Puzzle Edge

In this lesson you will learn how to make your Own Custom Shape

Find or take a photo you would like to edit.

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Open the photo in Adobe Photoshop

Go to the Layers Palette and double click the Background Layer, this will rename the Layer 0.Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.04.51 AM

Add a New Layer by going to the Layer Palette Fly Out Menu and clicking New Layer.Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.05.03 AM

Select the Custom Shape ToolScreen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.14.34 AM, using the custom shape option box on the Task bar at the top of the screen, Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.14.43 AMclick the Shape drop down menu to see all the available shapes.

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To load the puzzle shapes click on the gear fly out menu and choose Objects.

Four different puzzle shapes should appear as choices for shapes.

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Select one of the puzzle shapes.

Go back to your photo, make sure you have layer 1 selected and click and drag the puzzle shape.

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After you create the shape on the New Layer, go to the Layer Palette flyout menu and Duplicate the Shape 1 Layer.

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Repeat this step 5 or more times.

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Using your Move ToolScreen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.21.47 AM

Selecting each Layer, move each shape around to cover the EDGE of a photo

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Hide the Layer 0 in the Layers Palette by clicking the Eye Icon

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Click the fly out menu on the Layers Palette and Go to Merge Visible. This will flatten the Layers above Layer 0 but not Layer O itself.

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Your Layer Palette should look like this:

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Fill the remaining area on the shape layer with black. To do this use a solid paintbrush Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.39.06 AMwith the same fill color as your puzzle pieces (in my case the color black) and fill in any gaps created by the puzzle pieces.

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Using the Magic Wand, Select the (black) puzzle edge.

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Click Delete on your keyboard

Then Go to Select on your Menu Bar and choose Inverse

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Go to Edit and Choose Fill

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Make sure your Use: is set to Black, Normal and 100%

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Your document should look something like this:

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Drag Layer 0 from the Layer Palette to the top of the stack and make visible by clicking on the eye icon

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Go to the Fly Out Menu and choose, Create Clipping Mask

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Your Image should look like this:

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Select your Shape 1 Layer on the layers Palette and then go to the FX on the bottom of the Layers Palette and Add A Bevel & Emboss as well as a Drop Shadow Effect, making sure to set the sliders to your liking.

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When finished go to the Layer Fly Out and Choose Flatten Image

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The Save your file as a .JPG and then Save for Web and Post to your blog with a paragraph description.

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