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Can Paint.net create pixelated versions of graphic images? If so, can it create pixelations where the pixels are not a rectangular (XxY) grid, but where every other row of pixels are offset by half a pixel?

 

I bought a box of PinBlock building blocks for the grandkids. (www.pinblock.com) They are a little like Legos, but much simpler. One of the things they are good at is building pixelated versions of images. Here's an example from their website:

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The problem is that they do not provide any software for generating the templates or maps. So the kids are left to wing it freehand. That's OK, but tedious and error prone.

I found some pixelation software, but there is another problem. In order for a flat project to stay together, each row of blocks must overlap the previous one by half a block so that they lock together. Otherwise, it is just a bunch of independent vertical columns that are loose.

 

I asked about this over on ThePhotoForum. One member recommended Paint.net. He said there is a feature he called a "bricks" pattern that looked like it might do what I need. If I overlay a bricks pattern on a graphic image, can Paint.net then convert each pixel (brick) to a uniform color.

 

Here's a link to my thread over there: https://www.thephotoforum.com/threads/pixelation-software.444134/.

 

Even better, can I give it a list of the colors of the pin blocks that I have and have it convert each pixel to the nearest color that I have?

 

Thanks,

 

-jm

 

 

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12 hours ago, Jennifer Murphy said:

Can Paint.net create pixelated versions of graphic images? If so, can it create pixelations where the pixels are not a rectangular (XxY) grid, but where every other row of pixels are offset by half a pixel?

Half pixels do not exist! A pixel (picture-element) is the smallest quantity of a digital image. There are no fractions or divisions of a pixel.

Your concept and use of the word 'pixel' is different than what is technically meant by the term. All images create in Paint.NET are pixelated because the software only create 'raster' (bitmapped) images.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raster_graphics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixelation

The 'offset' feature that you are asking about has very little to do either pixels or pixelation in the instance that you have presented!

On my monitor and using Paint.NET with a canvas of 1000h x 750v pixels, I would have to zoom into my image to 300% before I see the representation pixels on the screen. I feel pretty assured that you are not talking about doing art on the pixel level unless you are working with small images such as icons and 8bit video games.

True Pixel Art Video Turorials For Paint.Net:

https://youtu.be/Sg1bgO7HrkY

https://youtu.be/8pyBg3pql0w

https://youtu.be/5vb1HXpydOk

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