Mosaic: Sketch-Based Interface for Creating Digital Decorative Mosaics

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Rinat Abdrashitov, Karan Singh, JiaXian Yao and Emilie Guy: Mosaic: Sketch-Based Interface for Creating Digital Decorative Mosaics. In: Computational Aesthetics 2014.



Mosaic is a sketch-based system that simplifies and automates the creation of digital decorative mosaics from scratch. The creation of each tile piece of unique shape, color and orientation, in a complex mosaic is a tedious process. Our core contribution is two-fold: first, we present a new tile growing algorithm, that balances the shape and placement of tiles with need for uniform grout; second, we develop a suite of sketch-based tools on top of this algorithm to create and clone tiles and tile patterns along sketched paths, and color them efficiently. A user evaluation shows that our system makes the creation of mosaics fast and accessible to a broad audience.

Extended Abstract


author = {Abdrashitov, Rinat and Guy, Emilie and Yao, JiaXian and Singh, Karan},
title = {Mosaic: Sketch-based Interface for Creating Digital Decorative Mosaics},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 4th Joint Symposium on Computational Aesthetics, Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering, and Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling},
series = {SBIM '14},
year = {2014},
isbn = {978-1-4503-3018-3},
location = {Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada},
pages = {5--10},
numpages = {6},
url = { },
doi = {10.1145/2630407.2630409},
acmid = {2630409},
publisher = {ACM},
address = {New York, NY, USA},
keywords = {curves, decoration, mosaic, sketching},

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