Everybody likes jigsaw puzzles. Ok, maybe not everybody but most of us. There are puzzles of sorts and kinds: for kids and adults, 4 pieces wooden puzzles and monstrous 1500 pieces puzzles, portrait and picture puzzles, Disney, travel, family photo collage puzzles, cardboard jigsaw puzzles and magnetic puzzles, and so on; the list is endless. So how do I turn a picture into a jigsaw puzzle? Right – make your own puzzle out of your photos with one of the 10 apps below!
How to Make a Puzzle out of a Picture with Free App?
As usual I have surfed the Internet and you can read a detailed overview of the findings below. There 3 ways to make a custom picture look like a puzzle:
1. Free Puzzle Photo Editor Software
Use Windows or Mac photo editing software which contains the option to apply puzzle effect over your photo, so it turns pictures into puzzles. Then print your photo to puzzle picture on your home color printer.
2. Paid Personalized Photo Puzzle Making Online Services
If you want to get 1000 piece puzzle made on professional cardboard or plastic base and present this personal jigsaw puzzle as a gift, then you’d better choose this option. With the help of such services, you can select a proper puzzle size, get it printed and shipped to your address asap.
3. Free Online Picture Puzzle Maker App
As with downloadable software, free online photo to puzzle makers turn your picture into jigsaw puzzle which you can download as JPEG or PNG image file and print it on your home color printer. Fortunately, you don’t have to install any software to create a custom puzzle quickly.
How to Make a Picture Look like a Puzzle in PhotoScape (Windows/Mac)?
Our favorite way to turn a picture into puzzle offline on Windows or Mac is PhotoScape. It’s a free photo editor which can be your photo puzzle maker software. You could read PhotoScape basic editing features overview here.
- Download and open Photoscape on Windows (use PhotoScape X for Mac);
Select your pic;
- Change a background of the photo if it is too confusing;
- Click the Filters button and select the Textures menu;
- Find the Puzzle effect and apply it to the pic;
- Print the ready puzzle on your home printer. Done!
The only disappointment about Photoscape puzzles is that the items are relatively small and you’ll have to cut them by yourself which is not very easy.
How Can You Order Custom Puzzles Online?
There dozens of online printing services like Zazzle, Shutterfly, Collage.com, Walgreens, Walmart and many others. The services offer ready design templates where you can add your image. Or just print your family photo as a puzzle. The web services offer wide range of jigsaw puzzle sizes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 1500 pieces and even more custom sizes for all ages: from kids to adults. The workflow of these online services is quite similar. Watch step by step video tutorial below explaining how to create a custom photo puzzle on Zazzle:
Here’s how to order a custom photo puzzle on Zazzle or Walgreens:
- Create an account, add your shipping address and credit card;
- Upload your photo in high resolution;
- Select your puzzle size (the number of pieces);
- Select a material which you want to use (for example, a cardboard or a magnetic puzzle);
- Select a design of your puzzle;
- Pay for your photo jigsaw puzzle;
- Wait several days to get your puzzle delivered to your home address.
Is it expensive to print a custom puzzle? The average prices start at $25 per 50 pieces cardboard puzzle. Not for everyone choice, as they offer to upload a photo and you get a puzzle that you’ll have to pay for.
What Apps Turn Pictures into Puzzles Free?
Here I describe only some of the online puzzle maker applications that I liked most of all. The idea of all these apps is to create a puzzle from your image and let you download it as JPEG or PNG. Later on, you can print it on your home color printer. Here’s how to create jigsaw puzzle with your photo for free:
- The first step is to upload your photo to a photo puzzle app;
- Depending on the app, you crop your image or applying some filters;
- After it, download your final puzzle as JPEG or PNG file;
- Print your puzzle on a paper on you home printer and cut it into pieces.
Please note that there are iPhone/Android photo puzzle apps that just let you play puzzle games online. It’s not our case! Here we will discover photo puzzle maker apps that let you print on paper your custom jigsaw puzzle!
Let’s start with Puzzel.org – a free photo puzzle maker app. It is not exactly what I meant when I was looking for puzzle effects but it is also very interesting.
The application helps you create an custom photo puzzle that you can download and print or play online. You decide how many jigsaw pieces there will be, in my case there were 4×4 rows as you can see on the image above. That’s why this application is good for children puzzles. Click the Upload image icon and upload your picture; go the the Settings tab if you want to have more pieces in your puzzle than the default 16 pieces puzzle. See the resulting puzzle at the right window. Hit the Save icon to save your photo puzzle. Then right-click on your final puzzle with you mouse, click Save image as … and download your photo puzzle as PNG file. Then print it on your home printer using standard Windows/Mac means.
As I said before, here you can play the puzzle game online as well. You can click the Play sing at the right and therefore make it interactive.
2. I’m a Puzzle app
I’m a Puzzle app – a another custom puzzle making application that enables users to create jigsaw puzzles online and play the game, if you wish. Here we’ll talk about only puzzle creation process since we want to print custom photo puzzle design in a portrait or landscape mode.
The process is very easy – upload your photo, puzzle shape parameters, indicate the number of puzzle pieces, rotate your photo puzzle if necessary. The last, but the most complicated task is to download the puzzle image and print it. I’m a Puzzle app offers sharing option, but if you try to use it, your personalized puzzle will be covered with huge watermark which will spoil all your work. So here’s the trick you should do. When you set the number of puzzle pieces, you’ll get a puzzle preview image. So right-click on it with your mouse and press the Save image as … and download the jigsaw puzzle as .PNG file.
3. Picture to People 3D Jigsaw Photo Puzzle Generator
Picture to People is a simple personalized photo puzzle generator that you can use to make your photo look like a 3D puzzle. It can make both traditional flat puzzles and 3D puzzles what I liked the most. If you want to learn more about other Picture to People features, read our review here.
The generator interface is plain and simple, yet gives the right result. It took about 20 seconds to create a 3D effect puzzle out my picture and here you have huge puzzle preview and the Download image button under it. Free, no watermark, no restrictions, no tricky ads. Just a simple and super efficient puzzle generator. All you need to do on your own is to print your puzzle on paper and cut it into pieces.
The last custom puzzle app on our list is PhotoFunia, a famous online photo collage maker. PhotoFunia fun photo editor contains puzzle photo effect which you can apply to your family portrait picture and then make a printed puzzle out of it.
What I like about this online application is the ability to crop your photo and download photo puzzle in small, medium and large image size. Besides, instead of importing ready pic, you can make a new image with your web camera like with WebCam Toy. Unfortunately, there’s no way to change the number of puzzle pieces, that’s why PhotoFunia custom puzzles are good only for adults.
P.S. While I was looking for puzzle makers I also found a lot of mosaic creators that I will overview in one of my next posts.