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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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MarcellaD20 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Really nice pixel art Blockatiel pixel over 
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:iconzyranica:
zyranica Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm planning to do a pixel art. Thank you for this tutorial! :D (Big Grin) 
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kaitenjigoku Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
I just started doing pixel art and finding you're work has been a big help. you are awesome 
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:iconbleachington:
Bleachington Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! this is really nice! can you make a tutorial on making ground?
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:icontyme-canary:
Tyme-Canary Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What if all you have is Gimp? I'd like to try pixel art, but I have no idea how to with Gimp.
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Alfredopizzaluver151 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Google it. And if Gimp doesn't have it, try Krita or other free drawing programs.
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:iconr3d3r:
R3D3R Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is the exact tutorial I wanted to find, thank you very much. :D
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An-Pseudonymous Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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LunaticMcQueen88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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ChristianPerich Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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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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CGCookie 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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CGCookie 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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CGCookie 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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CGCookie 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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