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Tony Myles

Where did you get that picture? Is there a larger size?

Matt Cryer

A fantastic idea, and everyone loves a free download. Looking forward to experimenting with it later.

Phil G

mac users only...huh!


ezmosaic at http://ezmosaic.com is shareware photomosaic program. The trial version maxes out at 1600x1600 pixels. Register for the other editions and get more.

Dave Starns

This is a great idea, one that I actually thought of a few weeks ago (I just discovered your blog yesterday), in response to another good idea I got from Jonathan's Resources for Youth Ministry.

What they do is kind of similar: they bought a $20 program that will turn any jpeg into a paint-by-numbers picture. They converted an image of Jesus, projected it onto a big board, then traced the design. During their meeting, they turned the board upside down (so no one would recognize what it was until it was nearly done) and had the youth paint it while they discussed the idea that they, themselves are the literal body of Christ on the Earth. When it was done, they turned it over and saw the image and thought about how what they do makes the image of Jesus for the world.

Anyway, I want to do something similar, but with a mosiac, like you describe. I'm waiting until I've compiled enough photos of the my group (you really need about 250 to make a very detailed mosaic). I'm going to print the photos out wallet-sized, with numbers on the back matching a grid I'll draw on a big flat board (which I'll spray with tacky, stick-on stuff). Then, we'll do the same kind of service--I'll shuffle the photos and deal them out to the kids, and then have them find the grid spaces matching the numbers on the backs of the pictures they have. One of the advantages of doing it as a photomosaic (aside from the obvious metaphorical implication of images of them as a group making up a communal image of Christ), is that you can't really see the picture from closeup--you have to step back and look. that will make it more of a surprise.

Anyway, does the program work with a PC, or do you need a Mac?

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