Mosiacs generally make you think of the Roman villas you visited on school trips, or those pictures-within-pictures that appeared on every student’s bedroom wall after the craze for Magic Eye images died. They don’t automatically conjure visions of stylish artwork, but Fabio Sasso has found a way to create truly striking visuals with a very simple, swift process.

In this tutorial, Fabio will show you how to create a deconstructed image using a pattern made out of cubes. The idea is try to simulate a mosaic but with a more abstract and up-to-date interpretation. 

The technique is pretty simple and the whole tutorial can be done in less than one hour – though feel free to keep experimenting in order to create your own realisation.

Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I’m using A4 for the document size.

Step 2 Import a photo that you want to use for the abstract mosaic effect. The one I used is available from Shutterstock at

Step 3 To create the base for our mosaic, open a new document in Photoshop and then with the Polygon tool (U) create a hexagon. Duplicate the hexagon and move it up so the base of it matches the top of the other hexagon. Then with the Direct Selection tool (A), delete the two vertices (aka Anchor Points) on the left of the hexagon with the Delete Anchor Point tool (which is in the Pen tool's flyout menu). Now move the top-most vertice down to create the top part of the cube. Change the colour of this shape to a darker shade of grey, which will help with the 3D effect in the next step.