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How to save pixel art
In this tutorial I will show you how to save pixel art. Saving is definitely one of the most important things and I have seen how someone messes up his work by just saving to wrong format a lot. So, I hope this tutorial will help you all.

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:bulletgreen::bulletgreen: Vanmall Pixel Art Tutorial Series Guide :bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

:house: Pixel Art Basics
:pointr: How to start with pixel art
:pointr: Difference between isometric and non-isometric pixel art
:pointr: How to dither in pixel art
:pointr: How to make shadows and light sources in pixel art
:pointr: How to add textures to pixel art
:pointr: How to make a pixel transparency
:pointr: How to save pixel art
:pointr: How to make round objects in pixel art
:pointr: How to use reference in pixel art
:pointr: How to replace colors easily (MS Paint)

:house: Pixel Art Exterior
:pointr: How to make a victorian house?
:pointr: How to make a pixel tree
:pointr: How to make a pixel roof
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 2

:house: Pixel Art Interior
:pointr: How to make a pixel bed
:pointr: How to make a pixel chair
:pointr: How to make a pixel table
:pointr: How to make a pixel couch
:pointr: How to make a pixel tile
:pointr: How to make a pixel countertop
:pointr: How to make a pixel refrigerator
:pointr: How to make a pixel bar stool
:pointr: How to make a pixel stove
:pointr: How to make a pixel flowerpot
:pointr: How to make a pixel lamp
:pointr: How to make a pixel nightstand
:pointr: How to make a pixel aquarium
:pointr: How to make a pixel fireplace
:pointr: How to make a pixel cupboard
:pointr: How to make a pixel carpet
:pointr: How to make pixel curtains
:pointr: How to make a pixel kitchen
:pointr: How to make a pixel bedroom
:pointr: How to make a pixel living room

:house: Pixel Art Characters
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 2
:pointr: How to make a small pixel character/sprite

:house: Pixel Art Text
:pointr: How to make pixel text

:house: Pixel Art Objects
:pointr: How to make a pixel gemstone
:pointr: How to make a pixel flower

:house: Pixel Art Premium
:pointr: Basics of Pixel Art

Pixel Art Tutorial Series is currently the most popular thing on my page. The idea behind this is to take suggestions from the community and try to make a tutorial out of these things, helping out fellow deviants along the way. You can also find my pixel art tutorials in groups like #TutorialsForYou, #TutorialsClub and #PixelCommunity.
Here is a list of tutorials in my Pixel Art Tutorial Series, tutorials which are underlined and bold are already ready tutorials that you can read, other tutorials without the underline are tutorials that will be posted in deviantART in near future.
You can also suggest new pixel art tutorial series by commenting on my profile page, on these tutorials or by sending me a note.
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PolarisDraws Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I was wondering if you could help me out, I've recently been trying to make a pixel art piece (on Photoshop CS5), or more of an animation but I'm having trouble with the quality after saving: it just gets blurry instead of the clean, sharp edges I see while working on it. The image size is 480 x 270 pixel with 1 resolution. It's more of a landscape piece and it frustrates me when I see amazing high quality pixel art but yet I'm unable to get the same HQ result. I've tried saving in JPEG and of course, PNG, even changing the size of the image to 7000 x 3938 with 1 Resolution but still get the same blurry end result. I've also tried changing the image interpolation to 'Nearest Neighbor' instead of the default which was 'Bicubic', they say that using the option 'Nearest Neighbor' keeps the quality of said image and you should end up with a hard edged image instead of the distorted blur. Point being, I've tried many different ways, even taking screenshots or video recordings of the piece but it still comes out blurry.

Either way, I hope you know some kind of solution to this problem, thank you for reading.




This is a screenshot while working in Photoshop.                  
Screenshot (936) by PolarisDrawings            



This is the end result, once saved to PNG
Screenshot (942) by PolarisDrawings  
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Erzianna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Hey can you help? My pixels Always become blurry even though i use PNG on Deviantart. Do you happen to know why?
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Victor-Okami Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
I'm having the same issue :(
I'm using photoshop CS6 to do pixel art and all my png files gets kinda blurry, especially when zoomed in.
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Erzianna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
I noticed if I clicked original size when submitting my pixel it didnt get blurry afterwards. Though you need to check if it is clicked in, because sometimes it becomes unchecked automatically. Also I Heard a tip. When doing pixel art you should save it in PNG and not in any other formats because it could possibly change the appearence. Hope this helps :Dme tattletail me love u ! F2u Edd Icon 
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:iconvictor-okami:
Victor-Okami Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Oh, many thanks :3
I guess it will work from now on ^v^/
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:iconerzianna:
Erzianna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Hope so :D. Good luck.
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Space-Justice Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Student General Artist
I really like the second idea about to save it as BMP 
the colors has changed and they look really nice 
i wish to draw a right cube/pixel art =u=
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NoaBB Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student General Artist
what happens if you had already saved it before knowing this and it's blurry, is their a way to un-blurry it?
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vanmall Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. Then it's messed up. :)
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NoaBB Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Student General Artist
oh well, thank you anyway ^^
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roses-and-phantoms Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
what if i want to save my pixel art really big so people can easily see the pixels?  how would i go about doing that?
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d3su-chan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik this is super old, but there are gif resizing sites where you can do that. thats how i posted my icon so people could see it
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vanmall Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess you simply have to zoom in, take a screenshot and go from there. :)
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Cymat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can I download pixel art (I'm doing a pixel collab) without losing quality or making the pixels blurred?
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just right-click and save-as I guess. Because you shouldn't lose pixels when downloading. :)
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Cymat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nevermind, thanks anyway!
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Bombality Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Lets save it to JPG or JPEG"

Another mystery in my life solved.
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
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arisaxkureno Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   General Artist
Do u have a How to make Floors. like Wood Floors / Tiles etc.?
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vanmall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really atm. :)
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arisaxkureno Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   General Artist
oh! ok.
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Sentou-Dai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How to dither in pixel art
How to make shadows and light sources in pixel art

Not available? :)
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not yet. :)
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The-Magnum-Opus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I should of read this sooner :iconsulkplz:
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mad-doodler-10403 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
me to Pikachu Crying Plz 
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The-Magnum-Opus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vanmall's reply makes it hurt even more xD
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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TheKeeblerGuy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
This is only if you don't have advanced programs which save the image in a particular filetype format with no color reduction or blur.
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vanmall Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial was made for MS Paint as at that time, when I posted this 4,5 years ago, many pixel artists were using MS Paint. So yeah, it's a bit different with photoshop for example. :aww:
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TheKeeblerGuy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Oh...that explains it.
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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goofydawg23 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Nevemind I found a way to cheat
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vanmall Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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goofydawg23 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
like when zooming in
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goofydawg23 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
In MS Paint when I either save it as a .png or re-size it the picture gets blurry and you can't really make out what it is instead of sharp edges.
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Wasamonkey Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
IDK what software your using, but I've never seen a BMP do that unless it was indexed and switched to a different pallet. Also GIF works just fine if you stay within a 256 pallet. For true color however I agree, PNG is probably best for file/color/lossless.
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vanmall Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was all done with microsoft paint, which at that time was quite popular program for pixel artists.
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Foreststone Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! :D I LOVE YOU! :love:
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vanmall Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol. :lol:
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Foreststone Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
x)
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owltears Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
....... TTvTT I love you! This helps So much!
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:iconvanmall:
vanmall Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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MidmorningDigger Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A small detail, but super important. Much thanks!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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Raverect Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to post my pixel art onto deviantart, (so people can actually USE them, unlike .jpg or .jpeg) but it says I can't and it is saying something is wrong with my category, all I did was Digital Art>Pixel Art> Any of these> and then one or the other (Isometric or Non-Isometric) and it still won't let me post the pixel art, I have the pixel art at it's original size as when I first made it, (I also put the Color Palette on for some people) I have the border set so that it is 1 pixel away from the edge (where I cannot "paint") and I don't know whats wrong! I also don't know how to save it to a different file type.... I'm hopeless.... :(
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vanmall Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What file format are you using right now? :)
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Raverect Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually saving them as .JPEG images, so im not sure if that will exactly cover it, because I want people to be able to copy/paste my pixel art and use it, and the only current thing I have up right now is my griffin I made and that actually IS a .PNG image, but it took me a while to get it like that...
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vanmall Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.jpeg can mess your pixel art colors up unfortunately. :)
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Raverect Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well, all the deviations I have up right now are all .PNG and I tried pasting them onto MS Panit and they worked out perfectly! I couldn't have done it without you! thanks a lot, now I can finally start posting more and more Deviantions here from my YouTube Channel!! (xXGameBoyIanXx) thanks!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad that it helped you. :aww:
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