- If you're into photo editing, you are aware of how important it is to use the right software to get the best end results.
- There are plenty of photo editing tools on the market, each with its own set of features, and picking the right one for your needs is not always an easy task.
- Adobe Photoshop is one of the best tools for creating adding mosaic-like effects to your photos. Read the guide below to learn more about Photoshop and other such tools.
- For more similar guides, check out our hub dedicated to photo and image editing software.
A mosaic is an image created with smaller pieces of material, with photo mosaics formed with exactly how you think: with a collection of small photographs merged together with software.
Although some image-editing applications include photo mosaic options, there are also photograph mosaic programs for Windows, which enable you to set up mosaics with your own images or pictures included with the program.
Below is a list of is some of the best freeware and proprietary mosaic creation software for Windows.
Adobe Photoshop is a feature-rich image and photo editing software that you can use to add any effects you want to your photos.
Speaking of image manipulation, if you want to add mosaic-like effects to your photos, Photoshop is without any shadow of a doubt the best software to get the job done.
Here’s how you can make a photo mosaic in Photoshop
- Create a grid of tile images
- Go to the Image menu > Adjustments > Desaturate command to desaturate the grid
- Now, it’s time to superimpose your main image on the grid you just desaturated.
This will create a nice photo mosaic that you can then further edit, playing with opacity settings and other such options to get more vibrant and distinctive colors.
Other key features of PhotoShop include:
- A wide library of modern intuitive presets with plenty of patterns, layers, and shapes to choose from
- A precise Object Selection tool for faster editing
- 7-day free trial
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AndreaMosaic is perhaps the best freeware mosaic creation software for Windows, macOS and Linux. You can download the latest version for Windows by clicking AndreaMosaic 3.37 on this page.
There’s also a portable version you can run from USB sticks. Plus, there’s a Bonus Pack and a $35 Professional version of AndreaMosaic that has a larger 100 GB mosaic size along with maximum tile and image count of 500,000. The photo mosaic shown below was one set up with AndreaMosaic.
AndreaMosaic has a clean and intuitive UI that includes a variety of options to configure output with. For example, the software has nine size and tile parameter options with which you can adjust the mosaic’s resolution, tile size, pattern, image colors and more besides.
The program also has tile variant settings you can rotate, mirror, and flip tiles with. This software even enables you to set up mosaics from videos by extracting image frames from the clips.
You can download an image collection pack from the AndreaMosaic site that includes 500 images to set up a mosaic with if you don’t have enough of your own photos.
Mosaikify is mosaic creation software with freeware and proprietary versions. Mosaikify Plus retails at €20 on the software’s website and generates large mosaics that can include up to 5,000 images, a greater choice of layouts and more color gradient background options.
You can add the freeware version of Mosaikify for Windows by clicking Download Mosaikify on this page.
This software creates real photo mosaics without overlaying semi-transparent versions of original pictures. As such, the image tiles in Mosaikify mosaics are clearer than those generated with alternative programs.
The software includes a variety of dimension settings to set mosaics up with. It includes configuration options with which users can adjust tile variation, shape, layout, and mosaic contrast. In addition, you also can select the colors and direction of the mosaic’s fade background.
Mosaic Creator is full of options and tools for generating mosaics. This proprietary software has no freeware version but does have a 30-day trial package. The program has a $29 Lite and $99 Professional version that has no output file limit and includes a pattern editor with which you can create mosaic patterns.
This is software primarily used for setting up photographic mosaics with an unlimited number of image cells and, with the Professional version, an unlimited output file size.
Mosaic Creator has more photo mosaic options than most alternatives and also includes a wizard that enables you to set up image montages in a few steps. However, you can also convert images to ceramic, quilt, glass or stone tile mosaics with the program.
In addition, the software enables you to set up video mosaics from frame sequences and text mosaics. You can show off your final mosaics in web galleries set up with the software’s thumbnail wizard.
Mazaika is another heavyweight mosaic creator that companies use to design photo mosaics for posters. This proprietary software retails for $49.95 and is compatible with Windows from Vista up, but you can run version 3.8 in earlier Windows operating systems, too. Mazaika is also compatible with macOS and Linux.
What sets Mazaika apart from alternatives is users can manually adjust each tile within mosaics, enabling them to replace one image tile in the mosaic with another photo.
Furthermore, the program includes image-editing options to adjust tiles colors, picture sharpness, contrast and even resize them if required. Mozaika supports a wide variety of image formats and enables users to set up mosaics with an unlimited number of photos, resolution and output size.
Another good thing about the program is its batch processing option that generates multiple mosaics at once.
Mosaizer XV is freeware mosaic creation software for non-commercial users compatible with Windows platforms from XP and on. However, after its grace period, some of the software’s professional tools and options are locked. The full, unrestricted version is available at €19.
There’s also a Mosaizer Lite package, which the publisher claims to be world’s fastest mosaic creation software which you can add to Windows from this website page.
Mosaizer has a straightforward UI design and includes numerous options to set up mosaics when organized with Pattern, Colors, Specials, Quality and Mask tools.
With the Mask tool, users can can configure the transparency, shape and positions of mosaic tiles. Or you can select rectangular, spiral, hexagonal or circular pattern options for the mosaics. Users can also apply colorize and blending effects to mosaics.
Another good thing about the software is that includes its own images for you to set up photo mosaics with. Furthermore, Mosaizer also has a video mosaic generator with which you can set up video mosaics based on the number of frames.
Mosaics are a great way to combine larger photograph collections. Mosaizer, Mazaika, Mosaic Creator, Mosaikify and AndreaMosaic are some of the best programs for Windows to set up mosaics with, giving users the option to set up stunning photo mosaics in all manner of creative ways.
FAQ: Learn more about photo mosaic tools
- How many pictures do I need for a photo mosaic?
You need at least 50 photos to create a photo mosaic. To get the best results, start with at least 80 photos and one large main photo. The more individual photos you add, the more vibrant and details your mosaic photo will be.
- What is a mosaic portrait?
A mosaic portrait contains one main image which is the portrait itself place over a grid of individual photos that have previously been desaturated.
- How do you remove a mosaic from a photo?
To remove a mosaic from a photo in Adobe Photoshop, follow these steps:
- Go to the Layers panel
- Select the layer that contains the mosaic.
- Right-click on the layer with the mask
- Click on the option Delete Layer Mask to remove the mosaic effect.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.