Pixelating is a form of digital art that is, like the name suggests, drawing with pixels. If you don't know, pixels are little squares that make up all 2d digital images. They work just like the atoms of digital art. This page will show you how to pixelate.
- Find a good pixelating software, such as Paint.net, Gimp, or anything of your choice.
- Set the boundaries. Choose how many pixels wide and high it's going to be!
- Turn off anti-aliasing. Usually it's on an icon with a curved line, one blurry and one rigid. Turn on the rigid one, that will allow you to work with one pixel at a time, not one pixel and then some blurry pixels around it. Warning! Some apps make it so that you have to turn anti-aliasing off for every tool you use!
- Get to work! The base tools for drawing are pencils, which do one pixel at a time, paint brushes, that can be adjusted in size, or erasers, which are basically paint brushes except they make transparent.
- Make an outline or start somewhere easy. It really depends on your drawing style, and the amount of pixels. If you're working with 16x16, most of the time you don't have to make an outline.
- Fill in or continue. I only use about 2-5 colors for my pixels, but that gives them a cartoony look. Once again, it depends on your style. You can go wild, or keep simple.
- Finish up! Make it look good!
- I start with the head, work down to the body, then the legs, and then the arms. Warning, though, you may actually forget about his arms in the process!
- Add shading. Shading is what makes them look realistic.
- Look to the experts on youtube. Here's a good one! https://www.youtube.com/user/uheartbeast/videos
- Don't just make a sprite! Make a game, or put yourself out on the internet as a digital artist!