This is how to make a cross-stitch pattern with symbols representing colors in photoshop!
First we will prepare your original image by lowering the resolution, so that one pixel represents one cross, and lower the number of colors so that you can use a limited number of yarns.
Next we apply the grid.
After that I will show you how to replace individual colors with symbols.
This is good because you can print the pattern in black and white, and also because you can see the difference between similar colors.
This technique can of course be used to make decorations and gifts for the holidays, and other occasions! Update
: Here are two examples. The mario image has 5x5px square size and my complete bird montage pattern has 20x20px square size ( full size color
, full size symbols