How to create simple Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes

PowerPoint 2016
Currently, templates with Jigsaw puzzles are very popular on the Internet. Some of them are pretty expensive, but creating your own Jigsaw puzzle piece won't take a lot of time.
Simple puzzle piece in PowerPoint 365    Simple puzzle piece in PowerPoint 365    Simple puzzle piece in PowerPoint 365

To make the Jigsaw puzzle piece, do the following:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

    2.    In the Shapes list, from the Rectangles group, select the Rectangle shape:

Rectangle shapes in PowerPoint 365

Add the rectangle shape to the slide:

Simple rectangle shape in PowerPoint 365

    3.    To add different forms of holes and heads, do one of the following:

    A. The very simple form of circle holes and heads:

    A.1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes dropdown list and then choose the oval shape from the Basic Shapes group:

Basic Shapes in PowerPoint 365

Add the oval shape to the slide and positioning them like you prefer:

Rectangle and oval shape in PowerPoint 365

Note: Here and below had been used shapes from the Basic Shapes group of the Shapes list:

Basic shapes in PowerPoint 365

    A.2.    To create heads on the puzzle figure, just union these two shapes. To union shapes, do the following:

    1.    Select both shapes.

    2.    On the Shape Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click on the Merge Shapes dropdown list, and choose Union:

Union shapes in PowerPoint 365

You will see a new head on the shape:

United shapes in PowerPoint 365

    A.3.    To create holes on the puzzle piece, just subtract the second shape from the first one. To subtract shapes, do the following:

    1.    Select the first shape that should be subtracted and then holding Ctrl, select the second shape.

    2.    On the Shape Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click on the Merge Shapes dropdown list, and choose Subtract:

Subtract shapes in PowerPoint 365

You will see the new hole on the shape:

Subtracted shapes in PowerPoint 365

    B. The more realistic form of circle or teardrop holes and heads:

If you want to create more realistic heads and holes, you need to re-positioning them for making holes:

For heads For holes
The positioning of the oval shape Union shapes in PowerPoint 365 Subtract shapes in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365
After union or subtract United shapes in PowerPoint 365 Subtracted shapes in PowerPoint 365

You can also try, for example, the teardrop shape:

For heads For holes
The positioning of the teardrop shape Union shapes in PowerPoint 365 Subtract shapes in PowerPoint 365
After union or subtract United shapes in PowerPoint 365 Subtracted shapes in PowerPoint 365

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des pièces de puzzle simples à l'aide de formes PowerPoint.

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