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Puzzle Layout

Using Puzzles Layouts

This series contains frameworks that are both puzzles and layouts. The vertical field on the left can contain a main message or overall identifier. The vertically stacked horizontal pieces of the puzzle on the right contain the subordinate points. The puzzle tabs suggest a unification. These are unique and useful. They can easily be used as a bullet alternative graphic.

There are four different and complete versions of the series concept. There is also a set of the left-side piece that can be used with other concepts.

Customizing the Puzzles

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the puzzles, be sure to group and 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 puzzles will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Do not eliminate the lines unless the pieces are different colors or if you are applying a gradient or other edge-defining formatting.

PowerPoint 2007 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. If you apply 3D, the tabs of one puzzle piece can get blocked by another puzzle piece.


Shadows don't work with these frameworks unless you use the drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007. Just be sure that you group the puzzle layout before you apply the shadows, otherwise the shadow from one puzzle piece can obscure another puzzle piece. Be mindful of layering.

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.

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