Drawing in PowerPoint: Jigsaw Puzzle (Part 2)

This is the second post demonstrating a jigsaw puzzle metaphor (the first post is here).  In this version, we want the puzzle pieces to represent disparate people brought together, maybe to represent a support team or group of customers.

Using the  puzzle pieces from the previous post,  you will use Picture Fill to combine the images and the puzzle pieces.

First,  use the empty puzzle piece to help size and position the face to fit:

Crop the picture to the maximum width and height of the piece:

Now copy the cropped picture, Picture Fill the puzzle piece from the clipboard and apply the 3D bevel (see Part 1):

You can adjust the brightness and contrast as needed.

Another way to use Picture Fill is to fill the shape and then use the Stretch Options for stretching and compressing a picture to fit after the fill. I find it simpler to size and crop the picture before the fill; you can try both.

See this post for another, maybe simpler, method for picture-filling shapes.

For the next piece, fill the source picture with gray for to add a little variety:

In the images I have chosen, the subject is “isolated” on a white or transparent background to eliminate backgrounds that would clutter the puzzle.  You can specify “isolated” at most stock photo sites to get images like this.

If the background is transparent (a .png file like the image above), you can apply Fill/Solid fill to change the background.  If the image has a non-transparent background, you can apply the Set Transparent Color tool on the background and then fill the picture to change the background color.  By the way, the Set Transparent Color tool has its limitations.  Also,  PowerPoint 2010 and later versions have other methods for dealing with backgrounds.

Here’s the puzzle with all of the pieces filled:

And here’s a slide using the puzzle with a 3D rotation:

The next post will show how to create a more traditional jigsaw image – an entire image cut into puzzle pieces.

Remember, if you want a free PowerPoint file containing the puzzle pieces and these application examples along with additional puzzle outlines, use the form below: 

3 Responses to “Drawing in PowerPoint: Jigsaw Puzzle (Part 2)”

  1. 1 Jan Kulnis November 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    This is absolutely awesome!!! I was going to use a photo editing program to basically separate the puzzle pieces from a graphic a coworker found for a presentation that’s being put together for Military Families in our state. This has given me so many more ideas, so much more possibilities for what we want to do to keep colors, etc. consistent. Thank you so much for posting.

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