Here's my latest pixel tutorial. This isn't a hard tutorial, but it is a long one because of all the different colors I've used. I'm providing you with an outline and my color charts, but feel free to change things around as you wish.
Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.
My pixel outline in PSP format. You may download it here.
My image is just a guide. Feel free to change the colors, apply cutouts or not, or add other effects to your liking. I put everything on its own layer (and name each one). That way you can easily go back and change colors later and correct any mistakes you've made. It makes a lot of layers, but it also keeps things organized and will save you a lot of heartache.
It makes it easier if you enlarge your graphic (use your magnifier tool) so you can see the pixels clearly. Feel free to save my images in this tut too, and enlarge them as necessary to see.
The basic procedure for each piece will be the same. You'll add a new layer. Set your paintbrush to size 1. Paint the outline of the piece in a darker color and then paint the inside in a lighter color. I've applied a cutout to some pieces, usually using the same color as its outline color; however, sometimes I use a lighter color, an entirely different color, and sometimes I apply two cutouts.
To apply the cutout, select and float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the selection. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color will change for each selection). For some items, I repeated the cutout, changing the horizontal and vertical to -1 instead. Then [Hint: When you're going to add a cutout, set your foreground or background color to the shadow color you're going to use. Then, when you apply your cutout, just right click on the shadow color box and choose the color from the recent colors displayed there.]
Step 1. Open up a new image 200 x 200 .
Open up the pixel outline you downloaded. Copy>paste it as a new layer onto your canvas.
Step 2. I've made a guide for the flower numbers and colors I've used for each one. The flowers are numbered. The "L" is leaves and the "V" is the vase.
Now just follow the steps described above for each numbered item above (remember to put each color on its own layer).
When applying the colors to a section, I start with the outline and work my way inside, and that's the way the colors will be ordered for each item, so for instance, I'd do the outline, the inner bit, and then the cutout for the inner bit, and continue inward that way.
Here are the #'s for the pieces, along with the color charts for each. As you're working with a section, you may find it easier to copy the color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas (or, alternatively, you can just drag it onto your canvas - just make sure it's on a new layer). Move it to the top of your canvas out of the way.
Step 4. I decided to give mine a bit more depth by adding drop shadows to each of the individual flower bits, but that's optional. If you want to do it, just hide all layers except the piece you want to save. For example, if you're saving flower #1, hide everything, but those layers of color. Merge visible layers. Copy. Now undo the merge. Paste as a new layer. Just repeat this process until you have merged copies of all your pieces.
For each drop shadow you apply, add a new layer and apply the drop shadow (effects>3d effects>drop shadow). Use horizontal and vertical of +1 to +3 and -1 to -3, blur to 4, and opacity to 100. The angle depends on which piece you're working with and where you want the drop shadow to be. If you have your drop shadow on its own layer, you can just slide the opacity lever of that layer down until you find something you like. Experiment.
Step 5. Once you have things to your liking, hide your background layer and merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you prefer (I always save in psp format).
And that's it, all done. Whew! How are your eyes? Pixels are fun, but they are tough on the eyes, and this image had sooooooo many colors. I hope you've survived this one, and I'd really love to see your creations.
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This tutorial was created on January 8, 2005.
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