How To Create A Mood/Inspiration Board I: The SuperEASY Way

So… you want to make a mood/inspiration board, eh? Well, hopefully I can help you out with that task with some guided instructions on how to piece together your masterpiece in either Photoshop (or GimpShop — the free graphics editor) or using some quick online tools. I’m not sure if my instructions will be the best ones out there… but according to google searches by tireless bee’s, they might be the only ones around the web.

The superEasy Way

If you’d like to make a simple mosaic of your inspiration images, then you can use MosaicMaker. You have the option of using the URL of your image from another source (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) or you can create a free membership on their site and then upload them for the mosaic. Once you’ve picked out your photos you can easily transform your photos into the following formats:

a) Square tiles
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Any combination of tiles that you can think of (2×2, 3×4, 5×4, etc) with a maximum of 36 squares.

b) 4×4 with large center
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Spots for 13 of your favorite images… with one dominating the scene

You can also change the background color and the border color, and increase/decrease the spacing between the photos with a simple click.

Here are a couple of mosaics that I whipped up in 5 minutes from my directory of inspirational images:

z108997

z10899701

Now that’s the superEasy way to transform your inspirational images into an actual board… up next is a short tutorial on how to use Photoshop to make a more dynamic board using layers!

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    cherryblossom 727 posts, Busy bee @ 4:49 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Lemon!

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    aoedorothee 244 posts, Helper bee @ 5:07 pm

    ooohh, thanks! i’ve been putting this off for a very long time! i have less than 2 mos left to the wedding, maybe i’ll actually do one before the big day!

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:39 pm

    did i ever tell you you’re my hero?

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    sweeTPea, Guest @ 5:55 pm

    hmmm, I just tried to get on that website and it didn’t load.

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    Bride888 125 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:55 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Lemon, I’ve been searching around for instructions.

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    lemon 635 posts, Busy bee @ 5:59 pm

    I think we bees crashed the site! :)

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    NicoleSr., Guest @ 6:52 pm

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks soooo much for this. :-)

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    tulip 662 posts, Busy bee @ 8:23 pm

    Hooray, Mrs. Lemon! I’m one of the bees with the fruitless Google searches (did you catch my mention of the sad Word-document mood board in the lantern post?), so I can’t tell you how excited I am about your series!!!! You’re the best!

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    Brandi, Guest @ 9:32 pm

    That is awesome. Yay for not having to do a ton of cutting and pasting in Photoshop. Thanks :) (Even thou my wedding is 18 days, it’s fun to play with!

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    all things bright and beautiful, Guest @ 11:32 pm

    Dear Mrs Lemon – this is fantastic – Ive just linked the page to a post on my blog – thank you so much for sharing about this :-)

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    Mandisa, Guest @ 7:08 pm

    thank you so much, this is a really wonderful resource

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    Ms. Smiley, Guest @ 12:36 pm

    I am so happy I stumbled across this from the One Year Ago posting…i have been wondering how it’s being done by the pro’s. thanks!

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:48 am

    I was tring to do this in paint… this should be MUCH easier! Thanks for posting!

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    Caroline, Guest @ 10:12 am

    I’m having a little trouble making mine in Mosaic Maker and was wondering if you had any advice. I uploaded the 13 pics I want to use for the 4×4 with large center format but only 10 of them are showing up for me to choose from. Have you ever seen this happen?

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    stahlkl 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:24 am

    thanks!! I was just searching how to make one– have all the pics I like saved in seperate emails and HATE clicking back and forth.

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    corn 1130 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:41 pm

    Just had to laugh because I was searching how to make an inspiration board rather than just making one for a post over at that-other-place-where-I-blog-about-home-design and this post came up first in the Google results. Gotta love the bee…still helping me out.

    Also should point out that YEARS ago, I googled something about weddings and found yet another Lemon post and discovered WB for the first time :)

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    tippy22 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:10 pm

    Awesome!!! Thanks!

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    Thank you so much for the instruction. They are of great help to me. Still, I have a question. I started a wedding blog myself in Germany and I was wondering how to set up inspiration boards on my blog. I mean when I build one do I have to ask every single picture source for permission to use it or is it fine when I just link to the source.
    And…how do you do these color palettes??
    Hope you can help a desperate new wedding blogger.
    All the best from Germany,
    Jess

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