Make your own Pixel Art
One way to make pixel art is ofcourse to just start putting the magnetic
pixels together. One block at a time. You do not know what you are going
to end up with but that is part of the fun. Using squared paper is another
way to make it. Just color in the squares. To make photorealistic images
is more challenging if you go about it this way, but for making abstract
compositions or just to have fun, this is an excellent way.
You can use Adobe Photoshop (or other image editing programs) to make
pixel art real quick. There are basically 2 ways you can go about it.
Using a filter.
Go to menu item Filter > Pixelate
>Mosaic. Here you can select the size of the pixels
and preview the result. To reduce the amount of colors used you can then
choose Image > Adjustments > Posterize.
Afterwards you can manipulate the image on a pixel by pixel basis
of course to finetune the result.
Reduce the image size
Another way to get the image pixelated is to reduce the image size down
to a small amount. in Photoshop go to Image > Image
size. I am not familiar with other image editing programs than
Photshop but I would imagine most programs would offer this feature (to
reduce the zsize of the image). Once you reduce the image to a size like
40 x 60 pixels or something like that you will see how the image will
look pixelated. Zoom in to see the individual pizels clearly and zoom
out to what the image will look like from a distance.
To reduce the amount of colors used you can then choose Image
> Adjustments > Posterize. Afterwards
you can also manipulate the image on a pixel by pixel basis of course
to finetune the result.
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