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Version: May 5, 2004 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


metapixel - generator for photomosaics


metapixel-prepare [options] [srcdir] [destdir]
prepares the pictures in srcdir by creating resized images and a table file in destdir
metapixel [options] [--metapixel input.jpg output.png --library destdir]
creates a photomosaic output.png using input.jpg as the input image and destdir/tables.mxt as table file


This manual page documents briefly the metapixel and metapixel-prepare commands. For more information check the README file included in the distribution.

metapixel is a program for generating photomosaics. It can generate classical photomosaics, in which the source image is viewed as a matrix of equally sized rectangles for each of which a matching image is substitued, as well as collage-style photomosaics, in which rectangular parts of the source image at arbitrary positions (i.e. not aligned to a matrix) are substituted by matching images.

metapixel-prepare is a utility that needs to be run before metapixel can be used. It prepares your source images so that they can be used by metapixel to create the actual photomosaic.


metapixel-prepare srcdir destdir has to be run first. srcdir is the path to the directory containing the source images, e.g. ~/Pictures/Holidays. destdir, e.g. ~/.metapixel, is the path to the directory where you want to store the rescaled images and the tables.mxt index file. This directory should be created manually before running metapixel-prepare.

metapixel --metapixel input.jpg output.png --library destdir is then used to transform an image (input.jpg) into a mosaic (output.png) using the source images (described by destdir/tables.mxt).


The options are described in the README file or by running metapixel or metapixel-prepare with the --help option.


The README file is included in the Metapixel distribution.


This manual page was written by Chris Vanden Berghe <> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


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