background’ layer. Go to Filter — Texture — Texturizer.
- A new box should have appeared. In the drop down box select Texturizer. A small arrow to the right (and a little below) of the drop down box should appear. Click on it.
- Click on Load Texture. Find the puzzle .psd – it should be conveniently located on your desktop!!
- Now here is where it is up to you: play with the scaling and relief. This is definitely up to how you want your “puzzle” to look. For relief – I normally stay around 10 for a more “natural” look. Keep the light at Top Right.
- Click OK. The puzzle texture should be applied to your photo.
If you want to have a “puzzle piece missing” or to have your puzzle “not yet finished” :
- Select your pen tool – (I’m making the assumption that you know how to use this tool).
- Zoom in one the puzzle piece in which you would like to have “missing” or “not completed”. I normally zoom at least 300%.
- Using the pen tool draw around the puzzle piece. Once you have completed your drawing – right click and click Make Selection.
- Go to Layers — New — Layer via Cut. This will put your new puzzle piece on its very own layer!
- Now you can feel free to move and rotate your puzzle piece (or make bigger) by going to Edit — Free Transform. (or you can delete the entire layer and have the puzzle piece be missing altogether).
- If you opt to keep the piece – to make it look more realistic – you will want to click the layer of your puzzle piece and then click the FX (Layer Style) icon at the bottom of your layers box. Then click Drop Shadow. Again – it is up to you and how you want your piece to look – so play with the opacity (I stick around 50%) and the angle (I normally use global light) – the distance and size. I normally leave the spread alone.
And there you go – you have your puzzle. To make it look more realistic… You will want to remove/move more than one piece – depending on how big your picture is – you might also want to take “chunks” of your puzzle out. Or perhaps the entire edge? Remember to not remove too many pieces or to move the pieces too far from their “home” because then this will distort your image a little – TOO much. Eh?