How to Create a Photo Mosaic

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How to Create a Photo Mosaic

  1. 1. How to Create a Photo Mosaic
  2. 2. Step 1: Choose the Photos <ul><li>You can choose to make and fill a mosaic with any photo that you want. </li></ul><ul><li>I am going to use a photo of my dad and fill it with photos of my mom and his seven grandchildren. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2: Crop the Main Photo <ul><li>Begin with cropping the main photo that you are going to make the mosaic of. </li></ul><ul><li>Select the Crop tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Drag a selection around the portion you want to crop, and hold down the Shift key to ensure that the constrain is a perfect square. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Crop tool once more to crop the photo. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step 3: Crop the Smaller Photos <ul><li>Now we can begin to crop the smaller photos that are going to fill the main photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Select the Crop tool. </li></ul><ul><li>In the options bar above the screen, set the height and width to 50 pixels. </li></ul><ul><li>Drag a selection around the portion you want to crop. (You don’t need to hold down shift because the constrain is already set) </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Crop tool once more to crop each photo into a perfect 50px x 50px square. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step 4: Open a New Document for Background <ul><li>Now open a new document to place the filler photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Because there are eight photos, and each is 50px x 50px, open a new document that is 400px x 400px. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 5: Drag the Smaller Photos into the New Document <ul><li>Drag each of the smaller photos into the new document. </li></ul><ul><li>I lined up each of the photos from oldest to youngest. </li></ul><ul><li>For each row, I shifted the photos one place. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 6: Flatten Images into a Background <ul><li>There should be eight layers for each photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you finish, Flatten image so it becomes a background. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 7: Desaturate the Background <ul><li>Go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, choose Adjustments , and then choose Desaturate . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 8: Define the Background as a Pattern <ul><li>Go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Define Pattern . </li></ul><ul><li>Name your Pattern to whatever you like. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 9: Create a New Layer Above the Main Photo <ul><li>Create a New Layer above your main photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Go up to the Edit menu and choose Fill . </li></ul><ul><li>Select the custom pattern that you created. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step 10: Overlay the Background Layer <ul><li>Go up to the blend mode options in the top left corner of the Layers palette, click on the down-pointing arrow to the right of the word &quot;Normal&quot;, and change the blend mode to Overlay . </li></ul><ul><li>And here is your final product… </li></ul>

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