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Using the Shatter/Crack Frameworks

These two frameworks, both with a frame that may be used or not, help convey a shattering, cracking, or fractures. Photographs may be sectioned just like with puzzles (please see FAQ entitled, " How do I cut a photograph into puzzle pieces?").

This series was developed as a bonus series for January 2010 to accompany the Power Chart for January 2010. PowerFrameworks decided to provide the resources to create this great Power Chart.

Customizing the Shatter/Crack Frameworks

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the frameworks, 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 framework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Do not eliminate the lines unless the pieces are different colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

There are no special features in PowerPoint 2007 that make the shatter/crack frameworks appear more realistic.

3D variations

If you decide to use 3D (not bevel), the depth would need to be very short and layering would need to be perfect. Layering (bringing pieces forward or sending them backward on the slide) if done perfectly will make the shattered object look right on the slide, but done sloppily it would destroy the effect. Layering can take a little bit of time to get right.


Shadows don't work with these frameworks.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

If you're not importing 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 (which is the preferred method with these frameworks). Just be sure that the dimensions of the picture are roughly the dimension of the puzzle piece that will contain it. For example, the frameworks are horizontally oriented, so the best pictures to consider using would also be horizontally oriented (less cropping to fit the framework)

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. This technique works the same for these frameworks


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.

If you decide to use the animation scheme in the animated example and the January 2010 Power Chart, you'll need to layer the pieces correctly. After you have imported the pieces of the photograph into the framework sections, make sure they are all on the same layer on the slide. We put a noncut photograph over the cut pieces so the image would appear intact, which would be placed over the cut photograph. The frame is on the very top layer. Place any object that appears after the fragments fall on the very bottom layer, just over the cut photograph pieces.

Review the animation scheme in the downloadable animated example. You'll see that the fragments have been animated to fall and spin slightly as they fall (some clockwise and some counterclockwise, and at different percentages 10%, 15%, and 20%).

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