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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.
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Salamandro-Art's avatar
I was looking for something just like this
MarcellaD20's avatar
Really nice pixel art Blockatiel pixel over 
zyranica's avatar
I'm planning to do a pixel art. Thank you for this tutorial! :D (Big Grin) 
kaitenjigoku's avatar
I just started doing pixel art and finding you're work has been a big help. you are awesome 
Bleachington's avatar
wow! this is really nice! can you make a tutorial on making ground?
Tyme-Canary's avatar
What if all you have is Gimp? I'd like to try pixel art, but I have no idea how to with Gimp.
Alfredopizzaluver151's avatar
Google it. And if Gimp doesn't have it, try Krita or other free drawing programs.
R3D3R's avatar
This is the exact tutorial I wanted to find, thank you very much. :D
An-Pseudonymous's avatar
This piece looks great but it looks more like digital art on a really small scale rather than pixel art. If you use tools that create different colors on their own, you're not doing pixel art correctly (ie. blending, blurring). Also it should never be saved in .jpg format. 
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Gladiatore79's avatar
Congratulations great job !! Sent you to add your work in my group, thank you: game-art-pixel.deviantart.com/
100LittleDreams's avatar
These are so cute. ouo
Buhrollthebass's avatar
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
wow really nice :0
popabeat's avatar
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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KeziahNutmeg's avatar
This is very helpful, thank you :)
IllustSee's avatar
thanks for the tutorial :D  
so cool...
AgentKnopf's avatar
WoW great tutorial, thank you sooo much :iconinulolplz: !!
tabby-kat18's avatar
i think i might use this as a refrence because the trees looks so easy
Lawless-Sun's avatar
This is simply smashing!
I'm definitely going to look back at this a lot.
Anyways Great Job with this!
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