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How to post pixel art on twitter
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Published: April 25, 2018
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Lil infograph on what to look out for if you want to post pixelart on twitter (since there is a fair bit of confusion)

The red haired char's name is Creya. She's my mascot =) (Smile)
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DavethXL's avatar
DavethXL|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your mascot
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Paumol|Student Filmographer
thanks to you, my animations were never blurred anymore. :love:
thank you very much for this twitter information

I really love your pixel art style >3<
hey...just in case ...
do you have any idea what would be the ideal size to upload pixel art in instagram? ^^;
or is that really impossible to do?
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Cyangmou|Professional Digital Artist
Heya Paumol.
I am glad this helped you and that you enjoy my art.
Actually I just set up an Instagram account, so I don't know what to do there yet, but if I find out I will make a similar chart, promised.
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RollToNotDie|Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, any progress on this part? Currently running into hurdle after hurdle of trying to post to instagram, with animations being the biggest headache.
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Cyangmou|Professional Digital Artist
no sorry, I have been on vacation and came back today.
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MadHatterWorkshop|Hobbyist General Artist
I love redhead, exactly in glasses :)
Btw, do you have any tutorial about creating colour palette or ramps?
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Cyangmou|Professional Digital Artist
I don't have any tuts on color, because there is not really a "right way" to do it and a lot comes down to pure personal preference.
So it's a very challenging topic on its own merits.
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Avering's avatar
What about shading? That's a bit less subjective thing. I'd certainly appreciate it.
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MadHatterWorkshop|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for reply :)
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shanenopolis|Professional Digital Artist
Great suggestion about the last frame timing on the animations. I've been wondering how to fix my loops. Thanks!
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Captain-Supreme|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I tried posting a gif earlier this week and it got all blown up
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Cool good to know. I shall mark this for if I ever do stuff. 
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JustinGameDesign|Professional Digital Artist
Are you sure 506x506 is the resolution you want? I did some testing with other pixel artists on Twitter recently, and screenshots showed that size still got squashed by a couple pixels on some displays. 504x504 worked though.

On my PC 506x506 is the exact size for a Twitter post. It's just that others showed me that my images still got squashed on their screens.

Interested if you've found otherwise or could explain more.

Thanks for sharing.
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Cyangmou|Professional Digital Artist
depends if the image is animated or not.
for static ones i never experienced any issues with 506x506

ALthough today I heard that For gif animation it works with 504x504 but gets squashed if you open it.
Although saving it big enough really helps there with compression for animations.

So no idea, so far nobody seemed to encounter any problems with 506x506 except your friends?
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JustinGameDesign|Professional Digital Artist
I only got a couple contradictory responses last time I polled people. I was expecting none, though, so it left me unsure. I tweeted you a copy of my test template and the results saved by another pixel artist. Maybe you can poll your own followers.

Pedro Medeiros posts animated gif tutorials on Twitter. The raw GIFs on his Patreon are 512x512, but lately, they seem to be squashed to display at 506x506 on Twitter, even though the actual MP4 file that's playing is 512x512.

Compare his Twitter MP4s with the Patreon GIFs and see if it's the same for you.

twitter.com/saint11
www.patreon.com/saint11

Personally, I wish they'd just release a formatting doc for artists, so we wouldn't need to test for changes over time.
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DNABeast|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too have found issues with 506px wide images. I think it might have something to do with the relative height. Most of my images are around 260px high and 506px distorts the image. I use 505px. This is on Chrome.
I do wish Twitter wasn't quite so "clever" when it comes to images.
invisiblespiders.com/pixeldail…
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JustinGameDesign|Professional Digital Artist
The issue reported to me was also in Chrome.

If you want to test it: twitter.com/JustinGameDev/stat…

I see the distortion in the link above, but not when the image is viewed on my profile. Again, it seems to only be an issue in Chrome.
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