Volume 4: When to draw a line. Or, turning your drawing into a painting
Draw your sprite like traditional line art, and have Photoshop shrink and convert your lines into easy to clean pixels on the fly.
Turn Photoshop into a pixel art powerhouse with beautiful dithering by a clever use of layer styles
Volume 3: Smaller pixel styles. Taking a break from the usual ‘fighter’ sizes, we discover that smaller isn’t always easier.
A Photoshop or GIMP technique for reducing your colors and conforming to a 16-bit palette
Spriting in Street Fighter Alpha/Marvel vs Capcom style
Varying your line weight isn’t just for inks.
If you’re the type who enjoys building your sprites pixel-by-pixel straight from the ground up but find the results stiff and lifeless, consider this quicker method.
Volume 2: Reducing detail doesn’t mean reducing style. Plus: How to fix sprites in Photoshop
Master the art of smoothing jagged pixel edges with the perfect anti-aliasing exercise
Or, “The masochist’s guide to making pixel art in a vector program.”
Here’s a quick trick for taking your drawn lines and reducing them to sprite size with much easier and faster cleanup.
It’s always been a challenge for me, but a few tricks can make it easier than you think.
Volume 1: “Too much detail, too little fun”. How building your sprite with too much attention to detail strains the eye and the artist
The Grayscale Index method
Animating your clunky pixels smoothly and subtly
Vector artists who want to build sprites in their favorite programs. Impossible, right? Think again
It’s probably one of the first lessons you’d learn from most pixeling tutorials, so here’s some quick examples to get you thinking about this useful technique
Imitate Capcom’s 50% dithering style to pixel a Street Fighter or Marvel stage
Got the basics down and want to start producing stuff faster? Try this Photoshop trick and save yourself tons of coloring work