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Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

Hi all,

 

I am in everyone's worst nightmare having found myself at the end of completion of a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and the final piece is missing.

 

I have not lost my temper or upset myself over it... YET.

 

Has anyone ever made a replacement piece in this situation? If so, how? I can probably match the colours according to the picture on the box, but getting an exact fit must be nigh on impossible.

 

I want to frame it as wall art.

 

Any help would be fantastic. IMAG0326_1.jpg

BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

@dingodudette...I would suggest these Steps
1.You will need to remove a small section and place it on a scanner
2.Scan to image PNG file format
3.Import into an image editing software package either Corel or Photoshop
4.Create/Paint the missing piece(It will be a bit challenging as the colour matches will differ between the Screen & Print)
5. note the setting/ CMYK numbers/ Brightness/ saturation etc you may need to do several adjustments. ie Trial & Error
6. Paste on cardboard,cut out shape depress edges 

or

Google 

missing puzzle piece photoshop

Download photoshop trial/30day free

and give it a go

or

Try emailing the agents/manufacturers first 
Goodluck

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

I kinda like the missing piece there if you were to frame it. Makes it obvious it's a puzzle and is a talking point. It would drive some people crazy though!

 

I do know many of the high-end puzzle manufacturers offer a service in which they can send you a replacement piece. 

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

Thanks Guys. I'll contact the manufacturer first and then try your suggestions.
Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

Any luck @dingodudette?

 

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dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

Unfortunately, the company has said that they never made a panda jigsaw puzzle (despite the fact that I gave them a photo, the product id and the bar code number)so I will try to do as has been suggested and photoshop it with the free trial.

I've never used photoshop so it will take me some time to learn it. If I succeed, I'll post a photo. Thanks all!

 

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

An update regarding the jigsaw puzzle...
I was unable to scan from my printer to a PNG file or even a JPEG (it would only do PDF) and after a few hours of bashing my head against the desk, I made a decision.
As the missing piece is located (or rather not located) at the base of the picture, I will cover this up by framing the picture with a matt inner frame that covers the edges of the puzzle.
My gorgeous 90 year old dad is going to make the actual external frame for me as he is a whiz with the mitres.
Photo to come upon completion.
Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

@dingodudette

 

Great to have a dad that's a whiz! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

 

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dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: Jigsaw Puzzle - How to make a piece to replace a missing one

Hi all,

 

What missing piece?

 

As promised, here is a photo of the finished, framed, problematic panda jigsaw.

It is now up on the office wall giving me a pshychological push when life throws me lemons.

 

If the piece was in the middle, I probably would have spent more time on construction of the actual piece, but like a good gemini, I've moved on to

find the next challenge.

 

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