How to Make a Jigsaw Puzzle?

Apr 07, 2011

Hello E-Learning Rock Stars - 

Does anyone know about about an online (and ideally FREE) jigsaw puzzle generator? A tutorial on how to make my own in PowerPoint would be a great second choice if anyone knows of one.

I want to have individual jigsaw pieces with different phrases on them, animate them to come together to form a larger shape (with the puzzle lines still showing) , and as soon as the pieces come together have the words fade out and the project logo appear across the puzzle. 

I know it's possible. It's just a matter of how long it will take me to figure it out. I'm learning to check in with this amazing community before spending half a day attempting something by trial and error.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!


35 Replies
James Brown

You just need to break apart the image. One thought that just dawned on me is to use shape subtract on pptx 2010 to create a jigsaw eftect as well. I know there are puzzle pieces in clipart and I'm curious if you simply applied them to an image if you couldn't do the same thing as gimp, but Gimp's option is pretty cool and easy to use.

Kayla Burtch

I just spent about an hour looking for the tutorial done about a month back about using "fill with background" to create a split picture.

It was a three part tutorial. If anyone could find it that would be helpful.

Basically though, if you make your picture the background...make some jigsaw shapes freeform, click "fill with background" and then change the pictures a tiny bit (edit points) it will capture what was the background even if you move it.

Then you could change the background to something else and you would have all your little jigsaw pieces which could move together.

Sorry if that doesn't make sense to you, wish I could find the tutorial, he says it better than me.

Kayla Burtch

No it definitley works in 2007.

I use "fill with background" all the time. It is one of my favourite tools, and I only have 2007.

Edit points exists on 2007 too, you just have to click "convert to freeform object" first if it started out as a powerpoint object. My instructions above will work, but the tutorial is more detailed. I'm sure someone on the forums can find it.

Gerry Wasiluk

Thanks, James.  

Looking at Gimp is on my wish list.  Probably could done it in Xara also, which I use a lot.  So many programs, so little time . . . 

The add-in was pretty intuitive and I had it done in two minutes after installing it, which, at the time, was well worth it for me.  Didn't want to learn a new program then.  I've only got a 64K mind sometimes in an 8-gig world. 

Natalia Mueller

Thanks Jeanette. James is right, though. Ultimately, I need individual puzzle pieces that I can animate. Once I make the separate pieces, I'm going to animate the pieces to come together and form a solid picture by reversing the motion paths... something I learned from you!  

Fantastic trick. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted trying to line up the end point of motion paths perfectly. If the rest of you don't already know how to do that, check it out! (or maybe I was the last person to know how)  

Poornima Ramachandran

I had used an online Jigsaw tool, and copy pasted the html code into my module. But after 2 years, I found it's all gone.

If you are designing a course with a small shelf life, you may go for online tools. But if you want a `long term' solution, gimp / PPT is better.

Here is a PPT with Jigsaw that I had collected long back. If you are looking for a 16 piece jigsaw, this is just what you need. But if you need to add or reduce a few pieces, there's a little bit of work.

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