How to Create Puzzle Pieces for Use in a PowerPoint Presentation

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					    How to Create Puzzle Pieces for Use in a PowerPoint Presentation
Open PowerPoint. Insert a clipart image. Select and copy the image. Minimize

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.