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Chapter 8. Ad Libbing: Advertising Effec... > Dividing a Photo into Puzzle Pieces

Dividing a Photo into Puzzle Pieces

I've seen this effect before, but what rekindled my interest in it was seeing it on Apple's new iLife product box. If you had to draw the puzzle pieces with the Pen tool, it could be quite a task, but luckily, four puzzle shapes are built right into Photoshop (as Custom Shapes). The technique can be used to make an editorial statement, a dramatic effect, a fun effect—it's pretty much up to you how you use it.

Quick Tip: Erasing back to your original image

If you're working on an image and things start to look bad, you have a few choices. You can go under the File menu and choose Revert, which reverts your image to how it looked when you opened it. But what if you like some of the things you've done thus far and don't want to revert the whole image back to the original? What you can do is switch to the Eraser tool, hold the Option key (PC: Alt key), and start erasing over the areas that you don't want to keep. The Eraser tool normally erases your image, but when you hold the Option key (PC: Alt key), it erases back to how the image looked when you originally opened it. Kind of a revert in a brush. This is called the History Eraser, and it works much like the History Brush, but for some reason, many people seem to be more comfortable using the Eraser tool in this capacity rather than using the History Brush.



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