How to Create Puzzle Pieces for Use in a PowerPoint Presentation Open PowerPoint. Insert a clipart image. Select and copy the image. Minimize PowerPoint. Open Paint. (Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Paint) Go to Edit and paste the clipart image. Drag the image to the center of the Paint canvas and resize it if necessary. Next we will begin to create four puzzle pieces from the clipart image. Click on the Freeform select tool (Looks like a star). Begin outside the edge of your image by holding down the mouse button and drawing a puzzle shape out of the image. Make sure your end the drawing where you began before you release the mouse. There will be a rectangle with a dotted edge that appears and you won’t be able to see the actual puzzle shape that you created. Go back up to Edit and click on Cut. Now you will be able to see the shape that you cut out of the image. Click on PowerPoint that was minimized to the task bar at the bottom of the screen. Right click anywhere on the slide and choose Paste. Your first puzzle piece will appear on the slide. (You can delete the original clipart image on the slide.) Now go back to Paint and use the Freeform tool to select another puzzle piece of the image. Follow the directions for the first puzzle piece and repeat until all four puzzle pieces have been created and pasted into PowerPoint. All of the puzzle pieces in PowerPoint have a white background that surrounds the pieces. To make the background transparent so you can put the puzzle pieces together, click on one of the puzzle pieces in PowerPoint to select it. If the Picture Toolbar is not visible on your screen, right click on the selected puzzle piece and choose Show Picture Toolbar. Move the mouse to the Set Transparent Color tool and click on it. Now move the tool onto a selected puzzle piece and click on it. The white background becomes transparent. Click on the tool again and on another puzzle piece to make the background transparent. Do this to all puzzle pieces. Now you can use the arrow keys to move the puzzle pieces into place. To nudge the pieces in tiny increments, hold down the Ctrl key while using the arrow keys. Use the custom animation features to make the puzzle pieces fly into your presentation or fly out of your presentation. You can place AutoShapes or WordArt on the slide to hide under puzzle pieces. If the AutoShapes or WordArt will be hyperlinked to other slides in the presentation, you need to create the hyperlinks before you move the puzzle pieces over the AutoShapes or WordArt. Once the puzzle pieces have been moved over the hyperlinked shapes, I have found that it is best to use an Exit effect and make the puzzle pieces disappear or the hyperlinks underneath may not work properly.