Free Utility Creates Mosaic Photos from Other Photos

You have probably seen those impressive photo mosaics where a large photo is created from "pixels" that are actually other tiny versions of other photographs. Here's an example:

This looks hideously difficult but if you use the free utility Foto-Mosaik-Edda it is dead simple.

It works like:

First you create a database of photos that the program can use for the "pixels."  Technically these are called "tiles."

This tile database should be as large as possible - at least 2000.  You could for example use your entire family photo collection or simple drag them in from Flickr.  Photos may be in gif, jpg, bmp, png or hpi formats.

Once you have created the tile database you then specify the picture you want to turn into a mosaic.  That done, Foto-Mosaik-Edda does the rest for you automatically.

The whole process is driven by a wizard and is so simple that even a novice could do it. The spectacular results are completely out of proportion to the little effort needed to create those results.

Many people will use this for family photos that are built out of other family photos but you could use it for promotional or creative work as well.

As the website says: " ... amaze others with this extraordinary effect."

http://www.sixdots.de/mosaik/en/index.php

Freeware, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 911KB

Thanks to regular contributor Panzer for the suggestion.

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by ginnie (not verified) on 24. June 2011 - 23:10  (74306)

does this work in Win 7 ???

by MidnightCowboy on 25. June 2011 - 6:18  (74315)

According to the system requirement details on their download page it does, so I`ve added Windows 7 support to the article text.

by Anonymous on 29. July 2009 - 14:32  (25948)

it saves automatically.

by Anonymous on 13. July 2009 - 0:22  (24987)

Seems to work just fine on Ubuntu with Wine, too! Nice piece of software!

by Anonymous on 7. July 2009 - 6:15  (24754)

Hello everyone,

You could try out the program AndreaMosaic which is a similar program and free. See http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic. It's a great free program for making photo mosaics. Need any help? Visit Andrea's forum!

And to fill your photo database with images from the web, you can use the Badsegue Thumbnail Image Grabber found in http://badsegue.org/thumbnail-image-grabber. It downloads thumbnails from several photo search engines (like Google Images). The program is quite old (2005) so maybe there's a much better option at the moment to do the same task but it does work quite well if you don't have another option.

And last but not least. If you like Photo Mosaics, you will probably also love this photo collage maker: http://www.vincentcheung.ca/blog/releases/shape-collage-2

Have fun with these great mosaics,

jms

by Anonymous on 7. July 2009 - 5:31  (24752)

I haven't downloaded the program, but just looking at the screen shots, http://www.sixdots.de/mosaik/en/pic/screenshot_foto-mosaik_mosaic_04.png it doesn't look like you can save your mosaic. It screen suggests either ordering a poster or exiting the program, make the program not freeware, but adware. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see the options to save.

Reid

by Anonymous on 7. July 2009 - 6:51  (24755)

Works just fine, saves automatically. Thanks for this one!

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