What happens when you have a Wii, lots of pictures and a lots of free time?
You use it’s picture browser and create what is known as ‘Photographic mosaic’.
So what is this term which sounds like a damn big word? It is basically picture (usually a photograph) that has been divided into rectangular sections, and then each section is replaced with thousands of smaller images. When viewed under low magnification (normal 100%, no zooming), these pixels appear as the primary image. But under close examination, it gets revealed that the picture is actually made up of many hundreds/thousands/otaku-millions of smaller images which forms some kind of photo montage.
Crazy explanation there, but in simpler terms, use smaller photos to form a similar one based on it’s source image. ^^;
I have been always fansinated with this ‘photographic mosaic’ thing, which I found out the term only yesterday. Also, I had though that people actually manually placed the photos in one by one. However, I have been fooled as there are actually softwares to render the whole picture for you! I used a software called ‘Mazaika‘ (Shareware) to do the mosaic.
Just index a folder of pictures, select a source image, define the number of cells and fire away!
The photographic mosaic with 60 X 90 cells took just a few minutes while the one with 180 X 260 cells took about 3 – 4hours (Left my PC switched on overnight ^^;)
Now I got to try using real-life photos!