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Old 19th October 2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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I would love to turn a photo into a jigsaw and have bought Serif Craft Artist Professional 2 to help me achieve my goal which I received at 2.00 am this morning.I have looked in Youtube hoping there would be a video tutorial to help me but can't find one -can someone point me in the right direction?
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I haven't done a jigsaw before, but tried it out there now. Hope this works for you:
1. Create new blank project
2. On left hand side menu "add" your desired photograph and drag photo to working area
3 At very top right hand side, click on the "punches" tab and pick "jigsaws" from the drop down menu
4. Click on your chosen jigsaw punch and DRAG it to your working space with the photo.
5. Stretch it to fit over the photo
6. Click on "Punch" at the bottom right of the selected punch outline
7. Delete or move the jigsaw and you will find little marks on the photo showing you where to cut to produce the jigsaw.

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I would love to turn a photo into a jigsaw and have bought Serif Craft Artist Professional 2 to help me achieve my goal which I received at 2.00 am this morning.I have looked in Youtube hoping there would be a video tutorial to help me but can't find one -can someone point me in the right direction?
Hi DG8,

I just posted on your other thread about having a look at DaisyTrail, Serif''s CraftArtist site and forum for all sorts of information.

A quickie tut as there aren't that many CA2 video tutorials at the moment, but that will change over time. This is the way I do it.

Put photo or image on to your page.

Go to the Punch Tab at the top right of your screen.

Select Jigsaws, and then drag the jigsaw of your choice on to your image and re-size accordingly.

When happy, click the Punch button - lower right.

Drag punch away and delete.

Click on your image - it shows as a jigsaw - drag over to one side to leave the punched "waste". Select and delete.

Drag your jigsaw image back on to your workspace.

At this point if you want you can add a bevel and some shadow to make it more realistic.

To break into pieces - with image selected, and possibly zoom in, if your eyes are as bad as mine , go to the Scissors Tool on the top bar and make a tiny cut between two of the pieces. It only needs to be a little snip.

Go back to Select tool. The image now shows up with the word "Group" showing in the bottom right. Click somewhere off the image and then you should be able to move the pieces individually.

Hope that helps. If I find a little spare time, I'll try and make up a little video tutorial if Serif don't beat me to it.

Posting same time as Meg.
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Nice work, Meg and Karen L.


No doubt the OP will get the hang of it quickly with your fine assistance.
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Don't know if I did not explain right or I am picking it up wrong - I would like to make the photo look like a jigsaw with one or two bits either moved or deleated? I managed to get to the stage *attachment* and could not find punch? Thanks for trying to help me everyone.
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Don't know if I did not explain right or I am picking it up wrong - I would like to make the photo look like a jigsaw with one or two bits either moved or deleated? I managed to get to the stage *attachment* and could not find punch? Thanks for trying to help me everyone.
Hi again,

Looking at your attachment, it looks as if you are using the jigsaw from the Stencil Tab, not the Punch Tab, which does a slightly different thing.

If you use the Punch Tab - far right, you can follow along the above as far as selecting your image after you have punched it and snipped with the scissors, and then just click on whichever individual piece(s) you want to move, leaving the rest intact as the jigsaw.

You can use any of the jigsaw punches - the process is the same.

Is that the sort of thing you are looking for and does that help?
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Hi DG8,

I just posted on your other thread about having a look at DaisyTrail, Serif''s CraftArtist site and forum for all sorts of information.

A quickie tut as there aren't that many CA2 video tutorials at the moment, but that will change over time. This is the way I do it.

Put photo or image on to your page.

Go to the Punch Tab at the top right of your screen.

Select Jigsaws, and then drag the jigsaw of your choice on to your image and re-size accordingly.

When happy, click the Punch button - lower right.

Drag punch away and delete.

Click on your image - it shows as a jigsaw - drag over to one side to leave the punched "waste". Select and delete.

Drag your jigsaw image back on to your workspace.

At this point if you want you can add a bevel and some shadow to make it more realistic.

To break into pieces - with image selected, and possibly zoom in, if your eyes are as bad as mine , go to the Scissors Tool on the top bar and make a tiny cut between two of the pieces. It only needs to be a little snip.

Go back to Select tool. The image now shows up with the word "Group" showing in the bottom right. Click somewhere off the image and then you should be able to move the pieces individually.

Hope that helps. If I find a little spare time, I'll try and make up a little video tutorial if Serif don't beat me to it.

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That's BEAUTIFUL. Far more artistic than me. I was just assuming "make a jigsaw you can print and cut out". Have to try your method myself.
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That's BEAUTIFUL. Far more artistic than me. I was just assuming "make a jigsaw you can print and cut out". Have to try your method myself.
Hi Meg,

I can't really take the credit. Summersara on DT put up a jigsaw puzzle template with instructions on use on her blog some time ago and it became popular in the forum. This was pre-CA2 so it was the only way to do it at that point.

A similar process works equally well on these new jigsaw punches.

I notice on C&C that Michelle was demoing the jigsaw in a very basic way and I was thinking - you can do it so much more easily. More recently though, it looks as if someone has let her in on it, as the most recent demo I saw her do she was mentioning the cut to the cropped image to split the pieces.
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Hi DG8,

I just posted on your other thread about having a look at DaisyTrail, Serif''s CraftArtist site and forum for all sorts of information.

A quickie tut as there aren't that many CA2 video tutorials at the moment, but that will change over time. This is the way I do it.

Put photo or image on to your page.

Go to the Punch Tab at the top right of your screen.

Select Jigsaws, and then drag the jigsaw of your choice on to your image and re-size accordingly.

When happy, click the Punch button - lower right.

Drag punch away and delete.

Click on your image - it shows as a jigsaw - drag over to one side to leave the punched "waste". Select and delete.

Drag your jigsaw image back on to your workspace.

At this point if you want you can add a bevel and some shadow to make it more realistic.

To break into pieces - with image selected, and possibly zoom in, if your eyes are as bad as mine , go to the Scissors Tool on the top bar and make a tiny cut between two of the pieces. It only needs to be a little snip.

Go back to Select tool. The image now shows up with the word "Group" showing in the bottom right. Click somewhere off the image and then you should be able to move the pieces individually.

Hope that helps. If I find a little spare time, I'll try and make up a little video tutorial if Serif don't beat me to it.

Posting same time as Meg.
Hi Karen
Great insight on what to do with CA2, thank you, would this export successfully as a SVG file to use on a cutting machine?
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Very true, Karen, but there actually is one (also a "quickie") for jigsaws, here.

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Great insight on what to do with CA2, thank you, would this export successfully as a SVG file to use on a cutting machine?
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I'm afraid I have no idea if it would export as a SVG file - I don't have a cutting machine so haven't really taken much notice of that side of things. Hopefully someone else might know a little more and be able to answer this for you.
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Just had a quick look and that's another, different way of doing things. So versatile, this software.
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I'm afraid I have no idea if it would export as a SVG file - I don't have a cutting machine so haven't really taken much notice of that side of things. Hopefully someone else might know a little more and be able to answer this for you.
Thank You Karen, hopefully somebody may come back on this.
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That is exactly what I’m hoping to do - thanks very much will attempt to achieve now.
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Absolutely brilliant help and instructions - thanks very much for that - Blessing to one and all - have a smashing weekend.
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Starting to be please with the early morning purchase - Not once have I ever felt "let down" with my cry for help from my fellow "Serifers" Thanks from my heart to you all.
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