What makes a TRUE mosaic?

We've created thousands of photo mosaics since 2001 and we've been keeping an eye on our competition all the while. In our travels, we've found that most of the photo mosaic design studios are creating "untrue" or "false" mosaics.
What is a "true" photo mosaic? From our experience, we've narrowed the mosaic process down to five key elements. It's important to consider these elements before choosing a photo mosaic design studio. Without taking these elements into consideration, you could end up with an inferior or untrue mosaic.
1. Large Cells
A mosaic is made of many smaller images called "cells." The smaller the cell, the easier it is to create the larger source image. However, it's important that each cell retain its unique details in order to be seen with the naked eye. We've solved this problem by developing our own advanced mosaic software. Each cell is optimized by our designers to be as large as possible without compromising the clarity of the source image.
2. No Source Image "Ghosting"
A true mosaic will use each unique cell image to properly recreate the larger source image. A cheap workaround is to superimpose or "ghost" the source image onto a grid of cell images, resulting in a subpar mosaic. Design studios lacking the proper techniques and algorithms to create true mosaics will sometimes use this method. Be sure to take a close look before choosing your photo mosaic designer.
3. Minimal Cell Colorization
Cell colorization is when the color and shading of the cell images are tweaked to match the source image. A true photo mosaic will have little to no cell colorization. Colorization can sometimes be necessary. However, we've developed techniques to avoid using any cell colorization in the creation of a mosaic.
4. Proper Placement of Cell Images
Poor cell placement can ruin a photo mosaic. Each cell image should be properly cropped and aligned, and should never be stretched. Unfortunately, we've found these shoddy methods used in many mosaics. Our software is specially designed to ensure that each cell image is properly placed in the mosaic, creating beautiful, eye-catching results.
5. Highest Possible Printing Resolution
A photo mosaic is made up of many small images, each with their own unique details. Using the highest quality print paper and ink will ensure this detail and clarity is kept intact. Our mosaics are printed at 2880+ dpi on a state of the art Epson 9900 HDR large format printer to give our customers a beautiful final product.
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