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Photoshop CC 2015 Tutorial: How to Transform Photos into Jig-Saw Puzzles! (CC and later)

August 31, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
For those of you who are using Photoshop version CC and later, I’m going to show you how to
create this great jig-saw puzzle effect using a free plugin from Adobe, as well as how to
create this retro, Formica pattern background. Please note that this particular plugin is not work on versions earlier than CC. If your version is earlier than CC and are thinking
of upgrading, click the link in my video’s description for a 20% discount. Open an image
you’d like to make into the puzzle. I downloaded this image from Shutterstock. I provided this
image that we’ll make into a pattern later. Its link is located in my video’s description or project files. Go to Window and “Browse Extensions Online”. The “Adobe Add-ons” page
will open. If you’re not already signed into your Creative Cloud account, Adobe will ask you to sign in. Scroll down and click on “Photoshop” at the left. In the “Search” field, type in “puzzle” and press Enter or Return. Click “Free Puzzle Pieces”. When this page opens,
click “Install”. Minimize or close your Browser. Whether you’re on Windows or a Mac, locate
and open your “Downloads” folder. You’ll see a zip file that says,” Puzzlepieces”. Double-click it to open the file and open the “Puzzle Pieces” folder. Click “Puzzle.atn”. Immediately, in
the Actions panel, you’ll see a set of actions, “named, ” Puzzle”. If you don’t see the “Actions” panel, go to Window and “Actions”. I”ll expand the panel,
so we can see more of the 20 actions in the set. Each action will cut out between 2 and 192
puzzle pieces on separate layers. There are separate actions for different aspect ratios
and sizes within them. For this example, I’ll click 96 pieces on a 12 x 8 inch puzzle, however, you can choose whatever you like, but whatever you choose, we want to crop our image to that
size. Open your Crop Tool and type into the width and height fields the same size as listed
in the action you chose. Make sure you type in “in” for inches. Make its resolution 150 pixels per inch. Make sure “Delete Cropped Pixels” is checked. Click the check-mark to crop your image. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Click the Play button to play the puzzle action. Notice the action is creating individual layers that
will comprise this particular puzzle. Since the puzzle I chose for this example has 96
pieces, there’ll be 96 separate layers created in my Layers panel. You can see the selections
of each puzzle piece being created by the action. When it finishes the last puzzle piece,
this message will appear. It’s telling us that we can adjust the bevel and drop shadow
of all the puzzle pieces and by clicking “Continue”, we should look at the top left puzzle piece
as a visual reference for all the pieces. If we want to make adjustments to the bevel
and/or drop shadow, we can do it here in the Layer Style window. In this case, I’ll leave
their settings as is, so I’ll click OK. Instantly, all the pieces took on those attributes for
their bevels and drop shadows. Now that we made out puzzle, it’s time to make space all
around it, so we can add our background behind our puzzle. Go to Image and “Canvas Size”.
Your canvas size is presently the same as your Image size. I’ll add 7 to 8 inches all
around the puzzle. We can always crop it down later if we want. Then, click OK. To see your entire document, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Open the retro, Formica image I provided. To make
it into a pattern, open your Move Tool and go to Edit and “Define Pattern”. Name it whatever
you’d like and click OK. Open back your puzzle document and in the Layers panel, scroll to
the bottom. Make your background active and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click “Pattern” and click OK. As you can see, the Pattern adjustment made that one panel into an entire pattern. To see more of the Layers panel, drag its bottom down. Let’s start re-positioning
individual puzzle pieces. make sure “Auto Select” is checked. This automatically activates
the corresponding puzzle piece that we click on. Go to “View” and make sure “Snap” is not
checked. If it is, just click on it to deactivate it. Drag one of your puzzle pieces from its position. To angle it, open your Transform ssing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate it to an angle you like. Then, press
Enter or Return to accept it. Continue these steps for other puzzle pieces that you’d like to reposition. If you want a particular piece to be on top of other pieces, drag that particular
puzzle piece to the top of the Layers panel. Continue to move pieces until your happy with
their positions and angles. Next, we’ll add a drop shadow to the entire puzzle. First
let’s group all the puzzle pieces into a folder. To do this, drag the slider to the bottom
of the Layers panel and make the bottom puzzle piece layer active. Drag the slider to the
top and Shift-click on the top layer to make all the puzzle pieces active. Press Ctrl or
Cmd + G to place all of them into a folder. Click the “fx” icon and click “Drop Shadow”. Change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn” and the Opacity to 40%. Uncheck “Global Light” and for the Angle, type in 90. Make the Distance: 12 pixels and the Size: 15 pixels. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is “Inner Bevel”, the Technique is “Smooth, the Depth is 100% and
the Direction is “Up”. Make the Size: 4 pixels and uncheck Global Light. Make the Angle approximately 143 degrees and the Altitude: 30 degrees. Make the Highlight Mode: Linear Dodge the
Opacity: 80%. The Shadow Blend Mode is Multiply and its Opacity is 50%. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll angle our puzzle in perspective. Make a composite snapshot of your entire image
by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Zoom out of your document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard. Go to Edit, Transform and “Perspective”. Go to a bottom corner and drag it out until you like
its perspective. Then, press Enter or Return. To crop your image, open your Rectangular
Marquee Tool and drag a rectangular selection over your document. Go to Image and Crop.
Then, fit it back onto your canvas. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Tech Leech November 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    hi nice to see a new video . Like it. 1st comment by me

  • Reply malek alhassan November 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    First comment and first fan

  • Reply Eric November 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm


  • Reply Vengo Regis November 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Dhool Brother..! This one might have been a Master piece..! Thanks again

  • Reply Zayidu A November 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    You are the best

  • Reply Mr Bolbachan November 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    nice video marty

  • Reply Sara Chan November 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    This is soooooooo fantastic thank you soooooooo much ^_^

  • Reply Night Blade November 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm


  • Reply Ruth Pasquier November 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Marty excelente como siempre

  • Reply milad1174 November 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Yet another great video thanks Marty for what you doing God bless you.

  • Reply Jelle Wouter November 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    love your videas

  • Reply Bierbauchberserker November 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Damn Marty, you're the Best. Thanks a lot for your previews and keep up the good work. Cheerio!

  • Reply Aspiration November 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Wow Marty this looks fun! Thanks for another great video.

  • Reply Angga Buana November 12, 2015 at 2:17 am

    great work

  • Reply Daniel November 12, 2015 at 5:58 am

    what browser are you using

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez November 12, 2015 at 6:38 am


  • Reply Jon Stark November 12, 2015 at 7:16 am


  • Reply naingmin soe November 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I am not have this marty file. how to do? Please………….

  • Reply Arbaz El November 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I want to Buy Adobe Phtoshop where to buy?

  • Reply Atiba La Roche November 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    What screen capture software are you using?

  • Reply Thomas Newbury November 13, 2015 at 7:01 am

    What an awesome tutorial…seriously, stunning. Kudos, Marty…

  • Reply zoran milovanovic November 13, 2015 at 10:57 am

    A big Thank You

  • Reply Rakib Hossain November 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    you have used video editor software that name Kindly inform me?

  • Reply Ali Liao November 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Is it the version of cs works as well as cc?

  • Reply madeitlikeamy2 November 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Cathy Neary November 15, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Super Cool! Thank you <3

  • Reply Eric Weissenborn November 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Just had an idea: Save each piece layer and place the layers on the timeline in Sony Vegas, animate each piece exploding outward randomly and render. Then reverse the clip so that the pieces come back together and add a title. Do-able?

  • Reply BU DUY November 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Free Puzzle Pieces for no download link is on adobe

  • Reply Hyunsuk Kim November 16, 2015 at 11:31 am

    oh comic soon

  • Reply 陶松齡 November 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

    good job

  • Reply John Xiong November 19, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Doesnt work on cs6?

  • Reply Vikas Chauhan November 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thank You………………………………………..
    I love your tutorial

  • Reply Abu Salou7 November 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Dream Lotus November 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    thank you and it would be great if you made more tutorials with photoshop plugins!! 😉

  • Reply Omar Mohammed December 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    please !
    when i download file he gives file whith extension (adobe zip format extension package file )
    and when i clik to installed he add file to adobe extension manager
    and i can't see the file in tha action script

  • Reply Vikas Chauhan December 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    hey marty please tell me how to convert this jig saw puzzle in 3D i am using photoshop cc please tell me

  • Reply Myer Randolph March 23, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    You're amazing!

  • Reply Michael Azzopardi March 26, 2016 at 4:33 am

    great thanks .

  • Reply Aléx Battista May 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm


  • Reply jerry luis July 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    try to download but can`t find the file was saving in which folder

  • Reply Eing Eing Yin August 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I do it follow you.But why I can't see Puzzle's folder in my Download ?

  • Reply Man Aro August 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    After Grouping all layers, fx option is not active,
    what to do to active that..?

  • Reply Brumart December 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Merci beaucoup Marty.
    Les tutos sont très facile a reproduire même si je ne parle pas du tout anglais et que je suis débutant sur Photoshop

  • Reply Winston Jade Molit January 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Nathan Hurt January 29, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    hey when i go to the adobe website download what you say to download mine dont come in a zip file it comes as ZXP file and i cant get it to work any ideas im using the latest verison 2017

  • Reply ColoPuzz February 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Great video! thank you!!! Have a great day.

  • Reply Binty McFrazzles March 19, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Sadly, the "free puzzle pieces" seems to be no longer available.

  • Reply marianne beasley October 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Marty – great tutorial. Have struggled with puzzles for so long. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. thanks

  • Reply Manu Navarro January 17, 2018 at 12:06 am

    owesome tutorial, thank you so much!!

  • Reply Ashen vijaya June 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    i need the action please

  • Reply Nathan Hurt September 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I can't seem to get zxp file to install

  • Reply Abdu munib December 2, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Great Tutorials it helped me with my project

  • Reply Rutvik Babariya January 25, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Plz give me the link i am unable to find

  • Reply kaiskywalker Hope August 7, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Doesn't work anymore

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