AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorials


Basic techniques

In many cases you might need to embed an object into the prepared layout of puzzle pieces. Depending on the object-pieces intersection's type that you have chosen, there could be two kinds of such integration:
AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig1)
  1. The simpler type (let's call it the "Simple Integration") - when the embedded object trims off the knobs of the puzzle pieces. You can see such integration in our online Gallery's samples "Puppy's Dream" (C2); "A couple of Pieces" (C3) and "Simple Integration" (C5).
  2. The more complicated way (let's call it the "Hi-End Integration") - when you want all the knobs of puzzle pieces to be "preserved" while embedding the object. This can be seen in our Gallery's sample "Hi-End Integration" (C6).
Below we describe how to prepare both types of embedding. To make the difference more noticeable, we have decided to show both solutions using the same image. The orange square is an image to be cut into the puzzle pieces and the blue circle is the object to be embedded into these pieces. The square and the circle are in the separate layers (Fig.1)




The Simple Integration

AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig2)

AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig3)

  1. Make the Puzzle layer active and the Object layer invisible. Start AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x and prepare the desired layout. Then, click on the Cut button located in the Cutter window of the plug-in, in order to cut the orange square into puzzle pieces. Add some bevel to the pieces using the plug-in's built-in effect and then, click on the Apply button. You will obtain the cut image inside your host (see Fig.2).
  2. Undo the last action (Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Cmd+Z (Mac OS X)) and select the content of the still invisible Object layer. Invert the selection and start (Just make sure that the Puzzle layer is still active.) Puzzle Pro 3.x again. Since the plug-in remembers the last used settings, you won't need to re-create the layout (see Fig.3).
  3. Click on the Cut button of the plug-in. When the plug-in finishes cutting and switches into the Puzzle mode, the notification window will appear. You'll be asked whether you want to reset the effects to the default settings (In our particular case, it would be the bevel effect.), since the pieces layout has changed (see Fig.4). (In fact it has changed indeed, because the round hole somewhere in the middle of the image does not contain any pieces.) Say - NO. This will apply the bevel effect (that we have used before) to the "new" pieces. Click on the Apply button and then, when you obtain the puzzle effect inside the host, deselect the active layer (see Fig.5).
AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig4) AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig5)


  1. Now, make the Object layer both visible and active and then, start Puzzle Pro 3.x again and set the number of both the Columns and Rows to 1 (see Fig.6).
  2. Click on the Cut button. One more time, when the plug-in finishes cutting and switches into the Puzzle mode, the same notification window will appear and you should say NO again. This will apply the same bevel effect to the Object. Click on the Apply button. The Simple Integration process is done (see Fig.7).
AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig6) AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig7)




The Hi-End Integration

AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 3.x Tutorial Image (Embedding an Object into the Puzzle Pieces - Fig8)
  1. Repeat first 3 steps from the Simple Integration topic.
  2. Make the Object layer both visible and active and then, select the content of the Puzzle layer (in our case this means that we select the entire canvas). Then start (Just make sure that the Object layer is still active.) Puzzle Pro 3.x.
  3. Click on the Cut button. Say NO when you'll be asked whether you want to reset the effects and then, click on the Apply button. Deselect. On Fig.8, you can see the example of the Hi-End Integration where the puzzle pieces are "preserved" while embedding the object into them.







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