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How do I make an image look pixelated, like old school arcade graphics?

Here is a somewhat easy method to convert full size images to pixel graphics. Starting image To begin, go to Image -> Image Size. Change the Resample method to Nearest Neighbor, this will keep the ...
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How do I make an image look pixelated, like old school arcade graphics?

When you are working with so few pixels you have to make every pixel count. I doubt an automated scaler will achieve that with satisfactory quality. My advice would be to downscale to the size ...
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Pixel art from "classic" adventure games: 320x200 or 320x240?

This is an actual screenshot from the title screen of The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS, 1990): As you can see (by downloading the image file and inspecting its properties), it's 320 × 200 pixels. As ...
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

(I am answering to the body of your question, please split this question into 2 things) Screens are way better, lets look at things: You can choose colors as you wish (even if you restrict palette)....
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

I suspect that you are seeing realism by chaos. If you take a good look at, for instance, the radishes in the lower right, you will notice that they differ. In this case, by mirror imaging, and ...
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Modify pixel art size without losing aesthetic

While transforming, you should set your 'interpolation' to 'nearest neighbor'. Select the layer your foreground is on; Press Cmd / Ctrl+T or choose Edit > Free Transform... to enter Free Transform ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

Not exactly, but... ... there is a way to achieve the effect you describe. Apparently you can change the scaling mode for smart objects, but it's a global setting that takes effect for newly created ...
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Pixel art from "classic" adventure games: 320x200 or 320x240?

If you want your pixel art to closely resemble classic games from the EGA/VGA era you would have to draw it at 320x200 px in my opinion. Changing the height to 240 px would enable you to add more ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

No. I'd approach it one of these two ways: Use a multiplier for your pixel brush size, and just use nearest neighbour interpolation to resize your image to the correct size without deforming it. (...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

No this is not possible. To be entirely sure I went through every option that the layer has. A workaround might be setting up guides with the size you want the pixels to be and then using the Pencil ...
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What genre of pixel art were MS-DOS and NES games? How to draw them?

Short answer: This specific example is (low-resolution) EGA pixel art (with the default CGA palette), and that's what I would call the style if I saw it. NES pixel art is identified either as '8-bit ...
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Is there a way to count the number of pixels of each colour in a picture?

You could do it with GIMP which is free, open source, and works on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Open an image in GIMP, using File > Open In the main menu click Windows > Dockable Dialogs > ...
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Isometric color shading rule for pixel art

Shading isometric pixel art There is no rule for shading isometric pixel art. It's an aesthetic design decision which depends on the vibe you want your artwork to have. Even though pixel art is ...
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How to create metalic reflection effect in pixel art?

I find using gradients with a bunch of semi-random grey stops can replicate a chrome mirrored effect pretty well. It helps if there’s some lighter points towards the top, but also a nice reflection ...
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Pixel art Randomness

There's no way to know for sure what each individual artist does to make (short of asking them directly) but making something similar is fairly easy. Since you have no reference photo I'll try to ...
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How to create random pixel art pattern in GIMP?

There's an easier way Create a new image with as many pixels as you need. Choose a new foreground colour, i.e. a green colour for the grass, and fill the canvas with it using Edit > Fill with FG ...
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Is there a way to convert pixel art into vector?

Browser rendering You can use the CSS property image-rendering to stop browsers from applying anti-aliasing and interpolating your image when resized. Browser support is a bit inconsistent though. ...
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What are Aseprite's strong points over Photoshop for creating static pixel art?

I'm doing pixel art as a hobby, and I've been very happy with Aseprite. Photoshop is the all-round image editor, but for pixel art I prefer to use Aseprite for the following reasons (among others): ...
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Convert PNG pixel arts to SVG without tracing

I am a programmer who looked if someone did this before I did (for a pixel art web game). I made a web tool that is, while slow, functional. It shows you the result and the SVG source code: https://...
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Pixel art software for Windows 10

What you are looking for is MagicaVoxel It's an 8-bit voxel modeling and animating program that's free and open-source. The software is still in its infancy but there are a small amount of tutorials ...
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Isometric color shading rule for pixel art

Lots of pixel art doesn't 'calculate' any shading or other lighting colours, for they use a fixed palette. Just find the most appropriate colour (or the least unappropriate, in some cases) in the ...
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

Technology's one aspect, but I'd like to focus on what I think is an even bigger one: experience. The original games you're comparing this to? What experience did its designers have in creating ...
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In Adobe Illustrator, is there a way to lock only an object's position?

No Illustrator objects are either locked entirely, or not locked entirely. It is not possible to lock only specific aspects of any object within Adobe Illustrator.
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In Adobe Illustrator, is there a way to lock only an object's position?

Use the Eyedropper Tool instead. Make sure everything is unselected (ctrl-shift-A), set the fill/stroke color to what you want, then apply the color to any shapes with the Eyedropper (I to set tool, ...
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How to delete the grid in pixel art - Illustrator

It's not "the grid" - it is anti-aliasing between shapes - anti-aliasing is showing a pixel/half-a-pixel of the blue background. If saving for web, use Art-Optimized anti-aliasing in the Save for Web ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

I don't think you can set different resolutions for different layers, however if you build your low res piece in it's own document and then place that object over a high res photo, you would get the ...
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Changing the amount of pixels in an Image in GIMP (or Photoshop) for scaling purposes

If you want "bigger pixels" to make a small image bigger but still pixellated, use Image>Scale image with "Interpolation: none" in the Quality section. This gives something likes this: If you have ...
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

The screen shot would reproduce nicely in 256 palletised graphics of many vintage platforms. But (as has been said) there are technical reasons why vintage low-res games don’t look as good as modern ...
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How should I insert sharp, crispy, pixel-perfect text into a pixel art?

I think the native pixel size of the font might be 13px, or maybe 26px I can't be 100% sure. Anyway, it won't display right in any software at 7px. There's not enough pixels to render it properly at ...
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