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How to create a photo mosaic

Capture the bigger picture

3. Create a new blank canvas in your photo-editing program. Specify the same resolution as your photos, and make the width and height large enough to fit in all the individual shots side by side. Name and save your file, and continue to do so at regular intervals throughout the editing process.

Mosaic by hand: step 3

4. Import each photograph as a separate object. To avoid confusion, work on them in the same order that you took the photographs. Drag each one to its approximate position within the overall scene as it's imported. Even at this early stage you will start to get a feel for what the end result will look like.

Mosaic by hand: step 4

5. Accurately line up the second picture with the first. The overlap will help you here, but you'll need to zoom in for an accurate match. Continue until the top row is complete, then move to the second row and so forth until all the shots are in the correct place. We suggest you save your work after placing each image.

Mosaic by hand: step 5

6. If the lighting was pretty much even, the job will now be done and you can save the final image - possibly having cropped it first. But there will often be a discrepancy in lighting between adjacent images. If so, use the brightness-adjustment function in your photo-editing program to smooth out the joins.

Mosaic by hand: step 6

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