In my last post, I talked about how I got the basic image for my mosaic. Now, how I got it from digital image to Lego mosaic design!
I used the bricklink.com program Mosaick to get a basic layout.
There are a few variations that one can consider. You can do the design in plates, bricks or tiles. This matters for the design because some colors might be available in a 1×2 brick, but not in a 1×2 plate, or vice-versa. We saw what others had done and decided doing a 48×48 mosaic in brick would be too heavy to hang nicely on the wall – the weight of the mosaic makes it start to bend. Tiles are more limited in colors and generally higher in price than plates, so we went with plates.
I’ve found that Mosaick can mess with large swatchs of color, putting in shading where there might not be any. You can see this with the black and white pictures in part 1. Doing the color changes in Picasa minimized this some, but it still needed some editing.
Mosaick allows you to save your creation to your “My Baseplate” gallery, if you are logged in to bricklink.com. From this you can create a wishlist based on the design, or you can download a file to open in stud.io to edit the design.
I wanted to edit the background color of the design. I didn’t like how Mosaick added these color variations, and Mosaick has a tendency to include colors that are rather rare (33 1×1 plates in dark gray – which hasn’t been produced since 2004 – seriously?).
In the next post, I’ll show you how I messed with the design digitally. In part 4, we’ll edit the color palette so we can actually build this thing.