Picture Mosaics was started in 2001 and is oldest and most experienced custom mosaic company on our list. They offer a large variety products which include custom printed mosaics, large scale mosaics, jigsaw puzzle mosaics, video mosaics, animated mosaics, and interactive mosaics. They seem to have one of the largest design studios and print facilities of all mosaic companies we have reviewed. We spoke with a few of their designers and they were very knowledgeable and excited about their products. They explained briefly how some of their unique mosaic algorithms work (a deep and complex analysis of color and shapes - read their tech page for more info). We thank the project director, Albert, for spending so much time explaining all aspects of their products and services – we learned a lot!
Last updated: March 20, 2008 View all my reviews
Hands Down The Best Custom Mosaic Service
In every way Picture Mosaics exceeded our expectations. From their helpful customer service to their end product we were 100% satisfied. It is clear that their software and techniques are superior to everything we have reviewed.
After we placed our order through their very easy online ordering page and uploaded our photos, we were quickly contacted the next day and were told that our photos were a good candidate for their face recognition extraction software, and we agreed. Basically what the face recognition extraction does is extract all of the faces from our photos we submitted and adds them to the photo collection to be used in the mosaic. This almost doubled our cell count and really added to the overall mosaic effect.
After receiving the mosaic print we were very impressed about how large each cell was while still maintaining the clarity of the source image. Since we only supplied them with only 400 images, we were impressed to see that only minimal (no none) cell colorization was used. We were really blown away on the vividness, crispness, and color range of mosaic. The advertised 2880 dpi really makes the difference. It passed our 10x magnify test with flying colors, and clearly allowed us to see even more detail in each cell.
The Verdict: A++ in every way. If you are looking for a mosaic product/service with the "wow" factor, this will be the company to go with.
Average user rating from: 35 user(s)
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The perfect gift
For what another positive review is worth, Picture Mosaics has truly impressed me with every aspect of their service and product. I wanted a unique gift for my mom on Mother's Day, and this fit the bill. After much searching and research online, Picture Mosaics seems like the perfect solution. Anyway long story short, about 7 business days after submitting my photos, and one review/feedback phase, I received the most amazing piece of art. I can not wait to present it to my mom, whom I am sure will be just as amazed as I am. Two thumbs up to Picture Mosaics!
Does it right!
I wanted to get a mosaic done for my parents anniversary gift and looked to free mosaic software as a starting point. I must have tried 4 or 5 different downloadable programs with the same results, a cheap low quality look. After deciding to go with Picture Mosaics it was clear why the online software was free. My final mosaic was sharp, clear, and the colors looked incredible. It was an amazing mosaic.
If you're just looking to make a mosaic for fun, the free stuff online is ok. If your going for a gift or project of any sort, this is the company you want. The difference in quality and professionalism is overwhelming.
satisfied return customer
I wrote a review a while back about how pleased I was with the service and product of Picture Mosaics and I am writing again to stand by that statement. I have been a customer of Picture Mosaics for the last 2 years whether it be for birthdays, graduations or our annual school auction, a mosaic is the perfect item. I originally had a mosaic done for my husband and it turned out so well we decided to have one made for an auction item at my sons school fundraiser. After the mosaic raised so much money we decided to make it an annual item. This is our third mosaic we will be auctioning off, and it is always a favorite that people look forward to seeing every year. Just wanted to continue to spread the word of this great concept and thank you to the team at Picture Mosaics for great work time and again!
Overall we were very satisfied with the results of the mosaics we ordered as auction items for a school fundraiser. We had a large order (a separate mosaic for each grade in the school) and we received all of them together at the same time to be framed for the auction. These prints were the perfect thing to auction off as it was within our budget and raised a lot of money for the school. Every photo was used at least once which was very important as we wanted each child to appear in their grades mosaic. We will definitely be coming back to Picture Mosaics for next years auction. Thank you to the design team and customer service for all of your help!
worth every penny.
This company has great customer service and a high quality product, there isn't much more you could ask for. I purchased my mosaic as gift and I was thrilled with the results and the recipient was very grateful. I didn't really look at any other companies for this project but I definitely recommend Picture Mosaics. Really priceless one of kind works of art!
excellent work and service
We ordered a mosaic as a graduation gift for our sister who just finished grad school. It was a lot of fun going through all of our old photos from when we were kids, we sent close to 900 pictures, some hard copy and some digital pics on a CD. Picture Mosaics scanned the non-digital pics for us and then when they sent back our photos they included a CD with them all burned onto which is nice to have them in digital format now too. The mosaic was a baby picture of my sister, brother and I, and it turned out great. They were able to meet our short deadline. We ordered our mosaic on canvas, it was a medium which was a perfect size for her to hang in her apartment. It was a really simple and pleasant experience and we will definitely come back in the future for other gifts.
Perfect photo solution
Photography is a huge hobby of mine and I have been looking into creating a self portrait mosaic for a long time now. I called Picture Mosaics in hope that they would be able to answer a few questions and instead they educated me on everything I needed to know. Their customer service is one of a kind.
I placed my order and the product I received was stellar. What impressed me most was that I supplied them with around 1,500 photos and they were able to include every single one of them at least once within the mosaic.
They understand the business and their company is headed in the right direction. The only option for mosaics in my opinion!
The best on the market!
I decided to go with two other mosaic companies prior to trying Picture Mosaics. The main reason was cost. Other companies offered smaller mosaics for as little as $30. Once you receive your mosaic, you'll completely understand why they're so inexpensive. Very cheap quality and poorly made.
After reading such great reviews I finally decided to bite the bullet and go with Picture Mosaics. What a HUGE difference! I've never posted a review before on anything, but was so impressed with the service and final product that I had to share. This company deserves it!
Don't waste your time (and money) on the cheaper companies!
Believe the hype!
I posted on these forums a few weeks ago about finding a good source image and was pointed in the direction of Picture Mosaics to help. I'm so happy I took the advice. Picture Mosaics really helped me out with finding a great source image and understanding what would work well. I was also a bit short on time and they were able to work with me on that as well.
I was originally going to rate the pricing a little lower, seeing as they're a bit more expensive than other companies. But once I received my mosaic yesterday, no complaints here. The final product was amazing and the customer service was some of the best out there. Well worth it and highly recommended. True professionals.
Overall, great experience start to finish.
I ordered the mosaic a week and a half before Christmas and knowing it was short notice, I contacted a sales rep and they ensured me that they could get the mosaic done and shipped in time. I honestly expected that I wouldn't get it in time. I got it in time to frame, wrap and put under our tree for Christmas morning. It was a huge hit and all of our family that came for dinner were instantly drawn to it. Everyone was looking for their picture. The mosaic is perfect, the customer service was great and the price was much more reasonable than I had anticipated when I first decided to order. I have been recommending the company to friends and family as a great personal gift idea.
Just received my mosaic in the mail today and I am so excited to get it framed and hang it up! I am already ordering a smaller reprint for my desk and I noticed this review site and wanted to contribute to my two cents :)
When I stumbled upon this company online and started looking through the gallery, I got so excited about getting my own done that I got started right away. I called a couple times with some questions about cropping/shipping and someone was there to answer my questions right away. I had a little trouble figuring out how to get my photos together to send and someone was there to walk me through zipping my photos and making sure everything was received. The turnaround time was pretty quick and looking at the finished product, I am speechless, it's stunning and mesmerizing.
All in all, great product, reasonable pricing and great customer service.
Will definitely return for future gifts/projects and recommend to friends.
Keep up the good work!
A work of art!
I have been tossing around the idea of a mosaic for a long time now. My main concern was that I wanted to place it over the fireplace in a nice room in our home, and wanted a piece that would look sleek and elegant. My fear was that the mosaic would look 'toyish' and out of place.
After talking to a designer (excellent customer service by the way), he assured me that their mosaics look great in any style room and even suggested their canvas paper for that added artistic look. I then found out that they can print on pretty much and type of paper, which I wasn't able to find with any other company!
The went with the canvas and had it stretched and mounted when I received it and I am blown away every time I look at it. The clarity and vibrancy is incredible, especially for a canvas, and it is the perfect accent for the room! Highly recommended!
Best gift idea ever!
I am here to HIGHLY recommend Picture Mosaics. I recently went to this company for a last minute project for my daughters school and they were very professional and understanding of the time crunch. The main image I wanted to use was a little tricky and I knew it might not come out very strongly but these designers know what they are doing and were able to produce a great mosaic that stirred up tons of conversation at the school's auction, and I have already been asked to order re-prints for people. I will definitely be going back to Picture Mosaics for personal mosaics as gifts in future. It was great working a company that really provides professional and personable customer service along with a great final product!
Two Thumbs Up!
I recently went to Picture Mosaics to create a mosaic as a 30th Anniversary gift to my parents. The design team was such a pleasure to work with. I was so unorganized when I placed my order, but they were able to walk me through uploading my pictures and I was even able to mail some older photos I wanted to include but didn't have digital versions of, and they scanned them for me. They took care of everything and were readily available to answer any questions or concerns I had. Shortly after placing the order the proofs were there in my inbox, even at a low res version I could tell it was a beautiful mosaic. Needless to say, when I gave the print to my parents they were blown away (as was I) at the clarity of the smaller photos (even the really old pictures, they enhanced to work better in the main image) they were in tears seeing their whole lives laid out in a work of art! This was the perfect gift, personal and tasteful. I know I will definitely go back to Picture Mosaics again for the next milestone!
MANY Thanks to the whole Picture Mosaics Team!
What else is there to say?
I am not sure what else there is to add to all of these great reviews - I agree with every one of them! I recently had the designers at Picture Mosaics create two mosaics as gifts for this past Christmas and then again for this past Valentines day. Both came out amazing and the recipients continue to tell me how much they love them every chance they get :)
To be honest I would have been willing to pay over double what they charge for this service. The amount of work, precision, and artistic presence in both of the mosaics were second to none. It was a joy and refreshing to work with the designers at PM - you rarely find this level of customer care anymore. Thank you for this great review site, keep up the good work!
For the past two months I have wanted to post a review and decided that I couldn't wait any longer. We used Picture Mosaics to create a beautiful Lifetime of Giving Award honoring one of our EV (Earthen Vessels) co-founders. You can check out a low resolution version of the mosaic here:
Just scroll to the bottom of the page to see the mosaic.
You'll notice that we decided to take advantage of there "raised cell" option which I think is really a great new look for a mosaic.
That's it...just a job well done!
My journey for an amazing mosaic christmas present
Unfortunately I am one that has to take all paths and forks in the road to feel fully satisfied with my decision. So not to stray from this slight character flaw, I decided to take several avenues to explore my options and do sort of my own mini-review. The goal was to create an amazing mosaic as a Christmas present for my wife. I started my mosaic journey in early November and so I had lots of time to get it right. First I download two free mosaic software programs and paid for third. I also tried two mosaic services, one being Picture Mosaics, and the other being another service reviewed on this site (starts with the letter D).
I could definitely write a few pages on my trials and tribulations trying to use the different software, however I will spare you. To sum up, I was able to get an okay looking mosaic, I did have to cheat and superimpose the main image quite a bit. Besides the difficulty trying to learn the intricacies of software, I found trying to print this at an 18"x24" size at a resolution (dpi) that was good enough to see all of the small photos was a difficult task. I went to three different print shops; one of them could not even open the large mosaic file, the other two could only print at maximum of 600 dpi. So with my personal efforts in trying to create a mosaic on my own dashed, I would hope that one of the two mosaic services would come through.
After submitting my photos to both mosaic companies (Picture Mosaics and the other company that begins with the letter D), I received digital proofs within about 5 days. Within a few seconds of comparing the mosaics and the ones I created on my own, it was clear that Picture Mosaics was on another level of mosaic artistry and technology. It was obvious that they spent the time to truly design and work with my photos. I even spoke with the designer mostly responsible for working on my mosaic on the phone to discuss exactly what I was looking for (thanks Tim!). I received the mosaic print from Picture Mosaics within about 3 days after approving and it blew me away even more. The clarity in the small photos along with magic of how the photos arrange themselves to form my larger photos - it almost brought tears to my eyes. I can not wait to give the mosaic to my wife on Christmas. I am a now truly a believer every review on this page, Picture Mosaics is definitely in league of there own - a big thank you to Tim and their entire team! Merry Christmas! Feel free to email me at paul.white82[at]yahoo[dot]com if you have any questions about my review ;-)
Great service, wonderful mosaics
Since this is the second mosaic I have ordered from Picture Mosaics, I figured it was time to post a review. Both mosaics have exceed my expectations. Since I was new to the mosaic process for my first order, I decided to call. I assumed that I would not actually get to talk to a real person - good customer service is tough to come by now a days, BUT with no wait at all, I got directly connected with one of the designers. He answered all of my questions and even help me decide on my main source image; it is truly great and reassuring that such great companies still exist and are willing to spend the extra time with potential customers (if only my cable company was this helpful, the world would be a better place). Anyway, back to my mosaics, after placing the order online and submitting my photos, I received a digital proof which almost brought tears. The mosaic was of my 2 year old son made up of all the photos that we have taken thus far. When I received the print, I actually did have a few tears, it was amazing - seeing all of the photos in one amazing unique and masterful artwork was a bit overwhelming. Needless to say I had to order another mosaic of our 5 year old daughter. This mosaic also turned out just as amazing. Both mosaics hang side by side in my living room and both sets of grandparents wanted copies, SO, I have already ordered 4 reprints which I will save as surprise gifts. The designers at Picture Mosaics truly seem to care about there customers and the art they create - I can not say enough about them!
My second review and several mosaics later :-)
In 2008 (if you scroll down you will see my original review), I ordered my first mosaic from Picture Mosaics, it was for a school auction, since then I have actually ordered two more mosaics for myself and my sister. Both have turned out amazing. Mine, which is about a year old, still hangs proudly in my living room. I can not imagine a better work of art to put in its place...
As for the most recent mosaic that I gave to my sister, she continues to receive complements and continually is asked "where did you get that". We are both walking advertisements for Picture Mosaics. ;-)
I could write more, but I think you get happy I am with all the mosaics that Picture Mosaics has created for me.
I definitely know where at least one or two of my Christmas presents are coming from.
What are you waiting for? stop reading and place your order!!
I will make this short and sweet, Picture Mosaics created the most amazing mosaic for me. It is now actually even featured in their example gallery: http://www.picturemosaics.com/gallery/zoom.php?i=11
I could go on and on about how great my experience was, but I am sure you can just read the all the other fantastic reviews on this page :-)
Saved the Day
I was working with another company "Design-A-Mosaic" to complete a time critical project. I started the project with them about 20 days before we needed it. With about a 8 days left before the deadline, I tried to reach out to them by phone and email and got no response. Two days went by and I started to panic, it was like they dropped off the map. So I reached out to Picture Mosaics. The staff at Picture Mosaics was completely understanding of my situation, and I felt like they were in constant contact with me during my tight time-line. They put all of my worries to ease. The final mosaic was delivered a day ahead of time and looked amazing. The project was a huge success and my boss was very pleased with how everything turned out. It seemed like the Picture Mosaics team has dealt with many customers who have had bad experiences with other companies and software.
Many Thanks to the Picture Mosaics Team; you saved me from a million headaches!
Christmas gift and School Fund Raiser A++
I wanted to post this for about a month now, and I have finally had time to sit down and write this review. I first tried Picture Mosaics for a Christmas gift for my husband... the result: he was so excited and said it was the "best gift" I had ever given him. It has been over a month now, and we still look at it every day! The artist quality, clarity, and overall look-and-feel is absolutely breathtaking - it actually brings tears to my eyes. With such an amazing outcome, I recommended this as an item for our annual school auction. Everyone was so excited with the idea that we decided to do one for every grade (8 mosaics in all). The designers at Picture Mosaics were very helpful in helping us organize this LARGE order. Long story short, with these 8 mosaics we raised over $12,000!!! There were actually a few bidding wars on a few of the mosaics! I can not say enough good things about Picture Mosaics, they exceeded my all my expectations. I can't to use them again! Thank you Mark and David for all your help with our mosaics!
Thank you from Qualcomm
Wanted to share a note that I sent to the design team at Picture Mosaics...
I just wanted to say "thank-you" for creating our mosaic. It was unveiled on October 7th at our QREF All Hands Meeting where 500 people were in attendance (the people in the mosaic). They loved it!!! Many had never seen anything like it and couldn't get over the clarity of the "tiny little pictures". It now hangs in our building in the main entrance. It continues to bring plenty of comments, oohs and ahhhs, and with a magnifying glass and 5 minutes. . . it also makes for a nice break. There's so much to see.
Thank you again for helping to make my vision come to life. I can't believe how easy it was to work with your company. Let me know if you ever need any references.
PS. Here are two links of the mounted mosaic that Picture Mosaics was nice enough to post for us:
What a mosaic!
I just wanted to share this wonderful mosaic Picture Mosaics designed for me. Since this review site will not let me post images, you can check the mosaic out here:
You truly have to see the mosaic in person to see the clarity and ultra detail of the mosaic print - both close up and from afar the mosaic is amazing!
I'm a believer.
I was referred to Picture Mosaics by a friend of mine that had a mosaic made through them. I didn't really know much about mosaics or the differences, so coming across this site was a help.
I did contacted a few companies that made photo mosaics. Most of the companies I called directed me right to voicemail...but...Picture Mosaics was the exception, they actually had some of the best customer service I had experienced in awhile (rare now a days). I called and was talking directly to a designer within in minutes -- Mark answered all of my questions :-) He even talked me through the uploading!! (I'm not computer savvy at all)
The ordering process was a breeze and the product was amazing. I had a great experience and I'm 110% satisfied.
In one word: WOW!
After comparing several sites that offer a photo mosaic service (ones reviewed on this site and several others), it seemed without a doubt that Picture Mosaics truly took the time to create a REAL mosaic. Let me just say Picture Mosaics did not disappoint! They produced the most amazing, vivid, clear mosaic I have ever seen! The mosaic now hangs in our family room and is wonderful conversation starter - everyone asks where did you get that!?! A++++
Something for someone who has everything!
In one word: Gorgeous! I was so impressed with my mosaic I even wrote about it in my blog ;-)
See my full write up here:
What a find for our 2009 Gala!
I was in charge of thinking/providing the "new" concept for this years school wide Gala to raise money - I was so happy to find such a great service/web site. I am not the most computer savvy bulb in the bunch, but ordering from Picture Mosaics was quite easy. Someone from their design team even walked me through the upload process over the phone. A few days later we receive the most amazing proof by email. The parents were so excited, they wanted to order a few more before the Gala (unfortunately there wasn't enough time). At the Gala, the mosaic brought in $2400 (it was the number 1 auction item!). Thank you Picture Mosaics...you can expect many more orders from us in the future!
I just wanted to post a quick thank you to Picture Mosaics (and this seemed like a good place to do it). I got my mosaic today it is truly amazing - I love it. Thank you so much! I have told all of my family and friends about your service!
What great Christmas present!
I just received my mosaic from Picture Mosaics and just one word: AMAZING! The print is so clear that I even used magnify glass to see just how clear the small photos printed, and let me tell you, it is hard to believe how detailed the print is...unbelievable! The other remarkable thing is how when I stand close to the mosaic, I can not see the main photo (just the small images), but as I walk away form the mosaic, the main photo comes into focus, very very cool! I must have done this 20 or 30 times! ;-) I can not wait to give this to my parents on Christmas...I think they will be blown away!
A Fund Raising Dream Come True
Our experience with Picture Mosaics was real dream come true. We needed a final item for our school's semi-silent auction and the photo mosaic concept seemed to fit the bill. After look around at different websites and software I decide to give these guys a try. We received the mosaic just in time to get framed the parents more or less got in bidding war (the mosaic was truly amazing). Long story short, the mosaic brought in over $3800.00! We are thinking about ordering more posters at a smaller size for future smaller scale fund raising events.
Way to cool!
I ordered online and received my mosaic about week and a half later. I just had it framed at my local frame shop - they were blown away and actually started to order one online while I was still in the store! I can't say enough about how amazing it looks or about the number of complements that it receives. Everybody asks, where did you get that? I quickly tell them PictureMosaics.com :-)
Wow! What else is there to say!
I actually tried another mosaic service first, and could not justly give it away as a gift. As a last resort I went to the Picture Mosaics website to see if they could quickly turn out the mosaic I was looking to give my parents for their 50th Anniversary. Their gallery was very impressive and I wished I had not wasted my money at the other company. Long story short, Picture mosaics came through, and I was able to give my parents this one of a kind gift in time for their 50th. The mosaic was amazing, neither I or my parents could stop looking at it - they absolutely loved it. My only regret was not choosing them in the first place.
Amazing! I couldn't believe the quality or precision in my mosaic. Thank you Picture Mosaics...I couldn't have asked for anything better! Very vivid and crisp design. I have already recommended your custom mosaic service to my family and friends. Everyone who sees the mosaic is blown away. A++
Thank You!!! Picture Mosaics
After being fed up with attempting to use the services of another mosaic company, I came to picturemosaics. I knew they were more expensive then the other companies (the reason why I tried another company first), but trust me the extra cost is absolutely justified. The picturemosaics team quickly responded to all of my questions, their customer service is excellent (that is rarely seen in companies involved in online sales today). When they sent me the email proof of my mosaic, a photo of my wife and I on the beach during our honeymoon, the only thing that came to mind was YES!!! This is IT!!! After receiving the printed mosaic in the mail, I had it framed as gift to my wife for our one year anniversary. She was absolutely speechless, and I think I even say a few tears welling up. Today the mosaic hangs over our mantle, and when we have parties, all of our guests constantly tell us how much they love it. A few of our friends after seeing ours could not resist and had to purchase one too.
I have nothing but great things to say about picturemosaics.com and I highly recommend them if you are looking to purchase a photo mosaic.