This is by far one of my most satisfying and rewarding projects to work on. I decided to make this during my husbands deployment to Afghanistan. I was inspired by a picture that I saw at a ceremony for Utah's fallen. An eagle was released in memory of them. The picture that was displayed was a picture of an eagle with pictures of Utah's fallen making up the image in the background.
I knew that my husband would be getting out shortly after their return home.
I wanted him to have this as a piece of memorabilia.
I researched how to make this and so I thought I would share it with you.
If you do not have the programs to make this and you are interested please comment or send me an email. I will gladly make one and give you all the information about it.
First, save all of your pictures into one main folder. This will make it MUCH easier for you to find paste all of the images.
I used InDesign to make the collage of pictures.
Create the size of box that you would like your picture to be displayed in. I believe mine are about 1/2''x1/2''.
You want to pick a size so that your collage has a nice clean flow of pictures.
A Helpful Hint: I found that I did not have enough pictures and that I was tired of importing pictures. After I came up with an acceptable amount I copy and pasted that a few times to make up the backgound. So if you look closely you will see 4 sets of the same pictures.
Click on the box and got to File-Export. This will bring up a window for you to browse for your pictures.
Unfortunately, this has to be done one at a time. I did some research and found that there are some easier options if you use Photoshop. However, when I tried this Photoshop stretched the pictures to fit into the box. So if you know how to get around that please share! :)
Once you are done selecting your pictures save the whole page as a jpeg. This will make it easier for your to transfer it to Photoshop as one large picture instead of hundreds...yes, hundreds of little pictures.
Now open up Photoshop. Go to File-Place and import two files.
1. The collage you just made.
2. The main picture that you want the collage to make up.
In the Layers menu make sure that the collage is on top of the main picture.
In that Layers menu there is a drop down button that says Normal. Click on that and scroll down until you find Overlay. Select Overlay and Wa-La! You have this amazing Photo Mosaic!