Using the shatter tool allowed me to select the part of the image that I wanted to fragment and in which direction the segments would be thrown into. The amount of force and size of the shatter could be easily changed and a texture could be added. It was easier to see this in the wire format as to see what would be affected. By moving the direction of the force I would be able to change the appearance of the shatter, so that it would resemble something that would look as if the character is breaking apart and disappearing.
I used an image from google images to practice the shatter tool and to see if I would get the disappearing effect that I wanted. I wasn't sure whether the shatter tool was right as it seemed to distort the image at an angle and isolate parts of the image and break them away, which I wanted all parts to move at the same time.