Add Zigzag Effect in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Alexander Avdeev, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we are going to show you how you can add a zigzag effect to an image in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7.
In this video, we already have the image opened. We can do that by either creating a new document or opening an existing one. There are other VisiHow videos on how to do that.
Once we open or create a document, at the right-hand side, we check that we've selected the layer that we will be working with if we have more than one layer. In this video, there is only the "Background" layer.
We click "Filter" at the top.
We move the cursor to "Distort".
We click "ZigZag..." down the list, as it is in the alphabetical order. This will bring up a new pop-up window.
We can move the "ZigZag" window if we want by clicking and dragging it. We don't have to do it because the canvas won't change until we click "OK". We have a preview in the window.
We can click "-" in the bottom left-hand corner to zoom out.
We can click "+" to zoom in.
We can also click the drop-down menu to zoom in or all the way out, depending on what we like. In this example, 25% is the whole image. For some effects, it is better to zoom out and see the whole image. Whereas there are other images where we'd better zoom in. The size of the zigzag effect is a little more obvious if we zoom in.
We can also drag our preview picture around by clicking and dragging it where we want it to go. That way, we can see the whole image as well.
To edit the effect, we can change the "Amount" value first by clicking and dragging the slider. We will see that our preview contour in the bottom right-hand corner will change dramatically.
We can zoom out and see how the effect looks.
We can decrease the "Amount" value by pulling the slider left from the right position. The effect will come to the center now by looking exactly as our original canvas image.
We can decrease the "Amount" value by pulling the slider left even further.
We can also type the number in the "Amount" box to keep it at the degree we are after.
We can change the "Ridges" amount by clicking and dragging the slider. The image will be changing as we go.
We can drag the "Ridges" slider the other way as well.
Alternatively, we can just add a number to "Ridges" and change the image that way.
We can click the "Style" drop-down menu. The default style is "Pond Ripples", so the effect looks like water in a pond.
We can select "Around Center".
We'll zoom out to see how it looks.
We'll increase the "Amount" and "Ridges" values. The effect will come out from the center. It can get quite dramatic if we go to the extremes in the values.
We can select "Out From Center". It is like the inverted version of "Around Center". The image in the video is probably not the best image to be using with this effect, but we can get quite good effects if we use, perhaps, a pattern or some kind of texture instead.
Once we are satisfied with everything, we click "OK" to add the effect to the layer. The effect will be added to our layer.
Alternatively, we click "Cancel" if we don't want to change anything.
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Video: Add Zigzag Effect in Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Alexander Avdeev, Freya