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Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:19 pm
I'd always wondered how I could make jigsaw pieces from a picture in PowerPoint. Last April I saw a You Tube video that covered part of the process (using background picture fill) but it didn't deal with making individual jigsaw pieces as pictures that you could move around and animate etc. After a bit more thought, I found a way to do this and put a video of the process on You Tube. It looks quite complex at first, but it's the kind of process that you can quickly get into a rhythum with as it's almost the same for each piece.



I then went about devising a game involving putting a jigsaw puzzle together and came up with the 'Emporium Jigsaw' game which is now on my website.
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:56 am
I just got to experimenting, and I discovered that if you give a rectangle a photo fill, create any other single shape over it, deselect the overlapping shape by clicking the rectangle, press "CTRL+A" to select both whilst keeping the photo as the source shape, go to "Drawing Tools" and choose "Intersect"; you can get a pretty rocking puzzle piece effect, especially if you draw your own closed freeform shape!  I'm still trying to figure out how to do it with multiple shapes over the image rectangle, but so far, it just seems to "Subtract" when I choose "Intersect".
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Interesting!!

I did something like this with my 'Famous Falling Faces' game. Each cut-out square from the picture was done like this:
- Crop the main picture to 12 x 12 cms
- Copy / paste the main picture until you have 16 copies, then align middle / align centre.
- Make 16 squares of 3 x 3 cms and align them so they cover the main picture (with its copies behind it)
- Move the 3x3 square in the bottom right corner so it's just outside of the main picture (to the right or below)
- Select the top main picture in the space left by the 3x3 square you've just moved
- Then shift/select (not 'Ctrl+A') the top left 3x3 picture and use 'intersect' (This leaves you with the top left element of your main picture in the 3x3 square)
- Select the bottom right area of the main picture again (this is now the copy beneath your top picture) shift/select the next 3x3 square to the right of the first one and 'intersect' again
- Continue doing this until you've got 15 filled 3x3 intersected parts of the main picture.
- Move the 3x3 square you moved outside, back to it's original position
- Move any other 3x3 filled square on the edge away from the main picture
- Select the 16th copy of the main picture in the new space that's left then shift/select and intersect the last piece (the one you moved back)

You should now have your picture divided into 16 separate pieces. You can experiment of course with other shapes, but squares were easiest for my purposes.

Here's a link to the game: Famous Falling Faces


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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:14 pm
Oh wow!  That's REALLY COOL!  It's kind of like "TETRIS"!  THAT is REALLY COOL!
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:19 pm
Have a look at Petris - which is even more like Tetris, but with a 'P' for PowerPoint:   Petris
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:10 pm
I HAVE that game!  It's TOTES EPIC!  It must have taken you FOREVER to program those rotation animations!
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:31 pm
I'm working on a tutorial to show how the 'Famous Falling Faces' game was made. The animations are almost identical to Petris and not as complicated as you might think. I'll post the tutorial as soon as it's done - and once I've worked out the best way to do it.
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:52 pm
Coo'!
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:16 pm
When you made the puzzle shape you mention above, was it on PPT 2016?

I've noticed that 'Intersect' works differently in 2010 (I don't think you can do it on 2010 even if you fill a 'shape' with a picture).

I've just posted a picture of a slide in the 'Help Center' to show what I mean.
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Re: Making Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:11 am
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I managed to find a way to get the 2016 'Intersect effect' in 2010.

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