Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010
Learn how to create puzzle pictures in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 for Windows.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010
OS: Windows 7 and 8
November 29th 2007
March 2nd 2009
This tutorial shows you how you can create a full slide puzzle effect in PowerPoint. Although we
use PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 in this tutorial, the basic technique works the same way all the way back
to PowerPoint 97.
You can use your own jigsaw shapes, or you can buy some ready-to-use jigsaw shapes to follow this tutorial from here.
- Launch PowerPoint, and open the presentation you downloaded from link
provided. Within the downloaded presentation you'll
find Jigsaw Pieces created with various shapes. We choose the Typical shape with 4x3 lines, as you can
see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Jigsaw typical shapes 4x3 slide
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the
Ribbon, access the
Shapes drop-down gallery (see Figure 2) and choose the
Figure 2: 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
of Rectangle to match the slide background of the rest of your slides. Now, right-click this Rectangle, and from the context menu choose the
Send to Back | Send to Back option, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Send the Rectangle to the back
- You’ll end up with the jigsaw puzzle shapes being visible over the rectangle, as you can see in
Figure 4. The Rectangle placed
behind them won't be visible.
Figure 4: Jigsaw puzzle shapes over the Rectangle shape
- Now change the background of the presentation to any picture that you want to use for your jigsaw. To do that, select the
Design tab of the Ribbon and click the Background Styles
button, as you can see in Figure 5. From the Background Styles drop-down
gallery choose the Format Background option (see Figure 5 again).
Figure 5: Background Styles drop-down gallery
- This brings up the Format Background dialog box, as shown in Figure 6.
Within the dialog box select the Fill tab on the sidebar, and on the right side of the
dialog box select the Picture or Texture fill radio button
(see Figure 6 again).
Figure 6: Format Background dialog box
Tip: Learn more about picture backgrounds for slides.
- Within the Format Background dialog box click the File button to
bring up the Insert Picture dialog box, as shown in Figure 7.
Select any picture, and click the Insert button to get back to the
Format Background dialog box.
Figure 7: Insert Picture dialog box
Once in the Format Background dialog box - click Close button (highlighted in red within Figure 6, previously on this page). Make sure you do not click the Apply to All button.
- You won’t find any visible change on the slide since our Rectangle already covers the slide
background -- and we really want it to stay this way. To see the actual change, select all the jigsaw puzzle shapes, as shown in Figure 8. Make sure you only select these jigsaw puzzle shapes and nothing else.
Figure 8: Jigsaw puzzle shapes selected
- Right-click these selected shapes, and from the context menu that appears, select the
Format Object option to bring up the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in
Figure 9. Within the sidebar of Format Shape dialog box select the
Fill tab, and on the right side of the dialog box change the fill attribute to
Slide background fill (see Figure 9 again).
Figure 9: Select the Slide background fill radio button
- Figure 10 below shows the result of applying the Slide background fill to the jigsaw shapes.
Figure 10: Jigsaw picture puzzle created
- You may further want to changes the jigsaw puzzle shapes' line width, or change the line color. All of
these changes can be done within the Line Color and Line Style tabs in
the sidebar of Format Shape dialog box - so that the jigsaw puzzle shapes stand apart
from each other more distinctly. See Figure 11, where we changed the line width and the
Figure 11: 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.