First off, I want to apologize for the down-time here at Solution Watch earlier. Don’t know what that was about. But, back to the solutions.

Today, I came across a very nice examples of Photomosaics at Metapixel – A Photomosaic Generator. These just look excellent and they I then realized how interested I was into this kind of art. I tried downloading Metapixel from the website, yet the download was only the source code and I could not try to make my own. Because of this, I have decided to look for some photomosaic generators that seem to work well and are free. I have found two that seem to be great and one is for Windows and the other for Macintosh.

AndreaMosaic

The first one I found is called, AndreaMosaic, available for Windows. This simple and free application produces some of the most beautiful Photomosaics I have seen. Just looking at them made me download it right away and try it out. AndreaMosaic has a wide range of features to give you a large amount of creativity when making the mosaics. It also features a really neat application to save still images from within movies. Above is a screenshot of an example created by it (make sure to open it in a new window so you can see the full image as I just show a portion of it).

MacOSaiX

The next application I found is for Macintosh and also produces stunning photomosaics. It is called, MacOSaiX. The Clown Fish to the right is an amazing example of what can be produced my MacOSaiX by using “100×100 rectangular tiles and a local directory source of over 40,000 images.” This application is probably as straight forward as I have seen one get. You simply choose the image, select a directory of images to be in it, choose the title sizes and generate it. AndreaMosaic even operates the same way, but also offers a whole lot more for experienced users from what I can see.

On making a photomosaic with these programs:

Do not be intimidated by the mosaics I have pointed out. They are very nice and detailed and there are a few steps to take to get there from what I have learned. The first thing that I found to be of help is to visualize or find what picture you want to turn into a mosaic. Then find as many images scattered on the internet (that are free for personal use) that would fit the range of colors that you are looking for. That is not too important as the applications I have listed will do its best to match the colors with the original photo themselves, but I am sure it wouldn’t hurt. The third step that I would recommend is to make sure you have a lot of pictures! If you use a directory of only 50 images, do not expect a beautiful creation as the programs are not given much to work with. The amount also depends on how many tiles you wish to use. If you want to produce a photomosaic like the Clown Fish above, you should have a very large amount of images. As the quote says above, “40,000 images!” Lastly, try not to destroy your computer doing this. These applications can put heavy stress on your computer depending on how much detail you wish to put into it. Have fun!


2 Comments on “Photomosaics made easy”

  1. Josh says:

    more photo mosaic software

    http://www.aolej.com/mosaic/compare.htm

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