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Hello,

I've been given a project to do an was hoping to get some guidance here. Basically, I was asked to take a scenic landscape photograph and turn it into a mosaic-type of image using only 5-6 shades of a particular colour.

The image would then be used as a type of blueprint for arranging floor tiles in such a way that the tiled area would resemble the scene in the original photograph when looking at that area from a short distance away.

The tiles are rectangular in shape and contain a random mixture of shades of one colour.

Any help with this would be appreciated.
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I am installing this plug-in now and I will make a mosaic image for you to view. How detailed is the scenery? Desert scenery wouldn't be difficult, or the beach, but something like a forest might be a little more difficult to achieve. Here is the link: http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/mosaic.asp?id=20

I will post the image when I am finished.
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Thanks Jeremy! I greatly appreciate your help.

I'd like to show you a photo of the type of tiles that will be used, but the client does not want to give too much away, so would I be able to e-mail you the photo? You can find my e-mail address under my profile here: http:/M_3540526.html

You could e-mail me and I'll reply. Just let me know.

As for the scenery image, it would be something like this I think:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1298/1345189814_569f843a0a_b.jpg

I think what you've shown me could work. We just need to make the tiles more rectangular and perhaps the edges a little straighter.

Thanks again!
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julianmatz:
I was unable to send you an e-mail today. I tried 3 times using both yours and the info@ addresses. Each time they were returned as undeliverable. I don't know if your email is having some issues or what is going on there. I have a sample if you can give me a link to send it to you.


For those who may find this post looking for instructions on how to achieve this effect:

I opened the photo in Illustrator and did a live trace (colors 4, min area= 1000). I used these settings to reduce the colors and detail. If you want more details just adjust the colors and reduce the min area. You can get to these settings by clicking the drop-down menu from the live trace button and selecting custom.
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Yeah, that would be more simple, except they need to be rectangular not square, and it must be 3/bond like masonry.
I meant 3/4 bond
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That looks closer. Was that with the mosaic filter?
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Thanks for your help with this guys.

D_Brugge, I like this one:
http:/#33688007

How long did it take to make?

I sent the samples to my client, and he's very interested. He told me which one he likes the best He said "the last one" :) I'm not 100% sure which one he means, so I've asked him to e-mail it back to me just to be sure.

It could have been this one:
http:/#33634077
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Sorry, here are the correct links, respectively:

http:#33688007
http:#33634077
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Thanks D_Brugge, for the detailed instructions!

Jeremy, that looks good too. I'm still waiting for some feedback from my client, but I think he had a business trip to Italy, so I'll chase him again to get his thoughts.

I appreciate all your help so far, and also your patience.
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Sorr guys! I don't want to keep you waiting any longer so I'm going to close this now. Besides, I think you have both given me enough information to move ahead when they eventually get back to me about this.

As always, many thanks!
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I wish I had more points to give :) I hope it was fair though all the same.
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