Triazzle™ puzzles are not only a great game and brain teaser, but they are also wonderful and enticing works of art. Dan Gilbert has managed to create so beautifully designed illustrations and scenes that you can spend a lot of time watching the full collection in search for design ideas or simply for a visual enjoyment.

Although you can purchase these puzzles at many toy stores, you may want to create your own puzzles with your kids’ favorite characters or with your own creations. This tutorial will guide you through the steps needed to create your own Triazzle™-like puzzle. It also an excuse to learn some nice illustration tips.

The image above shows the final puzzle. If you don’t want to go over the instructions, you can download the finished puzzle (at the end of this tutorial), print it, glue it to a cardboard, cut it and play with it. If not, then follow the step y step instructions to create yours.

Keep in mind that each effect could be a single tutorial itself, so I will assume that you have an intermediate to advanced Photoshop experience. If you are a beginner, you will also find useful information about special effects and in most cases I will point you to external resources that can teach you that effect in depth.

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