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Questions tagged [pixel]

Questions about pixels. A pixel, is a point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in a display device; so it is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen. The address of a pixel corresponds to its physical coordinates.

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How can I 'blow up' small pixel art?

I have this small pixel art as example. Is there a way to make it bigger without it getting blurry or fuzzy in Photoshop?
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How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes?

I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I have a logo image which I need to use in 5 or 6 different sizes. The logo image was created in Adobe Illustrator, but when I try to save the image to PNG or JPEG ...
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What exactly is a “Pixel”?

"Pixel" always confuses me whenever I do web banner work. I use CorelDraw x5 for my work. I usually prefer to use inches rather than pixels as inches are much intuitive for me. But when I do an "...
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Drawing grid in Inkscape in millimeter

If I try to draw a grid in Inkscape, there are two different options: Extra -> Render -> Grid Extra -> Render -> Kartesian Grid But both of them use pixel-metric(?). Is it possible to use other ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

I use Photoshop for pixel art. When I have a reference photo, I'd like to be able to use that image as the background and start drawing my pixel art on a layer on top of it. The thing is, the best ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

I have googled this and found a number of answers and videos which all say that this can be done by setting the brush size slider in the brushes panel or brush editor panel. I'm either clicking on ...
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Are pixels in Photoshop logical or physical?

When I open an image then I can see it's size details from Image > Image Size..., it shows me: The image has 600px = 8.33in width with resolution 72dpi. Now when I open this image in a browser it ...
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What is pixel aspect ratio?

When starting a new file in Photoshop, one is given the choice of selecting many things, among them is "Pixel Aspect Ratio". What is this? What does it do? Do I get smoother lines if I choose ...
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What considerations are there in designing pixel fonts?

I'm designing monospace pixel fonts for a game, and so far I've only been able to work with extremely small sizes (largest I've managed is 5x9) because those ones are the easiest to try and err with. ...
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Hard edges on bucket fill tool in Gimp

I am trying to fill a selected region using the bucket tool in Gimp. I want everything to have hard edges, no gradual shading unless I do it myself. However, when I fill the region I end up getting ...
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Is a DOT comprised of many PIXELS?

I', trying to understand difference between DPI and PPI. I learned that a DOT is the smallest physical entity a device can show or printer can print and a DOT may consists of R,G,B elements. A ...
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How to disable Align to Pixel Grid in Illustrator [duplicate]

When I create a new document, this option is available, but how to disable it, when the document is already created? I can select shapes and disable it via the transform panel but not for newly ...
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What stroke width Instagram is using for its icons and how to get same results?

I'm designing on Illustrator icons for a new app, when I use 1px stroke and preview on mobile they look very thin and when I use 2px stroke they look a bit bold while Instagram icons look and feel ...
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Is there a resource that documents all mobile device screen resolutions in one location?

I could not find a complete guide of this nor did I know who to contact about possibly making a wiki here for it (if it exists or not allowed please remove). I cannot nor want to remember everything ...
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How to edit a pixel without modifying surrounding pixels

When working on a bitmap image in Photoshop, I often need to make changes to individual pixels, such as using the Paintbrush to change the colour. This would typically involve zooming into the ...
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Where are my pixels?

I have a big image 5100px x 7000px. I have made the background transparent, and I am satisfied with the result: the parts of the image which I wanted to keep are there, and the white background is ...
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Rounded rectangle with non-square pixel aspect ratio

I am making UI graphics for a screen with non-square pixels. To be exact, the horizontal distance between pixel centers is larger than the vertical distance. If I draw a circle in Photoshop and ...
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Does anyone know a good pixel font 7px tall?

I'm looking for a pixel font which I'll use later on to convert/use on an lcd type of display and the maximum height is 7px. I've started by checking out dafont's bitmap fonts, but it takes quite a ...
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Mysterious line next to shape after saving for web in Illustrator

So I have got the .ai file from our designer and I have to save it to a specific size to then be used on a website. I have aligned all shapes to pixel raster (not sure if this is required) and I have ...
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Change dimensions of shape by pixels in Photoshop CS6

I have created a rectangle with Photoshop CS6. Now I want to alter its width and height by pixels, is that possible? I know I can create the rectangle by clicking and choosing its width and height, ...
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What is the difference between 32 Bit Float and 32 Bit fixed pixel types?

I am using a real time graphics program that offers the following "pixel formats". I understand many of them but one thing I do not understand is the difference between float and fixed. Why would ...
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How can I create a random pixelated pattern?

I was wondering how I'd go about just taking a couple of specific colors, then having something make a random pixelated picture with those colors. I was wanting to take the colors from my current ...
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Vectorizing pixels in bitmap images for infinite resizing. Possible?

Just putting this out there for discussion, and because I can't currently think of why it wouldn't work... Imagine you converted every pixel of a bitmap image into a vector square. Could you then ...
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Identifying HTML colour codes placed in one pixel

How many colours at once can one pixel contain? Is there a tool that can represent this pixel in a form of HTML colour codes? (And if there are many colours in this pixel, can this tool show the order ...
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How does pixel hinting work?

In this question, a user asks how he can create a vector image that scales down smoothly. Pixel hinting is the solution: Anti aliasing treats every edge like a nail, smashing and smoothing ...
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Convert PX to DP

First of all, I'm a mobile developer and I'm risking the development of a layout for my app, right from the start I found the following problem, Photoshop uses PX as a unit of measure for the forms ...
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1px pencil draws 3px in Photoshop

I am trying to draw with 1px pencil but it draws 3px square. I checked my grid settings and Im sure that every grid is 1 px. How can I fix that? as you see this is 3x3px canvas and pencil is 1px but ...
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How to smooth out a pixelated image before printing?

I have a bunch of images such as this one that are completely pixelated, and I my friend wants to make large prints to hang in her house. How can I smooth these out so they will not appear pixelated? ...
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What happens when zooming out?

I'm reading some articles about pixels and I encountered this question. First. When my photo is 20x20, and I'm seeing it at 100%, every pixel of photo is shown with every pixel of monitor. When ...
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Changing the amount of pixels in an Image in GIMP (or Photoshop) for scaling purposes

I'd like to paint an image from a video game with acrylics on a large piece of mdf board. The image is save on my laptop, is from an early video game system (Sega) and is pixelated. I am trying to ...
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Image Manipulation Software That Is Extendable With Custom Filters

Is there any raster graphics editor which can do the standard things, like rasterizing fonts, drawing shapes, working with layers, etc. but is also easy to extend with custom 'filters' (i.e. ...
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Is it possible to set stroke weight to be exactly 1 pixel in Illustrator?

The grid unit is 1 pixel. Below is two overlapped rectangles: Underlying one has blue fill color an black outline color. Also it has Align Stroke to Inside setting: As you see, it also has stroke ...
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Pixels shifting after applying Transform in Photoshop

Before Transform: During Transform: After Transform: As the images above show, when trying to use the Transform tool to rotate a layer the pixels in the end-result are in different positions from ...
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Why is Photoshop's pixel grid smaller than my actual pixels?

I'm trying to set up Photoshop cc 2014 for pixel art graphics, but I have this weird issue where my pixels don't align to the grid. I can't work out if it's my pencil which is creating pixels too big, ...
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How to Create Pixel Based Text Logo?

I want to write 'SBS' in Pixel Art Style SBS is a Software House, so that's why I want to make something that is related to computers or technology etc. like this or like this I want to see how ...
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Why are white digital fonts composed of more colors than white? [duplicate]

I know that colors are comprised of many other colors that can't be directly seen. But white? I thought white was just white. How come a combination of blue, yellow and red are not only are invisible ...
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Macbook Pro Retina Photoshop Pixelated Results?

I'm a web designer, and my old (non retina) Macbook, Photoshop used to produce clear images and text both in Photoshop and out of Photoshop when the final images had been saved as a png or jpg. ...
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Photoshop Selections Off A Few Pixels

I have had this issue for quite a while, and have found no info to help me. Also, the issue doesn't always show up. What is happening is when I select something with the marquee tool, the selection ...
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Junior Designer - Struggling with iOS icon sizes

I have been assigned the task of exporting iOS icons for an app that my office is developing. I have never done this and I am struggling with the workflow and getting pixel perfect icons. I am ...
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How do I put an image into Illustartor document at its actual size?

I'm creating a new document, choosing Web profile, setting width and height equal to image size. But the image appears half as big as it really is. That is, I need to place image 4 times to fill the ...
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Why are pixels not the same from Photoshop to Illustrator? [duplicate]

I'm so confused! I'm sure I'm missing something very simple. But when I create a new file in Photoshop that 320x240px at 300ppi then save that out as a JPEG and try to place onto an Illustrator ...
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Pixel lines using Shape builder tool Illustrator

I'm doing a logo design and these messy lines appears after using shape builder tool in Illustrator. See the image. It's the faded lines on the intersections between the P and the A. I have tried ...
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Why don't Photoshop shapes align to the pixel grid?

I have Photoshop CS3 on a Windows 7 32bit machine with onboard / integrated Q45/Q43 chipset graphics. I have a problem where it seems any Photoshop element; shapes, text and the like do not align ...
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Artwork size - downsampling

While having done a lot of research and having a relative grasp on resolution and pixels, I am still very confused on the approach to take for downsampling my document. Basically I have a client who ...
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GIMP: How can I make a basic 4px brush?

How can I make the pencil/brush width exactly 4px, with a hard edge? (i.e. no fading, feathering, gradients, etc.) I know it's an incredibly simple problem but all of GIMP's presets/defaults are ...
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Is there a median tool for colours? (Median between 2 colours)

I'm working on a pixel sprite and I have 2 coloured pixels with 1 empty pixel gap between them. Is there any way (tool) to fill in the missing pixel with the mixture of the 2 that are filled?
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Photoshop: Pixel pattern blurry on export to PDF

I am designing an A1 poster (at 300 dpi) and am noticing blurriness on a pixel pattern when I export my PSD to PDF. My methodology for generating the PDF is as follows: Flatten the image Save as -> ...
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How do you align an image to pixels in Illustrator

I have align to pixels turned on for new objects, but an image I placed earlier is not aligned to pixels, though it's exactly 1440 x 900. How do I set Illustrator so that when I move this image object,...
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Similar tool to Pixel Window, pixel measurement tool

I need a small application to measure pixels on screen. So far I've been using Pixel Window and I like it a lot, its small, its very simple to use and overall its a very handy app. But I'm looking ...
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Resize paragraph size (pixels) - Photoshop CS6

I have a text paragraph. Is there a way of resizing it without having to pull the box or stretch it? (ex. Let's say it's 50px high, how can I define the size of it using pixels to 100px?) EDIT: How ...