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Converting 8-bit Images Into Inlays
(Includes Black Mage Inlay)
Article © MAIL User: Drax

Converting 8-bit images into inlays

Changing a picture to an inlay for chainmaille has become a lot easier recently with the advent of Zlosk's IGP program, or even through using a simple cross-stitch program. However, there's an easy way to convert any 8-bit image to a useable inlay for Euro 4n1:

Every pixel becomes a square block of 4 rings.

In this way, you can convert any 8-bit image into a chainmaille inlay. This method will also work with 16-bit images, simply be aware that they will be much bigger, and they will be harder to match all of the colors.

In fact, this method can be used to change ANY image into an inlay. If you placed a clear, square grid over any picture, you would take the predominant color of each square and make 4 rings with that color (or if a mix of colors are in the square, try to use a mix of rings).

As an example, I've turned the Black Mage from Final Fantasy (TM Square) into an inlay. Here are the pictures:

Image: dab_bm1.jpgImage: dab_bm2.jpgImage: dab_bm3.jpg

The first is the 8-bit image. The second is the inlay. The third is the final product (done in .064" 1/4" wire, stainless steel, brass, copper, anodized titanium blue and anodized aluminum black).

To give you a better idea on how this process works, here are two pictures of the eyes:

Image: dab_bmeye1.jpgImage: dab_bmeye2.jpg

Each eye is comprised of two yellow pixels (two squares -- one on top of the other). Thus in the inlay, the eyes become two groups of 4 rings (8 rings total).

The conversion process is easy and fast since it requires no special software. The biggest limitation will be your choice of color and to some extent (for non-8-bit images) the resolution of the picture.
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