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I am working on a design where I would like to change a particular image into a combination of squares and rectangles to form a shape that resembles it.

For example, lets take a look at the following cat image:

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Although pretty sloppy, I was wondering if there is any software out there that would transform any drawing or image into something like what is shown below?:

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Thank you for the help in advance! :)

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Perhaps the simplest way to create such a combination of boxes is using both Gimp and Inkscape.

Open the image in Gimp and use the mosaic filter

Gimp Mosaic filter

Configure the filter to use square tiles and remove other effects:

Gimp Mosaic filter configuration

Instead of using the bucket fill to isolate the areas, a faster way is open the mosaic image in Inkscape and trace the bitmap:

Inkscape bitmap trace

Ungroup the result of bitmap tracing, enable snapping to nodes and draw rectangles:

The rectangle snaps to nodes

It's a very simple operation:

Resulting image

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