What is a Photo Mosaic?
A photo mosaic is an image composed from other images, aligned into arrays with a specialized software. Let’s see how to obtain a terrific unique mosaic photo while making use of a collection of photographs. With the help of a mosaic, you can show-cast your photos from a shooting session through a single collage instead of browsing an entire website, for example. Here is what Ian Octoman says about his Photo Mosaic images: “When doing a photoshoot, I tend to take numerous shots (bad habit). But with those extra shots I am able to put together and create a collage mosaic.”
The main image must be rectangular, divided into equal sections, as small as you want it to be. The secondary images should be small enough to create a great visual effect, but not so small: someone who is looking at the finished project must be able to recognize the details from each used photo, when the main image is enlarged to 100% view.
When you look at the photos at a distance you see only the portrait. However, when you zoom into the mosaic picture you will notice that there are pictures of many different people within the image itself. These smaller secondary images may or may not be related to the main image. Like for example, you can compose a picture of an Asian lady from pictures of cars. Well, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.
A photo mosaic can be used as:
- A unique gift
- A wedding collage
- A memory of yourself
- A memory of your baby/child
- A collage of photos with your pet
- A collage of your holiday
Trying to make a mosaic photo by hand is a very difficult task. That’s why, with today’s technology, there are plenty of programs that use mathematical algorithms to create the collage by color matching and block placement. If you want to see how tedious this task is bbehindthe scene, here’s a scientific paper on this subject. The thing to remember about mosaic photos is that the more photos you load to make them, the more spectacular the result.
4 Basic Steps for every Photo Mosaic creation
Step 1: First, save a copy of the photographs you want to use in a single location – folder – on your computer hard drive.
Step 2: Access a photo mosaic software. There are several free or low-cost photo mosaic software programs available to download from the Internet. In this tutorial, I will present some of them that is online (no need to download) and free to use. But, as a general idea, they all function in the same basic way, allowing you to build a complex image made up of small versions of the photos in your image collection.
Step 3: Select the parameters of your photo mosaic. Depending on your software, you can select how many times the image in your collection can be repeated, the size of each image, how many rows and columns of images will be in your final mosaic, and how much the program can alter each image in the collection to improve the final output. More advanced programs may have more options to discover and experiment with. But, other programs (like those free online tools), will only allow the use of their own gallery images. Either way, the final image will be a nice mosaic of your own main picture.
Step 4: When the completed mosaic is ready, you can still adjust the final product to your liking by changing the parameters in step 3. Make any desired changes to your image at this time. Then, save the file on your computer and broadcast it in the social networks. It will have a guaranteed success.
Makeing your Photo Mosaic with PicArtia
PicArtia lets you create photo mosaic Online and Free! (Photo Collage Maker) Create photo mosaic Online and Free! A powerful photo collage maker in 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Uploading Master Photo. My inconvenient: I could not upload a an original size image, I had to decrease the size.
Step 2: Select Gallery. My inconvenient: I could only select from their own pictures, I could not upload my own. So I used “dancers”.
Step 3: Final Settings. Here you can change the vertical and horizontal cut size, as well as the cell size.
After finishing the mosaic, I had to wait for a code to arrive in my email inbox in order to save the final image. My result using their algorithm and gallery is the one at the side. It has their logo stamped on it.
Makeing your Photo Mosaic with EasyMoza
EasyMoza is another free online tool that really does what it promises. You can use your own pictures, it is very user-friendly, no need to download a software, no registration required (like the code from PicArtia), no obligations, and has a social network share button. EasyMoza is also a lot cheaper than other suppliers.
Step 1: Uploading Master Photo. For comparison purpose, I used the same image.
Step 2: Select Gallery. Here I can choose to upload my own gallery or choose between the two presets. I uploaded about 248 flower images, at 30% of the original size, with no issues. Then, the processing took some time, but that’s not surprising given the large amount of data I used.
Step 3: Extra options. I am pleasantly surprised to see that I can convert the final image into a BW or Sepia toned photo. Plus, I can adjust the brightness, saturation, hue and contrast. Well, I’ll give it a bit of more contrast (+10 and probably would have been better even more).
For a printable version I have to pay. This big image has a resolution of 5400 x 7200 pixels. That’s a great size. And, if I want to buy the printable version, I only have to pay a small fee for this one image, not an entire (expensive) program that I will hardly ever use.
My free size is 900 x 1200 and there is no logo on it. Great too. Compared with PicArtia, the image quality is visibly better. There is also a share button there, and when I pressed it, the program created an animation of zooming into the smaller images. This is fantastic! Look at the zooming movie here: http://www.easymoza.com/index.php?p=31&t=10&m=fPvF6LEtd0#
Makeing your Photo Mosaic with ArtensoftPhotoMosaicWizard
Artensoft Mosaic Photo Wizard is made not only for home users, but professional designers too. The program lets you create eye-catching advertising posters, flyers and business cards, or decorate the interior of a home or office. You can make these mosaic photos yourself, without special skills. Just follow the program’s step-by-step instructions. If you want to try out all of the program’s features, you can download a trial for free. They claim that “unlike other implementations, in Artensoft Photo Mosaic Wizard, the features and algorithms used by the program allow you to create some of the best photo mosaic work in the world.”
So, given these 3 tests, the last one – Artensoft Mosaic Photo Wizard is the one I recommend if you are serious about this. For personal use, however, EasyMoza does a decent job.