Planning for Next Year – Deep Zoom Composer Mosaics –(Post#3)

I have had a number of requests of how to make the the Deep Zoom mosaics I featured in my first workshop post . It's a question I have been asked before, so I image have undertaken a little research and this is what I have discovered. Using the information in this post you could easily create these Deep Zoom Mosaics in your classroom with your students and pupils. (click the image on the right to see an example). But I am no expert, so if you have any better ideas, then please share them.

You are going to need a number of tools and resources to construct your own Deep Zoom Mosaic.

Firstly, if you have not already got it, the free application from Microsoft, Deep Zoom Composer . You will also need an application to create the mosaic, I am using AndreaMosaic , which has the advantage it can be run from a usb flash drive and is free. There are many others available  and these can be found across the internet. Essential, to this project is large number of images. These can be taken by yourself and students or downloaded from the web or an image library such as Flickr.

You first task is to collect all your images. Remember the more images you have, the greater impact of your mosaic. You can do this is in a number of ways, the easiest is to collect your own. This is a relatively simple activity for your students to undertake, especially if they are on a field trip. They could use their mobile phones, as well as digital cameras to capture images. When back in the classroom all you need to do is collect all the images and store them in one place. Making a mosaic is a great way of recording an experience or event. Alternatively, images can  be collected from the web. This can be a time consuming process as each image needs to be downloaded and saved. Thankfully , there are some tools that can make this process less time demanding. I searched and downloaded a simple tool from the web , that automatically downloads and saves images from Flickr . You can find one that suits your needs through a simple web search.

image We have had Cats and Dogs, so I thought would make a mosaic based on my favourite animal, Spiders, so arachnophobics beware. After collecting about 200 images. I used Andrea Mosaic Creator to create the mosaic. This mosaic will use 2000 images, if you haven’t got this many images , don’t worry , the application will automatically duplicate images. I chose a main image and left all the settings as their default. Next , I clicked the select tiles button and added the folder with the images. I then saved this as an archive. You are now ready to go and create your mosaic, by clicking the Create Mosaic button. It takes a few moments to create. When the process is complete, save your work.

Close, your mosaic application and open Deep zoom Composer. Create a new project, then add the mosaic image you have just created. Click , Compose and drag your image in to the work area. Resize your image then click Export.  Choose whether you want to upload your composition or save it locally to your hard drive. I would do both. A detailed description of how to create a deep zoom composition can be found here.

You will now be able to view your Deep Zoom Mosaic. Click here to see my spider creation.

But, some of you have been busy already, here is a great example from one of blog readers, for all you motorbike fans. Thanks BlackLabrador.

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