a collage showing a fishscale blue abstract pool mosaic design and manual design adjustment

Turning any Design or Image into Mosaic PIXL Art with AddTek® – 9 Fresh Ideas

Custom mosaic made simpler and more accessible with an exclusively developed software and production system – AddTek. Learn all about how it can transform any design concept or image into mosaic art.

Imagine being able to paint anything on your wall but with tiny glistening glass tiles. Glass mosaic is an ideal wall application that combines the best of both worlds; functionality and decorative appeal. It is durable, easy-to-clean and basically eliminates the need for any other type of wall decor by becoming the focal point of the space.

Gone are the days where you had to select from a limited number of mosaic designs and palettes or pay a fortune and wait for months to get a customized one done. With an extensive range of glass mosaic colors, textures and finishes along with a specialized mosaic technology, the possibilities are virtually endless. 

Evolution of Mosaics

For centuries, the creation of mosaic art was a labor-intensive process, requiring meticulous craftsmanship and countless hours of manual labor. Each tiny tile, or tessera, was carefully hand-cut and arranged to form intricate patterns and designs, resulting in stunning works of art that captivated the imagination and inspired awe.

While this technique of mosaic making is still very much in use, it can be expensive and the timelines for custom handcrafted mosaic pieces are very long. Recognizing the need for innovation in this domain, we set out on a journey to find a quick and affordable fabrication method make mosaic more accessible and technology was a major part of it.

PIXL Mosaics – Technology Meets Craft

Turning Complex Designs into Mosaic with Computer-aided System AddTek

Our quest to revolutionize the traditional mosaics resulted in the PIXL mosaic range. Made possible only with the help of an exclusively developed technological system – AddTek. Making custom mosaic less complicated and more widely available.

Like its namesake concept, the PIXL range features numerous mosaic tiles arranged together in a simple grid (like pixels) to create bigger images that are nothing short of masterpieces.

a collage of complex abstract tile designs made with image into mosaic technology
AddTek preserves the complex details of abstract designs and photos as it turns them into PIXL mosaic art. Creating mosaic art this intricate used to take a lot of manual labor hours.

Inspired by the intersection of art and technology, MEC partnered with OffRoad Solutions to develop AddTek, a groundbreaking mosaic software and assembly system designed to streamline the process of creating custom mosaic artworks. Leveraging the power of digital technology, AddTek empowers designers to transform any image or design into a mosaic-ready masterpiece with unparalleled speed* and precision.

* Compared to mosaic that is completely arranged manually.

What Can be Turned Into a PIXL Mosaic Design?

Stunning abstract art, enthralling geometric and nature-inspired patterns, beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, Medieval and Renaissance painting masterpieces, 8-bit retro game art, a portrait of your pet, your kid’s drawing. There are just some of the things we can convert into a mosaic for your one of a kind PIXL tile wall. No image or design concept is too complex for AddTek. All we need is an image or inspiration board from our clients and we take care of the rest.

Behind-the-Scenes photo from the design department (right) depicting the manual color adjustment of an abstract PIXL pattern (left) for smoother results.

Stay tuned for some exciting PIXL mosaic visual inspiration and ideas!

From Image into Mosaic – Your Journey to a Custom PIXL Art

From selecting your favorite image to witnessing its transformation into a stunning mosaic, each step of the process is filled with creativity, craftsmanship, and personalized attention. Here’s a quick overview of how we turn your favorite image into a stunning mosaic masterpiece with MEC’s custom PIXL mosaic service.

  1. Image Selection – Choose any image, design, or concept you’d like to see transformed into a custom PIXL mosaic.
  2. Consultation –Contact MEC for a free design consultation to discuss your vision and explore the possibilities of PIXL mosaics.
  3. Design Conversion – MEC’s expert designers use the AddTek software to digitally convert your image into a mosaic-ready design, utilizing shades from an extensive glass mosaic color library.
  4. Customization – Personalize your design by adjusting tile colors, pattern details, grout, and other details to suit your preferences and space.
  5. Digital Rendering – Receive a quick digital preview of your customized PIXL mosaic design, allowing you to visualize the final masterpiece before production begins.
  6. Fabrication – Watch as the AddTek system springs into action, guiding the assembly of mosaic tiles on computerized grids with precision and efficiency.
  7. Quality Assurance – Each mosaic tile is carefully inspected and labeled before being assembled into easy-to-install glass mosaic sheets.
  8. Packaging – Your custom PIXL mosaic is carefully packed and shipped to your doorstep, along with an installation guide for seamless installation.
  9. Installation – Witness the transformation of your space with the installation of your custom PIXL mosaic artwork. Services of an expert tile contractor are recommended for the best results.
  10. Appreciation – Now comes the fun part: admiring your one-of-a-kind PIXL mosaic! Technically, it’s not a mandatory step, but good luck trying to resist. Go ahead, revel in the fact that you’ve just become your own personal interior design guru. It’s like being your own HGTV star, but without the camera crew.

Curious about all the nitty-gritty that goes into it? This is just was just a brief overview, we shall explore the PIXL mosaic process and evolution of the AddTek system in more detail later in this article. Stay tuned (or skip everything else and scroll right down to the sections of your interest now).

The AddTek Process

The AddTek process is a seamless fusion of technology and craftsmanship that redefines the art of mosaic fabrication. At the heart of it lies a sophisticated mosaic software that enables designers to digitally convert any image into a mosaic-ready design, using shades from an extensive glass mosaic color library.

Once the design is finalized, the AddTek system springs into action, utilizing computerized grids and LED lights to guide the assembly of the mosaic tiles with unprecedented speed and accuracy. This automated process significantly reduces the time and labor required to create custom mosaic artworks, making PIXL mosaics more accessible and affordable than ever before.

The PIXL Process at a Glance – This is how we turn image into mosaic with the AddTek System

Transforming a Personal Photo or Image into Mosaic Artwork

With the ability to convert an image into mosaic, you can transform any photo into a visually stunning tile pattern that captures the essence of the original picture. From selecting a meaningful and visually appealing photo to capturing and translating its essence into a PIXL mosaic design here is how the process looks:

  • Selecting the Perfect Photo – Consider photos that hold sentimental value and reflect the moments and experiences you hold dear. From family gatherings and breathtaking landscapes to cherished memories with loved ones and even pet portraits.
  • Sharing Your Vision – The client begins by sharing a personal photo with MEC. This photo holds sentimental value or represents a significant memory that the client wishes to immortalize in mosaic form.
  • Design Consultation – Team MEC engages in a design consultation with the client. They discuss the client’s vision, preferences, and desired artistic elements for the mosaic. This step ensures a clear understanding of the client’s expectations and sets the foundation for a successful collaboration.
  • Artistic Interpretation – Based on the client’s input, the skilled artisans and designers at MEC employ their expertise to interpret the image into mosaic design. They consider factors such as color palette, tile materials, and mosaic techniques to transform the photo’s essence into a visually stunning mosaic artwork.

Creating a Custom Tile Mural from a PhotoFor those seeking larger-scale mosaic installations, consider the option of a custom tile mural from a photo. This artistic endeavor allows you to transform entire walls into breathtaking mosaic masterpieces.

Showcasing Your Picture Mosaic Tilework

  • Selecting the Perfect Display Location – Choose a prominent location in your home or space where your custom tile mosaic can take center stage. Consider the lighting, visibility, and overall aesthetics of the area to ensure your mosaic receives the attention it deserves.
  • Enhancing the Mosaic with Complementary Elements – Enhance the visual impact of your custom tile mosaic by incorporating complementary elements. Consider adding accent lighting, decorative frames, or other design elements that further highlight the beauty and uniqueness of your artwork.
    Sharing the Story Behind Your Mosaic – Share the story and inspiration behind your custom tile mosaic with family, friends, and visitors. This personal touch adds depth and meaning to the artwork and allows others to appreciate the sentimental value and artistic journey that went into its creation.

Image to Mosaic – PIXL Design Ideas & Inspiration

Get ready to be swept away by the vibrant world of PIXL mosaics – it’s a sight to behold! From adorable pet portraits to mind-bending abstract art, whimsical illustrations, and nature-inspired botanical wonders, we’ve got an incredible lineup of mosaic design inspiration to share with you.

But that’s not all – we’re taking it up a notch by sharing a famous painting reimagined in mosaic form. It’s a celebration of art history with a modern twist!

Better Than a Pet Photo!

dog pet portrait glass mosaic
Portrait of a pet dog transformed into a PIXL glass mosaic mural installed on a living room wall.

Portrait of a family dog as a monochrome black and white PIXL mural. Want to get a photo of your pet as tile art? Share the photos today for a free render and design consultation!

Abstract Mosaic Art Murals

Product image. Abstract Vertex Glass PIXL mosaic design mural.
Mighty Blue Ocean (also dubbed Oceano Blu) abstract Vertex 10 glass mosaic design made with MEC’s AddTek.

Turn any wall into the focal point of the room with an abstract glass mosaic artwork. Photo: Might Blue Ocean | Inspired by ink diffusing on water surface, the Mighty Blue Ocean from MEC’s PIXL range can serve as a simple and stunning abstract backdrop to any environment. Adorn any space of your choice, e.g. swimming pool or bedroom wall with a refreshing Vertex glass mosaic blue hues palette.

a collage of computer assisted glass mosaic patterns by MEC Artaic and Sicis
Computer-assisted glass mosaic abstract patterns by Sicis, Artaic and MEC

Illustrations Turned Into Mosaic Wall Art

A quirky and adorable illustration turned to a mosaic wall for a lovely pastel themed cafe. We can convert all types of digital and hand sketched illustrations into custom mosaic tile art. Be it your own doodles, a child’s drawings or a professional 

PIXL mosic wall illustration rendered on a pastel pink and green cafe interior
A quick preliminary PIXL render of an illustration for a pastel colored cafe wall. The PIXL design can be fine-tuned after the client shortlists it.

Retro Game 8-Bit Art Style Mosaic Wall

Spruce up That Game Room!

Stop & Smell the Roses

Product image. Flevo. An elegant glass mosaic mural featuring pink rose flowers in tone saturated colors over a dark black background with subtle leaf pattern.
Flevo | An elegant mural featuring pink rose flowers in tone saturated colors over a dark black background with subtle leaf pattern.

Photo: Flevo | An elegant mural featuring pink rose flowers in tone saturated colors over a dark black background with subtle leaf pattern.

Tropical Themed Contemporary Design

Product image. Tropica PIXL flora contemporary glass mosaic mural featuring tropical leaves, The lush green leaves add a pop of delicate color in contrast with a black and white striped background.
Photo: Tropica | A contemporary glass mosaic mural featuring tropical leaves, The lush green leaves add a pop of delicate color in contrast with a black and white striped background.

Photo: Tropica | A contemporary glass mosaic mural featuring tropical leaves, The lush green leaves add a pop of delicate color in contrast with a black and white striped background.

Flora is a refreshing collection of colorful glass mosaic art. Created with exclusive AddTek software, these colorful plant-themed patterns are a part of the larger PIXL range by MEC. The catalog features everything from classic European floral wallpaper patterns to lively palm tree leaves with contemporary black & white background. Transform your living space by adorning your walls with spectacular floral and tropical-themed murals.

Add a Splash of Refreshing Color

Want something refreshing? How about a citrus themed mosaic wall! Fruity mosaics would look awesome in a kitchen or butler’s pantry.

side by side comparison of the original image and PIXL render made by AddTek
Original image (left) and Digital PIXL mosaic design render (right)

From photograph to Vertex 10 glass mosaic render in seconds! Bring the lively colors of nature indoors with PIXL glass mosaics.

Pool Tile Rendition of An Art Masterpiece

A Vertex glass mosaic rendition of Michelangelo's masterpiece at our workshop (moments before being packed and dispatched). The famous fresco painting from Sistine Chapel's ceiling inspired this swimming pool tile art.
PIXL Glass Mosaic for pool layed out for quality check and inspection at our workshop.

A Custom Made Mosaic Design of Your Own!

Isn’t it amazing how basically any image or design can be converted into mosaic! It is natural to be overwhelmed by choices when they are limitless. Worry not, we can help you decide on the perfect PIXL masterpiece for your feature wall, bathroom, backsplashes, or even swimming pool. Contact us today for free design and customization. One of our design consultants will get in touch with you to help bring that mosaic dream to reality.


The world of custom tile mosaic art is filled with endless possibilities for creativity, personalization, and self-expression. From the mesmerizing process of converting image into mosaic tile pieces to turning complex abstract art into super detailed tile murals, these artworks embody the transformative power of visual storytelling.

Whether you choose to turn a photo into a mosaic pattern, create a custom tile mural from a photo, or experiment with pixelated mosaics. Embrace the beauty of custom tile mosaics, and let your imagination soar as you embark on this captivating journey of turning images into a timeless mosaic masterpiece.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any photo to create a custom tile mosaic?

Yes, you can use any photo that holds personal significance to you. Whether it’s a cherished family photo, a stunning landscape, or a memorable moment, our team can transform it into a custom tile mosaic.

How long does it take to create a custom tile mosaic from a photo?

The timeline for creating a custom tile mosaic varies depending on the complexity and size of the project. Generally, it can take a few weeks to complete the process, including design consultation, mosaic fabrication, and installation.

What factors should I consider when selecting the tile shapes, sizes, and colors for my mosaic?

When selecting tile shapes, sizes, and colors, consider the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Factors such as the image’s intricacies, desired mood, and composition play a role in determining the best tile elements to use.

Can I display my custom tile mosaic outdoors?

Yes, custom tile mosaics can be displayed outdoors with proper installation techniques and materials. However, it’s important to consider factors such as climate conditions and potential exposure to ensure the longevity of the mosaic.

How do I maintain and care for my custom tile mosaic?

To maintain the beauty and longevity of your custom tile mosaic, regularly clean the surface using mild, non-abrasive cleaners. Avoid placing heavy objects or applying excessive pressure on the mosaic. With proper care, your mosaic will continue to be a stunning centerpiece for years to come.

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