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How to quickly make a jigsaw puzzle with the Vector Flood Fill Tool (Designer only)


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The attached video shows how to make a jigsaw using the Vector Flood Fill Tool (only available in Designer).

Note: You can create the shapes in a different way to get different jigsaw pieces, I just used the pencil for quickness.

Note: I’ve used the “Max Fit” option to make the image fit to the edges of the puzzle.

Note: Once I have selected the image I drag the mouse pointer over all of the shapes, rather than just clicking, which would work but it takes more time.

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Is it possible to add effect only for stroke?

For example, I want to add a 5pt stroke to each split piece and apply an Erase blend mode to the stroke to make it transparent?

Or how do I shift each split part proportionally by 5pt to create gaps between them?

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If I have understood your requirements correctly, I’m not sure if a Stroke with an Erase Blend Mode will do what you want (if it works at all) so I would probably use the Contour Tool with a negative Radius as in my attached image.

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37 minutes ago, GarryP said:

I would probably use the Contour Tool with a negative Radius as in my attached image

The Contour Tool is a good idea, but if I cut across the white, then the picture won't match, because the Contour "eats" up several pts.

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Just now, GarryP said:

It seems as though I have not understood your requirements.
Can you give us a visual example of what you have and what you are trying to do with it.

You have understood everything correctly. Now, having applied the contour, I'm trying to join the cut parts, and they don't match a little bit, because the thickness of the contour has taken away the image in each part. And if you print and cut it like this, the image will not match 100%.

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4 hours ago, anto said:

You have understood everything correctly. Now, having applied the contour, I'm trying to join the cut parts, and they don't match a little bit, because the thickness of the contour has taken away the image in each part. And if you print and cut it like this, the image will not match 100%.

The closest I could get was enabling "Transform Objects Separately" and resizing all the pieces at the same time, but it doesn't work perfectly for some of the curves. The below example is after I did a little bit of tweaking, but originally a few of the curves were overlapping. Also, I don't think it's possible to get internal pieces to snap perfectly into place. Pieces with a common horizontal/vertical edge snap well, though.

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19 hours ago, anto said:

I'm trying to join the cut parts, and they don't match a little bit, because the thickness of the contour has taken away the image in each part.

Ah, I think I might understand it a little better now.
One thing you can do is to select all of the pieces and then apply an Outline Effect (aligned to the Inside) with a Negation Blend Mode.
I don’t know if this will work in every case but it works when I tried it – see attached image.

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14 hours ago, TrentL said:

The closest I could get was enabling "Transform Objects Separately" and resizing all the pieces at the same time, but it doesn't work perfectly for some of the curves.

Using Transform Objects Separately won’t work for this because each shape is being transformed separately whereas you would actually need them to be transformed at the same time and in relation to each other.

By using Transform Objects Separately, in this case, you are creating lots of new shapes which won’t normally naturally fit together.

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