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Tutorial for Segments 030 – Interchangeable Puzzle Pieces – Horizontal

Using Puzzles

These are interchangeable puzzle pieces. The pieces from any of the puzzles in this series will fit together. The series example has been created from the 3-piece framework and the 4-piece framework. Lots of ultimate variations are possible.

These puzzles hold a lot of content. The series example shows text only in one view, but there is enough room to put a photograph or icon in each. This is a powerful framework, suggesting interdependence to create a whole without the inference of a flow – much better than a line of vertically oriented rectangles, yes?

This series is the horizontal equivalent of sg025 (vertically oriented puzzles). Sometimes an horizontal text

string works better than a vertically-oriented text string, and that's what this series was designed to provide.

Customizing the Puzzles

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the puzzle, be sure to hold the shift key down while sizing so that the puzzles stay uniform and scale correctly. If you are using more than one puzzle in this series, import them all and then size them all at once. This way they stay uniformly sized and shaped from page to page.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Learning how to import photographs in PowerPoint 2007 is a worthwhile effort. It is very easy. There is a FAQ to help you through the steps. Click here to view FAQ: How do I cut a photograph into puzzle pieces?

The puzzle pieces work best with a nice bevel. Click here to view FAQ: How do I get a suitable bevel for puzzle pieces?

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the puzzles will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Do not eliminate the lines unless the pieces are different colors.

3D variations

3D doesn't work with all that well these frameworks unless you're using PowerPoint 2007 with a bevel. The 3D and layering obstacles work against each other.


Shadows don't work with these frameworks.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used to create a distinction between the pieces. The lines can then be eliminated. Pictures can be used as a fill; just be sure that the dimensions of the picture are roughly the dimension of the puzzle piece that will contain it.

There are techniques to cut photographs into puzzle pieces in both PowerPoint 2007 and pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions.

Click here to view FAQ: How do I cut a photograph into puzzle pieces?


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. With these frameworks, however, you can get a little creative. Pieces come come in from "out of the blue," can grow into existence, etc.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

SG030 – Segment 030 – Interchangeable Puzzle Pieces – Horizontal

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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