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How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? 5 Ways You Need to Know!

Today I’m not going to show you how to make a mosaic art with step-by-step instructions. In this article, I intend to illustrate a swift summary on free tools to help you transform your images and patterns, into mosaic designs and patterns.

At the end of the day, most mosaic designers are self-taught, and technology today is helping us take more control over our own culture. Ever since I noticed the load of information about mosaic art, I thought of comparing it to the worldwide mosaic community. There’s definitely a fervor to spread the knowledge and love of mosaic art around the globe!

1. How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic?

According to our resources, possibilities of creating a mosaic are endless.

To convert a photo into a mosaic: 

All you need to do first is find a pattern for your project. A mosaic apprentice will find children and adult coloring books a great way to start. Outline pictures are usually detailed enough, yet very simple to convert into a mosaic artwork. Once you have found your favorite pattern, use a felt pen to outline your design. Then, categorize the outer lines of each section by numbers and make a copy of your pattern. The website Making Mosaics is also offering many printable mosaic designs and patterns for free.

Here are some simple mosaic patterns that you can start with!

Leaf Tribal Pattern | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic

Source of Image: Pinterest

Mosaic Pattern Designs | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Image Source: Pinterest

2. How to Transform a Photo Into a Mosaic Emoji?

Everyone is crazy about emojis right now! And what better way to express ourselves than in the form of smiley or angry emojis and emoticons?

Today’s technology is witnessing a new addictive web tool that turns any photo of your choice into a digital emoji mosaic art. All you need to do is upload your desired image and choose the emojis you want to use.

Exploring this site, will let you convert your latest selfie into a collage of hair flip girls, birthday cakes and crying cats. Also you can download a new Mobile App that turns your image into emoticon pixels by either taking a photo of yourself or choosing one from your album. Both of these tools are 100% free and will save your image in hi-res (16 megapixels) for greater print quality.

The 3 artworks listed below were all made using this free web tool.

Starry Night Mosaic Art | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Generated Image by Mozaico

Mona Lisa Mosaic Photo | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Photo Generated Into a Mosaic by Mozaico

3. How to Transform Photos Into Mosaic Tiles?

Always wanted to create a digital tile mosaic from glass, ceramics, natural stone, quilts or paper? Use Mosaic Creator and that’s it! This supporting tool will calculate and preview your mosaic, with the numbers of digital mosaic tiles. You can also export the file list and filling matrix for free. It will also fill the matrix through the CSV file, which you can optimize and print in MS Excel or any similar software. 

Digital Mosaic Art | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic?| Mozaico

Digitally Generated Mosaic by Mozaico

Digital Mosaic Artwork | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Generated Mosaic by Mozaico

4. How to Transform a Photo Into A Mosaic Pattern Using Illustrator?

Illustrator is an inventive tool for creating individual and unique designs. Clever and creative, the program is used for many purposes, one of which is mosaic designs. So, how to transform your illustration into a mosaic pattern? Here’s how you can create a myriad of tiny little mosaics. Using Illustrator might sound complicated, but it also has multiple worthwhile functions, not only mosaic making. This video tutorial explains clearly how to bring the chosen effect to your design and learn more about how to create your mosaic.

Marylin Monroe Digital Mosaic | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Image Source: Pinterest

5. How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic Through Dots?

Last but not least, this photo effects tutorial, will demonstrate  how to turn any picture of your choice into a mosaic pattern of solid-colored dots through photoshop. As you will notice, all it takes to create this mosaic effect is one of Photoshop’s filters, a layer mask and a simple custom-made pattern. It can take a bit of trial and error to match up the size of the dots with your specific image, so to keep things as flexible as possible, discover how to take advantage of Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

Photoshop Mosaic Dots | How to Turn a Photo Into a Mosaic? | Mozaico

Image Source: Pinterest

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