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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Applying the ZigZag filter

Applying the ZigZag filter

Next, you’ll use the ZigZag filter to create the impression that you’re viewing the reflection of a dandelion on the surface of a rippled pool of water.

1.
In the Layers palette, select the layer with the dandelion image.

2.
In the toolbox, select the Elliptical Marquee tool (), which is hidden behind the Rectangular Marquee tool ().

3.
Drag across the dandelion image to select most of the seed head and stem, but do not extend the selection so that it reaches the borders of the image.

The selection restricts the area that the filter will affect within the dandelion-image layer. If the selection is too large, the border will also be wavy and start to overlap the other quadrants of the montage image.

4.
Choose Filter > Distort > ZigZag.

5.
At the bottom of the ZigZag dialog box, make sure that Pond Ripples is selected in the Style pop-up menu. Then, experiment with different settings for Amount and Ridges by dragging the sliders. (The example uses 10% for Amount and 11 for Ridges.)

6.
When you are satisfied with the result, click OK.

7.
Choose Edit > Deselect, and then File >Save to save your work.


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