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How use MAZAIKA to make goodlooking picture
picture by Howard Connolly from 'The great American Pin-Up' I scan picture by Howard Connolly from "The great American Pin-Up" book (Taschen 1996) It was big so I leave only face of girl.
This picture is good colored an saturated but after 15 minutes of render I understand that collection of icons I use for render couldn't fit to this colors. So I stop creation and start to correct source image.
picture by Howard Connolly from 'The great American Pin-Up' At first I just made image brighter but because I don't know what color range icon collection can produce I did made image only little lighter - it was still good looking. This time rendered mosaic was a little better but not good at all.
picture by Howard Connolly from 'The great American Pin-Up' At third time I made very bright source image - it is obviouse that it loks too light. But mosaic was better that at first two time. But still girl's face has unpleasant red spots on cheek and chin.
picture by Howard Connolly from 'The great American Pin-Up' This spots were red color so I decrease color saturation. This time mosaic picture looks almost as I want. So it was a time to finish my work. I close inspect result picture and find that 17,18 and 19 icons in 22 row is all "No smoking sign" and 6 - 7 in 28 row is a same too.
picture by Howard Connolly from 'The great American Pin-Up' I use "Manual creation" mode and replace icons that don't like to different. Here is final version of picture. As you can see - it assembled from windows icons so every image cell is 32x32 pixel 30 sell height and 30 cell width (960x960 pixels).
Settings for render are:

'Delta Cr Cb': 10
'Delta Y': 10
MinMax: not checked both
Repeat: 6
Pics(x10): 20
Black less: -1
White more: 256
SQL: YCbCr checked
1 > 4: 1
Y Cb Cr matrix: 6x6 checked
Index: YCbCr checked
Power: 2
You can download this icon library and source image I use to make mosaic. You could adjust your own photo lightness an saturation as at my picture to produce your own mosaic.

Icon library are two icon collections I found at net. I zip them into one file:

Icon collection (1.17 Mb)

Sample source picture 15 Kb jpg

You can use this collection with trial version MAZAIKA with no limitations (exept 30 day trial) for there are icon pictures 32x32 pix and trial version of MAZAIKA allows you use tiles this size with no quality loss.

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