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How to start making pixel art #1

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Pixel Art Drawing

Pixel art is an art medium, like gouache, oil painting, pencil, sculpture or its close cousin mosaic. 

To make good pixel art you need to be able to make good drawings. In general, this means studying anatomy, perspective, light and shadow, colour theory and even art history.

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Tools For Pixel Art

Here’s a list of software commonly used for pixel art: 

  • Aseprite: Great professional editor with many time-saving features 
  • GraphicsGale: A classic, used in many games. It’s a little complex, but full of great features 
  • Piskel: Free online pixel art editor (free) 
  • Photoshop: Powerful image editor not intended to make pixel art but you can set it up to use it 

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Making a New File

Using Aseprite, one of the better applications(with a free downloadable trial version) that let us create pixel art, we can create a new file and start drawing pixel art.

Just click the “New File…” link on the home screen or go to File > New File.

The main tool is the pencil, which should always be kept with 1 Pixel of width. It will be how we place our Pixels on the canvas. On the left, you can see your colour palette, with some of the default colours.

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Saving Your File

In the trial version of Aseprite, saving is disabled, so we need to purchase the full software before saving our pixel art.

  • You will see that Aseprite can save in a variety of formats, but I always recommend keeping a .ase version of every file you make. 
  • Just like in Photoshop you would keep a .psd file. 
  • When exporting for web or games, you can use Control+Alt+Shift+S or File>Export.

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