Tutorial - How to create photomosaics with ZaBa Photo Mosaic


Before the beginning of tutorials, we'll introduce the two mosaic types created by ZaBa PhotoMosaic (you can choose it in Advanced Setting):

  1. Photografic type: it creates mosaics to be used in the smartphone or in the pc. Tesseras are quite small (still recognizable), so the mosaic can contain a lot of them.
  2. Print type: it creates mosaics that can be printed. Tesseras has an high resolution, so they maintain the quality also if printed.

Here you can check the quality of each setting (in these examples we used the 2100 free images available in Resources section):

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40x40 photos, 1600x1200 px

52x52 photos, 2080x1560 px

70x70 photos, 3640x2730 px
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30x30 photos, 3600x2700 px

34x34 photos, 4080x3060 px

40x40 photos, 6400x4800 px


 

Select the result which you desire, to see how to configure the App to obtain it.



Mosaic with photos-tesseras in a grid / rotated
Mosaic with monocromatic rotated tesseras Pixelated Mosaic
Poster with pictures of an event





Mosaic with photos-tesseras in a grid / rotated Go to top


This is the default usage, available also in the Lite version and using only the main screen. For a better quality you need the Complete version and customize some features in Advanced Setting.


Version needed: Lite or Complete

Details

Select in the main screen the color (colors, greyscale or sepia effect) and the tesseras' modality (regular grid or slightly rotated) for the mosaic.
Select in the bottom of the screen the image that will be transformed in a mosaic. You can select it from the Android Gallery, from Internet or take it with the camera. After the selection, you can crop it by clicking it again.
If you want to create the mosaic with all the pictures available in your phone with the default setting, just press the Start Button, otherwise press Select Folders and/or Advanced Setting.

In the Select Folders screen you can select the folders from which tesseras will be choosen (e.g., the mosaic could be realized with only pictures of a person or of a certain holyday).

From the Advanced Setting screen, it is possible to change the typology of mosaics created: Photographic, to obtain a mosaic with a lot of small tesseras, it has an high resolution and it occupies few memory; Print, to obtain a mosaic with high resolution tesseras, ideal to be printed. In particular you can use following qualities:

Photographic Mosaic
Fast40x40 tesseras, each of 40x30 pixels
Normal52x52 tesseras, each of 40x30 pixels
High70x70 tesseras, each of 52x39 pixels
Print Mosaic
Fast30x30 tesseras, each of 120x90 pixels
Normal34x34 tesseras, each of 120x90 pixels
High40x40 tesseras, each of 160x120 pixels

If you experiment slowness, holes in the mosaics or other problems, please try to use ZaBa Thumbnails or check the FAQ Section.

Use Android Mini Thumbnails or ZaBa Thumbanils to obatin rectangular tesseras and Android Micro Thumbnails to obtain squared tesseras.



Examples

Complete Version (quality Very High, resolution: about 10000x7500 pixels, 50x50 tesseras of 200x150 pixels)

Lite Version (quality Standard, resolution: about 3600x2700 pixels, 33x33 tesseras of 120x90 pixels)






Mosaic with monocromatic rotated tesseras / Pixelated Mosaic Go to top


Version needed: Complete

Details

Select in the main screen the color (colors, greyscale or sepia effect) and the tesseras' modality (regular grid or slightly rotated) for the mosaic.

Select no folders in the screen Select Folders. Note which only the Custom quality in Advanced Setting supports this feature.

Change as needed parameters Thumbnail width and Thumbnails per rows in Advanced Setting (see FAQ for details), for example .

Examples

1) Complete Version (quality Custom, resolution: 3600x2700 pixels, 30x30 tesseras of 120x90 pixels)
2) Complete Version (quality Custom, resolution: about 2400x1800 pixels, 40x30 tesseras of 60x60 pixels)






Poster with pictures of an event Go to top


Version needed: Complete (if you use 50 images then also Lite)

Details

Select in the main screen the color (colors, greyscale or sepia effect) and the tesseras' modality (regular grid or slightly rotated) for the mosaic.

Select the Album with the desired images in Select Folders.

Configure as you want the tesseras.
For example if you have 20 pictures and you want to deploy them in 4 rows, each of 5 pictures, use the setting Thumbnails per row: 5, Thumbnails per col: 4.

If you use few images, you can use high tesseras resolutions, as 320x240 pixels.

You can use a random target (or still better a monochromatic image, so it won't influence the pattern of pictures). You also need to put to 0 the Percentage correction of color parameter, so that tesseras are not changed to resemble the target. If you don't want repetitions, put to 1 the Thumbnails Repetitions parameter.

Examples

1) Complete Version (quality Custom, resolution: 1800x960 pixels, 5x4 tesseras of 320x240 pixels)
2) Complete Version (quality Custom, rsolution: about 1280x1200 pixels, 4x5 tesseras of 320x240 pixels)