How To Make A Rebus Puzzle
I have had a few people ask me recently “How do you make the Rebus puzzles?”. Which got me thinking. Why not show a how to on all I know about making the Rebus puzzles to inspire others to perhaps do the same. Here is the the behind the scenes tips and tricks to making your own Rebus Puzzles at home. I will also be making a video to show you to do it yourself, encase the course is too hard to follow. I hope you enjoy, and make loads of Rebus Puzzles yourself.
What you will need:
- Photoshop. (This example uses Photoshop CS6).
- Time and loads of patience.
- Creative imagination.
Step One: The Answer
This is by far the easy bit. You need to think of the answer and work backwards. In this example the answer will be “Pineapple Upside-down cake”. So what do you think will be on the image? You guessed it, a “Pineapple” and the word “Cake” which is… Yep, upside-down.
Step Two: Creating The Rebus Puzzle
We have the answer now, so now we need to create the puzzle itself. For ease you can download the Photoshop file here (What I use) or you can use a blank puzzle PNG file here. The PNG is if you don’t have Photoshop and you still want to make a puzzle in your own image editor. This example is using Photoshop CS6. Open the PSD file and you want to make sure the grid and guides are ticked. See Example “Grid and Guides”. Open File -> View -> Show. Then check Grid and Guides are ticked. This is so you puzzle looks equal and professional when lining it all up.
Step Three: Creating The Text
To form part of our answer, we know the word “Cake” needs to be upside-dwon. So we use the text tool and write the word “CAKE” and place it on the right-hand side, yo make need to increase the font size so it is readable. We are putting it on the right-hand side because the drawing of a “Pineapple” will be on the left-hand side, so it reads “Pineapple” “upside-down cake”. Now to form the part of the puzzle for “Upside-down” you then need to rotate the text 180 degrees, so it shows “Upside-down”. A good little tip here, click on the text, so a box goes around the outside with white boxes in the corners, then press and hold shift as your rotate the text with your mouse pointer, as you will see the text rotates in equal amounts. This saves time in that you don’t have to worry about if it is straight and lined up, just rotate in the general vicinity and hey presto. I then have lined it up with the guides to its in the middle of the right-hand side. See Example – Text and Guides.
Step Four: Using Lineart in Photoshop to Draw.
This is where the time, loads of patience and creativity come into play. As we now need to draw a “Pineapple” to form the last clue to the answer. If you feel comfortable you can use the pen took to draw directly. Or you can do what I do and draw on paper and scan it on to the computer and trace it. You can also find an image online and trace that too. Once your image is in Photoshop, reduce the opacity. See Example Reduce Opacity. This allows you to see the line your tracing over the image. I normally reduce it to 40%. Then select the pen tool and start to trace it. TIPS: I use a mouse, you can use a stylus pen (with pain brush tool), however see my examples below of using the pen tool over a paint brush tool. When using the pen tool, you first select a starting position then the end position. The click in the middle of the line you drew to bend the line. If you join the lines you make, you can undo, or use Ctrl key to select it again.