low-res image collection ?

low-res image collection ?

Post by Christian G » Fri, 15 Aug 2003 06:23:10

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Hello !

Does anybody know where I can download low-res image-collections as zip-
files (or as another archive file format)?
Ive done a google-search, but I only found high-res single images.
The collections should have at least 500-1000 pictures, because I want to
make photo mosaics.
Please apologize for my second posting with this theme, but now I know that
is not necessary to get a library especially for "masaika", because I can
convert the pictures.

Thanks a lot,

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