There are so many reasons for making a mosaic! I love to make mosaics to show off the projects I have completed. I love making mosaics for swaps that I participate in. And I love making mosaics to find inspiration! Seriously, the possibilities are endless!
Since I want everyone to enjoy mosaics as much as I do, I present to you .... a mosaic tutorial!
My first suggestion would be that if you don't have a flickr account already ... GET ONE!!!
I have gained so much from having a flickr account,not to mention all of the awesome swaps you can participate in!
Alrighty ... on to the good stuff!
We will be using the mosaic maker on Big Huge Labs. I find this the easiest program to use when making a mosaic. You will also need your pictures uploaded to your flickr account (if you decide not to get a flickr account, you can upload them from your computer). When you first get to the mosaic maker you will have to link your flickr account to Big Huge Labs but it will walk you through that process!
1. Go to Big Huge Labs.
2. Choose your layout. I usually use the square tiles. Figure out how many pictures you would like your mosaic to contain. 4 x 4 would mean your mosaic will have sixteen pics. I always leave my background color as white and the space between the pictures at 5 pixels. There is no need to change those unless you want to be creative. I select my images individually.
3. Click on the choose photo box.
7. Click on flickr
8. You will have two options of photo sets to choose from. If you are wanting to show off your own personal work then you will use "photos". If you are wanting to create a mosaic of things that you love to give a partner ideas of things you like for a swap then click on "favorites". However, if you are doing a mosaic for a swap, you will need to have chosen quite a few favorites! Click on the photo that you would like to have in your mosaic!
9. Once you have chosen pictures for each of the "choose photo boxes" you can click create!
10. The Mosaic Maker will configure your chosen pictures into a mosaic and you will be directed toward this screen.
11. From here, I like to share the mosaic with my flickr photostream. So click on Share. And then Click on flickr.
12. At this point, you can name your mosaic whatever you like. And then click upload! All of the code in the description box will show up as links to the original source. I would suggest keeping the code!
13. If you go look at your flick photostream, your mosaic will have magically appeared! Good luck!
Beth from Plum and June will be linking this tutorial up with her Let's Figure it out together series! You should go check it out!