Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to create puzzle pictures from jigsaw shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Do you want to create a jigsaw puzzle from a picture in PowerPoint 2011? This is actually much easier than it sounds -- the tutorial on this page will lead you through the entire process step-by-step. By the time you are done with this tutorial, you will create a jigsaw similar to what you see in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Create a jigsaw from a picture
To follow this tutorial, you can use your own jigsaw shapes, or you can buy some ready-to-use jigsaw shapes from here. Thereafter follow these steps:
- Launch PowerPoint 2011, and open the sample presentation you bought from the link
provided. Within the downloaded presentation, you'll find several types of
Jigsaw Pieces created with various shapes. We choose the Typical Jigsaw variant, as you can see in
Figure 2: Jigsaw pieces in a 4x3 grid
- Within the Home tab of the
Ribbon, access the Shapes drop-down
gallery (see Figure 3), select the Rectangles option, and choose the Rectangle
shape from the sub-menu that appears.
Figure 3: Rectangle shape selected within the Shapes drop-down gallery
- Draw a Rectangle that spans the entire slide area. This rectangle will serve as a "mock background" for your slide
-- you might want to change the
line attributes of Rectangle to
match the slide background of the rest of your slides. Now, right-click (or Ctrl+click) this Rectangle, and from
the context menu, choose the Arrange | Send to Back option, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Send back the Rectangle
- You will end up with the jigsaw puzzle shapes being visible over the rectangle, as you can see in Figure 5.
The Rectangle placed behind them won't be visible.
Figure 5: Jigsaw puzzle shapes hide the Rectangle shape behind them
- Now, change the background of the presentation to any picture that you want to use for your jigsaw. To do that select the
Themes tab (highlighted in red within Figure 6) of the
Ribbon and click the Background
button, as you can see in Figure 6 (highlighted in blue).
Figure 6: Background button within the Thames tab
- This brings up the Background drop-down gallery with, as shown in Figure 7 -- select the
Format Background option (refer to Figure 7 again).
Figure 7: Format Background option within Background drop-down gallery
- This launches the Format Background dialog box, as shown in Figure 8. Within this dialog
box, make sure that the Fill option is active in the sidebar. Then, select the Picture or Texture
tab, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8.
Figure 8: Picture or Texture tab selected within the Format Background dialog box
Tip: Learn more about picture backgrounds for slides.
- Now, click the Choose Picture button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 8, above). This opens the Choose a Picture dialog box as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9: Choose a Picture dialog box
In this dialog box, select the picture that you want to use as a fill for the slide background, and click on the Insert button. This will take you back to the Format Background dialog box, where you can now see the selected picture in the preview area, as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10: Picture fill chosen for the slide background
- Make sure that you click the Apply button (highlighted in red within
Figure 10). Do not click the Apply to All button (highlighted in blue
within Figure 10, above).
- You won’t find any visible change on the slide since our Rectangle already covers the slide background -- and they
should stay this way. To see the actual change, select all the jigsaw puzzle shapes, as shown in Figure 11. Make
sure you select only jigsaw puzzle shapes and nothing else.
Figure 11: Jigsaw puzzle shapes selected
- Right-click (or Ctrl+click) the selected jigsaw puzzle shapes, and from the context menu that appears, select
the Format Object option to bring up the Format Object dialog box as shown in Figure 12
-- make sure that the Fill option is active within the sidebar, and select the Slide background
fill check-box as shown highlighted in red in Figure 12.
Figure 12: Select the Slide background fill check-box
- Figure 13 below shows the result of applying the Slide background fill to the jigsaw shapes.
Figure 13: Jigsaw picture puzzle created
- You may further want to change the jigsaw puzzle shapes'
line width, or change
the line color -- so that the
jigsaw puzzle shapes stand apart from each other more distinctly. See Figure 14, where we changed the line width
and the line color.
Figure 14: Jigsaw puzzle shapes with thicker outlines
- Save your presentation.
- Remember, once you have a puzzle slide of this sort created, all you need to do is change the background of any particular slide to another picture to create a new picture puzzle!
- You can animate individual puzzles to come one after the other (or to exit as required).
- This technique works with any other shape, not just puzzles.
Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides! This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares. Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large. We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions.
Go and get a copy of our Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint.