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How to make Pixel Art in Paint.net


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This is what we will be making.




You can use your own image, or use one from my Pixel Art Shapes Pack found here


Pixel Art Shapes and How to Add them to the Shapes Folder in Paint.net


Open Paint.net and set the canvas to 100 x 100.


New Layer and Draw your shape, or, use one from the Shapes Pack, with the Shift held down in the center of the canvas (smaller than the actual canvas).


Uncheck the background layer in order to see the pixels better.




Zoom in close.


On the new layer, using the pencil tool, begin to paint each pixel.  If you don't want an outline, paint over the lines.


Tip:  To remove a painted pixel, right click on your mouse.





To draw a solid line just DRAG the pencil across the canvas.  For closer work, use the pencil one pixel at a time.






Obviously one must try to get the blocks of color symmetrical and blocky.


You can save the image in a larger size for 'showing' in a larger size like this.


After you flatten the image Go To:  Image Re-size - & change the size and use Re-sampling and Nearest Neighbor.













Happy Pixel Making :D .














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@ Pixey....this looks absolutely time-consuming. Brings back memories when the 'Atari' gaming system came out. Pong, Breakout, Space Invaders...We were living the life back then!  Ha!   ;)


Nice tutorial!  Thank you for sharing.   :)

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