A blogger recently asked me how I managed to add mosaic effect to images used in my YouTube videos, so I figured I’d create a little tutorial of the quick and easy method I use.
There are many reasons why you would want to add a mosaic-effect to your photos –
~ when you have people in the background of an image whose faces you don’t want to show
~ when you’re showing things with personal details that you’d prefer to hide (such as full name, addresses on parcels, back-end WordPress or social media stats, etc.)
~ to blur out the faces of ex-boyfriends when you look really good in the shot 🙃
~ when you’re slowly revealing a new blog post, image, product, etc.
You get the idea. Sometimes, it’s just necessary to blur certain parts of an image out. Mosaic-effect blurring or censorship helps with that.
If you’d like a quick and easy way to do it, using just your phone, all you need to do is download an app called Meitu.
Meitu is a free app, available from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, that offers in-app purchases for extra features.
The mosaic-blur feature is NOT a premium feature, so you don’t need to sign up for anything, or pay for anything in order to use it. You can mosaic-blur for free.
A number of other features are free, too. In case you were wondering, Meitu also offers beautifying (adding makeup, slimming, reshaping, smoothing, etc.), filters, text, stickers, frames, blurring, cutting-out, ‘magic brush’, and a bunch of other stuff.
How to Add Mosaic Effect to Images on Your Phone Using Meitu
When you open the app, hit the Photo Editing option. This will open up your camera roll so you can select an image to edit. Pick the one you want, then you’ll find yourself on a screen that looks like this:
You’ve got a range of scrollable options across the bottom. The fourth option from the last one is the one you want: Mosaic.
There are various options at this point, with different blurring and censoring options. The second one from the left is the one you want – the one that looks like a mosaic.
Just above the greyed area where you can pick your blur-effect, there’s a sizing option – from smaller to bigger in 5 increments.
To the left of that, there are two arrows that allow you to undo and redo your actions; and to the right of that, there is an erase option, to get rid of any blurring that has gone outside of the lines.
Once you have your effect and brush-size selected, it’s simply a case of using your finger like a pen and drawing the mosaic-effect blurring across the screen, wherever you want it. In the top left of the screen, there’s a close-up so you can keep things nice and precise.
When you’re done, simply click on the tick on the right-hand-side, sit back and admire your handiwork. You can save the image to your camera roll by hitting Save on the top right.
And there you have it – my quick way to add mosaic effect to your images on a phone. I hope you’ve found my tutorial helpful, but please let me know if you have questions of your own.
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