We often search the internet for other design studios and third party software that specialize in photo mosaics, and in our travels we've discovered a lot of the products offered are not true mosaics.
From our experience, we've found that in order to create a true mosaic, there are five vital factors to seriously consider before deciding which design studio or software to use for your mosaic creation. After a thorough search, it appears that we are the only design studio to account for all five of these important factors. Without taking these aspects into consideration, we feel the result to be an untrue or "fake" mosaic and therefore, a poor product.
1. Large Cells A mosaic is made of many individual images called "cells." The smaller each cell is made, the easier it becomes to recreate the larger source image. However, it is tremendously important to ensure that each individual cell retains its clarity. If the cells are too small, the clarity will be compromised and the cell images will be left unrecognizable with the naked eye. We utilize software created in-house to ensure that each cell is made as large as possible, while preserving the brilliance of the original source image. We highly recommend comparing examples prior to deciding who will create your mosaic.
2. No Source Image "Ghosting" In the creation of a true mosaic, the shapes and colors of each cell will work together to properly recreate the original source image. A cheap method of forging this process is to superimpose or "ghost" the source image on top of the cells. When design firms and third party software lack the techniques and algorithms to accurately plot the cell images, they will often exploit this "ghosting" method. Ghosting can be easily missed, so be sure to look closely when reviewing examples.
3. Minimal Cell Colorization Cell colorization is when color and shading from the source image is blended into the cell images for a more precise color pattern; a true photo mosaic will utilize little to no cell colorization. This process is sometimes a condition of the colors in each cell versus the required colors of the original source image. However, there are a number of techniques we can employ to avoid using any cell colorization in the creation of a mosaic.
4. Proper Placement of Cell Images Poor placement of cell images can be a stain on the completed mosaic. Each cell image should be properly cropped and aligned, and should never be stretched to fill the cell space. Unfortunately, we've found these shoddy methods used in many mosaics floating around on the internet. 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 comprised of a large number of small images, each containing their own detail. It is imperative to render and print the final product at the highest of quality. If not, any efforts considered throughout the four previous factors have been for naught. We make sure our mosaics are rendered and printed at 2880+ dpi on a state of the art Epson 9900 HDR large format printer to give our customers a beautiful final product.