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Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to create puzzle pictures from jigsaw shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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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.

Create a jigsaw from a picture
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:

  1. 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
    Figure 2: Jigsaw pieces in a 4x3 grid

  2. 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.

    Rectangle shape selected within the Shapes drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Rectangle shape selected within the Shapes drop-down gallery

  3. 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 fill and 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.

    Send back the Rectangle
    Figure 4: Send back the Rectangle

  4. 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.

    Jigsaw puzzle shapes hide the Rectangle shape behind them
    Figure 5: Jigsaw puzzle shapes hide the Rectangle shape behind them

  5. 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).

    Background button within the Thames tab
    Figure 6: Background button within the Thames tab

  6. This brings up the Background drop-down gallery with, as shown in Figure 7 -- select the Format Background option (refer to Figure 7 again).

    Format Background option within Background drop-down gallery
    Figure 7: Format Background option within Background drop-down gallery

  7. 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.

    Picture or Texture tab selected within the Format Background dialog box
    Figure 8: Picture or Texture tab selected within the Format Background dialog box

    Tip: Learn more about picture backgrounds for slides.

  8. 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.

    Choose a Picture dialog box
    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.

    Picture fill chosen for the slide background
    Figure 10: Picture fill chosen for the slide background

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

    Jigsaw puzzle shapes selected
    Figure 11: Jigsaw puzzle shapes selected

  11. 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.

    Select the Slide background fill check-box
    Figure 12: Select the Slide background fill check-box

  12. Figure 13 below shows the result of applying the Slide background fill to the jigsaw shapes.

    Jigsaw picture puzzle created
    Figure 13: Jigsaw picture puzzle created

  13. 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.

    Jigsaw puzzle shapes with thicker outlines
    Figure 14: Jigsaw puzzle shapes with thicker outlines

  14. Save your presentation.

Tips:

  • 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.

See Also:

Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 for Windows

 

Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint

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.

Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint



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