Source image setup screen

Select from  Menu - File - Open source image

To modify already opened source image select
Menu - View - Source image

This screen will allow you to choose the main theme image and define its area that you want to use for the mosaic.

Source image setup

Set how much columns and rows you need in the mosaic. You will see active area as a rectangle with cells over the main image.

Also you may use two easy to access presets "1000" and "2000" to make a mosaics with 1,000 and 2,000 cells or may enter the number of cells in appropriate text box.

If you click on selection rectangle with your mouse you'll see  handles on its border. When active area is selected you may move and resize it using the mouse or keys with arrows.

Press Arrow key to move active area one pixel e.g. press Left Arrow to move active area one pixel left.
Press Ctrl+Arrow key to move active area 10 pixel e.g. press Ctrl+Left Arrow to move active area 10 pixel left.
Press Shift+Arrow key to resize active area proportionally e.g. press Shift+Left Arrow to decrease active area, press Shift+Right Arrow to enlarge active area.
Press Ctrl+Shift+Arrow key to move selection on its width or height. It is possible only if there are enough free space around selection.

To expand selection over maximum allowed area press Expand button.

If Stretch checkbox is checked you may free stretch selection area.
In this case tile images in the mosaic will be stretched to the needed size.
Stretch option could be activated at the
Advanced preferences screen.
When you press Expand buttom with Stretch checkbox on all image will be covered with selection and cells will be stretched.

If there are too many cells defined, it could be hard to see the image itself below grid lines. In this case uncheck Show gridlines check-box. Only outer bounds of selection will be visible.

To make project from a currently opened image press Apply button. This will bring up Save as dialogue. You have to input a name for your new project. When project is saved it would be opened in the Mazaika main screen.

Source image setup menu for additional options.

Source image setup menu

Note: If you not open the main theme image but pasted it from the clipboard, you will be prompted to save main image itself first.
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