After setting up our mosaic sessiondesigning our billboard, and setting up our printer, we're now ready to start the mosaic. Please make sure you do all those other steps before you start!


1.

Navigate to the Live Progress tab.


At the bottom left you'll see a checkbox for Automatic Printing. If you check it, your images will be printed as soon as they're ready. If you're just testing the mosaic, I would suggest leaving it un-checked.


The Start button on the bottom right will start the mosaic. If you have images in the watched folder already, the mosaic will start building immediately. If you don't have images yet, the software will wait until they're added to the watched folder. 


For a quick test, you can simply copy images into your watched folder before you start. 350 sample images are included when installing the software, and they can found under Desktop\Muse Mosaic\Session\watched. Don't worry, you can easily reset the mosaic by going to the Home tab and clicking Clear Photos and Prints.


Once pressed, the Start button will change to Pause allowing you to do just that. If you press Pause, the button will change to Resume.


2.

Press Start on the bottom right.


Images will start filling the box on the right, and prints will go to the print queue on the bottom left. You'll also see the last image added to the print queue (and to the mosaic) in the upper left.


3.

Press the Pause button so we can have a look around.


If you didn't have Automatic Printing checked, you'll see several items in the print queue. You can choose which one you want to print by selecting the image and clicking Print Selected. If your print layout is set up to have multiple images per page, your print queue could look something like this:


Move your mouse over the mosaic progress on the right. When you do so, you'll see row and column coordinates for that image at the very bottom of the software window to the left of the date. This can be useful if you're trying to find a specific image. You can also zoom in on the mosaic preview by un-checking Fill to fit.


4.

Press Resume and wait for the mosaic to finish. When it's done, you'll see a pop up letting you know that a completed mosaic image has been saved to the desktop. The file is named Mosaic_Completed.bmp, and we usually give that to the client at the end of the event.


Congrats! Your mosaic is done.


5.

If you want to reset the mosaic, but keep the same folders, go to the Home tab and click Clear Photos and Prints (no need to make a backup unless you want to pick up where you left off). If you want to start a new mosaic with empty folders, go to the Home tab and click Start a New Session.


6.

The software has many more features that will be useful to you, like a Live Viewer that can display the mosaic digitally on a screen, moderation tools that let you curate the images before they appear in the mosaic (great for hashtag prints), etc., and we will go over those in other tutorials. However, there are a couple things that you might want to know now.


If you want to change the pace at which images appear in the mosaic (if you already have images in folder when you start), go to the Live Viewer tab and look at the bottom of the Viewer Options section. Check the box labeled Target amount of images / minute and you can adjust the rate that images appear on the mosaic.


You can change the size of the final, saved mosaic image by going to Event Admin > Save Mosaic Image. The section on the left allows you to adjust the width of each mosaic tile, and gives you the option to automatically save the image when the mosaic is completed.


That's it for the Muse Mosaic Getting Started series! Next, I would suggest going to the Live Viewer tutorials to learn how to show your mosaic on a screen.


As always, please contact support@laphotoparty.com if you have any issues with the software.


We hope you enjoy using Muse Mosaic!