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JigPix is an app for a variety of smartphones that's been designed to convert various portraits (of people or animals) into mosaic puzzles that can be put together by hand. Each app accompanies a JigPix puzzle kit that contains 884 puzzle pieces which can also be arranged into a default tiger puzzle. Once you upload your own picture to the app, however, it'll aim to convert that image into a distinctive mosaic puzzle that can be built with the same 884 pieces.
The cost of JigPix is $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping, for a total price of $27.98.
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After you've downloaded your JigPix app to your smartphone, open the app and either take a new picture or import a picture that's already on your phone.
Once you've got a picture on your screen, within the app, click on "Get Code" and watch the app convert your picture into a mosaic puzzle. This digital puzzle will contain numbers corresponding to the numbers on the backs of each of your 884 pieces, so it can tell you how to construct a matching physical puzzle.
Next, with your physical puzzle pieces, recreate the puzzle that's on your smartphone's screen by placing the physical pieces where the digital pieces are, in accordance with their numbers. When you're done snapping all your pieces into place, you should end up with a physical image that very closely resembles the original photo you added to your app. No puzzle pieces should remain unused.
If you want to make a new puzzle right away, you can pull all the pieces of your physical puzzle apart and repeat the entire process from the first step. However, you may want to leave your newly created puzzle intact for a while and admire your work!
All the physical puzzle pieces in each JigPix puzzle set are colored in some way, which means that you'll never end up with a dull-looking, monochromatic puzzle when you use this set. The variety of colors that the pieces come in are one thing that will allow you to create so many different-looking puzzles with the exact same set of pieces.
The JigPix app will work effectively with both Apple and Android smartphones, two phone types that many people have these days. Therefore, if you ever decide to switch between the two brands, you'll be able to keep using this app without much delay (all you'll need to do is download it to your new phone).
The puzzle pieces in each of these sets, aside from being used to create a puzzle that looks like a personal photo, can be used to create an attractive tiger puzzle. If you're inexperienced with puzzles, or can't access the digital JigPix app at a particular time, you may want to start practicing your puzzle skills by putting together this default puzzle. It may be hard to believe that the pieces within this tiger puzzle can be rearranged to create a bunch of other puzzles, but once you start using the app, you'll realize this is doable.
With so many puzzle pieces available in one of these kits, putting them all together might be challenging for one person, but a family (or group of friends) may have tons of fun doing so. Even if you aren't normally a puzzle enthusiast, if it's raining or snowing outside, you might decide that working on one of these puzzles is more fun than zoning out and watching television.
A JigPix set will make a good gift for almost anyone on their birthday, Christmas or some other special occasion, as long as they enjoy using smartphones and have regular access to one. If you want to give one of these sets to a child who doesn't have their own smartphone, you could ask their parent(s) if they'd allow the child to use theirs to operate the app.
People tend to love anything with their pet's image on it, so virtually any user will be happy to find out that they can create a puzzle featuring their pet's face with JigPix. As long as the photo you add to the app is taken portrait-style, without much going on in the background, your finished physical puzzle should come out looking almost exactly like your pet's face.
The JigPix app works with quite a wide variety of phones, but it isn't compatible with every smartphone or cell phone. If you've got a Windows smartphone or an older phone that isn't considered "smart, " you may not be able to use the app properly. Without the app, of course, you won't be able to create puzzles with your own photos.
It's specified that this app works best with portrait-style images of faces, so if you want to turn a landscape or still life photo into a puzzle, that might not work as nicely. The numbered code your phone spits out may not be as accurate as it would be otherwise, and your finished puzzle might not look as much like your original photo as you'd like. Along the same lines, black-and-white photos could come out appearing colored due to each kit's colored physical pieces.
Successfully creating one of these puzzles is partially dependent on your skill with numbers, which could be a problem for young children who don't even know how to count to 884 yet. These kids may require an excessive amount of help from adults or older children, or they may get so frustrated that they don't want to do their puzzle any longer.
To make the puzzle-building process go more quickly, regardless of what photo and code you've used to configure your puzzle, you should divide your pieces into groups before you start. These groups should be based on the numbers on the backs of the pieces: You might have one group for the 100s, one for the 200s, another for the 300s and so on. This will enable you to grab the pieces you need more quickly without rifling through the whole pile.
Unless you have more than one JigPix kit, you'll need to take each completed puzzle apart to build the next one. Keeping that in mind, to preserve the memory of each puzzle (and perhaps prove to others that you did make a puzzle of your face!), you should snap a picture of it with your smartphone.
Instead of getting a new jigsaw puzzle from a store or a website every time you complete one, you'll be able to get a single JigPix kit. Then you'll be able to use this kit to create dozens, if not hundreds of puzzles, so it'll seem as if you're getting a new one on a daily or weekly basis.
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