How to make a mosaic with Photoshop CS5

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How to make a mosaic with Photoshop CS5
Photoshop has a built-in mosaic feature. (Courtesy of Adobe)

Adobe Photoshop CS5 enables you to alter, merge, blend and enhance photographs or designs. The basic features of the software allow you to change the colour range of photographs, correct brightness and contrast or improve the hue and saturation in the image. The application enables you to create effects on photos or graphics through a series of pre-set alteration methods. One of the effects bundled into Photoshop is the ability to make an image look like a mosaic.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop CS5. Click “File” in the menu bar and select “Open” to open the file browser.

  2. 2

    Navigate through the directory structure of your computer to find the file to which you want to apply the mosaic effect. Click the file and select the “Open” button.

  3. 3

    Click “Filter” in the menu bar. Hover over “Texture” and select “Mosaic Tiles” from the sub-menu. The picture will appear in a studio screen with a default mosaic effect applied to it.

  4. 4

    Play around with the settings of the mosaic to try different effects on the picture. Three sliders to the right of the preview screen enable you to change the size of the tiles, change the size of the grout or make the grout brighter. The preview update with each change of the settings.

  5. 5

    Press the “OK” button to save the changes to the picture and apply the mosaic effect. If you are not happy with the results, press “Cancel” and return to the main window of Photoshop with the photo unaltered.

  6. 6

    Cancel the application of the mosaic filter in the main window of Photoshop by clicking “Edit” in the menu bar. Select “Undo Mosaic Tiles” to return the picture to its previous state.

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