I have just downloaded the latest version of the program and was expecting to overview the common 20 or 30 page samples to place your pics in various configurations. And I was shocked when I had to grab my mobile and switch on the calculator to count the exact mosaic templates number.
Actually, I was going to show you how you can locate your pictures in various, sometimes incredible places in the page sample. The task becomes even trickier if you think of color scheme, faces, frames, background and photo effects at the same time.
Let’s say I plan to create a kind of a mosaic in Medieval style. All I need is to download free pictures (always take into account the copyright and image licenses) and open PhotoScape.
Step 1. Select Mosaic Sample
Open PhotoScape and select the Page menu. In the right bar, look through the page samples.
I’m going to find some template that would like this glass mosaic:
And I think that sample main_b_08 is the best match.
Step 2. Find Pictures for Your Mosaic
In the left bar, find the folder with the pics that you are going to transfer into something faerie. A small tip before you start your work, think over a concept. Or skip the tip and keep on doing what you like until the inspiration is with you.
Step 3. Drag and Drop Pictures in Your Mosaic
PhotoScape enables you to drag-and drop images to the chosen template. You can adjust images in the cells so they fit into frames exactly. If you don’t like how the image looks in the future mosaic just press the Delete button and place another picture to the cell.
This the result of Step 3. But don’t you think that I’m done. The picture doesn’t resemble the origin and I’m going to edit it as much as possible. So this is only the beginning of the toilsome work.
Step 4. Change Size and Ratio
First, I change the size and proportions of the sample page. To do this, on the right tool bar, find and click the Size button. I chose 150% size and 4:3 ratio.
Step 5. Change Margin Size
To change the margin size, on the right tool bar, find the Margin window and set up the margins width. PhotoScape is great as you can immediately view the changes in the editing area. I set up 13 for margin size and rounded the corners of the separate mosaic pieces.
Step 6. Change Background Color
Unfortunately, I’m not good at matching the colors that’s why I just added the standard gray to the background.
Step 7. Apply Frames
In Photoscape, you can easily apply a different frame to an individual picture of your mosaic. Just remember that the more pieces your mosaic contains the more times you have to click while applying the frames.
To play with the frames, in the right tool bar, click the Filter button, a frames list opens. Select the picture you are going to apply the frame to and choose the appropriate one.
After I did my work, I got this:
Step 8. Apply Filters
To apply filters to your almost ready mosaic, switch to the Edit mode by clicking the Edit button in the right tool bar.
I applied the Bloom filter and I stop here. Below, you’ll the result. Of course, it’s not the clone of the image that served as a prototype for my “masterpiece” but still I’m happy and maybe I’ll even make a portfolio out of PhotoScape mosaic pages or boast them on my personal Google site.
It was my sole attempt to share my experience with you. If you are interested, I suggest that you have a look at various YouTube PhotoScape tutorials.