If you’ve ever wanted to recreate a digital photo using Legos with the help of only a web browser, this instructable is for you. I came up with this idea for the Toy Building Blocks Contest of August 2013, but I was certain there was no way this was a new concept. That turned out to be true. Years ago, Lego had an online system called “Brick-o-lizer” which helped you to create a Lego-based picture from a digital image. I don’t know why, but they discontinued that service. To fill that void, a former Brick-o-lizer user named John Tolva posted instructions on his blog on how to create a Lego picture using Photoshop (by the way, my system does not use the same approach as his). His sons took that a step further and built a business that will create Lego pictures for you (www.thebrickbrothers.com).

So obviously this instructable gets zero points for originality, but hopefully gets a few points for nostalgia. I call my system “Brix Pix.”

Since I’ve never seen the Lego Brick-o-lizer, I don’t know how flexible it was, but here are some features of BrixPix that I think might be useful:

1. It lets you choose the resolution of your Lego picture.
2. It tries to create a list of bricks that minimizes the overall cost.
3. It lets you create black & white or grayscale pictures (I will update this in the future to support color).

Before we begin, let me make it clear that I have no affiliation with the Lego Group. Also, although I tried to ensure the system works correctly, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the system in all cases. Therefore, if you use this system, you agree not to hold me liable for any outcomes associated with this system. In other words, if you promised your son you’d build him a picture for his birthday, and you ended up 3 bricks short and couldn’t finish in time, please report it to me so I can fix it but do not take me to court for spoiling his birthday.

Step 1: Upload your image

With your web browser, open: http://www.dalekim.com/BrixPix

Click on the “Browse…” button to select a digital photo from your computer.

Enter the target width of the Lego picture. Feel free to start with the default and adjust after viewing the preview. Keep in mind that you can buy Lego baseplates in 32x32 and 48x48 sizes, so you might want to create a picture that fits within multiples of those dimensions.

Enter the contrast, which helps to add more detail to the Lego picture. You can also start with the default and adjust after viewing the preview.

Select the color scheme. Currently the two options are black & white and grayscale. Grayscale uses black, white, dark stone grey, and medium stone grey, the 4 grayscale shades currently sold by Lego.

Click on the “Make Lego Picture” button. If you like the preview and the estimated cost, then you’re good to proceed. If not, adjust the width and contrast and re-submit.

For the output, you'll get a preview picture, a pick list of bricks you need, an estimated cost (if you buy online), and a guide on putting your picture together.
I have an instructable up that's from a few years back.&nbsp; If you want more fidelity/dithering options, I you can check out the program listed in the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Darth-Vader-Lego-Mosaic/" rel="nofollow">instructions.</a>
nice I am going to hang one on my wall by the way good job
Thanks, I'm glad you liked this. When you're finished, you'll have to post a picture of your creation. :-)
Iphone users can search for an app called &quot;Lego photo&quot;. That might be an alternative way of getting a template, however I found that results can be varied, and sometimes poor.
Oh, so that's where Lego's Brick-o-lizer went. :-) Thanks for pointing this out, I'll have to check it out and see if there are other ways I can enhance my system.
Great job - it looks awesome and great choice for the project. :)
Thanks! With all the outstanding instructables you've posted, it's especially nice to get a compliment from you!

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