Help with Creating Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw Explorer makes it easy to create online jigsaw puzzles you can share with friends and family!


No Registration, No Uploading

No registration, login, or passwords are required to create your own jigsaw puzzles at Jigsaw Explorer. Just enter the web address of your JPG photo, click the Create button, and your puzzle is ready.

You do not need to worry about uploading your photo to our web site because we do not store or copy your photo. Nor do we use, publish, or distribute the image link or resulting puzzle. It's your jigsaw puzzle and only you will decide who it will be shared with.


Sharing Your Puzzle

When your jigsaw puzzle is created you will receive a web address for the puzzle. The puzzle's web address can be easily shared with family and friends via e-mail, tweets, Facebook, etc. The puzzles can be played on both PCs and Macs.

Note that Microsoft's Silverlight web browser plug-in is needed to play the puzzles. Most PCs already have Silverlight built-in. However, if Silverlight is not present on the computer being used to play the jigsaw puzzle then a message will be displayed indicating Silverlight is necessary along with a button that will quickly install Silverlight when clicked.


JPG Photo Address

The JPG photo address field is the web address of the photo you want to use as a jigsaw puzzle. The photo must be located somewhere on the web. A few examples of places where you can store photos free of charge are Facebook.com, Flickr.com, and Imgur.com. Note that some file and photo storage sites, such as DropBox, no longer allow photos to be directly accessed by URL, so they cannot be used for creating jigsaw puzzles.

Here are the details on how to obtain a photo's web address depending on which web browser you are using:


Internet Explorer

  • Right click on the photo in the web browser
  • Select Properties from the pop-up menu
  • Right click the Address (URL) in the Properties window and choose Select All from the pop-up menu
  • Right click the Address (URL) again and choose Copy from the pop-up menu
  • Paste (Ctrl+V) the address into the JPG photo address field on the Create a Jigsaw Puzzle page

Firefox

  • Right click on the photo in the web browser
  • Select Copy Image Location from the pop-up menu
  • Paste (Ctrl+V) the address into the JPG photo address field on the Create a Jigsaw Puzzle page

Chrome

  • Right click on the photo in the web browser
  • Select Copy image URL from the pop-up menu
  • Paste (Ctrl+V) the address into the JPG photo address field on the Create a Jigsaw Puzzle page

Safari

  • Right click on the photo in the web browser
  • Select Copy Image Address from the pop-up menu
  • Paste the address into the JPG photo address field on the Create a Jigsaw Puzzle page

Credit Line

The optional credit line can be any text you wish. It is automatically displayed when the jigsaw puzzle is completed. The credit line can also be displayed by going to Help > Credit in the jigsaw puzzle player. The credit line can be a maximum of 120 characters in length. However, if you enter more characters than will visibly fit in the credit line input field then the credit line may be truncated when displayed in the jigsaw puzzle player.


Credit URL

The optional credit URL can be the address of any web page you wish. For example, you might use the address of a Facebook post about the photo, or the photo's Flickr page. Providing a credit URL makes the credit line clickable when it is displayed in the jigsaw puzzle player. Clicking the credit line will cause the web browser to open the web page pointed to by the credit URL.


Removing a Puzzle

A created jigsaw puzzle link can not be deleted. However, you can delete, rename, or relocate the JPG photo referenced by the puzzle, which will make the jigsaw puzzle unusable.


Commercial Use

The Jigsaw Explorer jigsaw puzzle creator may be used to create jigsaw puzzles for commercial purposes. You may create as many jigsaw puzzles as you wish and use them to entertain visitors on any web site. The jigsaw puzzles you create will not expire.

We plan to offer white label licensing of our jigsaw puzzle player software at a future date. The white label version will contain no references to Jigsaw Explorer and you will be able to use your own web site domain for the puzzle player. In addition, mobile app versions of our jigsaw puzzle player will also be available for white label licensing.

If you would like to be notified when Jigsaw Explorer's white label licensing becomes available then please provide your email address by clicking the following button:


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Note that your email address will not be used for any other purpose or for sending any other emails. Contact us if you have any questions.