It may seem that every presentation concept has already been used. But you can break out of that mold by using creative concepts like PowerPoint puzzle pieces to tell a story.
Sure, a puzzle is something you might put together on a lazy weekend afternoon. But it's also a powerful storytelling tool that you can use to show how the pieces of a story fit together. It might be the perfect infographic to add to your next presentation.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use puzzle piece shapes in PowerPoint presentations. You'll also see the best PowerPoint puzzle pieces templates from Envato Elements, and learn how to create puzzle pieces in PowerPoint with designs from GraphicRiver. Let's dive in!
How to Make Custom Puzzle Piece Designs in PowerPoint
Puzzles symbolize how ideas link together. That means they're a perfect tool to use in your next presentation.
Now, chances are you're not a professional graphic designer. And even if you are, why should you waste time crafting complex puzzle slides from scratch? There are already pre-designed puzzle piece shapes for PowerPoint waiting for you. Your best option is to use a pre-built PowerPoint puzzle pieces theme from Envato Elements.
On Envato Elements, you unlock access to thousands of templates with a single subscription. Each additional template download costs you nothing extra thanks to the flat-rate, all-you-can-download model.
The reason that templates are so powerful is that they already have most of the design work completed for you. Just download a template, add your details, and you've created your best PowerPoint puzzle pieces design yet.
PowerPoint presentations are better when they use infographics as a storytelling tool. As you know, many PowerPoint presentations are filled with text that might bore your audience. Whenever it's possible, convert text-heavy slides to infographics using slides from Envato Elements. See the best infographic templates in the round-up below:
- Microsoft PowerPoint35 Best Infographic PowerPoint Presentation Templates: With Great PPT Data Slides 2020Sean Hodge
If Envato Elements isn't your style, the pay-as-you-go alternative GraphicRiver is an excellent source for jigsaw in PowerPoint templates. The PowerPoint puzzle pieces are just as visually appealing, but you'll pay only for the single template you choose.
How to Build PowerPoint Puzzle Pieces Slides with Templates
In this section, we'll be using the fantastic Puzzle Diagram PowerPoint template. It's a robust and versatile template that you can use to bring your ideas to life. PowerPoint puzzle pieces are beautiful and help show off big concepts far better than simple words ever can.
Instead of drawing a puzzle piece slide design from scratch, start with a template from Envato Elements like Puzzle Diagram. Let's dive into customizing it in this tutorial.
Let's customize a slide from this beautiful template to learn how to create puzzle pieces in PowerPoint. Slide 4 in the Puzzle Diagram template is a perfect starting point.
As you saw in the section above, templates are the perfect head start to build a puzzle in PowerPoint. Best of all, pre-designed PowerPoint templates are still customizable so that you can add your design details to the slide.
As you can see, the centerpiece is a linked puzzle made up of a series of pieces. Off to the sides are descriptive paragraphs. Imagine trying to draw all that yourself. With Elements, you don't have to.
1. Change the Text & Icons
Start customizing this slide by simply filling in the text boxes with your own words. Click inside the text placeholder box, then highlight the text and start typing.
You can also add new icons to the puzzle pieces themselves, or even delete them as shown below. There are other slides in the deck with additional icons you can copy and paste onto this slide to fit your purpose.
2. Change the Colors
Also, you can change the color of the PowerPoint puzzle pieces. To do that, click on an individual puzzle piece to select it.
Then, go to the Drawing Tools > Format menu on PowerPoint's ribbon. Choose Shape Fill and select a new color from the menu. Instantly, it'll apply to the selected PowerPoint puzzle piece. The template designer built the graphic in a way that allows each shape to have its color.
Repeat those steps, and in a flash, you'll have a brand-new jigsaw in PowerPoint ready to make your presentation great. Consider matching the puzzle pieces to your brand style guide colors to fit your presentation with your company's style.
3. Finish Up
Templates like this include dozens of diverse puzzle piece designs in PowerPoint. But the process to build them is identical—just like a crossword puzzle, all you've got to do is fill in the blanks. Then you're free to explore fonts, colors, and more.
As you saw in this section, jigsaw in PowerPoint templates are waiting for your customizations. This template is just one of many on Envato Elements that include jigsaw puzzle designs. See a round-up of the best templates in our tutorial below:
- Microsoft PowerPoint25+ Fun PowerPoint Game Templates & Creative Puzzle PPT Designs (2019)Sarah Joy
Those are just a few of the customization options available. Don't forget to animate the puzzle to introduce ideas in perfect sequence. Let’s learn how in the next section below.
How to Quickly Animate Puzzle Piece Slides in PowerPoint
In the last section, we learned to build a stunning custom PowerPoint puzzle using a custom theme. It looks great, but it's also very static. That means it doesn't move. What if you want to add a sense of motion to your PowerPoint jigsaw slides?
By animating puzzle pieces, you can stylishly introduce them to an audience in a custom sequence. This keeps your narrative on track and ensures everyone is focused on the right things at the right time.
1. Select an Animation
You can use animations for your jigsaw in PowerPoint to introduce key points in sequential order. To get started, click on a puzzle piece to select it. Then navigate to the Animations tab on PowerPoint's ribbon.
You'll see a collection of basic animation options listed on the left side. You can also select the dropdown arrow to see more choices. Typically, it's best to stick to animations that aren't overly distracting to the audience. Use simple animations like "Fly In" or "Float In" to balance simplicity.
When you see a PowerPoint puzzle pieces animation that you like, click to apply it. It'll preview on the slide, and you can always swap it for another animation, simply by repeating these same steps.
Use animations to introduce each piece of the puzzle, step-by-step. When you're using your jigsaw to explain business concepts or key ideas, consider animating each piece to bring a new idea onto the slide.
Repeat the process for the other puzzle pieces on the slide. You can use the same animation, or a different one each time. It's up to you to decide how to sequence your jigsaw in PowerPoint using animations.
2. Sequence PowerPoint Animations
You can also re-order animations to keep them in just the right order. To do that, click on the Animation Pane on the ribbon, under the Advanced Animation section. A sidebar will open up, and what you'll see is a complete list of every animation on the slide.
To reorder animations, all you need to do is click on the appropriate animation and drag it to a new spot in the sequence. Down below, you can also adjust duration, whether to start automatically or with a click, and more.
As you can see, it's easy to build and animate puzzles in PowerPoint, thanks to the professional slide themes from Envato Elements. Use these any time you need to present new thoughts and ideas. They're beautiful, functional, and audiences will enjoy - and retain - your message.
You saw the basics of PowerPoint animations for puzzle piece shapes in PowerPoint above, but there's always plenty more to learn. Use the three tutorials below to become a total master of animation in PowerPoint. These PowerPoint animation tutorials will help you control the sequence of PowerPoint puzzle pieces:
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Sequence Animation Order in PowerPoint in 60 SecondsAndrew Childress
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Quickly Add Good Animations to Your PowerPoint PPT PresentationsAndrew Childress
- OfficeHow to Control PowerPoint Animation with the Animation PaneBob Flisser
Learn More About How to Use PowerPoint
Whether you're using puzzle piece shapes in PowerPoint to illustrate your point or other infographics, it always helps to know more about how to use an app. When you master an app like PowerPoint, you can work quickly and effectively in the app and re-dedicate your time to the presentation content.
PowerPoint is simple to get started with, but takes time to master. There are advanced features that professional speakers use to master the art of giving great presentations. When you need to learn more, where should you start?
The best resource to launch your PowerPoint learnings is the complete learning resource that we've built here at Tuts+. Check out How to Use PowerPoint (Ultimate Tutorial Guide) as the single best resource to master the app.
Check out three of the best Microsoft PowerPoint tutorials in this beginner's guide to learn more:
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Learn PowerPoint Quickly (Complete 2020 Beginner's Guide)Andrew Childress
- Microsoft PowerPointPowerPoint 101: Everything You Need to Make a Basic PresentationBob Flisser
- Microsoft PowerPointWhat Is Microsoft PowerPoint? +How to Start Using It For Presentations (Now)Andrew Childress
Design a Presentation With PowerPoint Puzzle Pieces
In this tutorial, you learned to think about PowerPoint puzzle pieces as a storytelling tool to connect ideas across your presentation slides. With the help of templates, it's straightforward to design a presentation that includes a jigsaw in PowerPoint.
What are you waiting for? The next time you design a PowerPoint presentation, use a puzzle piece visual to drive an idea home with your audience. You can show how ideas all fit together in a single, cohesive story with the help of a jigsaw.
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