How to create a Jigsaw puzzle with the falling-out piece

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
Here you will see how to combine different Jigsaw puzzle drawing techniques to create a photo-realistic puzzle with the fallen-out piece. By adding the falling-out pieces one by one, you can illustrate the dissolution process.
Jigsaw puzzle with the falling-out piece in PowerPoint 2016

To create a Jigsaw puzzle like the one above, do the following:

1. Create a Jigsaw puzzle chart

For example:

Jigsaw puzzle chart in PowerPoint 2016

2. Add one picture to the shapes

    2.1.    Select all pieces of one puzzle and group them 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 one.

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

Format shape in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    2.3.    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

3. Move one piece aside

If you try to move any piece, you will see incorrect picture because PowerPoint stretches the image across the group:

One piece aside in PowerPoint 2016

To create a perfect moving effect, do one of the following:

    A.    The first way is to use offsets.

See How to tear a picture into pieces. This way should be used if the picture and shapes are not complex and it is easy to pick values for offsets.

    B.    The way to use the option Tile picture as texture is easier because for this example is used piece from the corner.

Note: This way can be used if the piece selected from any corner, from any edge or from the center of the puzzle.

    B.1.    Right-click on the group and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu.

    B.2.    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group, in the Fill section, select the appropriate values in the Offset fields:

  • Select the option Tile picture as texture,
  • Type or select appropriate offsets in fields Offset X and Offset Y, if it is necessary,
  • Type or select appropriate values in the Scale X and Scale Y fields, if it is necessary:
    Picture Offset and Scale settings in PowerPoint 2016
  • Choose the necessary Alignment:
    Picture Alignment settings in PowerPoint 2016

    B.3.    Select the shape that should be look like fallen, cut it from the group by clicking Ctrl+X, then paste it where you prefer by clicking Ctrl+V.

The piece should look perfect, it keeps all values of offsets, scales and alignment:

One piece aside of a puzzle chart in PowerPoint 2016

    C.    More complex way is to use the addition shape.

See How to add the effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle. This way should be used if the piece is not selected from the corner, from the edge or from the center of the puzzle. So, it is complex to pick any alignment.

4. Add rotation for the shape

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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