Finding and Downloading Gigapixel Images – Part 1

In the last few years, my father spent a great deal of his time building a new home for us. In the living room he had this really big, yet gorgeous frame. The frame was roughly 10 feet wide and 5 feet high. We spent some time looking for a great poster that we can use to put in the frame, but with no success. An alternative solution was to obtain from the internet a photograph of an extremely high resolution (i.e. one gigapixel and above) and have it custom printed to the size that we need.

In this video, I'll be sharing where I found these images and how I downloaded them.

If you're following with me, you'll need to have a tool to download websites, such as HTTrack Website Copier (Windows) or SiteSucker (Mac OS X).

12 thoughts on “Finding and Downloading Gigapixel Images – Part 1”

  1. Hi Islam,
    Excellent, just what I’ve been looking for!
    Is part 2 on it’s way? Looking forward to it. Is it possible to join individual picture elements into a single Jpg? It could then be printed by a commercial printer.

  2. Hi Pete,

    Thank you for the interest.

    Yes, it is possible to join all the picture elements into a single image. In fact, I used a commercial printer myself to print this image out and the results were fantastic.

    I should be rolling out part 2 in a couple of weeks, as I am still working on making the stitching process more straight forward.

  3. Hi,

    Now I find everything is now in Flash, is there still a way to download and stitch?

    Many Thanks

    1. Hi Jon,

      Yes, there is. Even though they switched to flash, it’s still very easy to find the directory. There are probably better ways, but this is the one I thought of off the top of my head:

      1) Download and install Safari (Windows or Mac)
      2) Open Safari
      3) Click Window->Activity (this should open up a small dialog box)
      4) Go to xrez and open any of their flash images
      5) Look at the activity window, their should be an item called “xrez studio”. Expand that out, if it’s not expanded already.
      6) Skim through the list of files and you’ll notice the directory of where all the images are being fetched.

      Hope this helps and let me know if it works for you.

  4. Hi,

    Wondering if you had posted Part 2??? Would love to know how to stick them together.. Even if you can email me the name of a software. : )

    1. Hi Ali,

      Unfortunately, I never posted part 2 (yet). Doing the stitching for a large number of images in a case like this is quite complex. I actually don’t know of any software that can do this easily. The way I did it was by writing a script to automate the stitching of these images into much larger chunks, and then I used photoshop to manually stitch these larger parts together.

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