by Shopify on June 25, 2011
On the eve of launching the business we thought we'd take a moment to tell you a bit about how the mosaics get made. It's part high tech, part precise manual labor.
Once a photo from a customer arrives we use the computer to reduce the number of colors to six shades of gray. Then create a grid of squares, one color per. There's a bit of experimenting at this stage as we try different ways of representing the colors in the image for the best mosaic. When we're satisfied we print out the grid and a line-by-line inventory of the pieces needed (as a way to double-check that we eyeball the colors correctly.)