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    Posted by rhlstudios at 5/20/2015 4:18:00 PM | 0 comments

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    Posted by rhlstudios at 5/20/2015 4:14:00 PM | 0 comments

    Part 3 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants

    Posted by rhlstudios at 5/20/2015 4:13:00 PM | 0 comments

    Part 2 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants

    Posted by rhlstudios at 5/20/2015 4:12:00 PM | 0 comments

    Part 1 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants

    Posted by elilaos173 at 5/12/2015 10:45:00 AM | 0 comments

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    Posted by jenninexus at 5/12/2015 4:20:00 AM | 0 comments

    While researching styles & techniques for pixel art, I've been compiling good finds (tutorials and examples) here on this Pinterest board :-)

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 5/8/2015 6:34:00 AM | 0 comments

    Think you know everything about finding images online? You don't.

    A picture is worth 1,000 words. And that's just in the "physical world." Online, the 1,000 words:1 picture ratio is a gross understatement. Up here in Webbernetland, words are damn near meaningless. Most of what passes for "written communication" is a bunch of barely coherent word sneezes punctuated with hashtags, emoji, and nonsensical text-talk.

    If you really want to get a point across, images are where it's at! I don't want to hear about your vacation, I just want to see pictures of you snorkeling and pointing at exotic sealife! Don't tell me how you're feeling when an animated Family Guy gif will more than suffice. Is there really anything you can tell me that a Game of Thrones screengrab won't? SRSLY.

    Thankfully, Google is here to facilitate our species' downward spiral into the lingual apocalypse via a robust image search function. We've previously delved into some of the cool little tricks available in regular Google search—most of which are still relevant in the image side of things. But there's an additional bag of little tricks specific to the image side of search that you may not be taking full advantage of.

    Backwards Image Search

    Once upon a time this feature was only available to Chrome users, but now all the major browsers allow backward Google image searches. With this function, users can simply upload an image (or image URL) and find out where else that image exists online or even just find images that are visually similar.

    Just go to the images.google.com start page and click the little camera icon in the search box to prompt a pop-up box where you will find the option to paste an image URL or upload an image from your computer. Conversely, you can even just drag an image from your desktop into the search box.

    Search History

    Whether you are aware of the fact or not, Google keeps a scarily detailed list of your all your Web doings. That's how it optimizes your eyeballs and sell them to advertisers. Feel like you're being used? Maybe you are. But keep in mind that's also how the company manages to keep all its neat little Web tools—like Maps, Gmail, and search—free to use.

    Google is at least transparent about how it does business. The company gives you the option to view (and edit) the detailed online diary you might not have known you were keeping.

    If you have a Google account (i.e. a Gmail account), you can view your online dossier by heading over to history.google.com (you'll probably be asked to log in to your account). Here you'll find a list of recent Web searches—including your Google image queries. You have the option to peruse your past queries via the search bar at the top of the page or just look back through time by clicking the older button at the bottom. You can revisit these old searches, or—should you feel the need to—delete them from your Google record by clicking the little box next to them and then hitting the Remove items button at the top of the page.

    Advance Search Options

    When you conduct an image search, you'll see a long list of choices to click on at the top of the page. At the far-right end of the option bar, you'll see a Search tools button. Click that, and it will highlight a bunch of advanced options, each with its own pull-down menu. Let's go through each one:

    Size: This gives you a variety of choices in regards to physical image size including Large, Medium, and Icon. You can even get really specific by choosing the Larger than… or Exactly… options.

    Color: Here you will find the default Any color option as well as Full color and Black and White. Transparent means that the image has a clear background—this option is probably only of use to graphic designers who want to add an image into an existing picture. At the bottom of the pull-down menu, you'll find 12 smaller color boxes that you can click on—this will return images where that color is featured prominently.

    Type: This allows you to filter further for the images you do want, including Face (images where a human face is prominent); Photo (no clip art, animated gifs, or line drawings); Clip art (helps you get your MS Paint on); Line drawing (for when you want to do some coloring); Animated (you'll have to click on the image to see it in motion, otherwise the page would be chaos).

    Time: Allows you to search within different time ranges. Why does this matter? Take a look at the difference in top image searches for "Bill Cosby" in November 2013 and those from November 2014. Notice a difference in the choice of images (and facial expressions) people on the Web were using?

    Usage rights: This allows you to search just for images that you can legally reuse based on their stated license, the most liberal option here being Labeled for reuse with modification (a lot of Wikipedia files here) down to Labeled for noncommercial use (meaning you can't use it in any commercial endeavors). For more, check out How to Find Free Stock Photos That Aren't Terrible.

    And More

    If you're looking for the naughty stuff, you can toggle the default Safe Search in the top-right corner, which will prompt a pull-down menu. Also, if you really want to get into the image weeds, you can do an "Advanced" image search via the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. This will prompt a new screen, which will allow you to really drill down into the search terms and allow you to search with multiple filters in one easy UI.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 5/6/2015 11:41:00 AM | 0 comments

    Welcome to the world of Hal Lasko, The “Pixel Painter”.

    “Grandpa Hal” as he was better known, made paintings that may resemble a classic 8-bit video game but upon closer inspection many are calling it fine art.

    All of Hal’s pieces were lovingly if a bit tediously crafted by guiding a computer mouse through a decades-old software application. It's hard to imagine such a level of complexity could be achieved in something as simple as Microsoft Paint. Yet Lasko's art gives proof in the pixels.

    Lasko did all of his painting despite challenges that could’ve ended his passion for painting.  In his later years, he suffered from wet macular degeneration, an age-related, chronic eye disease which severely limits the center of his field of vision. It's a formidable handicap for anyone, but especially someone who'd made a living off his artist's eye.

    Long before age began to take its toll on Lasko, he'd enjoyed a successful career as an artist of a different sort than what he's become. He started out as a graphic designer, working in the military during World War II drafting maps. After his military career, he worked on creative projects for several companies and eventually retired from American Greetings in the 1970s. Throughout it all he would paint at home to satisfy his artistic urges.

    But the older Lasko got and the less he could see, the harder it became for him to paint. Things changed for Lasko when his family gave him a computer as an 85th birthday present.

    His new PC came loaded with Microsoft Paint software. The program was developed in the '80s but gained popularity with the release of the Windows 95 operating system in 1995. In today's Age of the iPad, Paint might be viewed as more kitsch than cutting edge. But Paint's easy interface and pixel precision allowed Lasko to journey down a new artistic path with a style that could be considered retro cool.

    "When I got the computer and saw what the Paint program offered, I started a whole new career almost. It's so easy for me to handle," Lasko said. "Every time I paint on it, I'm trying to do something that's approaching fine art."

    With help from his grandson Ryan and Ryan’s friend Josh, Lasko has shared his work and story with the world. He hoped that people who see his work will understand that age and handicaps may challenge you, but they shouldn't stop you from pursuing what you love.

    "I get a lot of assistance because of my handicaps, but I don't treat them as handicaps because I still think I can do some painting," Lasko said. "I discovered quite a long time ago that this was my thing, and I just love to paint."

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 4/23/2015 8:47:00 AM | 0 comments
    PIXEL is an LED display for pixel art. Simply select the art from PIXEL's free apps on your Android, PC, Mac, or Raspberry Pi. After that, PIXEL runs in stand alone mode with no device connection necessary. Or leave your device connected and use PIXEL in interactive mode for things like Twitter feeds, interactive GIFs using the optional proximity sensor, and camera video phone feeds.

    Posted by Orzie at 4/20/2015 11:02:00 PM | 0 comments

    One of the largest VK pages dedicated to pixel art. The language is Russian.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 4/20/2015 7:01:00 AM | 1 comments

    SPARTAN (Small Pixel Art Animator) is a freeware pixel art painting program specialised in creating small animated sprites for games.  As of version 1.2 it also includes a parametric toolkit for creating pixel art tiles generatively using a modular and visually editable set of procedural components.


    • Draw, Line, Circle, Ellipse, Fill, Select, Move and Pick Colour tools, set up to provide complementary functions on left- and right-click.
    • Hierarchical data structure that allows you to easily build up multi-animation, multi-direction, multi-frame, multi-layer sprites.
    • The ability to create linked frames and layers, where updates made to one are automatically applied to the other.  Makes it easy to maintain and create variants of animated sprites.
    • Freeform ‘scratch pad’ palette, which can be saved separately and re-used.
    • Colour mixing (on the palette, hold shift and right-click on a colour to mix with the current one)
    • Flip and 90º rotation tools
    • Colour replacement tool – can recolour all the frames in the sprite at once
    • Generate outline tool
    • Mirror editing mode
    • Optional pixel grid
    • Preview tools: horizontal and vertical tiling (for doing repeating textures), onion skinning (for animating), 1:1 Zoom quick-toggle.
    • Variable-speed animation preview (that you can draw in while animating, to produce natural movements).
    • Batch import and export
    • Export to icon (.ico) and animated .gif formats
    • Sprite sheet generation, automatically packing multiple sprites, frames etc. into one image and outputting a markup text file.  Allows sprite padding to prevent texture bleeding and has the option to limit the spritesheet image to power-of-two or square sizes.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 4/20/2015 6:45:00 AM | 0 comments

    Alex Hanson-White AlexHW, primarily creates pixel-art for a living. In his free time he codes video games. Recently he been developed an online pixel-art editor.
    Below are a few features that Alex feels set this editor apart from the rest.

    • Pixel with others simultaneously! With all my years of pixeling, I've never came across a tool with this ability that is geared towards pixel artists. I believe it will be useful for game projects with multiple artists or for quick gamejam asset creation between collaborators. It can also be great for tutoring sessions, or other fun collaborations.
    • You can record the entire process and also replay it. This allows everyone to share and relive each other's work step by step, offering an exciting way to appreciate a work of art. You can also branch off anywhere in the replay and pixel it a new direction.
    • The Colordex system that makes it easy to apply multiple colors intelligently with a single brush stroke while maintaining order of any specific color ramping you've defined. I was inspired by the HD Index Painting technique my friend Dan Fessler popularized, however I found that technique a hassle to manage, and the software expensive. The Colordex system I created solves these issues, allowing you to focus on pixeling. The best way to understand how it works is to experience it yourself.

    A PJ forum thread can be seen HERE

    Posted by LordOfSky at 4/19/2015 6:24:00 AM | 0 comments

    There is a free version and another one with more option but you have to pay £6.69/10$. Good for animation,spriting and lot's of other pixely things. Worth it's money!

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 4/17/2015 8:09:00 AM | 0 comments

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    PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.

    - Fully digitizer support with pressure.
    - Amazing anti-aliased drawings.
    - Highly accurate composition with 16bit ARGB channels.
    - Simple but powerful user interface, easy to learn.
    - Fully support Intel MMX Technology.
    - Data protection function to avoid abnormal termination such as bugs.

    his software has 31 days trial period. You can use this software with full function without fee during the first 31 days. (CAUTION: This software disable the file open/save functions immediately when 31 days trial period expired. It means that you lose painting since the saved point.)
    If you'd like to continue using this software after the 31 days trial period expired, you need to purchase the"Software License" from this site.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 4/9/2015 6:43:00 AM | 0 comments

    An online archive of thousands of arcade game advertisements dating back to the 1970s.

    Prepare to waste time.

    Posted by skeddles at 4/6/2015 9:56:00 AM | 0 comments

    Isometric grids can be very helpful for creating isometric pixel art. They will help you draw straight lines and keep your objects aligned. Here I will teach you how to create your own.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/5/2015 2:42:00 PM | 0 comments

    An explanation of how racing games are designed to give the illusion of movement, with a focus on programming and 16-bit era arcade games.

    Good for hobbyist programmers and game artists.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/5/2015 9:41:00 AM | 0 comments

    Wikipedia has a list of color palettes for many retro consoles, including demonstration pictures and palette templates. It also comes with information regarding technical limitations.

    Good for those trying to emulate a certain era with accuracy.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/3/2015 1:36:00 PM | 0 comments

    A tutorial site to learn basic web-based progamming languages, such as HTML and CSS.

    Good for complete beginners who want to create their own websites.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/3/2015 1:25:00 PM | 0 comments

    A comic series about hypotheticals, the modern world, life lessons, relateable characters, and what it means to really be a person.

    The art style is extremely detailed, blending realism and exaggeration into a cartoon style. The writing teaches you about well-rounded characters that can carry the story on their own. The plot of each comic teaches you that you can reach all types of subjects while not even needing more than two characters.

    A top-tier comic series that will influence you for the better should you decide to read it.

    Posted by Jinn at 3/31/2015 9:52:00 PM | 0 comments

    GifCam has a nice idea where the app works like a camera that stays on top of all windows so you can move it and resize it to record your desired area. When you’re ready, just click a button to start recording.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/31/2015 1:15:00 PM | 0 comments

    A fun browser based Voxel tool, exports in PNG and GIF formats. Also available on mobile devices.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/31/2015 12:19:00 PM | 0 comments

    Voxel Builder is an open source tool that lets anyone design and edit 3D voxel (cube) models easily, right in their web browser.

    How it works

    Use the Builder to create and edit voxel (AKA cube) models.

    When you are done, export it as a PNG file (from the menu in Builder).

    You can manufacture your critter using either a 2D printer or a 3D printer.

    2D printer

    Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate pages. Print the pages so that each layer is a different page on a color printer. Then use scissors and glue to assemble each layer!

    3D printer

    Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate a 3D printable STL file.

    At this point in time there are over 1400 creations that have been made with Voxel Builder. Any of them can be loaded into the ndarray-stl demo.

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