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Tutorial for Puzzles – Puzzle Variations

Using Puzzles

These frameworks can be used to illustrate pieces of a whole. Puzzles also imply interdependence. They can be used as an alternative to a pie chart in some instances. Use these frameworks with others or alone. The size of the segments are designed to hold the maximum amount of text or content. Use them as a finished puzzle or as pieces (just move the pieces out of their position to give the appearance of random piece layout by simply deconstructing the puzzle and scattering the pieces).

Customizing the Puzzles

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, 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 framework in these series, import them all and then size them all at once. This way they stay uniformly sized and shaped from page to page.

Color variations

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

PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 options

The bevels create an effect much like real puzzles. The bevels add volume to the puzzle pieces without a layering problem. This is the best option for these frameworks.

Click here to go to the FAQ that explains a good bevel format for your puzzle pieces.

3D variations

3D doesn't work with these frameworks.


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 in both PowerPoint 2007 and pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions to cut a photograph into individual puzzle pieces.

Click here to go to the FAQ that explains cutting photographs 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:

SG001 – Segment 001 – Square Puzzle

Possible use example

SG002 – Segment 002 – Rectangle Puzzle

Possible use example

SG003 – Segment 003 – Round Puzzle

Possible use example

SG039 – Segment 039 – Polygon Puzzles

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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