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

PowerPoint 365
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 365

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 365

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

Rectangle shape in PowerPoint 365

2. Create a Jigsaw puzzle chart

For example:

Effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle in PowerPoint 365

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, then click the Group command:
    Group shapes in PowerPoint 365
  • On the Shape Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Group command:
    Shape Format group in PowerPoint 365
  • Right-click one of the objects and choose Group -> Group from the popup menu:
    Popup group shapes in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365

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 365

    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 on the Insert... button:
Insert file in Format Picture pane PowerPoint 365
  • In the Insert Pictures dialog box, choose the picture location, select the picture file, and then click Open or Insert:
Insert picture in PowerPoint 365

PowerPoint shows a picture inside the grouped shapes:

Jigsaw puzzle chart with picture in PowerPoint 365

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 365
  • In the Line section, choose No Line:
    No line in the Format Shape pane PowerPoint 365

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 365

To create a perfect moving effect, do the following:

    6.1.    Copy grouped shape with a rectangle:

Copied puzzles in PowerPoint 365

    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 365

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 365

Make any other adjustments you like.

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