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Pixel Tutorial: Beach Background
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Published: July 9, 2012
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THIS TUTORIAL IS FOR YOU TO LEARN FROM, NOT TO COPY OR TRACE OVER PIXEL BY PIXEL.

Base of the doll featured at the end: JuliePM.deviantart.com/art/Hey…
Base of surfboard is a QBee.com exclusive

This is a tutorial that shows how I made my beach background for my Beach Baby Doll. It's got a lot
of ideas that can be used for other beach and waterscape scenes, such as the kind of hues for the
water and the sky and when to dither and when to AA. It is NOT an explanation of colour picking,
dithering or AA themselves, but involves those things. Watch out for tutorials in the future for those
 things specifically, I simply can't cover them all in one tutorial :faint:

:bulletred: Does require the user to have small, basic knowledge of terminology such as "dithering",
"AA" and "hue". Therefore I would recommend this for intermediate difficulty and above. :bulletred:

Tools: PS CS4, Pjuk Hand Pixel Font, Pjuk Simple Pixel Font

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pixel-nerd's avatar
pixel-nerd|Student Digital Artist
oh this really helped! thank you so much! 
i kinda failed on the colour fading thing cuz it looks like its cut
but thanks for the tutorial! 
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
I'd suggest just keep having a go at large gradients, I did a lot of them before deciding on a process that seemed to work for me, it certainly wasn't overnight xD
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pixel-nerd|Student Digital Artist
thanks for the advice! ^^//
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Bulldoggenliebchen's avatar
awesome! THX for this tutorial!
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome c:
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SonicUS1000|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job, but it's hard for me using Gimp and Paint. ^^;
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Pixel art is the same no matter which program you use, they are all hand placed pixels.
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SonicUS1000|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I can see it now.
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Sugary-Cakes|Student General Artist
hey where's the background for this tutorial?It's perfect for this animation im making.
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Umm.. it's my artwork, it's not for you to go cutting up into pieces for your own art, it's actually a tutorial to learn to make backgrounds on your own. Please don't steal my work.
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Sugary-Cakes|Student General Artist
oh ok.I was just wondering because i can't find any beach sprites at all.
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ethereal-foxx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good and I could never do it exactly like you haha! I used it to help me with this, just with my own style and spin on it: [link]
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it c: Nice work C:
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ethereal-foxx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Peachy-Pixels|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the great tutorial
backgrounds are a weak area of mine
but my first try isn't too bad [link]
thank youss :heart:
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Maybe try varying the angle of the ocean itself, since that same one isn't always right for every perspective, but I looove how the sky is going, awesome work C:
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Peachy-Pixels|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~
Yeah the beach did look a little weird, thanks for the advice!
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emiemi345|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! It really takes a lot of patience to execute this properly, doesn't it? :D
This really helped me with the background for [link] Thanks! :heart:
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
It does, but it's worth it C:

Oh you mean in picking the colours?
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emiemi345|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant the whole thing (doing the sky, the ocean, etc.) :D ;P
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Oh I see, because I couldn't see dithering, so I wasn't sure if meant colour picking or if my eyes are really bugging out (which they do from strain sometimes haha )
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xMeganiumx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those waves look like PMD2 (when the Krabby blows the bubbles at the beach) lol..did you draw them?


Thanks, though the only thing I was interested to learn from was the dithering effect.
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ClefairyKid|Professional Digital Artist
Uh I don't rip sprites if that's what you mean? :lmao: I pixel it all myself, but I rely on a lot of manual aa to make things look ok :P
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xMeganiumx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik i just said it looks like the waves from PMD2 when the krabby blows bubbles

Yeah I didn't know there was AA in Pixel art D:
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