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How to Create Your Own Photo Mosaics

Aug 17, 2007
Photo mosaics are rising in popularity all over the world. You have probably seen one somewhere such as in your child's school, your local library, a medical office or elsewhere. They are beautiful, large photo mosaics that will catch everyone and anyone's eye. You just can't take your eyes off of these wonderful photos. There is so much to look at and so much to discover in a photo mosaic.

So, What is a Photo Mosaic?

A photo mosaic can also be known as a Photomosaic. This is a type of imaging art that is completely unique from the rest. A photo mosaic is usually made from a digital photograph ' this would be the best type of image to use. You could also use another type of picture, but for the sake of this article, we will focus on creating photo mosaics from a digital photograph.

To begin, the photograph needs to be divided into equal rectangular sections, as small as you want them to be. They should be small enough to create a great visual effect, but not too small so that someone looking at the finished project could not see them. They also should not be too large, because then it would look a little odd and probably not create your desired look.

Every one of those rectangular divisions will be replaced by another image with normal colors. When you look at the image at a distance (let's say you are using a digital photograph of your favorite cat to create a photo mosaic) you would only see the cat. However, you might notice that the photograph's resolution is a little off, or that something seems to be different about this photograph. When you stand close to the photo mosaic you will notice that there are many different photographs infused within the photo itself. How interesting!

You can use many kind of photos for the mosaic part of the digital photograph you want to. For example, in your favorite cat's photo mosaic you could use many different photos of your cat to make up your photo mosaic of your cat. So, when you see it from a distance, you will see a large photo of your favorite cat. However, when you look closer you will see many different photos of your cat doing other things in the equal rectangular sections!

Who Invented the Art of Photo Mosaics?

There is no real known inventor, but one man that is believed to be the inventor of photo mosaics. His name is Joseph Francis, and he created a photo mosaic in 1993 while working for R/Greenberg Associates in Manhattan. He made a poster known as the 'Live From Bell Labs' created a lot of talk. He created the photo mosaic from a photo of a face. However, his photo mosaic was inspired by an artist by the name of Chuck Close.

How Can You Make Your Own Photo Mosaic?

You can create your own photo mosaics to decorate your home, give as gifts and more. You will need some certain supplies to make a photo mosaic.

Supplies -

A digital camera
Appropriate software
Good color printer
Your one photograph
The other photos you will be using as the smaller images.

There are quite a few different kinds of software that have been created to help you create your own digital photo mosaic.

Here are some software to choose from -

For Windows:





For Mac:



For Online:



There is a lot of software to choose from when looking for something to help you create a photo mosaic. However, if you know that you are going to be creating a lot of photo mosaics, you might want to have a company take care of all of it for you. They should be able to print and mail it for you, as well.

Decorate your home and wow your guests! Give one as a gift and be remembered. Your own digital photo mosaics will probably be very personal to you, and you will be able to enjoy them for a long time. If you are going to give one as a gift, it will also likely be personal and dear to the person you are giving it to. Photo mosaics can be a way to easily decorate your home that will add a personal touch to your walls. It will definitely be quite the conversation piece when you have guests, friends or family over to visit.
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