How to add the effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle

PowerPoint 2016
A Jigsaw puzzle is a perfect illustration of a seemingly solid, but unstable structure. Building up or disintegration of such structures serve a good illustration of many business processes.
Effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle in PowerPoint 2016

To create a Jigsaw puzzle with falling-out pieces like the one above, do the following:

1. Create a rectangle shape as a base of the puzzle

    1.1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes button:

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    1.2.    In the Shapes drop-down list, in the Rectangles group, select Rectangle:

Rectangle shape in PowerPoint 2016

2. Create a Jigsaw puzzle chart

For example:

Effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle in PowerPoint 2016

3. Group added rectangle and puzzle shapes

    3.1.    Select rectangle and all pieces of one puzzle.

    3.2.    Group selected shapes by doing one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, select the Arrange drop-down list, and then click the Group command:
    Group command in the Home tab PowerPoint 2016
  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Group command:
    Group command in the Format tab PowerPoint 2016
  • Right-click one of the objects and choose Group -> Group from the popup menu:
    Group command in the popup menu PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint puts a single box around the shapes instead of a separate box around each object.

4. Add one picture to the shapes

    4.1.    Right-click on the group and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format shape in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    4.2.    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section:

  • Choose Picture or texture fill,
  • Click the File... button and then choose the picture you prefer:
Picture or texture fill in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint shows a picture inside the grouped shapes:

Jigsaw puzzle chart with picture in PowerPoint 2016

5. Format rectangle

    5.1.    Select the rectangle, right-click on it and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu.

    5.2.    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group:

  • In the Fill section, choose No fill:
    No fill in the Format Shape pane PowerPoint 2016
  • In the Line section, choose No Line.

The rectangle will look like a transparent field around the puzzle.

6. Move a piece aside

If you try to move any piece, you will see an incorrect picture on it:

One piece aside of a puzzle in PowerPoint 2016

To create a perfect moving effect, do the following:

    6.1.    Copy grouped shape with a rectangle:

Copied puzzles in PowerPoint 2016

    6.2.    From the first group delete a piece that should be shown as falling.

    6.3.    From the second copy, delete all puzzle pieces except falling one. Rectangle should be kept:

One piece of a puzzle in PowerPoint 2016

So, in the piece is shown exactly the same picture as if it was on the main picture.

7. Move another piece aside

If it is necessary, repeat step 6 for any other piece.

8. Format pieces

    8.1.    Select a group of a rectangle and a shape.

    8.2.    Right-click on the selection and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu.

    8.3.    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Effects group, in the 3-D Rotation section, select the appropriate values in the Rotation fields:

Rotation fields in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 2016

Make any other adjustments you like.

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