The classic mosaic is an image assembled from small pieces of colored stone, glass, ceramic or other materials (called ʻtesseraʼ in mosaikspeek). Creating a mosaic is an art that has been around for millennia in almost any culture. The ancient Persians loved them, as did the Romans, and the Greeks. Mosaics never have lost their appeal, and in modern times new sub-forms of mosaics have emerged.
cf/x mosaic is a specialized application that helps you creating high-quality mosaics and makes it fun. Pop in a picture, change crop, hit Go. Itʼs that easy. Twiddle with some settings, hit Go again. Itʼs that fun. The greatest advantage of mosaic is that it invites you to experiment. It can create ʻclassicʼ mosaics (images assembled from regular tiles) as easily as it creates modernistic assemblages of rectangles and lines. Even better, it creates great-looking, original, high resolution artwork even from low-resolution source images.
Since cf/x mosaic is highly customizable, finding the perfect settings for any particular image can be a daunting (though usually fun) task. If you need to start from scratch, this task can be even longer. We have provided you with a number of presets that you can take as convenient starting point for your own creations. The presets produce good results for almost all Master Images. Slight adjustments from you can then turn a good result in a great mosaic.
Use ʻsimpleʼ images: High-Contrast, Low Complexity to start with
Not all images are equally well suited as Mosaics. Due to the way mosaics are constructed, high-contrasts, low-complexity (ʻdetailʼ) images work much better (they are much more recognizable and have greater impact) than low-contrast or busy images.
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