While Photoshop is a great tool for any photo editing task, including tiling an image, not everyone is well-versed. Fortunately, you can abandon Photoshop and mosaic your image without using other methods such as Windows wallpaper and Microsoft Office applications. Let’s check in detail various methods for tiling an image without Photoshop in Windows 10.
The basic idea behind the mosaic of an image is to repeat it. You would think it is similar to creating a mosaic of photos. But it’s completely different. In a mosaic, you create an image with a defined shape from several small images. On the contrary, a mosaic image consists of a single image on a background consisting of image repetitions in a defined manner.
You can also create a tiled image manually. But it takes way too long and you have to take care of the spacing and alignment. It is best to use tile generator methods such as those mentioned in this article. For better results, we also explained how to reduce the size of an image in Paint to get more mosaic.
Method 1: Create a repetitive image using wallpaper
This is perhaps the easiest technique for creating a tiled image without using software. So set your image as the background on your PC with the adjustment type as a mosaic instead of filling or stretching. Then take a screenshot and save the image.
Here are the steps in detail:
Step 1: Right click on your desktop and choose Personalize from the menu. You can also access your computer settings, then personalization. Click on background.
2nd step: Under the Background drop-down list, choose Image. Then click on Browse to find your image on the PC.
Step 3: Once the image is added, select Mosaic from the Choose an adjustment drop-down list.
Step 4: Now go to your desktop and you will see the tiled image. Right-click anywhere and press View. Uncheck Show desktop icons.
Step 5: Press the print screen key on your keyboard to take a screenshot of your background. After that, open MS Paint, Paint 3D or any other photo editing tool. Paste the screenshot there. You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V to paste the image. Save the image.
If the individual tiles appear larger, first reduce the image size, then add it in the background.
Method 2: Tile a Photo in Microsoft Word
Another alternative to Photoshop is tiling an image in Word. In this method, we will use the page color setting to create a seamless pattern using an image. Let’s check the steps:
Step 1: Open Word on your computer.
2nd step: Click the Design tab at the top.
Step 3: Click on Page Color. A menu will appear. Click Fill Effects.
Step 4: Click the Image tab in the window that opens. Using Select Image, navigate to the image you want to mosaic. Finally, click on Ok.
Your tiled image in Word is ready. Use the Zoom slider at the bottom to change the number of tiles. You can reduce the image size in other photo editing applications to get more mosaic.
To save the image, capture a screenshot as you normally would on a Windows computer. Then paste it into a photo editing application and save the image.
Method 3: Mosaic a photo in Microsoft PowerPoint
Similar to Word, you can use PowerPoint to create a tiled image. Let’s check the steps.
Step 1: Launch Microsoft PowerPoint on your PC. Create a blank slide. Delete existing text, if necessary.
2nd step: Click the Design tab at the top, then click Format Background.
Step 3: Select Image or texture fill. Click Insert to add the image you want to mosaic. Make sure to check the box next to “Image mosaic as texture”.
This is what the image will look like.
Step 4: To save the slide as an image, click File at the top and choose Save As. Then select Save as type as JPG, PNG, etc.
Method 4: Mosaic an image using online tools
If the above options do not meet your needs, you can use websites that allow you to mosaic an image. The site I like is IMGonline. Let’s check its steps.
Step 1: Open imgonline.com from the link below. You will be redirected directly to the image mosaic function.
2nd step: Select the tiled image from the Choose File button. Customize the number of tiles per row and column under Tile Format. Click on Ok.
Step 3: Click Download processed image to save the file to your computer.
Here is what the processed image looks like.
Point: Use https://flaticon.com/pattern/ to create a repeating pattern from random icons.
Bonus tip: reduce the image resolution in Paint
To get a larger mosaic effect from your image, you can reduce its size. Here are the steps to do so in the MS Paint application.
Step 1: Launch Paint and open the image you want to reduce.
2nd step: Click Resize at the top.
Step 3: Now you need to decrease the percentage under the Resize option. When the Keep aspect ratio option is selected, enter 50 next to Horizontal to get twice as many tiles. To further increase the number of tiles, enter 25. Press OK.
Step 4: Using the File> Save As option, save the resized image to your computer. Then use one of the methods mentioned above to create an image mosaic.
Here is what the mosaic image looks like (using method 1) after reducing it by 50%.
Point: Learn how to add a logo to your image in Paint.
Want to create a collage on your Windows 10 PC? Discover 6 free applications to create attractive collages on your computer from the following link.
Last updated on May 26, 2020
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