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Picture made with MAZAIKA and it's enlarged part
Mazaika image of a dog. Eye area enlarged.
Mazaika is a photo mosaic tool. It can create pictures made of other pictures.

How Mazaika works:
Every region of the source image is replaced with some image from a collection, that most closely resembles the original image.
When searching for an appropriate image Mazaika considers not only the overall color of the source image part but also takes into account the inner color and the brightness distribution within.
The more pictures in your collection - the more accurate the match. The more different colors and brightnesses in the pictures in the collection - the more accurate the match. In the gallery section you can see some source pictures rendered with different collections.

Picture made with MAZAIKA
See more sample pictures created with Mazaika in the gallery.
Dog from 5000 animals Dog from 2000 beers labels Dog from 7000 win icons
There is a dog photo rendered three times with three collections. The one from the collection of 5000 animal photos seems best. It is very subjective, but the dog made from a collection of 2000 beer bottle labels seems good too. The third dog - made from a collection of 7000 windows icons (bigger than two above) - seems slightly weak and dull. Nevertheless, the face of pin-up girl made of small a collection of 1700 windows icons is very pleasant.
It appears that not every image can be rendered with every collection. Good results can be reached even with collections of under 1000 pictures. You can see the samples in gallery 2.
Obviously the more cells (tiles) in source the picture - the more detailed the mosaic will be. 1000 - 2000 tiles is usually enough. My experiments with less than 1000 tiles can be viewed in gallery 2
Screenshot of Mazaika mainscreen
Screenshot of Mazaika with opened manual render and source setup windows
Here are a screenshots of Mazaika.
Mazaika can consider small parts of the tile pictures to make up detailed parts of the larger picture. This means that two or more tiles may work together to correctly represent a section of the big picture.
See large, highly detailed pictures in gallerys.

MAZAIKA v 2.1
New features:

  • 20 times faster than Mazaika v.1.x.
  • Repetition tiles count control.
  • Forced library option.
  • Zoom in/out view of the mosaic.
  • Optional blend tiles with original image.
  • Render and save only selected area of mosaic.
  • TWAIN scanner support for source images.
  • Custom sampling resolution.
  • Add borders and grid lines to the saved mosaic.
  • Save mosaic as sequence of images.
  • Save mosaic as clickable html table.

    Updated features:
  • Context help system.
  • Wizard type interface.
  • Recent used files menu.
  • Custom cropping adjustments for tile library.
  • Save mosaic as tiff file format.
  • Tile resampling for best output quality.
  • Direct disk writing for large tiff/bmp output files.

    View Mazaika versions history.

  • Mazaika is not freeware.
    You can download a 30 day trial version of MAZAIKA here
    You can see the results of my tests of other existing photo mosaic programs. Mazaika is the only photo mosaic program that allows you manualy change single tiles if you don't like them.
    Main technical specifications of Mazaika:
    Parameter Mazaika trial Mazaika full
    Picture database size: Unlimited Unlimited
    Mosaic resolution: Unlimited Unlimited
    Tiles height/width ratio: 3/4; 4/3; 4/4 Any
    Max tile size: 32x32 Unlimited
    Max output size: 2500x2500 pixel Unlimited *
    Input file formats: jpg, gif, bmp, ico, pcx, tif & etc jpg, gif, bmp, ico, pcx, tif & etc
    Output file formats: jpg tif, jpg, bmp, txt, html
    Render saved projects: No Yes **
    Price:  *** Free 30 days trial; US$ 49.95   Buy Mazaika online via ShareIt!
    System requirements: Mazaika runs on Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
    Minimum system requirements:
    P133, 32 RAM, 10 Mb on HDD (not taking into account pictures and picture databases)
    Rendering of 1000 tile picture with a 5000 picture collection usually takes less then one minute (depending on system performance, RAM installed, quality and quantity of pictures)
    For Win NT/2000/XP users: To install Mazaika you should run setup program with administrator rights.
    For Mac users: Mazaika can run on a Mac with "Virtual PC"
    (Windows 2000 Professional) from Connectix (tested).
    Notes: * Very big images (bigger than 25,000x25,000) could be rendered in two or more parts
    ** Full version can make high resolution renderings of files saved in the lite version.
    *** All parameters (price including) could be changed.
    Perfomance tests:
    Maximum tested libray included 500,000 (i.e. half of million!) photos.
    Maximum tested single output *.tif image was 25,000 x 27,000 pixels;
    (file size about 2Gb.)
    Maximum tested mosaic size in tiles was 800 x 600 i.e. 800 tiles width
    and 600 tiles height, or 480,000 cells.

    Trial version:
    Mazaika is available as a "try before you buy" program. If you want to keep it longer that 30 days, you must buy a  Mazaika Full license.
    If you buy  Mazaika Full you can create large high resolution mosaics suitable for poster size prints.

    Buy online: Full version
    Buy Mazaika online via ShareIt!


    You can download a trial version of  MAZAIKA  here

    Learn how to use the trial version of  MAZAIKA  to make good looking mosaic pictures here and in program documentation.

    On the download page you can download some sample image libraries to use with  MAZAIKA

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