Pixeling Art - Pixel Art

First let's learn what a pixel is.

A pixel is the smallest part of an image. The word pixel is based on a contraction of pix (for "pictures") and el (for "element") Pixels are normally arranged in a regular 2-dimensional grid, and are often represented using dots, squares, or rectangles.

Pixeling Art

Pixeling Art is a very attractive form of art. It's all done on a computer using the smallest part of an image, a Pixel.

Basic Pixel

A basic Pixel Man made by using Pixeling Art.
A basic Pixel Man made by using Pixeling Art.

What is Pixel Art?

Now we know what a pixel is, how is it art?

Well, you have probably seen a basic pixel image before. Most of online games are made with pixel art, like Habbo Hotel. The art of pixeling is basically making the eye think a color but blend them together. Ok, OK! I know that wasn't too clear, what I mean is by making each pixel a slight variation of that color, the eye then sees it as one color changing.

Pixel Art - How is it generally made?

Pixel Art is normally made almost one pixel at a time! (that's why its RARE to see LARGE pixels.) Using a graphic program of choice, you don't use any fancy filters or softening smudges or any of those tools. It seems simple enough, but it really is difficult to master. Here is an example of a complex Pixel:

This is a complex Pixel, so much detail is in this it's hard to believe!
This is a complex Pixel, so much detail is in this it's hard to believe!
Here are a group of pixel game characters from the online chat game, Habbo Hotel. ( www.habbohotel.com )
Here are a group of pixel game characters from the online chat game, Habbo Hotel. ( www.habbohotel.com )

What are some of the uses of Pixeling Art?

Pixeling Art can be applied almost anywhere computer graphics are used (because there basicly the same thing, but done manually and not with code filters etc). Pixels normally have a more "edgy" look to them, but they are appeling and high in demand!

Pixeling can be used in all of these cases:

  • Logos
  • Site Banners
  • Signatures
  • Avatars
  • Word and other print-outs (business cards, flyers, etc)
  • Computer Games
  • Flash movies
  • Flash Websites
  • and many more!

A very good Pixel Runescape Signature.
A very good Pixel Runescape Signature.
This tree is the first good thing I made using pixeling art, it's a nice little tree ^_^
This tree is the first good thing I made using pixeling art, it's a nice little tree ^_^
This little red guy is the first creature I ever pixeled.
This little red guy is the first creature I ever pixeled.

I want to do Pixel Art! What must I do to start?

So you want to try your hand at pixeling? It is A LOT harder then it looks. But do not fear, practice makes perfect. The best platform for pixeling (and my choice) is Microsoft Paint (if your on a windows computer, you have it!). Another free option you might wish to use (Don't cheat!) is Paint.net.

Paint.Net is a super version of MS Paint, it is hosted for free and can be downloaded at: www.paint.net (the right one, not the left!)

If set correctly all of these other programs will allow you to pixel with them:

  • Photoshop (all versions)
  • Macromedia Fireworks(all versions)
  • Corel Painter Essentials (all versions)
  • Ms Paint (all versions)
  • Paint.Net (all versions)
  • there are a TON more out there, almost all programs that allow you to create an image you can pixel with.

Here is a Video I created about making a quick simple Pixeling Art picture using MS Paint.

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A few things to aid your Pixeling Art :

1.
Designing Arcade Computer Game Graphics (Wordware Game Developer's Library)
Designing Arcade Computer Game Graphics (Wordware Game Developer's Library)

This will help you make your on Pixeling Art games! This large book will help you with what it takes to make that pixel game!

 
2.
Mastering Pixels: 3D: A Comprehensive Guide (A comprehensive guide conquering 3D graphics series)
Mastering Pixels: 3D: A Comprehensive Guide (A comprehensive guide conquering 3D graphics series)

This is for the Mac User, this will tell you everything you need to know about all pixeling on a Mac with Mac:3D!!!

 

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terenceyap07 7 years ago from Singapore

Thranax!!!

Welcome back, buddy!!!

It's good to have you back here, my friend. I've missed you.

*smiles*


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Interesting hub- never thought about doing pixeling art!


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WHoArtNow 7 years ago from Leicester, UK

Great hub, I'm a fan of pixel towns, they just look so retro and early "Mario"

*Thumbs Up*


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very easy demonstration on how to do pixel art and I think this would be easy for anything to try. I am into old fashion drawing, but I love to edit pictures on the computer of course. Thanks for the tips.


dafla 7 years ago

Many moons ago, I used to make my own avatar dollz with blank bodies and pixel art. I never worked at it enough to get the shading quite right, but it was fun. Difficult, but fun.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very interesting hub. Your video was fun to watch. I have never tried pixel art but will come back to this hub to read again if I wish to try it. Thanks!


MrSmiley 7 years ago

Wow! Pixel art is something I have to try now. Thanks for sharing the stuff here, and for the video tutorial!


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Connie Ho 6 years ago from Montreal, Canada

Interesting and informative. Yes, anything can indeed be art, including pixel and other computer generated art! Perhaps we can have more hubs on different types of art.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

This is a great hub, and I have done many things on MS Paint, so I know how it works, but when I watched your video, I did not see how you got that background grid. It was too fast. Maybe my MSPaint is too old. It is the Windows XP version.

Don't you think that after the text processors, MS Paint is the best thing that Windows has come up with ever? I still remember the day (and the hour) when for the first time it popped up by accident in the middle of the MSWord document, when I was new to all of it and just could not believe the things that were happening.


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thranax 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA Author

@Blue parrot

I did the video on an XP machine, the some one im on now. The Grid is there and it is tricky but simple to put on just follow this:

1.Go to View

2. Go to Zoom

3. Click Custom

4. Click 400, 600, or 800%

5. Go back to Zoom and click "Show Grid" or CTRL + G

Hope that Helps you and anyone else,

~thranax~


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

Thank you very much. I'll try, not now, but this week end.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

It works.

Thanks again.


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mysteriousmaven 5 years ago from The Internet

Great hub! ;)

I've often seen pixel art done in various places online, from using it entirely for websites to using it for games, and I've always been amazed at the simultaneous simplicity and complexity.

Have always been wondering how people go about doing it, so thanks for sharing those resources! :)

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