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Pixel Art Tutorial Chart by ConceptCookie Pixel Art Tutorial Chart by ConceptCookie
Check out the course here: [link]
Hello and welcome to the the first level of the Pixel Course: the Fundamentals

Through this creature course, Tim Von Rueden takes a closer look at creating pixel art while in Photoshop CS5 using a Wacom Intuos4 tablet.

What you’ll learn in this course

This course is set to teach you the fundamentals of pixel art from learning the different terms to setting up Photoshop to work specifically for pixel art. We will go through the pixel specific terms such as anti-aliasing, dithering, pillow shading, and outlining, to help better understand pixel art. From there we will take a quick look at color and how to use techniques such as hue shifting to give your work a boost in value and saturation on such a small scale. For each of the objects we will be creating (rock, tree, character) I will take a classic and modern approach to show different ways of going about the many different styles of pixel art.



The resources included in this course

The resources are in the downloadable source files and contain the following: The pixel art brushes that are used throughout the course, a custom font for quick pixel writing, a chart explaining each of the pixel art terms, a collection guide giving a step by step look at how to create the rock, tree, and character, the pixel .PSD containing every pixel creation that was made during the course along with examples for you to look at, and finally a Pixel Character Base, which you can take and create your own character to post in the gallery below!
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:iconanimelias:
animelias Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice art bro
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Gladiatore79 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Congratulations great job !! Sent you to add your work in my group, thank you: game-art-pixel.deviantart.com/
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100LittleDreams Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are so cute. ouo
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Buhrollthebass Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Artist
it's really good as I'm working on improving pixel art I'm getting inspiration from different sprites from SNES Genesis etc.... and this is actually a different style that is really cool.

Thanks I think you just made pop my mind and I feel like a strange door opened in the back of my head.


Sometimes I got lost while doing pixel art on my own because I want to do everything at the same time but when I look at your chart I rethink.... "what was my step 1 and step 2 etc ?" that's a really good way of doing it and I feel like I'm not loosing my time working like this.


Thanks a lot
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inkl3e Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow really nice :0
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:iconpopabeat:
popabeat Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Very well done! You probably shouldn't have saved it as a Jpeg though. That compression artifacting takes away from your pixel-precise designs.
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:iconthemagicofbeingbored:
i <3 ur drawing style
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:iconcedifra:
cedifra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Beautiful!
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:iconkeziahnutmeg:
KeziahNutmeg Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
This is very helpful, thank you :)
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:iconillustsee:
IllustSee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the tutorial :D  
so cool...
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:iconagentknopf:
AgentKnopf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
WoW great tutorial, thank you sooo much :iconinulolplz: !!
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tabby-kat18 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
i think i might use this as a refrence because the trees looks so easy
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:iconlawless-sun:
Lawless-Sun Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply smashing!
I'm definitely going to look back at this a lot.
Anyways Great Job with this!
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ALegendIsBorn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so boss.
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:iconray9:
Ray9 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well well... thats actually isnt a pixel art cause the of the smooth gradients, anti-aliasing and transparncy. Much more like speed paint. No offenct mate, as game sprites those are really cool!
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:iconpendrakeon:
pendrakeon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Transparency is perfectly allowed in pixel art. Don't be ridiculous.
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:iconray9:
Ray9 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. But the pixel transparecy, not the smooth one.
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:iconroadzero:
RoadZero Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't anti-aliasing a part of pixel art?..
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:iconray9:
Ray9 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah well. Anti-aliasing is the thing that differs pixel art sprites from common ones.
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:iconroadzero:
RoadZero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and also it was created with pencil tool, so, I think, it can be considered as pixel-art?
And here's one example of what's clearly speedpaint :)
[link]
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Lacroa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
By that I meant you need to set the palette properly and use limited colors and control how they transition to each other. Here's a good reference aside from the Pixeljoint one: pix3m.deviantart.com/art/Pixel…
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Lacroa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This isn't pixel art if the antialiasing is caused by a brush tool than manually doing it by your hand D:
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:iconray9:
Ray9 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh... i cant decide now :P
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:iconvertous:
Vertous Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Artist
Dude this is stellar work here!
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconvertous:
Vertous Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Artist
welcome!
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Marco-Pato Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I'm lookin' at the first couple step and I think, "Yeah, ok!" and right around step six and seven it changes to "uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm......."
This is amazing
in fact
everything I've seen so far is amazing
Great job! Don't be surprised if I start "faving" everything in your gallery.
X3
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol thanks so much! It's awesome to hear stuff like this =]
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:iconmarco-pato:
Marco-Pato Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
You are so Very welcome!
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DarklyWhite Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
This is super.
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ErKraY Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
thank you
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dully101 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Link? :nuu:
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fixed :D
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dully101 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Nice
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Your link doesn't link ?
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah thanks for pointing that out, it is now fixed!
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Happydaim Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Wow, I discover your gallery today and... thank you so much for what you do O.O <3
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, Our hope is to help those to grow and further their skill set in digital art!
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Izumiko-san Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cries of happiness because this is just the kind of pixel tutorial i needed, thank you so much, hopefully i'll make some great pixels using this
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Would love to see them when you are finished as well!
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AlainGalvan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, not to bash the course or anything, but I wouldn't really count this as standard pixel art. It's more of a course on pixelated digital paintings. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as there are quite a few games that use them, for example, Battle For Wesnoth. It's a great style and definitely worth delving into, but pixel art focuses on using very few colors (the trope is 15, plus one color allocated for transparency, though it can be more. ), lack of anti-aliased brushes, or brushes that have alpha channels, since that would add unnecessary colors. <:C

Like I said, I don't want to seem like I'm bashing it or anything, and I appreciate the hard work that was put into this course. ;D
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I fully agree with you. And in the course I go through six different ways of doing different styles of pixel art and the three in this picture are the less "traditional" ones. If you click the link though you can see I go through creating a 16 pixel dimension character, tree and rock as well, along with the terms such as anti-aliasing and dithering when working on such a small scale with a limited color palette. =]
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AlainGalvan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, alright then, so long as both schools are considered. ;D
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