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Top 5 Basic Tips for Pixel Art by Cyangmou Top 5 Basic Tips for Pixel Art by Cyangmou
5 things I'd recommend to anyone who starts out with pixel art

I Revamped this today, completely changed the style, enhanced points and added a few notes here and there.
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Fahnder99 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
Nicely done! Whats better with gimp 2.6.12, whats lost on the newer versions (I work with 2.8.4) ? To me the eraser is a bit bad, but apart from that?
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I used gimp 2.8.1 and 2.8.3
Both are atrocious in terms of their selection and the way the brushes work because the program shifts more toward sbeing an popen source photoshop.

I recommend the old one, because it's the program I am working with since 2010 for static images and no other program seems to come even close to it in terms of efficiency or sucks majorly in one of the core basic featurs.
I am valueing selection, the pencil, the colorpicker and the basic tools i need 95% during my day as professional artist.
If programs have fancy uber-engineered features you probably use once or twice per day (e.g. pyxeledit, aseprite or graphicsgale have all some exceptional feautres) I am just firing them up 10 minutes for the feature i need them.
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Ecarus1345 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
wow, thank you a lot!
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Akkari Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
more tutorials, please :P
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
any suggestions?
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:iconakkari:
Akkari Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
animations, maybe :)
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
noted.
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CaramelPuffpuff Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Can you explain the gray colors and the eye / brain scientist? .3. I wanna know if I can paint my cupcakes gray. >w<
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
your brain actually adjusts contrasts.
If you drive a car and get from bright sunlight in a dark tunnel you are blinded.
Pretty much the same happens on a bright7dark canvas, bc. your eyes adjust telling the real color is hard.
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Noncivilisedeye Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, sir. Your tips and tutorials have helped me improve my pixel artwork immensely, probably more so than any other single resource.  
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I am glad that you like them and that they helped you =)
Happy pixelling.
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bmkorkut Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Good points and loved the transformation at the end.

I would like to add Paint.NET to the tool list, a free alternative.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
those are just my personal recommendations.
i never worked with paint.net extensively therefore I don't know where it excels compared to the other software i mentioned and therefore I neither can nor can't recommend it.
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Glisean Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
Is that base sketch you used at the bottom what you pixeled over?
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yeah that's the first rough sketch for the image.
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dokitsu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question, if you don't mind.

Do you work with an established color palette for those games?
I mean, before starting everything, you wisely selected or researched your own, and limited palette.
If so, how much color count you estimate you use on them?

Thanks for the tips.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Depends on the project.
If it's NES or so, sure i go with the NES colors.
Also everybody has colors the y like.

It's a delicate topic, suually it's good to look at stuff which kinda looks like the stuff you like and see how it's made.
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dokitsu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, yeah indeed you'll need NES palette if you're going to develop for NES.
Maybe I was talking more about for PC indie games.

It's just 'cos I've seen lots of PC games without indexed color, and ones that were created developing 8, 16, 32... or whatever number of colors.
Thanks.
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Dragonstuff801 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is some cool advice. as a pixel artist i agree grey canvas really helps.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
it really helps =D
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RedSpotSylphina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for interesting advices :)
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JestanDA Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I constantly wonder about many of these things, I'm really glad someone finally took the time to explain them in such a simple an organised manner, many thanks Cyangmou.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
well they have been in my gallery for roughly 4 years now.
I just enhanced the readability and structure a bit more, but it's quite hard to find this stuff i guess unless you know where to look for.
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jaredjlee Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good advice.
I will make sure to use it.
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TRUEvector Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Those 2 frames - sketch vs ready image - one of the most satisfying things I ever see.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
=D
THanks, glad you enjoyed that.
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BLACKMASK-COMICS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
More tips... Excellent! :D
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WhotchaBerry Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
Thank you for this! Always handy to have tips
I use Firealpaca right now and find it ok for pixels, though on no pro and do pretty simple ones
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
never heard of it. I only recommended software I use/used extensively.
I am glad you enjoyed it.
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Mascot1063 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
You are a legend.. and are now my favorite pixel artist... 
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Great tips!
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ziltoid1991 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can also suggest GraphX, especially if somebody really doesn't want to go way overboard with the colors, or want to optimize their art for retro systems.
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Raidot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
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wery good and important tips)
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
very basic stuff I'd have loved to know as I began :D
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Raidot Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Anything else for the beginners?
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Zaitsu-Hatter Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Best advice I can ever receive. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this, I'll be sure to keep these in mind. :)
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
glad that I could help you
I hope you have a lot more fun with pixel art in future =)
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hobocookie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This was really helpful, thank you!
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
cool, feel free to share it =)
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hobocookie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Will do!
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hul78 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Searching for isometric walk cycles,  I found your gallery
Great artwork, and thanks for the tips
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Lanarky Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Great advice, and glad to see some memorable names from Pixelation over here too!
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is excellent, thank you!
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Corvalian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
That optical illusion blew my mind. I had to bring the whole thing into Photoshop, use the eyedropper, and paint some brushstrokes before I believed it.
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kutoal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Pretty god, thank you!!
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Banished-Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is incredibly helpful! I've been trying to branch off from using MSPaint and didn't know where to begin.
Thank you very much!
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AGA-99 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
NIIIICE tips txs bro
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Mr-Hades Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very good advice! Thanks!
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MotorRoach Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
This seems pretty handy, would really help people who are still getting into pixel art.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that's the idea =)
Newcomers seem to pop up quite commonly.
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