Photoshop: Is there a feature to turn a photograph into an ancient-looking tile mosaic?

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My family and I do a wacky Christmas card each year. This year, we want to stage an ancient Roman photo and then turn it into an ancient-looking mosaic post-production. Is this a possibility? Thank you!
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Cristen Gillespie

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If you mean a filter native to Photoshop that simply creates a bunch of tiles fitted together with grout from an image, Mosaic Tiles in the Filter Gallery is rather regular, but if you do more with it in post, it might serve well enough for your idea. (Stained Glass with reduced Opacity sort of gives an irregular tile, so maybe worth trying?) That's if you don't want to draw an overlay of irregularly shaped tiles.  Consider aging the photo's color—plenty of tutorials for that if you Google it. Then distress it further with an overlay that adds cracks, scratches, broken bits.

Could be a lot of fun to do.
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Thanks Cristen! that is all way over my head. How do I find someone to hire to do that for me?
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I don't know how you hire someone. I never do that.<G> Do you use Photoshop at all? Beyond the Mosaic Tiles filter, there are presets in the Adjustment layers that can kind of handle the faded look. It won't be as realistic, but if you use PS at all, it's way cheaper, Distressing it, putting in chips and scratches, like it really was an old tile, is considerably more difficult.

Otherwise, maybe someone here will read this and want to take it on.
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Howdy Nicky,

If you don't mind playing a little, you should be able to quickly figure out the basics by watching a video on YouTube.  The basic steps you probably want are to Posterize the image a little, apply the Mosaic filter, maybe Desaturate a little, possibly add layer to shade things so they look more like marble, and possibly add destressing, like cracks and chips.  Unleash your inner artist!

David
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Another filter that's a possible I hadn't thought of is Filter> Stylize > Tiles. You can set the color for your grout and fool around with other options. It's a bit more of a rough tile than Mosaic, but interesting.  Then you can use the Magic Wand to lift the "grout" to a new layer and use layer styles to give it a bit of depth and texture.

Sure would be nice if PS would modernize some of these old filters. Creating special effects is always in demand even when they're not perfect representations of the analog world, and Alien Skin isn't cheap.
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Thanks David and Cristen! I may give it a shot. You guys make it sound easy. :)
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Cristen Gillespie

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If you want to show us your progress, we might be able to help with more specific steps. Always fun to try to work it out, anyway.  '-}
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If you're not familiar with PS, go to youtube and watch a video on using photoshop layers