Help: Mosaic Tab

The Mosaic tab automatically displays the mosaic created from the photograph selected in the Original tab.

The Mosaic tab

From the Mosaic tab, the following (and more) can be done:

Limit the number of colors

Tapping the Limit at the upper right of the Mosaic tab will turn on/off color limits. When on, the button will be green and a slider will appear below the Mosaic. With Limit on, the mosaic will be show with a maximum of 150 colors. Using the slider, the number of colors can be reduced to as few as 5. Depending upon the photograph you have selected, and the number of tiles chosen, the maximum number of colors may be less than 150.

Tapping to the left of the slider will decrease the number of colors by 1. Tapping to the right of the slider will increase the number of colors by one.

A long press on to the left of the slider will set the number of colors to the minimum. A long press on the right of the slider will set the number of colors to the maximum.

Setting color limits

Drag your mosaic to another app

When using iOS 11 on an iPad, you can drag your mosaic to apps that also support drag and drop.

Dragging a mosaic to another app

Share the mosaic

Tap (action button) at the upper left of the screen to share your mosaic.

Selecting the action button

Depending which social media networks you have accounts on, you will see a list of various options for sharing your mosaic.

Typical sharing options

Of particular interest is the EMail option. When it is selected and you have limited the number of colors in the mosaic, Color Hints Mosaic will create an annotated mosaic and send it in EMail you compose. In addition, a color key index for the annotated matrix will also be included.

EMailing an annotated mosaic

Print an annotated mosaic

Color Hints Mosaic can print an annotated version of your mosaic. When Limit is enabled, the print will include a table of colors used that looks something like this:

Printed mosaic annotation key

It will be followed by a four page version of your mosaic. Each tile has a color index printed on it. Each page looks something like this:

Printed annotated mosaic

To print a mosaic, start by tapping (action button) at the upper left of the screen. On the action sheet that appears, tap

If color limits are OFF, then print will just produce a four page poster of your mosaic with no annotations

Print a poster sized mosaic

Tap (action button) at the upper left of the screen to print a poster of the mosaic. From the action sheet that appears, tap . Choose the desired size for your poster. Color Hints Mosaic will layout your poster to print as few pages as possible, but still achieve the desired poster size.

Choosing a poster size

The last step is to choose a printer and the number of copies of the poster you wish to print.

Last step in printing a poster

Print a Coloring Book

A Coloring Book looks like the print out of an annotated mosaic, except that the mosaic tiles are left blank for someone to color in. Create a Coloring Book as follows:

Tap (action button) at the upper left of the screen to send a mosaic to Color Hints. From the action sheet that appears, tap .

Printing will produce a table of colors as seen above, and a page that looks like this:

Printed mosaic annotation key

Alternatively, the coloring book can be printed with a small color dot in each tile, or with a lightly shaded version of the color in each tile.

Coloring Book printed with small dots

Coloring Book printed with lightly shaded

Send the mosaic to Color Hints as a Swatch

Note: Sending a mosaic to Color Hints is only available if you have the Color Hints app installed on your device.

Tap (action button) at the upper left of the screen to send a mosaic to Color Hints. From the action sheet that appears, tap . Color Hints will launch and import the mosaic into a Swatch collection titled "Mosaic". The collection will be created if need be.

Color Hints importing a mosaic

Send the mosaic to QuiltSandwich to create a pixel quilt design

Note: Sending a mosaic to QuiltSandwich is only available if you have the QuiltSandwich app installed on your device.

Tap (action button) at the upper left of the screen to send a mosaic to QuiltSandwich. From the action sheet that appears, tap . Apps capable of sharing with Color Hints Mosaic will appear on the next action sheet. .

Tap on the QuiltSandwich button . Your iPhone or iPad will switch to QuiltSandwich and import the mosaic as shown below.

For more details, please see the excellent tutorial the folks at QuiltSandwich have put together here.