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Hi, wonder if anyone can help me regarding this, had an idea floating around in my head for some time about making a LEGO mosaic of one of my wedding photos. Basically a way of combining my love of my wife, LEGO and artwork and also partially to subliminally show my wife how wonderful LEGO can be :)
I did a bit of research and didnt get too far, found a couple of websites that convert your photo, but they only used a handful of LEGO colors and therefore the picture ended up really poor.
I also understand that this is potentially a really expensive project (so I hear).
So wondering if anyone here has done something like this and can shed some light on the subject, i.e. what size plates, how many, what brick shapes, any recommended software that helps, etc.
All thoughts and comments very welcome. :)
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I started -- but didn't finish -- a blog post about the process which you should find helpful. I'll finish it now and publish it.
If you're up for spending the time, you can also try doing things with printed tiles, like Eric Harshbarger did:
That can give you an excellent resolution, although it's very time consuming, and possibly very expensive depending on which tiles you need and have access to.
I'm kind of planning to do something similar. Having boards velcro-ed to the wall and pots of pieces nearby for friends to play around with making pictures
Many thanks for sharing, @rocao - a nice, clear description for anyone looking to do something similar.
I assume if you did that it would be more expensive.
And yes, we went with 1x1s and it was more expensive, but we wanted it to be unmistakably LEGO which I think is best achieved through uniformity. PicToBrick has options to minimize the element count by using larger bricks and even cost optimization using both large and small elements if you enter price parts. Best of luck!
PicToBrick is good and in some cases more powerful as it allows you to build studs up as well as studs out. I still prefer GIMP though, for its ultimate flexibility.
1) How were the parts sourced? Any estimate on the total cost?
2) What has become of the mosaic?
As for your questions:
1) LEGO UK were supporting the event and therefore allowed DK to purchase the bricks direct. After having agreed on the design, I produced the shopping list. I also went to DK when it was delivered and checked it all (by weight) to ensure it was all there (it would be very embarassing to be unable to complete the build!). As for costs, I do know but it would be inappropriate for me to share that here. It was a fair bit less than LEGO PaB online though - which would have been pushing £50k!
2) Almost all of the finished mosaic was given to Kids Company - a UK-based charity working with vulnerable children. DK kept the top left section containing their logo and the LEGO logo.
It makes me want to make a mosaic of 'just' the LEGO logo for my office wall ;-)
The first image was the 1955-56 brochure for the 1300 & 1301 sets (1300 had 1 10x20 baseplate, 1301 had 2 10x20 baseplates).
The 2nd image is of a 1300 Mosaik box.
The 3rd image is a 1955 image from a Goteburg Sweden department store LEGO display, showing the 2 Mosaik sets on the far left. The other sets and display models had the "tall classic" LEGO windows/doors (1954-56) that were each 1 brick taller than the classic LEGO windows/doors of 1956-86.
These images are all from my LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide on CD....
My friend is celebrating his 60th birthday in December, and I thought it'd be fun to make a Lego mosaic of a picture of him and give that to him as a birthday present, mainly because while he doesn't quite like Lego, he patiently endures me talking about it and using one of the rooms in his house as my Lego room (my own house is too small).
Now I have zero experience with creating mosaics, and I was hoping some people here could help me clarify a few things:
1. Is it best to find a photo that has a background, or doesn't have a background? And if it's the latter, what program should I use to remove said background (I'm not good with Photoshop at all)
2. What size baseplate should I use? At the moment I'm thinking of either a 48x48 baseplate, 4 32x32 baseplates, or 4 48x48 baseplates. It gets more expensive as it progresses, so I'm trying to keep the project affordable.
3. In terms of the actual mosaic, are tiles or plates better? And should I limit myself to 1x1s or use any size that fits?
4. How much would a project like this actually cost, for anyone who's done one?
5. Should I limit myself to basic colours like white, light bluish gray, dark bluish gray, and black, or go with proper colours?
6. What program is best to use for analysing the photo and generating a list of required parts?
I seem to have come up with a lot more questions than initially planned, but I'll be very grateful to anyone who takes the time to answer them. Thanks!