It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with Adobe’s Photoshop. When it comes to photos and graphic design there just isn’t much that Photoshop cannot do. At the other end of the scale is iPhoto, good for photo storage and management, but not so great for filters, effects, and enhancements.
Over the past few years I’ve collect a dozen or so utilities which do mostly one thing; one-trick pony apps, if you will. They don’t cost much, don’t have much of a learning curved, and perform only one or two basic functions but do it fast and easy.
As the name implies, Mosaik generates mosaic designs from a photo or image. It’s affordable. It’s easy. It’s fast. And though you don’t want a mosaic on every photo, the times when you do require Mosaik. Drop in a photo. Run the controls sliders until the mosaic is the way you want. Export. Done.
That’s pretty much it. At a more granular level you can select a specific area on the screen to receive the mosaic touch, and you get controls for material management, material scattering, and a weighted mode to divide cells depending on delicacy.
Mosaik is powerful, too, and handles images up to 15,000 x 15,000 pixels (with controls for dimensions and JPG quality levels). In true mosaic form, Mosaik can also create a mosaic from an image using other images.
This utility won’t get used often but it’s fun, easy, fast, affordable, and worth all those four and five star reviews.