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It’s been on my bucket list, or should that be brick-it list, to have one of these done of myself at the LEGO Store Leicester Square, but the price has put me off, at just-a-smidge under £100 it’s a little tough on the wallet. But having yourself immortised in LEGO and hung on the wall is just too good to pass up, so I went digging to see if I could find an alternative.

I went straight to Google, as you do, and searched for LEGO Mosaic Maker. Obviously the official LEGO Store website was top, followed by a few other articles reporting on it.

Below is a list of resources that I found and compiled into a handy list for you all. An update is due soon as many more have been found and added in the comments section!

Please note that I do not endorse any of these websites listed below. 

Paid options

Apart from the above mentioned, official, place to get a LEGO Mosaic, here is another reputable place to shop.

Bright Bricks, the company behind the awe-inspiring life-sized builds you see at toy stores and attractions.

Bright Bricks Mosaic Maker

Situated in their online store, you choose the baseplate size, in studs, and then upload your photo. They’ll then send you an image which resembles how your LEGO-self will look. Once confirmed and paid, again £99, they’ll gather the parts and ship out to you ready to build.

Again it’s a paid option, which is totally fine and in no doubt worth every penny, but for a tighter budget it just isn’t feasible. To be totally honest here I’d rather go to the source, LEGO, and get the full experience for the exact same cost. It is great however if you’re not local to a LEGO Store that offers a Mosaic Maker and ordering online is the only way forward.

Build-It-Yourself Brick Mosaic


As free options go there several floating about the Internet, here are the two stand-out ones I found.

First is Brickapic, you start off by uploading your cboosen image and then hitting the ‘Brick It’ button, it’s that simple!


There are a few options which allow you to tweak your image, from selecting the baseplate size to using only official LEGO colours.

Once you’re happy you can get the finished image emailed to you.

Payment option

There is an added option of including the parts list and instructions but this requires payment. It’s certainly not a massive payout compared to other Mosaic Makers so this could be an affordable solution for most.

The second free option I found is one of my favourites and have used it a handful of times already. It’s tucked away on a website you wouldn’t associate with LEGO but has had tens of thousands of hits already.

The guy is called Mingze Gaoand behind the formal pages of his CV you’ll find one of the most comprehensive Mosaic Makers about! Not only does it give you a well designed and formatted image it also produces a full list of parts needed, and all for free!

Step 2, upload image

The process starts the same, choose an image and upload it. I’ve gone for The Brick Post logo, just to give it a challenge. I’ll also share the screenshot of my Podcast avater to give an idea of how it looks with faces. You’ll also have a choice of how wide you’d like it, ranging from 10 upto a whopping 300 studs wide. Obviously the more studs wide it is the more detailed it’ll be, but also more expensive as the LEGO stud cost goes up drastically!

Step 3, rendered image

Once you’ve uploaded your image and proceed to the next step you’ll get the chance to save your rendered image and to download an XLSX file which contains the image also. Again all for free!

Step 4, Parts list

This is where Mingze Gao’s Mosaic Maker stands out. The parts needed to construct your image are listed below, with colours and how many of each you’ll need. Granted you’ll have to go about sourcing the bits and building it yourself, but it shouldn’t be that hard to follow and with the amps listed you’ll be building in no time at all!

Face and rendered image

A new addition to the Mosaic market comes from the hugely popular software from Bricklink. by Bricklink

As I don’t have or use this program Aaron from CabbageFaceLego kindly gave up his time to produce a couple of images for me, Thank you Aaron!

I must say the results from look amazing and most likely the best out there.

Finished Mosaic from

The whole process was painless and straightforward with quite a substantial set of options. From the size of the overall piece to which parts you’d like to use i.e Studs, tiles etc.

Of course the bigger you go and the type of parts you choose will greatly effect the total cost, although bigger baseplates will translate into more detailed pictures. in action

Aaron is a keen user of and has a growing series on YouTube where he demonstrates how to you use and showcase his work, so please do check that if you need an idea of how it all works.

As it is associated with Bricklink there is of course a built-in parts list, once you’ve completed the mosaic, which obviously goes through Bricklink and allows you to source the parts required. is definitely a front-runner for making a Mosaic out of LEGO. There may be a steep learning curve involved at first in regards to the software but once mastered you’ll be onto constructing bigger things in no time.

Do it yourself

Onto the DIY part of the article.

Photoshop, or some sort of image editing software is needed to get you started. Photoshop is widely used by beginners and professionals alike, it’s so versatile. Pure beginners may struggle and be slightly perplexed by its complex-looking setup, but the old phrase of ‘easy to learn, hard to master‘ comes to mind, which I think is a very apt description of it.

As always Google is your friend and with some basic search terms can produce the results you’re looking for. For instance searching for ‘Photoshop LEGO mosaic effect‘ pretty much gets you what you’re after.

One which stood out at me, but seems to be one of the more involved tutorials, is from Envato.


Envato LEGO Mosaic tutorial

The final result is stunning, yet it maybe more than what you’re looking for. So let’s find something that best suits our needs, which is a basic, pixelated image where the main colours stand out and are square.

WikiHow has a very simple and straightforward tutorial with only 4 steps.


WikiHow – How to Pixelate Photos in Photoshop

Although it’s very simple it does what we need, it displays the image so we can tell which colours to use and where. It’s now a case of meticulously counting them and making your own parts list.

There are of course pros and cons with each option and I hope this article helps you find alternatives to making mosaics.

I personally use the free option provided by Mingze Gao, as it eliminates most of the hard work for you and the fact a parts list is shown alongside the amount needed is super handy. Definitely one to bookmark!

I also wouldn’t rule out visiting LEGO Store Leicester Square one day to get an official one made. Saving up the pennies wouldn’t take too long and to have something hanging on your wall that is officially LEGO would be so cool!

If you’ve been inspired to create your own please do get in touch as we’d love to see your finished work of art! 

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  1. Hey! I made my own mosaic maker. Check it out here! 😀

    1. That’s a great mosaic maker you have there, may I add it to the list?

      1. Hey Greg! Yes please, I’m honoured! Thanks!

  2. Hey Greg, nice collection of mosaic makers. I recently founded a brick mosaic company in Germany. Although we don’t use original LEGO bricks, our configurator might be interesting for some people here. Unfortunately, it’s only available in German as of now:

    1. Hi Sascha, great idea and if ok with you I’ll leave the link in your comment for others to find. Thanks!

  3. Hey, Greg! I am the owner of a company from Russia that also makes mosaics out of LEGO-compatible bricks. We ship them all over the world.
    Our mosaics are not very cheap, but for this money we try to provide the highest possible service. Note that shipping to most countries (including the United States and all Europe) is already included in the price.
    Each mosaic is drawn manually by one of our artists (of course, using our own software). But in any case, this is not a fast automatic pixelation. We currently use about 35 colors, but will soon expand our palette to 50+ colors.
    We have a store on Etsy where we already have over 300+ sales and 70+ 5-star reviews.
    If you think it’s appropriate, I can leave a link to our website and even a special promo code for a discount for your readers. Please tell me if it’s okey (you can contact me here or via e-mail).
    Thank you so much for your blog!

    1. Hi, that’s great, yes please feel free to leave a coupon code here in the comments and i’ll insert it into the article! Thank you so much for reaching out to us!

      1. Thank you very much, Greg!

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        Here is promo-code (10% OFF) for your readers: THEBRICKPOST
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      2. I just have to add here that I used Tim’s Company and was absolutely thrilled by what I got.

  4. Hi Greg,

    I’m Mingze Gao. It’s great that you’ve highlighted my little app! It really was just a handy tool I wrote for making some personal fun. I didn’t expect that now it has processed more than 100k images… lol. Since I’m finishing my PhD soon, I will probably continue to upgrade it in the future 🙂


    1. Hi Mingze , thank you for getting in touch, great app by the way, love it! Give us a shout when you do make any adjustments, we’d love to see what you’ve done!

    2. your mosaic apps so wonderful, i’m waiting your upgrade so the picture in smaler size can still have good resolution pictures.

    3. Mingze,

      I love your app. I think the only think your app is missing is being able to choose custom colors. It would be great to see this added in the future.

  5. Hi Greg.
    I had some great results with BRICKAIZER:
    I used the trail version and it worked great. You have 2 weeks free and then it is paid. I think a one time €60 so it isn’t cheap.
    Take a look here for my Donald mosaic:

    1. Hi Jaco, that’s good to know, thank you for sharing! I’ll leave the links here in the comments.

  6. Hi!
    There’s already so many mosaic makers in the comments, I thought I might jump in as well!
    Brick Me ( is a company based in Australia. We also developed a web-app to make brick mosaics 🙂
    Let me know what you think!

    1. Hi Ethan, of course they more the merrier! I am planning on updating this page and adding all the commented links into the page itself. Thank you for bring yours to the table.

  7. is a pretty powerful open source alternative. It’s fairly easy to use and has some niche features. One cool thing it can do is build a mosaic based on the piece counts of the other art sets, or just what you have available. It’s also got a 3d mode, but that doesn’t seem super useful for most people.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your discovery, we will take a look and add it to the updated list.

  8. Oops – looks like a duplicate comment

  9. Please check out new alternative called BrickPix ( It has a number of unique features. For example, you can preview a 3D model of your creation and zoom in/out and rotate it in any direction. You can also make manual adjustments to individual bricks in the mosaic.

    BrickPix is available online at and also as a mobile app for

    You can also check out some sample projects create with BrickPix on Instagram:

  10. On of my favorite mosaic makers is the online Lego Art Remix ( )
    A very good set of image control options. And you can save a manual (like the ones from lego) as a pdf, and export a part list to bricklink

  11. I would like to add two more pages, which I ordered from: (no preview, the result is quite good – not original Lego tiles, but good quality).

    And – they have a good preview and the final result is 1:1 what you see upfront. No original tiles either, but outstandig quality and a great price-performance ratio.

    Both of them shipped to me (I live in spain).

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