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Particular can do a simple luma-based rectangular grid using a layer grid emitter. The hexagonal grids could also be done that way, but would require two copies slightly offset to create the alternating columns.
Apparently something which you can do in Trapcode Form in a few seconds. If it isn't going to be all too heavy / fancy, you can of course also use good old Particle Playground for this as well as Card Dance. Both tools can use maps to scale items and modify opacity, which should be sufficient enough to create the illusion. Other than that one certainly could create any kind of custom grid, as illustrated on my website
Would just need to add sampleImage() and some extra code to each tile to make it respond to an image map...
I also found this cool little project from Chris Zwar. It replicates a shape layer into a Card Dance grid (but keeps everything auto sized with lots of expressions)
I was able to get this look in just a few minutes with his project
My words... :-) Ain't it amazing how some ten year old plug-ins save your skin every day? Too bad nobody seems to come up with such cool stuff today anymore...