An in-depth guide to how to use Photoshop’s distortion filters – including Diffuse Glow, Ripple, Shear, ZigZag, Spherize and Twirl – to add fantastic creative effects to your photographs. Part four - ZigZag.

Distort ZigZag

A close relative of the Glass filter, ZigZag offers an effective pond ripple effect. With Ridges set to 1, the different Style settings can emulate the effects of the Pinch and Twirl filters, but ZigZag really comes into its own when a larger number of Ridges is employed.

HOW IT WORKS

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1. Pond Ripple, as its name suggests, resembles the ripples created when a stone is thrown into a pond. Here Amount is set to 30, and Ridges to 5. 
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