How to tear a picture into pieces

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
For some reasons can be informative to create several shapes with one background picture and move some of them apart. Moving shapes is easy, but how to keep the background image flowing through them all?
Picture into pieces in PowerPoint 2016

If the repositioned shapes are simple, then you can adjust the background image by changing the offset values. For more complex designs, see How to create a Jigsaw puzzle with the falling-out piece or How to add the effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle.

To create an effect of tearing a picture into several pieces, do the following:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the Shapes drop-down list, select and add to the PowerPoint slide any shapes that should contain a picture.

For example:

Several shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    Position shapes, for this example:

Several shapes and one in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    Select and group all shapes except the moved one. To group selected shapes, do 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 all shapes instead of separate boxes around each one.

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

Format shape in popup menu PowerPoint 2016

    6.    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:

Picture inside the grouped shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    7.    Add the same picture to the distinguished shape (repeat steps 5-6 for this shape).

    8.    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.

For example:

  • For the grouped shapes:
    Offset fields in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 2016
  • For the repositioned shape:
    Offset fields in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 2016

Make any other adjustments you desire.

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