Design amazing mosaic effects in Illustrator and Photoshop

This tutorial shows how to create a cool look using Illustrator’s Symbols and Global Colors.


We’ve all seen mosaics made up of smaller images, and there’s a handful of Photoshop plug-ins or standalone software that can generate impressive but somewhat automated results.

But what if you want total control over your mosaics’ appearance, and the ability to update it at the click of a button?

It’s not as tricky as it sounds. This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a more stylized mosaic that uses smaller, vector shapes rather than images to make up the final piece.

To start off, you’ll be using Photoshop’s Mosaic filter to create your own image-based swatch library. You’ll then harness Illustrator’s powerful Global Color and Symbol features, and discover just how simple it is to update your artwork on the fly. This has the bonus of creating artworks with manageable file sizes.


01. In Photoshop, create a new RGB landscape canvas at 300dpi, measuring 3,500-x-2,500 pixels. Next, download the image of the girl from iStockPhoto for a small cost from Alternatively, feel free to use your own image, but bear in mind the final effect works best on close-up shots. Drag it into your canvas, flip it horizontally and transform it to fit.

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