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AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 2.0

Puzzle and cutout effects filter for Adobe Photoshop
Beyond jigsaw puzzles
So, as you might have already guessed, with this level of control, you can use Puzzle Pro for much more than just making jigsaw puzzles. You can, in fact, use it to create any kind of effect that might require cutouts along rows and columns. Let's say, for example, that you want to create a mosaic effect. To do this, you might begin by creating a simple curve for your cell edges, then go in and mutate the shapes, randomize the knots and increase the rows and columns to get something like what you see below.

Not too tricky. Now comes the cool part. After you apply your Cutter settings, the Main window interface takes on a secondary role. Here, after the Cutter settings are applied, you're presented with a whole new range of options for dealing with your effect. So you can adjust your bevel settings; apply Gaussian and motion blurs; set variations on hue, saturation and lightness; adjust brightness contrast; set opacity; and apply a color overlay. And each of these subsidiary effects can be applied to any and all of the individual cut pieces, scattered randomly throughout the image or applied on a curve, so that, if desired, you might get stronger highlights in the upper right, with deeper shadows in the lower left. Below is an example just of the Bevel settings window. Each of the other effects has a similar degree of customizability.

If you don't like what you're seeing, you can hit the Relayout button in the lower left of the main menu to go back into the cutter. Or you can continue to make adjustments to the effect. For example, you can select individual pieces and hide them, to enhance the cutout effect.

And, when you're done, you just hit the Apply button. The effect is applied in almost no time.

You can also mix and match shapes and cut pieces by working with multi-layered images. (There are even tutorials on AV Bros.' Web site detailing the process, which isn't difficult.)

All right, so my horseshoe example is kind of lame, but you get the idea.

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